It's true that Jos Buttler didn't hit a four during his 47-ball unbeaten 70 for Rajasthan Royals against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Mumbai last week, although he did strike six sixes. He was the fifth to make an IPL fifty without a four. The highest score achieved by any of the others was 62, by Nitish Rana, for Mumbai Indians against Kings XI Punjab in Indore in 2017. Rana hit seven sixes, as did Sanju Samson in his 61 for Delhi Daredevils against Gujarat Lions in Delhi the same season, and Rahul Tewatia for Royals against Kings XI in Sharjah in 2020. David Miller's 51 not out for Kings XI against Royals in Sharjah in 2014 included six sixes but no fours.
Nat Sciver's undefeated 148 for England in the World Cup final against Australia in Christchurch last week was easily the highest in vain in a women's World Cup final: the previous best was Belinda Clark's 91 for Australia against home winners New Zealand in Lincoln in December 2000. The only man to score a century in vain in a World Cup final is Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene, with 103 not out against India in Mumbai in 2011.
With a theoretical maximum of 120 balls (excluding no-balls), the most deliveries faced by a single batter in a men's T20I is 76, by Australia's Aaron Finch during his 172 - the biggest individual T20I score - against Zimbabwe in Harare in 2018. Ireland's Paul Stirling faced 75 during his undefeated 115 against Zimbabwe in Bready in September last year.
Jacques Rudolph's running misfortunes in 2004-05 (which ended when he was bowled for a duck in a Test in India) are actually quite a way short of the record, which is held by the old Yorkshire seamer Bob Platt. He suffered five successive run-out dismissals between 1957 and 1959, although that sequence was interrupted by four innings in which he remained not out. There are seven instances of a player being run out in four successive first-class innings; like with Platt, two of those also involved a not-out .
The biggest numbers here date from long ago, when Test matches were few and far between. The match between South Africa and England in Cape Town in 1891-92 contained no fewer than ten men who were playing their one and only Test, while a similar one-off game between Australia and England in Melbourne in 1878-79 had seven. The first Test in England, against Australia at The Oval in 1880, had six men who never played again - including two of WG Grace's brothers - while the first post-war Test, between New Zealand and Australia in Wellington in 1945-46, also had six.
Steven Lynch is the editor of the updated edition of Wisden on the Ashes