The game cricket faces a number of controlling factors, a number of variables and hence is known as game of uncertainities.The game is interesting and have lots of interesting facts.
Interesting Cricket Facts
Let us share some interesting facts about cricket here.
The first Test match began on 15 March 1877 and had a timeless format with four balls per over. In the first ever Test in 1877, Australia beat England by 45 runs. 100 yrs later, in the Centenary Test, the result was exactly the same.!!
Greg Chappell of Australia hit a century on debut as well as in his last match.
Sourav Ganguly of India is the only cricketer to have won four successive Man of the Match awards in One-day Internationals.
South Africans were the first to introduce TV run outs!
Sachin Tendulkar is the first victim to be dismissed (run out) by using the television replays by the third umpire. Jonty Rhodes was the fielder. Next day, in the same test match, Jonty Rhodes was run out by the fielder none other than Sachin Tendulkar though the batsman was declared not out by the umpire.
Inzamam ul Haq of Pakistan was given out for ’obstructing the field’ by umpire SimonTaufel in an Indo-Pak match. Inzi played a defensive stroke and then just a little bit he walked out of his crease when Indian fielder threw the ball straight at the stumps but Inzi put his bat in the middle.Therefore he was given obstructing the field out.
No one has completed an innings at the score of 228!
Sunil Gavaskar of India has featured in a record number of 52 century partnerships.
Wasim Akram of Pakistan is the first man to perform a hat-trick in both one days and tests!
Mohammed Azharruddin of India is the only player in the history of Test cricket to score a century in each of his first three test matches.
Graham Yallop, in 1978 was the first man to wear a helmet!
M.L.Jaisimha of India was the first batsman to bat on all five days of a Test.
The legendary captain of the West Indies, Clive Lloyd was the first captain to win 25 Test Matches.
India had to wait for a period of 19 years & 230 days before registering its first victory.
Narendra Hirwani of India took 16 wickets on his debut versus West Indies.
Hanif Mohammed (Pakistan) batted for 16 hours and 10 minutes – nearly 3 full days – against the West Indies, scoring 337*.
Hollywood actor Russell Crowe is Martin Crowe’s cousin!
In a testmatch in Faisalabad in 1997-98, Mushtaq Ahmed of Pakistan was bowling to Pat Symcox. Symcox missed the ball,which went on to knock the middle stump. However, the heat had fused together the bails and they did not fall. Symcox went on to make 81, his second highest test score..!!
Shahid Afridi of Pakistan used a bat borrowed from Waqar Younis to score the fastest century in a One-Day International.!!
The running out of a non-striking batsman who leaves his crease before the bowler has released the ball is called ‘MANKAD', It is named after Vinoo Mankad , an Indian bowler, who used this method controversially, in a test match.
In 1939, England and South Africa played the longest match in history in Durban, South Africa. Even on the 14th day , the match wasn’t over. England needed 42 more runs to win, and had five wickets in hand. But the team’s ship was due to sail home the next day, and so the game was called off. The match was officially declared a draw.
As a child, Tendulkar loved to play tennis more than any other game. It was his elder brother , who motivated him to play cricket.
At the first ODI between India and New Zealand on 28th November, 2010, all 10 New Zealand’s players lost their wickets to catches. As nine Indian players were caught by New Zealanders, a record for 19 catches in an ODI has been set, surpassing the 18 between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at Colombo in 1986
The oldest Test Captain was W G Grace, aged 50 years 320 days in 1899.
Chaminda Vaas of Srilanka is the only bowler to have taken a World Cup Hat-trick in the first three balls of a match against Bangladesh in 2003.
In the West Indies vs. England match at Scarborough, a throw from the boundary by Michael Holding hit one set of stumps and went on to hit the other set. The batsmen were out of their creases but the umpire was too confused to give either ‘out’.
Ramiz Raja was caught off a no-ball, but failing to hear the umpire’s call he left his crease to return to the pavilion. He was then given out ‘ run out’ by the square leg umpire in the match Pakistan vs. England at Perth in January 1987.
Because of extremely hot weather, drinks intervals were allowed every two overs in the Australia vs. New Zealand match at Melbourne in January 1988.
Mike Gatting had his nose broken by a ball from Malcolm Marshall while batting v West Indies at Kingston in 1986. The ball unfortunately dropped from his nose on to the wicket!!