Scoring a century is one of the biggest personal milestones a player can achieve. The happiness a player gets, satisfaction a player gets, is something that cannot ever be replaced. There are lots of players who go on to score multiple centuries in their outstanding careers. But then there are some who miss their well-deserved century by the barest of margins.
Let’s have a look at some of these unlucky players.
1. Bismah Maroof
In the 2015 ICC Women’s ODI World Cup, Pakistani batter Bismah Maroof got run out while on 99 against South Africa. She was well on her way to completing her well-deserved century but got dismissed due to a runout courtesy of Lizelle Lee. That would have been her 1st International century. But it was not something in her fate.
Bismah Maroof has played a total of 256 matches for the Pakistan National team, amassing a total of 5768 runs. She has also picked a total of 80 wickets. She made her debut for Pakistan in 2006 against India.
2. Carol-Ann James
West Indian batter, Carol-Ann James missed out on a deserved century as the quota of overs got over. The game was reduced to 45 overs a side due to the rain. James was left stranded on 99 against Denmark. That would have been her 1st International century as well. James also picked 3 wickets in the second innings to inflict an all-out on Denmark for just a paltry score of 128.
James made her debut for the West Indies in 1993 against India. She played a total of 11 matches for the West Indies, accumulating a total of 250 runs and also picking 16 wickets.
3. Jane Powell
The then England captain Jane Powell was on her way to scoring her second international century and first in ODI, but just Carol-Ann James, she was left stranded on 98 against Denmark in 1990 in the Women’s European Championship. Jane hit a total of 16 fours in her innings, she scored 98 from just 103 balls with a strike rate of 95.14
Jane made her debut for England in 1984 against New Zealand. She played a total of 30 matches scoring a total 744 runs. Later on she was named as the captain of the England national Team.
4. Sara McGlashan
New Zealand batter Sara McGlashan is the next player on the list of players who missed out on their century. Against England in 2007, New Zealand were given a target of 243, Sara was on 97 when New Zealand hit the winning runs. They managed to chase the target in just 35.4 overs. McGlashan hit a total of 13 fours in the innings.
White Ferns player, Sara stepped on the international scene for the first time in 2002 against Netherlands. She played a total of 212 matches for White Ferns. She racked up a total of 3622 runs.
5. Asha Rawat
Indian top-order batter Asha Rawat was dismissed on 97 against Sri Lanka in the 2008 Asia Cup Finals. She batted superbly throughout the innings, but she succumbed to the nervous 90s after being dismissed by Siriwardene. That would have been her 1st International Hundred as well.
Rawat stepped on the field wearing the Indian colors for a total of 21 times. With her debut being against England in 2005. She scored a total of 305 runs for India.