Amazing facts about cricket

Amazing facts about cricket

Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players each on a cricket field, at the centre of which is a rectangular 20-metre pitch with a target at each end called the wicket. Now lets see some mind blowing amazing facts about cricket.

Amazing facts about cricket

1) Earlier, there were 4 balls in one over, but in 1889 an over was raised from 4 balls to 5 balls. In 1922, it was 8 balls in one over, but after the second world war in 1947, it was reduced to 6 balls per over and it still 6 balls in one over.

2) India is the only country to win the 60-over, 50-over and 20-over World Cup. India won the 60-over World Cup beating West Indies in 1983, 50-over World Cup defeating Sri Lanka in 2011 and 20-over World Cup beating Pakistan in 2007.

Amazing facts about cricket

3) Shahid Afridi used Sachin Tendulkar's bat to hit the fastest ever ODI century.Shahid Afridi was flown in to play for the Pakistan team from West Indies to Nairobi in 1996 and didn't have a proper bat. That's when Waqar Younis gave 'Young Afridi' Sachin Tendulkar’s bat. Afridi hit 11 sixes and six boundaries with the bat and scored a 37-ball century against Sri Lanka which was the then fastest ODI century. The record, broken later by Corey Anderson (36 balls), now belongs to South Africa's AB de Villiers (31 balls).

4) In 1990 a committee was formed in the name of Imperial Cricket Conference after this, in 1965, it was renamed as the International Cricket Conference and again in 1981, it was renamed as the International Cricket Council.

5) Chris Gayle is the only batsman to hit a six off the first ball of a Test match.In the 137 years of Test cricket no cricketer has ever hit a six off the first ball of a Test match. Audacious Chris Gayle achieved this feat against Bangladesh in 2012 off debutant Sohag Gazi.

Amazing facts about cricket

6) Sachin Tendulkar debuted in 1989, along with 23 other cricketers around the world. Not surprisingly each one of them retired before the little master, however what’s incredible is that the last one to retire was Chris Cairns of New Zealand who retired in 2004, ten years before Sachin Tendulkar eventually retired from international cricket.

7) Wilfred Rhodes has taken a total of 4,204 wickets in his First Class cricket career. No, we did not make a mistake there, Rhodes did actually did take more than four thousand wickets. FYI; He also happened to score 39, 969 runs.

8) In all of 400 years history of Cricket, the fastest (electronically measured) speed for a cricket ball bowled by any bowler, ever, is precisely 161.3 km/h (100.23 mph) by Shoaib Akhtar of Pakistan to Nick Knite of England, on the 22nd February 2003 in the World Cup hosted by South Africa.

Amazing facts about cricket

9) Sachin Tendulkar’s life stats against Shoaib Akhtar are 251 runs in 328 balls, with 8 dismissals, at an average of 27.14 and a Strike Rate of 76.

10) Richard Stokes witnessed Jim Laker, Anil Kumble taking 10 wickets. Richard Stokes watched only two Tests in his life. At the age of 10, he witnessed Jim Laker taking all 10 wickets against Australia at Old Trafford in 1956. Forty-three years later, he was at the Feroze Shah Kotla ground in Delhi where Anil Kumble took all the 10 wickets against Pakistan.

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