Amazing Facts About Cricket That Will Blow Your Mind

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” Howzat! “
The word itself can make any cricket lover shout in excitement or put their heads down in disappointment. The game of Cricket has appealed to many people across the globe over the years. Even those who are not into sports cannot help but cheer when their own country hits a six or manages to outscore a rival.

If you’re a cricket enthusiast or just curious about this gentleman’s game, then do not miss these 20 interesting facts that will blow your mind away.

20 Amazing Facts About Cricket

Shahid Afridi and Sachin Tendulkar shaking hands
Shahid Afridi and Sachin Tendulkar, once Afridi used Sachin’s bat. Photo Credit: Indiatimes

We all get forgetful sometimes, don’t we? The same happened with Pakistani player Shahid Afridi who flew to Nairobi to play against Sri Lanka without a proper bat. At that moment, Waqar Yonnis provided him with Sachin Tendulkar’s bat with which Afridi delivered eleven 6’s and six boundaries scoring a 37-ball century. 

 

 

chris gayle batting in a test match
Chris Gayle hits six in first ball in a test match. Photo Credit: cricket.com

Chris Gayle’s batting skills are totally on point. He’s the first batsman to hit a straight 6 from the very first ball hurled at him by Bangladeshi bowler, Shahag Gazi in the 137 years of Test Cricket history. Wow!

 

 

Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi played cricket for india and england
Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi played for both India and England. Photo Credit: wikipedia & knappily

Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi was showered with praises during his time as a cricketer. But do you know that he played both for England and India in the Test matches? Amazing right?

 

 

1986 and 2014 India-Pakistan matches in frame. Photo Credit: india.com & muhammad zahid

The results of both the 1986 and 2014 Indo-Pak cricket game held at the Australian Cup and Asian Cup respectively bore queer similarities. For example, both the matches were played at the same venue, at both times Pakistan chose to field first, India scored 245 on both occasions and even won by one wicket. So strange! 

 

 

Alec Stewart during a test match
Alec Stewart during a test match. Photo Credit: crictracker

Want to know another weird coincidence? England’s cricketer, Alec Stewart whose date of birth is on 8/04/63 scored exactly 8463 runs during the Test matches of his entire cricket career.

 

 

Bret Vance, the man who scored 77 runs in an over
Bert Vance, the man who scored 77 in an over. Photo Credit: espncricinfo

Highest Runs in an over is 77! Yes, Bert Vance, in February 1990, scored 77 in an over and the over was something like 0444664614106666600401. There’s an interesting story to this over which you might want to read.

 

 

nolan clarke playing for holland at the age of 47 years 257 days
Nolan Clarke playing for Holland at the age of 47 years 257 days. Photo Credit: mykhel

Age is just a number they say! Well, Nolan Clarke proved it right when he played the world cup for Holland at the age of 47 Years and 257 Days, which is the oldest age of any cricketer playing the world cup. Well, they didn’t win but hats off to his spirit!

 

 

alaister cook and allan border
Alastair Cook on left and Allan Border on right. Photo Credit: celebsnow & cricket.com

Australian cricketer Allan Border was the sole player who had 153 consecutive Test matches to his name until Alastair Cook broke the record in 2018. 

 

 

11/11/11 match between south africa and australia
South Africa and Australia match on 11/11/11. Photo Credit: sportskeeda

Another miraculous phenomenon occurred at Cape Town where South Africa and Australia were having their Test Cricket. On 11/11/11, South Africa required 111 runs to win against Australia exactly at 11:11 a.m. 

 

 

phillip hughes struggling for life after hit by a ball
Phillip Hughes after hit by the ball which took away his life. Photo Credit: IndiaTV

Cricket is fun, but some instances have proved it to be a deadly game for an unfortunate few. You will be shocked to know cricketers have died on the field in many instances. Phillip Hughes, Raman Lamba, Wasim Raja, Ian Folley, Wolf Slack, Daryn Randall and Zulfikar Bhatti are the names whom the world of Cricket will remember forever.

 

 

sachin tendulkar playing for pakistan in 1987
Sachin Tendulkar shaking hands with Inzamam-ul-Haq. Photo Credit: 99telugu

Did you know that Sachin Tendulkar played for Pakistan once upon a time? It happened in 1987 during a practice match between India and Pakistan where Sachin was chosen as a substitute fielder of Pakistan. Thank heavens he was not a permanent player of Pakistan!

 

 

sunil gavaskar posing with his bat on field
Sunil Gavaskar on field. Photo Credit: cricshots

Sunil Gavaskar, the well-known batsman scored 10,000 runs in the Test matches in his entire cricket career. But, he too wasn’t away from failures. Gavaskar was out thrice in a Test match in the very first ball by bowlers Geoff Arnold, Malcolm Marshall and Imran Khan.

 

 

aasif karim, kkenya's player who played both tennis and cricket
Aasif Karim, Kenya’s player who played both Cricket and tennis. Photo Credit: Dawn

The multi-talented player from Kenya, Aasif Karim played both tennis and Cricket simultaneously. He was a part of International Cricket and Davis Cup as well. 

 

 

indian cricketer who batted for 5 days in test match, ML Jaisimha, Ravi Shastri and Cheteshwar Pujara
ML Jaisimha on the left, Ravi Shastri in the middle and Cheteshwar Pujara on the right. Photo Credit: telenganatoday, mykhel & crictracker

If you’re a devout cricket follower, you must be aware of how difficult it is to bat for five consecutive days in a Test match. But three Indian players named ML Jaisimha, Ravi Shastri and Cheteshwar Pujara defied the comforts and chose to bat repeatedly for five days straight in a Test match. 

 

 

vvs laxman during test cricket posing after win
VVS Laxman. Photo Credit: cricketaddictor

Have you ever noticed that Indian cricketer VVS Laxman was the only person to have played 100 Test matches but never a World Cup? 

 

 

mohinder amarnath after getting out
Mohinder Amarnath returning after getting out. Photo Credit: The Hindu

Handling the ball, obstructing the field and hit wicket. Mohinder Amarnath, an Indian batsman, is the only cricketer who got dismissed in all three ways. 

 

 

bishen singh bedi bowling on field
Bishen Singh Bedi bowling on field. Photo Credit: indiatimes

Forfeiting from a tense match is often agitating for others. But, Indian cricketer, Bishen Singh Bedi didn’t think for one moment before calling back the batsman on the crease and conceding a match. India was just 23 runs away from winning but Pakistani bowler, Sarfraz Nawaz, delivered 4 bouncers in succession and none of them was considered wide by the umpire. Nevertheless, it was a bold move, even though not quite appreciated by his teammates. 

 

 

sourav ganguly celebrating victory
Sourav Ganguly celebrating victory. Photo Credit: dnaindia

The “Dada” of Cricket, Sourav Ganguly, in the ODI form of Cricket received four consecutive Man Of The Match (MOM) awards. And he holds the highest individual score (183)by an Indian batsman in the Cricket World. We’re proud of you, Captain!

 

 

venue of 1900 Summer Olympics cricket match
Venue of cricket match held at the 1900 Summer Olympics, Vélodrome de Vincennes. Photo Credit: wikipedia

Want to know another surprising fact? In 1900, Cricket was even played at the Olympics in Athens at the 2nd modern-day Olympics. No doubt, it was a top-rated game.

 

 

1973 women's cricket world cup winners england
Women’s Cricket
1973 women’s cricket world cup winners, England. Photo Credit: femalecricket

Speaking of women empowerment, women’s cricket team is on the rise with brilliant female players like Mithali Raj. It’s interesting to know that, Women’s Cricket World Cup started in 1973, two years before the Men’s Cricket World Cup. Ladies first! Always! 

 

 

Millions enjoy this popular game of bat and ball and in a way, brings the world together. Cheers to all Cricket Lovers! I’m sure these eye-opening facts about Cricket must have spiked interest in those who don’t love the game yet, and if you’re still not convinced then do watch a match someday. I’m sure you’ll love it.