Cricket is a cruel game sometimes. Sometimes players don’t get what they deserve after doing all the hard work. Milestones have a lot of significance in cricket, and they do mean a lot to players even though they don’t play for them.
The difference between a 99 and a 100 in cricket is huge for a batsman. It doesn’t make a big difference to the scoreboard or maybe even to the result, but it does to a player.
Most players will forget the 99 runs they had scored and that ONE run they missed out on will haunt them for next few days or at least until they get another 100. A lot of people got out on 99 in all the three formats of the game. But they are very few instances when batsmen get out on 199, in Test matches. Now imagine yourself battling it out in the middle for hours, grinding the runs and getting yourself to 199 and failing to score that ONE run.
The difference between 99 and 100 is mammoth, and the difference between 199 and 200 is even bigger. You can understand how much it matters to players if you have seen the reaction of KL Rahul or a Dean Elgar, who are the most recent entries on this list, getting out on 199.
Here is the list of players who got themselves to 199 but couldn’t score that one run.