Cricket has become a popular sport with each passing day. In particular, Indian cricket has seen unprecedented progress in the last decade. From winning the T20 World Cup in 2007 to registering a remarkable victory over Australia in the recently held Test series, India has won it all in the game of cricket. The Indian cricket fan base is also one of the largest fan bases in the world. Indian cricket fans go to great lengths to know everything about the Indian cricket side. However, there are some things that even Indian fans might not know about the Indian cricket team. That said, here are 5 bizarre
but facts about the Indian cricket team:
Virat Kohli scalped his 1st ever T20I wicket without bowling a single legal delivery
Virat Kohli scalped his 1st T20I wicket against England back in 2011. Virat Kohli was handed the responsibility to bowl the 8th over of England’s innings. His 1st ball went for a wide. Unfortunately, England cricketer Kevin Pietersen was way out of the crease. MS Dhoni then went on to stump out Kevin Pietersen. Owing to this, Kohli somehow managed to scalp his 1st ever wicket in the T20I format without actually bowling a legal delivery.
Mandeep Singh played for South Africa A team as a substitute fielder
Quite surprisingly, Mandeep Singh played for the South Africa A team as a substitute back in 2015. In a match between India A and South Africa A in 2015, 4 South African players were unable to continue with the match. This was owing to stomach problems.
Hence, Mandeep Singh was brought in to field against his team in the match between India A and South Africa A. In the end, India A went on to win the match by a comfortable margin of 8 wickets.
Virat Kohli was ranked one of the Top 10 T20I all rounders back in 2017
Virat Kohli is arguably the best batsman in the modern game of cricket. However, seeing him finish in the top 10 all-rounders list is not something which you see every day. In 2017, Virat Kohli somehow managed to finish as the 10th bestT20I all rounder.
Kohli was placed at the 10th spot, with 190 points to his name. What is even more unbelievable is the fact that Kohli did not bowl a single delivery in the T20 format that year.
Rahul Dravid represented Scotland back in 2003
Indian cricketing legend Rahul Dravid is one of the most successful batsmen in Indian cricket history. However, what is lesser known about Dravid is that he has represented Scotland in his cricket career. Rahul Dravid, surprisingly, was part of the Scotland team in 2003. In 11 matches for Scotland, Dravid racked up 600 runs in total.
4 Indian batsmen together notched up an opening partnership of 408 runs for the 1st wicket
India and Bangladesh locked horns in the Shere Bangla stadium back in 2007. Batting first, India managed to post a total of 408 on the board. India lost its first wicket when the score was 408. Surprisingly, when the 1st wicket fell, 4 batsmen had played till then.
Wasim Jaffer and Dinesh Karthik opened the batting for India against Bangladesh. However, Dinesh Karthik got retired out during the tea break. Owing to that, Rahul Dravid came to replace the injured Karthik. Following that, Wasim Jaffer decided to discontinue, citing heat exhaustion as the reason. In his place, Sachin Tendulkar entered the crease to bat alongside Rahul Dravid.