The nervous 90s syndrome has embraced a lot of quality Test cricketers. It can be due to the pressure of an impending milestone or the expectations of a millions fans riding on the cricketer’s shoulders that makes the player to fall in 90s. But it cannot be denied that most batsmen would have felt nervous 90s syndrome at least once in their career and fallen prey to it. Today, Cricwizz looks into cricketers who have suffered the most due to nervous 90s syndrome.
Ten 90s: Steve Waugh of Australia, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid of India top the list with a record 10 dismissed in nervous 90s. Tendulkar, especially while chasing his 100th international ton, fell a few times in 90s. Dravid, on the other hand, became too defensive when reaching the milestone and fell in the 90s a tad too many times, while Waugh, who usually batted in the middle-lower-order, fell or remained unbeaten in 90s while going for quick runs for the sake of the team. However, the combined number of Test centuries of these three former star players is a staggering 119 in 532 Tests at an average of one century every 2.23 Tests.
Nine 90s: Michael Slater of Australia was an attacking Australian batsman who lived and died by the sword. He used to provide blazing start to the innings. And in the process, he also fell victim to nervous 90s syndrome, nine times in a career spanning 74 matches with 5312 runs with 14 tons and 21 half-centuries.
Eight 90s: AIvin Kallicharran of West Indies, AB de Villiers of South Africa, Inzamam-ul-Haq of Pakistan share the third spot of most 90s in Test cricket. Kallicharran has had the lowest rate of century conversion among cricketers who fall in this list. AB, as always, lived and died by the sword, while Inzamam’s laziness could have cost him a few tons as he had fallen in nervous 90s eight times in his career.
Seven 90s: Mathew Hayden of Australia and Alastair Cook of England share the fourth spot in this list with seven scores of 90s. Hayden, like other Australian cricketers, was an aggressive batsman who loved to dominate which saw him losing his wicket in 90s seven times. Cook, on the other hand, is a big-innings player who looks for a tall score than being just happy with a ton. Hence, his name in the list is a bit of surprise.