We have heard a lot of interesting stories about cricketers and their life. Some are pretty interesting while few leave us in shock. Here we bring you some interesting and unknown facts about the cricketers and the game.
Shahid Afridi’s fastest century
We all know that Shahid Afridi held the record for the fastest ODI ton for a long time before it was overtaken by Corey Anderson and later AB de Villiers. Afridi completed a hundred in 37 balls against Sri Lanka while Anderson took 36 and de Villiers 31 deliveries respectively. The aggressive right-handed batsman used Sachin Tendulkar’s bat to achieve the feat.
The kissing story of Abbas Ali Baig
Have you seen the fans running on to field and touching and hugging their favourite players? But the first instance of something like this with an Indian cricketer happened in 1960 at the Brabourne Stadium. Abbas Ali Baig was shocked by a girl when she entered the field and kissed him during India’s Test match against Australia. She kissed Baig on his cheek.
Don Bradman gets out of HIT WICKET
Australia’s Don Bradman is known to be the finest cricketers that the world has ever seen. He in fact missed out on maintaining an average of 100 in Tests after he got out for a duck against England in his career’s last match. But very few know that Bradman was once out hit wicket and his wicket was scalped by Lala Amarnath during the Brisbane Test in 1948.
India’s World Cup win in three different formats
Do you know that initially, the ODI matches were of 60 overs? In fact, the 1983 World Cup was also played in this format. India won the World Cup in 1983, then the World T20 in 2007 and the ICC World Cup (50-over) in 2011.
Alec Stewart’s birth date and Test runs tally
Former England wicket-keeper batsman Alec Stewart was born on 8-4-63 and interestingly his Test runs tally was 8463.
England’s finals defeat
England is the only team to lose 60-over final (1979 World Cup vs West Indies), 50-0ver final (1992 World Cup vs Pakistan) and 20-over final (2013 Champions Trophy vs India).
Experimenting with batting orders
We have often seen that the team managements generally tweak their batting line ups in order to improve results. Lance Klusener, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Malik and Hashan Tillakaratne are the four batsmen who have batted at 10 different positions for their respective sides.
Jack Hobbs hundreds
Sir Jack Hobbs has notched up 199 centuries during his First-Class career.
You have seen Yuvraj Singh smashing Stuart Broad for 36 runs in an over? You have seen Prashant Parameswaran giving away 37 runs in one over? Do you think these are th costliest over? If yes, you are wrong. The highest number of runs scored in an over is 77.
Women’s World Cup
The first men’s World Cup took place in 1975 that West Indies won after beating Australia in the final. But do you know that the women’s World Cup took place before the men’s? The first women’s World Cup was played in 1973. England won the contest beating Australia.
Cricket at Olympics
Cricket has been a part of the Olympics once in the 1990 edition in Athens.
Kapil Dev’s 175*
Former India captain Kapil Dev scored 175* against Zimbabwe in the 1983 World Cup. India were struggling at 17/5 when the right-handed played an important knock and rescued his side. But there is no footage of that match as the Broadcaster was on strike that day.
Miscalculated World Cup Exit
We have often heard that South Africa have choked under pressure and at a crucial stage but in the 2003 World Cup, the story was a bit different. Playing at home, South Africa needed to score one run off the last ball after the target was revised but Mark Boucher who had no clue of this defended the ball and the Proteas had to exit the World Cup.
Sachin Tendulkar playing for Pakistan
Can you imagine this? Well, this did happen in Mumbai’s Brabourne stadium when Sachin fielded for Pakistan in a practice match in 1987.
Bishan Singh Bedi decides to forfeit a match
During an ODI match between India and Pakistan in 1978, the then skipper Bishan Singh Bedi decided to forfeit the match in protest to four bouncers on the trot by Sarfraz Nawaz. The umpire hadn’t called any of them as wide and there was rules against bowling the bouncers back then.
10-day Test match
Who hold the record for chasing the highest total in Tests? West Indies. But the record could have gone to England in 1939. During a Test between South Africa and England, the English team needed to chase 696. The match went into the 10th day with England at 654/5. The task could have been an easy one for England but the captain of the ship that was bound to take them back refused to wait further and the match was declared as a draw.
No change in the strip
The International Cricket Council (ICC) keeps making changes in the rules. If you have read the textbooks in standard ninth, you must be knowing that the shapes and sizes of the bats and balls have also been altered over the years. But it’s the size of the pitch which is 22 yards is the only thing that haven’t changed from the very beginning.
Shocking wickets tally
Wilfred Rhodes who played for Yorkshire has picked 4204 First-class wickets.
In the 1999-2000 season, England and South Africa declared their one innings each for 0-0. South Africa scored 248 in the first innings but the rain played the spoilsport. The then captains Nasser Hussain and Hasni Cronje played for the result and England chased down the target of 249 runs in the fourth innings.