Nervous 90 List: The International Batsmen who were Out in Nervous 90s

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Nervous 90 List – Scoring a hundred always boosts the confidence of batsmen. It makes them feel better and if that hundred is scored when the team wins it makes the batsmen proud of his/her efforts.

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But, there are many batsmen in international cricket who have been out between their personal score of 90 to 99. These batsmen could have scored more hundreds in their international careers but, got out wrongly by the umpires or because of their own mistakes.

Nervous 90 List

Today we bring to you batsmen who have the most nervous 90s in their international career –

Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar

The Little Master has topped the chart. He was the one who introduced the nervous 90s in cricket. Sachin used to get out in the score of 90s. Scoring those 10 runs, from 90 to 100 was a difficult task for the Master. The fans used to pray for the God of Cricket to reach the 3 figure mark. Many times in his career, it has been disappointing to see him not scoring those 10 runs. Even though Sachin is the best batsman around the globe and is the highest run-getter for India in Tests and ODIs, he also has the record of getting out in the nervous 90s. He has scored 100 international hundreds. These international centuries could have come much earlier though. The Master Blaster has been out in his score of 90s 28 times in his whole career.

Nervous 90 List

AB De Villers

AB De Villers

The South African star announced his retirement 1 year ago. ABD is still missed for this extravaganza of shots. He was a complete 360-degree player who hit the bowlers all around the field. He was the greatest batsman to play for South Africa and used to destroy bowlers with his range of quality shots and that too across all the formats. Knowing all this about ABD is something common, but one thing very few fans know is that he used to struggle in converting the 90 scores into hundreds. AB De Villers has failed to score 14 of his 90s into hundreds. That was the only low point in his whole career. He has scored 69 centuries in his entire international career.

Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid

The Great Wall of India, what we all still call him. Dravid was the one who stood like a rock in the middle order position. It was never easy to pick his wicket as Steve Waugh once said, “if you can’t pick up Dravid early then get the other batsmen out”. He made it so difficult for the bowlers to get the job done. Dravid used to play with a proper defensive technique and held the record for most balls faced and the most number hours spent at the batting crease. The Wall also created a record for the 3rd most number of nervous 90s in his international career.  Even though he had 48 centuries in his career, he couldn’t convert those 14 ninety-plus scores into the 3 figure mark, 100. Dravid played for India from 1996 to 2012.

Nervous 90 List

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Jacques Kallis

The greatest all-rounder to play the game of cricket. He remains the player whose skills were impossible to match by any of the present and the past cricketers. Kallis possessed the mastery in his batting and bowling and was also known for his consistent performances. He performed for over a decade and that too across all the formats of the game. Jacques Kallis was the greatest test match batsman in that era were Sachin Tendulkar, Brain Lara, and Ricky Pointing were also the best batsmen for their respective countries. But, he also had the bowling skills which many of the greatest batsmen don’t have. Kallis was a destructive bowler and used that as a weapon to help his team to win matches. Even Kallis missed scoring hundreds and couldn’t reach the three-figure mark 13 times in his glorious international career.

Ricky Pointing

Punter was the best skipper for Australia. He won the world cup twice and also led his team to many famous victories in the test matches. Pointing was also the highest scorer for Australia in the ODIs and test matches. He was a pure Australian class who was strong mentally and had a tough and aggressive voice above all. He was powerful enough to overcome any pressure situations. But, he too failed to convert the score of 90s in his career. Pointing had 13 nervous 90s in his career. He was also one of the flamboyant cricketers from Australia.

Nervous 90 List

Inzamam ul Haq

The ex-Pakistani skipper, Inzaman ul Haq was the most powerful and destructive batsman for Pakistan in the Tests and the ODIs. He came from a country where they had good fast bowlers but didn’t deliver a pure batsman. He had magical willow and was a prolific run-scorer with the gift of footwork and timing. He was good against the pace bowlers and also against the spinners.  But, he was haunted by the nervous 90s in his career too. Like many greats, Inzi too failed to convert the 90s into a century. He was out 12 times between the score of 90 to 100 run score.

Kane Williamson

The current Kiwi Captain and the modern-day great from New Zealand, Kane Williamson is the batsman who is suited for all the three formats of the game. He never muscled the ball but his class and the skills to hit boundaries and sixes made him the best batsman around the world. Williamson played good knocks in the world cup 2019 and took his team to the final of the tournament. Now, he is the leading run-getter in ODIs, Tests and T20Is for New Zealand. But, like many other great names, Kane Williamson is also featured in the lists of players with nervous 90s. The Kiwi batsman has failed to convert the score of 90 into hundred 11 times till now.

Nervous 90 List

Mathew Hayden

The destructive sum stylish opener, Hayden is the one who scared the bowlers with his stroke play. Hayden was a dangerous batsman of his era. He had style but he was as dangerous as the other Aussie batsmen in the team. Hayden played in all the 3 formats of the game and opened all the innings. He has totally changed the way of opening an innings in cricket. Hayden was the pillar of Australia’s batting and was also the most consistent player of his time. He attacked both the pacer bowlers and the spinners with ease. He used his feet and also had all the shots in his book to do so. Hayden having such a good record still had 11 nervous 90s in his career.

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Nathan Astle

The Kiwi batsman, Nathan was the most dangerous one from New Zealand. Flamboyant Nathan Astle used to be an underrated Cricketer from his time. He made his test debut in 1996 against Zimbabwe. But, he found his Midas touch in batting from the West Indies tour. He scored 2 centuries and became one of the better batsmen from New Zealand.  He was also a good batsman in the ODIs but had 11 nervous 90s in his career too.

Nervous 90 List

Herschelle Gibbs

The dashing batsman from South Africa, Herschelle Gibbs is the last player to feature in this list. Gibbs was a destructive player who changed the way openers used to play in international cricket.  He was instrumental in chasing 434 runs against Australia and gave a flying start to South Africa in that match. He always kept his team front in any case and that was his best quality. He was a unique flamboyant cricketer from South Africa who got himself adjusted to situations and changed the game for his team when it was needed of him. He was amongst those batsmen who got out in nervous 90s many times. Herschelle Gibbs had 11 nervous 90s in his career.

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