Cricket is a team game. Often we have seen cricketers putting their personal ambitions on the backburner for the sake of their teams’ interest. But the reverse is also true as well.
We have seen on a multitude of occasions where cricketers have batted selfishly which ultimately led to their side losing the game.
Here’s a look at top-10 selfish knocks in cricket history:
Jacques Kallis- 48 off 63 balls vs Australia, ICC World Cup 2007
Australia was on a rampage throughout the 2007 World Cup and much of the same was the case during the league-stage encounter against South Africa.
After Matthew Hayden’s record-breaking century propelled the Aussies to 377, the Proteas got off to a whirlwind start with Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers racking up 160 runs in the first 20 overs.
Post de Villiers dismissal, Jacques Kallis lack of intent proceeded to a stall the momentum of the South African innings. With net run-rate hovering over seven rpo, Kallis scored a painstaking 63-ball 48, and by the time he was dismissed, the game was well and truly out from South Africa’s reach with the required run-rate zooming in double figures.