Cricket is a religion in India. We grew up watching cricket, with many dreams and debates about the game on a daily basis. Today, we are going to present some amazing facts about Cricket, we are pretty sure you will be quite surprised after going through these facts.
1. In 1987, during a practice match between India and Pakistan. Sachin Tendulkar came on to the field as a substitute fielder for Pakistan.
2. Peter Siddle of Australia is the only bowler in the history of international cricket to take a hat-trick on his birthday.
3. A man named Richard Stokes has only watched two tests in a stadium in his entire life. And the thing is when he is 10-year-old, he witnessed Jim Laker taking all 10 wickets in the 1956 Old Trafford Test against Australia. Forty-three years later he was in India watching the India vs Pakistan Test and saw Anil Kumble taking all the 10 wickets in an innings. A massive coincidence, right?
4. Australia beat England by 45 runs in the first ever Test match in 1877, at Melbourne. In 1977, hundred years later the opposition were the same, the venue was the same and the result as well.
5. The England legend Alastair Cook has played 159 consecutive Test matches. The only player to do so.
6. Alec Stewart was born on 8-4-63 and he scored 8463 Test runs
7. India is the only country to win the 60-Over, 50-Over and 20-Over World Cup
8. Saif Ali Khan’s grandfather, Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi is the only cricketer to play Test cricket for India and England.
9. Chris Gayle is the only batsman to hit a six off the first ball of a Test match.
10. Shahid Afridi used Sachin Tendulkar’s bat to hit the fastest ever ODI century. Young Afridi hit 11 sixes and six boundaries with Sachin Tendulkar’s bat and scored a 37-ball century against Sri Lanka which was the then fastest ODI century.
11. In 1939, a test match between England and South Africa lasted for 12 days.
12. Sanath Jayasura has more ODI wickets than the great Shane Warne.
13. The highest number of runs scored in an over is not 36. It’s 77. It happened in a first-class cricket test match.
14. Adam Gilchrist played 96 Test matches between 5 th November 1999 and 24 th January 2008 without dropping out from any of them. He holds the record for playing the most number of tests straight after making debut for a wicket keeper.
15. Saurav Ganguly is the only Indian player to score a century in the knockout stages of a World Cup.