Did you know cricket is pretty popular in India? A lot of people enjoy playing this sport from the backyard sessions to the big leagues.
It’s also safe to say that even the Indians who don’t consider themselves fans, probably know a thing or two about cricket too. Almost all Indians will know the rules, a couple of popular players, and the various types of matches that exist.
So, why not go ahead and read 7 facts about this game that even cricket fans will be shocked to hear about?
1.Chris Gayle is the only batsman, who’s ever hit a six on the first ball of a test match.
Test cricket has existed for 144 years now with the first Test match, played by two national teams (Australia and England) in Melbourne back in 1877, marking its beginning. Ever since Chris Gayle has remained the only batsman to hit a six on the very first ball of a match. He achieved that in a match against Bangladesh almost 10 years ago.
You can watch the video of how he did it here:
2.Indian spinner Bapu Nadkarni bowled 21 consecutive maiden overs in a match against England.
On January 12 of 1964, Indian spinner Bapu Nadkarni played a significant role in India’s win against England bowling twenty-one maiden overs in a row.
3.Alec Stewart’s date of birth is the same as the number of test runs he’s racked up.
Ex-English cricket captain Alec Stewart was welcomed into this world on 8/4/63 and in his whole test career, he’s totaled 8,463 runs. What are the odds, right?
4.Ishant Sharma is the one who’s got the three top scores against India by a 21st-century batsman.
Ishant Sharma dropped three catches, which were crucial for India’s win in three different matches. Alastair Cook, Michael Clarke, and Brendon McCullum were the batsmen. Alastair totaled 294 runs, Michael ‒ 329, and Brendon ‒ 302. Naturally, this took place in a series of matches in 2011, 2012, and 2014.
5.India is the only country that has won all of the three kinds of world cups.
The cricket team representing India is the only one that has taken first place in a 60-over, 50-over, and 20-over World Cup match.
6.On 11/11/11 at 11:11 in the morning, South Africa was short 111 runs to prevail in a match against Australia.
This happened during a test match between South Africa and Australia, which took place in Cape Town. South Africa achieved 125 runs and required 111 more to come out as the winner against the Australians.
7.Sachin Tendulkar first played for Pakistan and then for India.
In a practice match between Pakistan and India, which happened in 1987, Sachin Tendulkar was requested onto the pitch as a replacement fielder for the team from Pakistan.
Were you familiar with any of these interesting facts? All of the mentioned above are puzzling things that could be considered recent. Cricket has, indeed, been played for almost a century and players, who promote this sport, will perhaps keep popping up.
However, regardless of the sport’s intriguing history, most people find cricket extremely entertaining. The reason why possibly hides in the fact that cricket is often played by the masses. It doesn’t matter if you’re a pro player or you just like to play with your friends, the most important thing is that you appreciate every second of it.