Fun Facts – 5

Interesting facts of cricket world :

In a World Cup match in 1975, Gavaskar batted through the 60 overs and scored only 36 runs. And we doubt this record is ever going to be broken either! At least we hope not.

After scoring 277 runs at the SCG in 1993 vs. Australia Brian Lara named his own daughter Sydney

Sachin Tendulkar once happened to play for Pakistan before he started playing for India!!! Yes, it is true. This incident took place during a practice match between the rival nations India and Pakistan at the Brabourne Stadium in 1987. Tendulkar came onto the field as a substitute fielder for Pakistan.

Bishen Singh Bedi once forfeited an ODI match between India and Pakistan simply because of too much use of the bouncer deliveries by the Pakistani fast bowlers especially, Sarfraz Nawaz! India just needed 23 runs from 14 balls with 8 wickets in hand when this incident happened.

The Indian cricket team is the only team to have been dismissed fully twice in a single day of a test match. This happened against England at Old Trafford in 1952.

The 1984-85 seasons’ 2nd One Day International between India and Pakistan at Sialkot, Pakistan. India was at a score of 210 runs for the loss of 3 wickets with Dilip Vengsarkar on the crease at a score of 94*. Match was duly announced to be abandoned after hearing the news of the then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi being assassinated.

Throughout history most of the cricket rules suffered modifications. The only rule that did not change over time is the length of the pitch

Charlie Bannerman from Australia scored the first century in Test cricket in 1877

Test matches between England and Australia are known as The Ashes because of an obituary published in the Sporting Times in 1922: “In affectionate remembrance of English cricket. … The body will be cremated, and the Ashes taken to Australia.”

The first ever international match took place in 1844, in New York between the United States and Canada. It was won by Canada.

When Australia toured England for the first time in 1868, each player wore a different colored cap, in order for the public to identify them.

The first test match was one between Australia and England. The test match took place in Melbourne between 15 – 19 March 1877.

In 1992, Sachin Tendulkar became the first ever batsman to be run out after the third umpire consulted TV replays–Jonty Rhodes was the fielder. The next day, in the same test match, Rhodes was run out in the exact same way by Sachin. Talk about tit for tat!

West Indian fast bowler Courtney Walsh was nicknamed Duracell for his ability to bowl extremely long spells.

Cricket has only ever appeared in the Olympic games twice. The first time was in 1896 in Athens; however, there were not enough teams to truly compete so the competition never occurred. Once again, in 1900, cricket made a reappearance in the Paris Olympics but only 2 teams were able to compete: Great Britain and France. The winner, Great Britain, received the gold medal

Shahid Afridi’s epic 1996 37-ball century, the fastest in one-day history at the time, was actually scored off Waqar Younis’ borrowed bat!

There is a special style of dismissal known as the Mankad and it is named after Indian bowler Vinod Mankad. It involves the running out of the non-striking batsman when he leaves his crease by the bowler before the ball has been delivered. Vinod used this method often, instead of warning the batsman as was custom at the time, so the name stuck.


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