Cricket is arguably the second most popular sports in the world. Cricket fans saw many fans like test cricket, 60 overs ODI, 50 overs ODI, T-20 and now T-10. One thing that makes cricket so popular is it’s easy to follow rules and amazing facts.
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Cricket gave some of the best players in the world and it made this sport more popular. Players like Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting, Kapil Dev, Don Bradman and many more made this sport highly popular. Every format of cricket gave legends. Let’s discuss some amazing facts about Cricket.
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Amazing facts about Cricket
- You know the highest number of runs in an over? It’s 77. It happened in New Zealand first class Cricket match and bowler was RH Vance. Due to the number of No-Balls, he bowled total 22 bowls in the over. Stats are 0 4 4 4 6 6 4 6 1 4 1 0 6 6 6 6 6 0 0 4 0 1 (Bold ones are only legal deliveries). (Source – ESPN)
- Sharjah stadium hosted most number of International matches till date 15 December 2018.
- Cricket had appeared in Olympics twice. In 1897 in Athens the first time it was introduced but due to not enough teams, available competition never happened. Second time in the Paris Olympics in 1900 where two teams played Great Britain and France. Great Britain won the gold medal.
- England had a special fact with them as they lost finals of all three formats of limited Cricket. 60-over final (1979 WC Final), 50-over Final (1992 world cup) and 20-over ODI final (2013 Champions trophy).
- Sri Lanka had a record of highest runs in an inning in Tests. Sri Lanka scored 952/6 against India in 1997 at Colombo.
- Except from length of pitch (22 yards) all rules of Cricket had modified at least once.
Amazing facts about Cricket Players
- England’s Willfred Rhodespicked was one of the most famous players in England’s first-class cricket and took a total of 4204 wickets and also scored 39969 runs in first-class cricket. He was just short of 31 runs to complete 40000 runs.
- Shivnaraine Chanderpaul had a record to face the most number of balls in an over without getting out. He faced 1051 balls against India in 2002 in a Test match.
- Sachin Tendulkar and nervous 90 had a special connection. He was out between 90 to 100, a total of 28 times. Imagine if he scored half of a century from them.
- Kapil Dev never missed a single match in his 16 years of career due to injury. Also, he never run-out during his 184 innings.
- England’s Sir Jack Hobes had a record of most number of first-class centuries in the world. He scored 199 centuries. (Just one short !!)
- Adam Gilchrist never bowled a single ball in his International Cricket career. He bowled for the first time in last ever match at IPL so got a wicket.
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- Muttiah Muralitharan bowled the most number of maiden overs in International cricket. He bowled a total of 1994 maiden overs.
- Brett Lee, Glenn McGrath, Stuart Clarke, Wasim Akram, Shaun Pollock, Dale Steyn, and Kapil Dev all had taken wickets on first and the last bowl of an innings. (Till 15 December 2018)
- Trent Boult and Zaheer Khan are the only bowlers in the world to bowl three consecutive maiden overs in World cup.
- Brian Lara is one and the only player in the world to score 400 runs in an inning in International Cricket.
- Sachin Tendulkar had a record of 100 centuries in International Cricket. (Both Test and ODI)
- Muttiah Muralitharan had a record 800 test wickets.
- Jim Laker and Anil Kumble are only players to take 10 wickets in a single inning.
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