25 cricket facts you won’t believe ever existed
In every sports, players are remembered for records they have made. Cricket is no exception. However, there are some cricketers who will always be remembered for their unusual records. Here are 25 mind-blowing cricket facts.
RICHARD STOKES WITNESSED JIM LAKER, ANIL KUMBLE TAKING 10 WICKETS
Richard Stokes watched only two Tests in his life. At the age of 10, he witnessed Jim Laker taking all 10 wickets against Australia at Old Trafford in 1956. Forty-three years later, he was at the Feroze Shah Kotla ground in Delhi where Anil Kumble took all the 10 wickets against Pakistan.
SIMILARITIES BETWEEN INDIA’S WORLD CUP WINS
India won their first ever Test match at Lord’s (1986) just three years after winning their first World Cup (1983). Interestingly, India won their second ever Test at the Lord’s (2014) three years after winning the World Cup for second time (2011).
WASIM AKRAM’S HIGHEST SCORE IN TEST CRICKET IS BIGGER THAN SACHIN TENDULKAR’S
It is a fact. Legendary Pakistani pacer Wasim Akram’s highest score in Test cricket is 257. On October 20, 1996, Akram scored unbeaten 257 against Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura. It is also the highest score by a number eight batsman. On the other hand, Sachin’s highest score in the longest version of the game is unbeaten 248. The Indian maestro scored the double century against hosts Bangladesh at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka in December 2004.
INZAMAN-UL-HAQ CLAIMED A WICKET ON THE FIRST BALL HE BOWLED IN ODIS
Former Pakistani skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq has a unique record of claiming a wicket on the very first ball he bowled in ODIs. On November 24, 1991, he got the wicket of West Indian great Brian Lara at Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad. Lara left the crease after offering a catch to wicket-keeper Moin Khan.
MS DHONI HAS NOT SCORED A CENTURY OUTSIDE ASIA
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the holder of couple of embarrassing records. One of them is that he has not scored a century outside Asia. Mahi has scored six Test centuries and nine ODI tons, but all of them are scored in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
ALEC STEWART, BORN ON 8-4-63, SCORED 8463 TEST RUNS
Alec James Stewart, the wicket-keeper batsman and England’s most-capped Test player, was born on April 8, 1963. Incidentally, he scored 8463 runs in 133 matches at an average of 39.54 with the help of 15 centuries and 45 half-centuries.
GAVASKAR WAS OUT OFF THE FIRST BALL OF A TEST MATCH THRICE
Sunil Gavaskar, the former Indian skipper and the first man to score 10,000 Test runs, was dismissed first ball of a match thrice. Gavaskar was out to Geoff Arnold at Edgbaston in 1974, to Malcom Marshall at Kolkata in 1983 and to Imran Khan at Jaipur in 1986. Interestingly, Sunny shares this unique record with Conrade Hunte, Chris Gayle, Sanath Jayasuriya – who were dismissed for zero on the very first ball of a match three times.
ALL FOUR INNINGS OF A TEST MATCH ON THE SAME DAY
It happened twice in the history of cricket. In 2000, the Lord’s witnessed all the four innings on a same day during a England-West Indies match. In 2011, the history was repeated at Cape Town during a South Africa-Australia Test.
SOUTH AFRICA REQUIRED 111 RUNS TO WIN AT 11:11 ON 11/11/11
Simply coincidence. It happened during the first Test between South Africa and Australia at Cape Town. At 11:11am on November 11, 2011, the Proteas were 125 for 1, needing 111 more runs to win the match.
MOHINDER AMARNATH – ONLY CRICKETER TO BE DISMISSED FOR HANDLING THE BALL AND OBSTRUCTING THE FIELD
In cricket, a batsman can get out in 11 ways – Retired, Bowled, Timed out, Caught, Handled the ball, Hit the ball twice, Hit wicket, Leg before wicket, Obstructing the field, Run out and Stumped. Former Indian all-rounder Mohinder Amarnath is the only player to be dismissed for handling the ball and obstructing the field. Amarnath left the crease after handling the ball during an ODI against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on February 9, 1986. Later on October 22, 1989, he was given out for obstructing the field during an ODI against Sri Lanka at Ahmedabad.
SANATH JAYASURIYA HAS MORE ODI WICKETS THAN SHANE WARNE
Believe it or not! Sanath Jayasuriya has taken more ODI wickets than Shane Warne. While the left-arm Sri Lankan all-rounder has claimed 323 wickets in 445 ODIs, the legendary Australian spinner has taken 293 wickets in 194 matches.
COURTNEY WALSH REMAINED UNBEATEN MAXIMUM NUMBER OF TIMES
It is a fact. Walsh, the former West Indian fast bowler, played 132 Tests. In 185 innings, he scored just 936 runs at an average of 7.54. However, he remained unbeaten 61 times and his top score was an unbeaten 30 (against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 24, 1988).
CHRIS GAYLE IS THE ONLY BATSMAN TO HIT A SIX OFF THE FIRST BALL OF A TEST
West Indian opener Chris Gayle is the only player in the history of cricket who hit a six off the very first ball of a Test match. The hard-hitting Caribbean batsman achieved this feat against Bangladesh at Mirpur in 2012. The bowler was debutant off-spinner Sohag Gazi.
JAISIMHA, SHASTRI ONLY INDIANS TO BAT ON ALL FIVE DAYS
In the history of Test cricket, only seven players have batted on all five days of a match. Among them, two are Indians – ML Jaisimha and Ravi Shastri. Interestingly, the two Indians achieved the feat in Kolkata. While Jaisimha batted on all five days against Australia in 1960, Shastri did so against England in 1984.
VINOD KAMBLI’S TEST AVERAGE IS BETTER THAN SACHIN
Unbelievable! Vinod Kambli scored 1084 runs in 17 Tests at an average of 54.20, while his childhood friend Sachin Tendulkar scored 15,921 runs in 200 matches at an average of 53.78.
LALA AMARNATH IS THE ONLY BOWLER TO DISMISS BRADMAN HIT WICKET
Amazing! Lala Amarnath holds the unique distinction of being the only bowler in the history of Test cricket to dismiss Sir Don Bradman courtesy of a hit-wicket. It happened at Brisbane in 1948.
INDIA – ONLY COUNTRY TO WIN THE 60-OVER, 50-OVER AND 20-OVER WC
India won the 60-over World Cup beating West Indies in 1983, 50-over World Cup defeating Sri Lanka in 2011 and 20-over World Cup beating Pakistan in 2007.
PETER SIDDLE – ONLY BOWLER TO TAKE A HAT-TRICK ON BIRTHDAY
Australia’s Peter Siddle is the only bowler in the history of cricket to take a hat-trick on his birthday. He did so during a Test match against England at Brisbane on November 25, 2010.
MAHELA JAYAWARDENE – ONLY BATSMAN TO SCORE CENTURY IN WC SEMI-FINAL, FINAL
Mahela Jayawardene is the only batsman to score a century in a World Cup semi-final and final. The former Sri Lankan captain scored a 109-ball 115 against New Zealand in 2007 World Cup semi-final and hit a 88-ball unbeaten 103 against India in the final of 2011 World Cup.
SIR DONALD BRADMAN HIT ONLY 6 SIXES
Legendary Australian batsman Sir Don Bradman hit just six sixers in his entire career. Sir Don hit five sixes against England and one against India. Apart from hitting two fives in his career, he smashed 618 fours in Test cricket.
ONLY 4 PLAYERS HAVE BATTED AT 10 DIFFERENT POSITIONS IN ODIS
South Africa’s Lance Klusener, Abdur Razzaq and Shoaib Malik of Pakistan, and former Sri Lankan batsman Hashan Tillakaratne have batted at 10 different positions in ODIs.
LESLIE HYLTON IS THE ONLY CRICKETER TO BE HANGED FOR MURDER
Former West Indian pacer Leslie Hylton, who claimed 16 wickets in 6 Tests at an average of 26.12, is the only Test cricketer to be hanged. He was hanged on May 17, 1955 in Jamaica on charges of murdering his wife.
TWO ROBIN SINGHS HAVE PLAYED ONLY 1 TEST FOR INDIA
Robin Singh, considered as India’s ODI specialist, played only one Test match against Zimbabwe in 1998. Later, his namesake and fast bowler Robin Singh junior played one Test against New Zealand in 1999. Both of them did not get a chance to play for India after their debut Test.
AUSTRALIA BEAT ENGLAND BY 45 RUNS IN FIRST TEST & IN CENTENARY TEST
Australia registered a 45-run victory over England in the first ever cricket Test in 1877 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. 100 years later, Australia won the centenary Test against the same opposition at the same venue and by the same margin.