Cricket is known to be gentlemen’s game and is regarded as one of the most prestigious games in the World. It is cricket which has one of the most following, probably seconded only by Football (Soccer). We bring to you some of the interesting Cricket facts in a game full of rich history of interesting, funny, and amazing incidents over the course of this game.
In all honestly, the list which contains the interesting facts of cricket could go on and on, in nobody would get bored of reading them. However, what we bring you is the list of 50 Crickets Facts where even the biggest selfprocllaimed cricket fan would not know them all.
Top 25 Amazing Cricket Facts That Actually Exist
1. Debuts In India Vs Pakistan Series, 1989
An amazing fact of cricket comes from the first test match played between India and Pakistan of the 1989 series, 2 players from each side made their debut in the International Test format of the game. Salil Ankola and Sachin Tendulkar made debut from India while Shahid Saeed and Waqar Younis made their debut from Pakistan.
All 4 players – Sachin Tendulkar, Salil Ankola, Shahid Saeed and Waqar Younis – made their debut together. Whereas 2 of these players made on to reach heights, other 2 vanished completely.
Both Sachin Tendulkar and Waqar Younis went on to make records. Sachin scored 15,921 runs in 200 test matches which is the most by any player till date, while Younis has 373 wickets to his name in just 87 matches.
2. Rahul Dravid And Sachin Tendulkar’s Bizarre Test Record
Both Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar share the record of scoring the most number of tons against England by an Indian player(s). Both of them having scored 7 hundred each against England. See why it is such an interesting fact of cricket
However, the similarities don’t end there. The bizarre thing is they share the same stats while scoring these 7 centuries against team England. The only difference is the highest score.
3. Mahela Jayawardene And Muttiah Muralitharan
Keeping the wicket keeper aside, Muttiah Muralitharan and Mahela Jayawardene together become the most successful pair in the Test cricket history when we talk about fall of wickets. This means “c Mahela Jayawardene b Muttiah Muralitharan” have appeared on the screens more than any other combo.
Together the combo took 77 wickets in test cricket. We are sure this is one of the best unknown facts in Cricket.
Muttiah Muralitharan and Mahela Jayawardene is the most successful pair in the fall of wicket attribute of test cricket history. It means “c Mahela Jayawardene b Muttiah Muralitharan” happened on 77 occasions in the test history.
4. Suresh Raina’s Twenty20 centuries
Indian batsman Suresh Raina scored 2 T20 centuries on the same date but different years. But that not it, how can two same dates deserve a spot on this prestigious list you may ask. Just look at the table below and you will know.
This is another one of the most interesting Cricket facts, don’t you agree?
5. Doube Century On 99th Test match
Three Indian batsmen, scoring double centuries at the same milestone in their careers, I bet there are few interesting cricket facts as this in this game.
6. The Brotherhood Day of 10 February 2009
On 10th February 2009 brothers duo playing for 2 different teams won their respective matches for their teams. This was the first time in the history that such a thing had happened. Pathan brothers – Irfan and Yusuf Pathan – had a 59 run partnership in the 2009 T20I match against Sri Lanka which was crucial in India’s victory.
Similarly, on the same day, 10th February 2009, the Hussey brother played a crucial role in the ODI match Australia played against New Zealand. David and Michael Hussey had won the match for Australia with their 115 runs partnership.
This is what makes this game so amazing, and this is what this particular game gave us, an absolutely amazing cricket fact.
7. Sachin’s Test Records Is Equal To Clark and Cook’s
How many of you people reading this knew of this unknown cricket fact? Football gave us GOATs, Cricket gave us a God. Don’t you agree?
8. Asia Cup Matches Similarity Between India and Pakistan Are Uncanny
The matches played between India and Pakistan in the Australia-Asia 1985-86 and Asia Cup 2014 have so many similarities it seems like the game just repeated itself.
The facts presented in those two matches make it worthy to be on the list of 50 most amazing Cricket facts in the history of this game.
9. Batsmen “Retiring Out”
This is one of the most mind-blowing events in the history of test cricket came in in the test match played between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in 2001 in Colombo during the Asian Test Championship.
In this match, the two batsmen were given retiring out. The Former captain of Sri Lanka, Sanath Jayasuriya made both Mahela Jayawardene and Marvan Atapattu retiring out.
Atapattu who was playing at 201 off 259 balls and Jayawardene who had scored 150 for 115 balls were both retired out in the game. They were the first in the history to be retired out making it one of the most bizarre cricket facts you will ever see.
10. First Ever TV Replay Out
In the history of cricket, Sachin would be remembered for many records which at some point may be taken away from him, but this is one those which nobody will be taken away from him. Sachin was the first cricketer in the world to be dismissed by the 3rd Umpire using a Television replay. Isn’t this an interesting cricket fact?
It was 14th November 1992, when Sachin was given run out by Karl Liebenberg when he had just 11 runs scored. The match was played against South Africa as India was on its first tour of South Africa.
11. Mystery Name
Indian cricket legend, Sunil Gavaskar named his son Rohan after who is regarded as one of the best batsmen in the 1960s, Rohan Kanhai who played for West Indies. Isn’t this an unknown fact in Cricket?
12. The First Ever Double Century In ODIs
Here is another interesting fact in Cricket, if you consider yourself a true cricket fan and have answered Sachin Tendulkar, Ding! Ding! Ding!, you are wrong. As surprising as it may come, Sachin was not the 1st cricketer to have scored a double century in the One Day Internationals (ODIs).
This record is held by an Australian batswoman Belinda Clark who hit 229 runs against Denmark in the 1997 Women’s World Cup.
13. Batting Like It Is T20s in ODIs
The only batsman in the whole world to have scored ODI century after coming to bat post 30 overs is AB De Villiers. And he did not achieve this once, but twice. The first one came in 2010 when he came to bat in the 33rd over against India and the second one came against West Indies when he came to bat in the 39th over in 2015.
An amazing fact in Cricket made by a truly amazing player of the game. All Hail AB De Villiers.
14. A Single Run
The only batsman to have remained not out on 299 in the history of this game is Sir Don Bradman, the cricket legend. If he had chosen to complete that single, it would have made Sir Don Bradman the first one in the world to have scored triple hundred in a test match.
However, he was the 2nd man to score triple hundreds in the test cricket, talk about an unknown fact in cricket, the first person was Andy Sandham.
15. First Ball Out In Test
Sunil Gavaskar has been dismissed 3 times on the very first ball in the test match cricket. In 1974, Geoff Arnold dismissed him on the first ball in Edgbaston, in 1984 at Kolkata he was dismissed by Malcolm Marshall, and then in 1987 at Jaipur by Imran Khan.
16. Two Record One Tri-nation Man
John Traicos is the only Tri-nation man in the history of Cricket, he was born in Egypt and then went on and played for both Zimbabwe and South Africa. And this was not enough, he also holds the record of the player having the most gap between 3rd and 5th international cricket match at 22 years and 22 days. This surely is an interest fact of Cricket.
17. First Ever Cricket Match
A fact list comprising of the interesting facts about cricket cannot be made without listing when the first ever cricket match was played.
It was played between the United States of America (USA) and Canada in September of 1844 at St George’s Club ground in Bloomingdale Park, New York.
18. First International Wicket Taken By Inzamam-ul-Haq
Inzamam-ul-Haq is a Pakistani cricketer who not just took a wicket on the very first ball of his international bowling career, but the person he sent back to the dressing room was Brian Lara. Talk about an amazing fact in Cricket.
19. George Bailey Roots In Cricket
The former Australian skipper George Bailey is the great-great-grandson of the Australian Cricketer who played in the 1870s whose names was George Bailey, as well. We don’t know if it is just a coincidence but it sure is an interesting Cricket fact.
20. What Is Your Date OF Birth? Check My Runs
Alec Stewart, the English cricketer was born on 8-4-63 and when you see the total number of runs he scored in his test cricket career you will be astounded, it is 8463. Exactly as his date of birth. This sure is an interesting Cricket fact.
21. Sachin Tendulkar’s Unlucky Nineties
We do not know if Sachin Tendulkar would be thinking about the number of times he got out in 90s however we are pretty sure that his fans must be so gloomy over this interesting Cricket fact pertaining Sachin Tendulkar.
Did you know that he was dismissed 28 times when he was in his 90s in a match. 18 times out of those he was in ODIs and 10 times in Test cricket.
Imagine 28 more centuries added to his tally.
22. Robin Singhs In Indian Team
India had two Robin Singhs playing for the Indian Cricket team at international level. And both of the Robin Singhs only played 1 test match for team India, each.
23. Most Consecutive Maiden Overs
Bapu Nadkarni, who played for India has the record for most consecutive maiden overs. In 1964 when India played against England in 1964, he bowled 21 maiden overs one after the other. This is surely an amazing fact in Cricket which is worthy to be on the list.
24. Two Hat-Tricks In A Day
On May 28th, 1912 Jimmy Matthews playing for Australia took not just one but 2 hat-tricks on the same day. When Australia was playing against South Africa, Matthews took a hat-trick in each inning of South Africa which wee played on the same day.
25. Playing Both Football And Cricket World Cups
Sir Vivian Richards is the only cricketers and in fact, the only man in the world who played both World Cups of Cricket and Football. In 1974 he played the qualifying matches for the Football World Cup for Antigua and the in 1975 and 1979 he was the squad which played the Cricket World Cups for West Indies.
We are sure this is one of those unknown facts of Cricket. Did you know this? Tell us in the comments.