A century in a losing cause is always one of the most frustrating aspects that batsmen have to go through. Getting to three figures in a One-day international takes a combination of determination, patience, perseverance, and skilled hitting. The batsmen always have to stay on the top of the bowlers to achieve those magical figures.
Over the years, several Indian batsmen have accumulated a bunch of centuries in 50-over international cricket. But there are a few unlucky ones, whose all centuries have resulted in a losing cause. While it is a beautiful feeling to notch up an ODI ton, the batsmen would have liked nothing less than a victory:
We take a look at five Indian batsmen whose all ODI career hundreds have come in a losing cause:
Dilip Vengsarkar – 105:
Dilip Vengsarkar’s 129-ODI career from 1976 to 1991 produced just the one century, which came eight years after his debut. It was against the reputed English bowling attack of Neil Foster, Norman Cowans, and Richard Ellison in Pune. Dilip Vengsarkar and Kris Srikkanth were the only two batsmen to pass 50 runs as India managed 214.
But Mike Gatting scored an unbeaten century of his own at number three, steering England to an unlikely victory from 129-6. Vic Marks and Paul Downton chipped in with crucial contributions as England romped home by four wickets. Vengsarkar also played 116 Tests, scoring 6868 runs, averaging 42.13 alongside 17 centuries and 35 fifties.