Cricket, the gentlemen’s game, is one of the most popular sports in the World.
So, today we bring to you some of the most interesting, funny, and amazing cricket facts every cricket fan should know.
45 Mind Whooping Cricket Facts That’ll Blow Your Mind
1) In the first-ever test match, Australia beat England by a margin of 45 runs
2) Sachin Tendulkar played for Pakistan before he played for India
In 1987, during a practice match between India and Pakistan at the Brabourne Stadium, Sachin went as a substitute fielder for Pakistan.
And hence, you can say that Tendulkar played for Pakistan before he played for India.
3) Sanath Jayasuriya, former Sri Lankan captain, has more ODI wickets (323) than Australian great Shane Warne (293).
4) Indian spinner Bapu Nadkarni has bowled 21 consecutive maiden overs in test match cricket
On 12th January 1964, against England at Chennai, Bapu Nadkarni ended with figures of 32-27-5-0, and in this process, bowled 21 consecutive maiden overs.
5) The Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka has hosted more ODIs (115) than Lord’s (67).
6) Adam Gilchrist has the record of playing the most number of consecutive tests straight after debut.
Gilchrist made his international test debut on 5th November 1999, and he played 96 Test matches between 5th November 1999 and 24th January 2008 without missing any of them.
7) Sir Wilfred Rhodes took 4,204 wickets in First-Class cricket
Wilfred Rhodes, an English professional cricketer, took 4,204 wickets in First-Class cricket and also scored 39,969 first-class runs.
8) Jimmy Matthews took two hat-tricks on the same day
On May 28, 1912, Australian cricketer Jimmy Matthews took two hat-tricks against South Africa on the same day in each innings.
9) Sir Jack Hobbs, a veteran of English county cricket, scored 199 centuries in his first-class cricket career
10) Sir Vivian Richards is the only cricketer to play in both Cricket and Football World Cups
Sir Vivian, in 1974, played qualifying matches for the Football World Cup for Antigua, and for West Indies, played in four Cricket World Cups.
11) Jim Laker, an English cricketer, once took 19 wickets in a test match
12) Sourav Ganguly is the only Indian cricketer to have scored a century in the knockout stages of a World Cup.
13) Courtney Walsh has the most number of not-outs in Test cricket. He has stayed unbeaten for a total of 61 times in 185 innings.
14) Sri Lankan cricketer Mahela Jayawardene is the only batsman who has scored centuries in both the Semi-Final and Final of the Cricket World Cup.
15) Kiwi cricketer Bert Vance conceded 77 runs in an over
On February 20th February 1990, playing for Wellington, Bert Vance conceded 77 runs in an over in a match against Canterbury.
16) After Virat Kohli’s debut, the Indian cricket team has chased down 300+ targets five times in ODI cricket
Virat Kohli has also scored four centuries in these five matches
17) Chris Martin and B.S Chandrasekhar have taken more wickets in their test career than the test runs they have scored.
Chris Martin, in the 71 Tests he played, scored 123 runs, while picking 233 test wickets
On the other hand, Chandrasekhar has picked 242 wickets while scoring 167 test runs
18) The only cricketer to win four consecutive Man of the Match awards in ODIs was Sourav Ganguly
19) Shahid Afridi used Sachin Tendulkar’s bat to score the then fastest century in ODI cricket ( 104 off 40 balls )
AB De Villiers broke this record against West Indies by hitting a 31-ball century ( 149 off 44 balls )
20) Vinod Kambli’s Test match average is better than Sachin Tendulkar
Vinod Kambli played 17 Test matches for India, including two consecutive double tons, and has a Test average of 54.20, which is better than his childhood friend Sachin Tendulkar ( test average of 53.78 from 200 Tests )
21) Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, the father of MAK Pataudi, is the only cricketer to play Test cricket for both India and England
22) Indian cricketer Madan Lal bowled the first ball of the inaugural edition of the ODI World Cup (1975)
23) Former South African captain Graeme Smith is the only cricketer in cricket history to captain more than 100 Test matches.
24) Sachin Tendulkar scored a duck only once in his Ranji’s and it was Bhuvaneshwar Kumar who got him out.
25) In the 141 years of test match cricket, ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle is the only batsman to score a six off the first ball in a Test match
26) On November 25, 2010, during the Brisbane Test, Peter Siddle became the only bowler in international cricket to grab a hat-trick on his birthday.
27) India is the only cricketing nation that has won the 60-Over, 50-Over, and 20-Over World Cup
28) In the 1975 Prudential World Cup, chasing 336, Sunil Gavaskar stayed unbeaten at 36 off 174 balls.
29) Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal picked ten five-wicket hauls in his ODI career but has never won a Man of the Match award in ODIs
30) English cricketer Alastair Cook played 154 consecutive tests and broke the record of Allan Border ( 153 consecutive tests )
31) West Indian cricketer Leslie Hylton is the only cricketer who was hanged for murder.
32) Wasim Akram’s highest test score of 257 not out is more than that of Sachin Tendulkar ( Highest score: 248 not out. )
33) Virender Sehwag’s highest scores in each format of the game ended with a 19 (Test: 319, ODI: 219, and 119 in T20s).
34) Shoaib Malik, Lance Klusener, Hashan Tillakaratne, and Abdur Razzaq are the only four players to bat in 10 different batting positions in ODI cricket.
35) Former English captain Alec Stewart was born on 8-4-63 ( 8th April 1963 ) and scored 8463 Test runs
36) Sunil Gavaskar, thrice in his career, was out off the first ball in a Test match, and the bowlers who dismissed him were: Geoff Arnold (Edgbaston, 1974), Malcolm Marshall (Kolkata, 1984), and Imran Khan (Jaipur, 1987).
37) The shortest-ever test match was over in just five hours and 53 minutes
In the 1932 Test match between Australia and South Africa at Melbourne, Australia scored 153 runs in their first innings, and South Africa was out for 36 and 45 in both their innings and suffered an innings defeat.
38) Legendary English all-rounder Wilfred Rhodes played his last test match till he was 52
39) The legendary English cricketer Sir Jack Hobbs finished his career in 1934, with over 60,000 runs
40) Inzamam Ul Haq, the legendary Pakistan batsman, took his first wicket off the very first ball he bowled in his international career.
41) Kenyan cricketer Asif Karim played both International cricket and Davis Cup (Tennis) for his nation
42) ML Jaisimha and Ravi Shastri are the only two Indian cricketers who have batted on all five days of a test match
43) In the 1948 Brisbane Test, Lala Amarnath became the only bowler to dismiss Sir Don Bradman hit wicket in international cricket.
44) Sir Don Bradman has only hit six sixes in his international career.
45) Only Indian cricketer who got knighted is the Maharaja of Vizianagaram