India-New Zealand 3rd ODI: Shreyas Iyer broke this world record today

India-New Zealand 3rd ODI: Shreyas Iyer broke this world record today

Indian batsman from Mumbai, Shreyas Iyer has been in a fine touch since he was called to play for the national side. Continuing his good form in the One-Day International (ODI) matches, Iyer slammed a fine half-century against New Zealand in the third and final ODI at Bay Oval Mount Maunganui.

With this knock, Iyer has scored eight half-centuries and a century in 17 matches with an average of 49 while his strike rate is better than run-a-ball. As he scored his eighth fifty, the batsman from Mumbai has surpassed former Australia cricketer Ian Chappell’s mark and set a new world record.

Iyer now owns the record for the best percentage of 50+ scores in One Day International matches. The right-hander has nine 50+ scores in 16 innings in the 50-over format and his percentage reads 56.25. 

Prior to Iyer's inning, Chappell, who held the record, had eight 50+ scores in 16 innings.

Here's the list of the highest percentage of 50+ scores (min. 10 innings):

  • 56.2 (9/16): Shreyas Iyer (IND)
  • 50.0 (8/16): Ian Chappell (AUS)
  • 50.0 (5/10): Aaqib Ilyas (OMN)
  • 44.5 (8/18): Anshuman Rath (HK)
  • 43.7 (7/16): Rassie van der Dussen (SA)

In Iyer, India has found the solution to their age-old No.4 debacle. The youngster has earned the slot after the BCCI had experimented with MS Dhoni, Rishabh Pant, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik in recent times.

Statistically speaking,  after the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final, Iyer has recorded the best batting average among all the players who have been tried in this position. Iyer has scored runs at an average of 56.80 as compared to Dinesh Karthik (52.80), MS Dhoni (45.00), Ambati Rayudu (42.18) and Ajinkya Rahane (35.00).

Alongside, since 2019, Iyer also has the fifth-best batting average among all the players who have batted at least five innings at no.4 position in the ODIs across the world.

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