12 Amazing Facts About Cricket That Will Surprise You

Does your child love cricket? Is he fascinated by the ‘gentleman’s game’? If so, he would definitely love to read some amazing facts about his favourite game.

By Ashwin Dewan

12 Amazing Facts About Cricket That Will Surprise You

Is your little one a budding cricketer? Does he dream of playing for the nation one day? As parents, you should encourage your little one to play the game. Apart from the health benefits, cricket can teach many values to your child including how hard work and dedication can pay rich dividends.

Each game of cricket has a vital lesson to learn. From Sachin Tendulkar single-handedly carrying India, even as ‘Desert Strom’ raged on, into the finals of the 1998 Coca-Cola cup to the defining images of Brian Lara becoming the first man to score 400 runs in a single test, the game teaches how hard work and a lot of effort will eventually pay off. 

So, what are you waiting for? Scroll down to read 12 amazing facts that will amaze and inspire your child at the same time. 

12 amazing cricket facts

1. When Afridi used Sachin’s bat to score a century 

12 Amazing Facts About Cricket That Will Surprise You

Did you know Afridi held the record for the fastest one-day international century before it was broken later by AB de Villiers? Interestingly, the bat that he used to create the record belonged to Sachin Tendulkar. When a young Shahid Afridi was called to play against Sri Lanka in 1996, he did not have a proper bat, forget an equipment. It was here that Pakistan bowler Waqar Younis (who had been given the bat by Sachin to make a similar one) gave Afridi Sachin Tendulkar’s bat.

2. The Mankad style of dismissal

12 Amazing Facts About Cricket That Will Surprise You

In cricket, there is a type of dismissal called the Mankad, named after Indian bowler Vinod Mankad. This method involves the running out of the batsman at the non-striker end. You might wonder what is so amazing about this? But, as per the Mankad style, batsmen at the non-striker end are run out by the bowler when they leave the crease before the ball has been delivered. Although it is custom to warn the batsman not to leave the crease, Mankad used this method often, leading to the name.

3. The only batsman to hit a six off the first ball of a Test match

12 Amazing Facts About Cricket That Will Surprise You

Is there anything the ‘Boss’ cannot do? West Indian batsman Chris Gayle, known for his big hitting, has the unique record of hitting a six off the very first ball of a test match. He achieved this feat against Bangladesh in 2012. The unlucky bowler was debutant Sohag Gazi.

4. The first batsman to be given out by the third umpire

12 Amazing Facts About Cricket That Will Surprise You

India’s Sachin Tendulkar, considered one of the greatest batsmen ever, holds many records to his name. The ‘Master Blaster’ is the first person to score a double century in ODIs, most Man of the Match (MoM) awards, the highest number of Test hundreds (51), etc. But do you know Sachin was the first cricketer to be given run out by the third umpire? In 1992, against South Africa, Sachin was run out by Jonty Rhodes which was referred to the third umpire.

5. Out off the first ball of a Test thrice

12 Amazing Facts About Cricket That Will Surprise You

Sunil Gavaskar was the first batsman to reach the magical milestone of 10, 000 test runs and is considered a stalwart in batting. However, he holds the dubious distinction of getting out three times off the first ball of a Test. The bowlers – Geoff Arnold, Malcolm Marshall and Imran Khan.

6. The fastest ball in cricket history was clocked at 161.3 kph

12 Amazing Facts About Cricket That Will Surprise You

Shoaib Akhtar, the Pakistan fast bowler, holds the record of bowling the fastest delivery in cricket history. The record delivery was bowled at a blistering pace of 161.3 kph. It occurred during the World Cup conducted in South Africa in 2003.

7. A batsman who has more wickets than Shane Warne

12 Amazing Facts About Cricket That Will Surprise You

Former Sri Lanka opening batsman Sanath Jayasuriya was a feared batsman who used to take the attack to the bowlers. But did you know that he has taken more wickets than spin wizard Shane Warne? Yes, Jayasuriya has 323 wickets in ODI cricket while Warne has taken 293 wickets. Amazing but true!

8. Alec Stewart scored the exact number of runs as his birth date

12 Amazing Facts About Cricket That Will Surprise You

Former English cricketer Alec Stewart was born on 8-04-63. He played 133 tests with an impressive average of almost 40 per innings. He retired after scoring 8463 runs, which is identical to the numbers of his birth date.

9. A golden duck in his 100th test 

12 Amazing Facts About Cricket That Will Surprise You

For every cricketer, playing his 100th tests is a special occasion. English batsman Alastair Cook would like to differ slightly. Why? Playing in his 100th test, Cook became the first batsman to get a golden duck in his 100th test.

Note: A golden duck in cricket means when a batsman is out for nought on the first ball he faces.

10. Ganguly ‘s Man of the Match record

12 Amazing Facts About Cricket That Will Surprise You

Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly was a great batsman and an able bowler, who led from the front. His intensity on the field was remarkable and is evident in his amazing record of being the only player till date to win four consecutive man-of-the-match awards in ODIs.

11. The Don’s 6 sixes

12 Amazing Facts About Cricket That Will Surprise You

Considered by many to be the greatest batsman ever to have played the game of cricket, Sir Don Bradman had a career test average of 99.94. But, did you know that he hit just 6 sixes in his career? Yes, he hit five sixes against England and one against India.

12. The record for the most number of not outs in Test cricket

12 Amazing Facts About Cricket That Will Surprise You

Normally, one would expect a batsman’s name to crop up but amazingly, it is a bowler who holds this record. Former West Indies bowler Courtney Walsh remained unbeaten a total of 61 times in 185 innings. 

The 'Gentleman's Game' can teach your child to:

  • Stay disciplined in any field.
  • Put in a lot of hard work and effort in every task.
  • Be resilient in the face of adversity and never give up.
  • Remain focused in studies.
  • Accept defeat or victory with dignity.
  • Work in a team or a group.

Over the years, cricket has gained immense popularity and along the way, many records have been set. Some records are inspiring while some are simply amazing! We could not agree more.

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