A particularly popular game in England for two teams of 11 players, played on a field with two wickets 22 yards (20 meters) apart, with the aim of scoring runs by hitting the ball that far that one can exchange wickets with the batsman who defends the opponent’s wicket before the ball is retrieved.
Here are some Cricket fun facts:
The longest cricket match took place in 1939 between England and South Africa.
Shahid Afridi used Sachin Tendulkar’s bat to hit the fastest ever ODI century.
Rain and bad light are the two most common causes for pausing or suspending the game.
Chris Gayle is the only batsman to hit a six off the first ball of a Test match.
When a batsman scores 100 runs, it’s called a century and is considered an achievement.
Abbas Ali Baig was the first Indian cricketer to be kissed during a Test match.
Run out is a method of dismissal in the sport of cricket governed by Law 38 of the Laws of cricket.
Vinod Kambli’s Test match average is better than his childhood friend Sachin Tendulkar.
A cricket bat usually weighs between 2 and 3 pounds.
Sunil Gavaskar was the first batsman to reach 10,000 Test runs and he ended his career scoring 34 Test centuries.
Sachin Tendulkar played the most number of international cricket matches.
ML Jaisimha and Ravi Shastri are the only Indians to bat on all five days of a Test.
Alec Stewart was born on 8/4/63, and the number of test runs that he scored in his career was 8,463.
The only cricketer to play Test cricket for India and England is Saif Ali Khan’s grandfather, Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi.
A cricket ball weighs around 5 ½ ounces.
Lala Amarnath is the only bowler to dismiss Don Bradman hit wicket in Test cricket.
Asif Karim has also played tennis for his country in the Davis Cup.
India won the 1983 World Cup and won their first ever Test at Lord’s three years later in 1986.
Wilfred Rhodes was the oldest cricketer who played for England.
India won their second World Cup in 2011 and remarkably won their second ever Test at Lord’s three years later in 2014.
In 1877 Charlie Bannerman from Australia scored the first century in a Test match.
India is the only country to win the 60-Over, 50-Over and 20-Over World Cup.
Wilfred Rhodes of England played Test cricket till he was 52!
The first ever international Cricket match took place in 1844.
Allan Border played 153 consecutive Test matches.
When Australia toured England in 1868, each player wore different color caps so that the audience can recognize them.
The only Indian Test cricketer to be knighted is Maharaja of Vizianagaram.
Wilfred Rhodes took 4000+ wickets in first class cricket.
Australia beat England by 45 runs in the first ever cricket Test as well as the Centenary Test in 1977.
Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid share the record of scoring most test centuries for India playing against England.
On the morning of 11/11/11 South Africa needed 111 runs to win at 11:11.
Hanif Mohammad, a Pakistani player holds the record of longest innings for the test cricket match.
Peter Siddle remains the only bowler in international cricket to take a hat-trick on his birthday. This happened during the Brisbane Test against England on November 25, 2010.
Sourav Chandidas Ganguly is the only cricketer in the world to receive ‘Four-Consecutive Man of The Match Awards.
India’s Mohinder Amarnath is the only cricketer to be dismissed for handling the ball and obstructing the field.
Sunil Gavaskar named his son Rohan after the name of West Indies cricketer Rohan Kanhai.
West Indies’ Leslie Hylton is the only cricketer to be hanged for murder.
John Traicos is known as tri-nation man as he was born in Egypt and played for Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Two Robin Singhs have played Test cricket for India and both never got to play after their debut Test.
The first ever cricket match was played between the USA and Canada on September 1844 at St George’s Club Ground.
Sachin Tendulkar played for Pakistan before India. This happened during a practice match between India and Pakistan at the Brabourne Stadium in 1987 where Tendulkar came on the field as a substitute fielder for Pakistan.
Kate Cross is the first woman in the world to play in the men’s Lancashire League.