West Indies cricketer Ravi Rampaul on Friday made a latest world record for the top score by a No 10 batsman in history of ODIs when he hit a wonderful unbeaten 86 against India in the 2nd ODI here. Ravi Rampaul, coming at the fall of Andre Russell`s wicket when the West Indies were tottering at 149 for 8, surpassed the past record held by Pakistan`s Mohammed Amir. Amir made 73 not out against New Zealand at Abu Dhabi in ’09.
Rampaul, during his 66 ball remain at the crease, hit 6 fours and an equal number of sixes to lift the West Indies to 269 for 9 in 50 overs, leaving India shocked and their bowlers bereft of strategies. Ravi Rampaul also stitched jointly an un-beaten 99 run partnership in 14 overs for the very last wicket along with Kemar Roach (24), the 3rd best 10th wicket stand in the history of the sport.
The other 2 significant 10th wicket partnerships were between West Indian cricketers Vivian Richards and Michael Holding (106 runs against England in 1984) and Amir and Saeed Ajmal (103 runs against NZ in ’09). If that`s not enough, Rampaul made yet another record of most sixes by a number 10 batsman, clearing the ropes 6 occasions.