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In the first part of the series, we went through a list of interesting records and numbers on tons scored in cricket. 

Cricwizz, today brings you the second part and this time around we will have a look at the players who were the fastest and slowest to each salient feat combined with more intriguing facts and trivia.

1) Most tons scored in International cricket

Well, we thought a bit on should even have this on our list because any cricket follower would know the proud owner of this record. Yes, it’s none other than the Indian legend- Sachin Tendulkar, who stands to be the only player to score 100 International centuries. With 51 Test centuries and 49 ODI centuries, his tally of 100 is by far the best as the second on the list is the former Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting with 71 centuries. 

The current Indian skipper-Virat Kohli is ranked 3rd in the list with 70, can he overhaul an astonishing record of the legend?

2) Most number of balls taken to score a ton in international cricket

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 Thilan Samaraweera. (Image Credits: CricketWorld)

No, it is not Rahul Dravid of India, it is the former Sri Lankan batsman Thilan Samaraweera. The 45-year old, who averaged close to the 50 mark in the longest format played his last Test back in the year 2013. Although, a brilliant Test player, his career did not enjoy the same success in the limited-overs format. 

Samaraweera took a staggering 345 balls to score a century against England, to help his side score a massive inning and 215 runs victory, which in turn sealed the 3-match Test series in favor of the hosts, 1-0.

3) Most games have taken to score a maiden ton

This record belongs to the former Indian skipper and spin wizard, Anil Kumble. The leggie took 150 innings to score his maiden ton and given his role in the side and as a front-line bowler, his achievement still stands out as one of the most significant Test innings to date. He is followed by Chaminda Vaas of Sri Lanka who took 140 innings to score his maiden Test ton. Who said, lead bowlers, can not bat?

4) Number of players to score a ton on debut (ODI)

To date, there are around 16 players who have managed to achieve this astonishing feat of scoring a ton on their ODI debut. The feat stands to be even more exceptional when it comes to the limited-overs as the player has less time to get settle down his nerves which is not the same in the longest format. 

The first player to achieve the feat was DL Amiss of England, who managed to score 103 off 134 balls against the Aussies in just the 2nd ever ODI played in history.

The latest player to achieve the feat is Rahmanullah Gurbaz of Afghanistan, who scored 127 off 127 balls to help his side reach home by 16 runs. 

# The only Indian to score a ton on their ODI debut is the current Indian T20 opener, KL Rahul. 

# out of the top eight heavyweights of the sport, Sri Lanka is the only team that does not have a player to achieve this feat. Which current domestic Lankan player do you think can get their name etched into this list?

5) Centuries against the most number of opponents

There are several players who have scored tons against all the Test-playing nations but when it comes to centuries against the most number of opponents, the record by far is owned by the cricketing legend- Sachin Tendulkar, who has scored tons against eleven nations. 

The counties in which he scored the magical figures include- Australia, New Zealand, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Pakistan, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Bangladesh, and England. 

With the rise in the number of associate nations in the current era, who do you think can break this record? 

Which of the above records did you find the most intriguing? Who do you think is on the verge of breaking one of these records? Do let us know your thoughts and also follow our social media handles as we bring you all the latest and exciting content revolving around the gentlemen’s game.