Top 10 Cricket Facts

  1. The only cricketer to play Test cricket for India and England is Saif Ali Khan’s grandfather, Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi.

  2. On the morning of 11/11/11 South Africa needed 111 runs to win at 11:11

  3. Sir Don Bradman has just hit 6 sixes in his entire career

  4. Virender Sehwag’s highest scores in T20, ODI and Tests are 119, 219 and 319 respectively

  5. On the day when Sunil Gavaskar was born, his uncle, Mr Masurekar had come to the hospital to see his nephew for the first time. His uncle noticed a small hole near the top of his left ear lobe. But the very next day, when he arrived at the hospital to see little Sunny, he did not find the hole! He was much shocked. A query was made later and little Sunny was found asleep blissfully beside a fisher-woman in the next bed. The little master was quite mysteriously been switched at birth but he was luckily been restored thereafter.

  6. There is a special style of dismissal known as the Mankad and it is named after Indian bowler Vinod Mankad. It involves the running out of the non-striking batsman when he leaves his crease by the bowler before the ball has been delivered. Vinod used this method often, instead of warning the batsman as was custom at the time, so the name stuck

  7. In 1992, Sachin Tendulkar became the first ever batsman to be run out after the third umpire consulted TV replays–Jonty Rhodes was the fielder. The next day, in the same test match, Rhodes was run out in the exact same way by Sachin.

  8. When Dean Jones lofted Maninder Singh over mid-off during a 1987 World Cup match in Madras, the umpire, who was unsure if the ball had crossed the boundary, took Ravi Shastri’s word and signaled four. However, Jones walked up to umpire Dickie Bird and suggested that it was a six. Dickie then said that the issue would be discussed after Australia’s innings. During the innings break, Australian team manager Alan Crompton spoke to the umpires, who then approached India’s captain, Kapil Dev. A generous Kapil agreed to change that four to six, which meant India’s new target would be 271. Interestingly, India went on to lose the match by 1 run.

  9. Sachin Tendulkar’s dismissal in the 1996 World Cup semifinal triggered a tremendous collapse as India slumped from 98/1 to 120/8. An outrageous crowd then went berserk at the Eden Gardens setting fire in the stands and throwing bottles onto the field. This forced the match officials to stop the match and declare Sri Lanka as winners by default.

  10. South Africa needed 22 runs off 13 balls when it started to rain in 1992 semifinal against England. When the players strode out to resume the match after the rain eased off, the revised target, courtesy the controversial rain-rule method, was said to be 22 needed off 7 balls. Moments later, the big screen showed 22 needed off 1 ball (the target was actually 21 off 1 ball), ending South Africa’s hopes of making it to the final.




  1. Chris Gayle is the only batsman to hit a six off the first ball of a Test match

  2. Vinod Kambli’s Test match average is better than his childhood friend Sachin Tendulkar

  3. ML Jaisimha and Ravi Shastri are the only Indians to bat on all five days of a Test

  4. Alec Stewart was born on 8-4-63 and he scored 8463 Test runs

  5. Wilfred Rhodes of England played Test cricket till he was 52!

  6. The 2000 Lord’s Test between England and West Indies saw all the four innings being played on the same day. This feat was repeated 11 years later in the famous Cape Town Test where South Africa bowled out Australia for 47.

  7. Peter Siddle is the only bowler to take a hat-trick on his birthday

  8. West Indies’ Leslie Hylton is the only cricketer to be hanged for murder

  9. Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla stadium and Bangabandhu stadium have hosted more ODIs than Lord’s

  10. Saurav Ganguly is the only player to win four consecutive Men of the Match awards in ODIs.

  11. On 12th January 1964, Indian spinner Bapu Nadkarni bowled 21 consecutive maiden overs vs England at Chennai.

  12. After Virat Kohli’s debut, India has chased down 300+ targets five times.

  13. The 1984-85 seasons’ 2nd One Day International between India and Pakistan at Sialkot, Pakistan. India was at a score of 210 runs for the loss of 3 wickets with Dilip Vengsarkar on the crease at a score of 94*. Match was duly announced to be abandoned after hearing the news of the Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi being assassinated.

  14. Sunil Gavaskar was out off the very first ball of a Test match thrice in his cricketing career

  15. Indian cricket team is the only team to be dismissed twice in a single day of a test match.

  16. The only bowler to have got Sir Donald Bradman (Australia) out hit wicket was the Indian, Lala Amarnath.

  17. Mohammed Azharuddin(India) is the only batsman to have scored three centuries in his first three test


  18. Only 5 Indian batsmen – Gundappa Vishwanath, Mohammed Azharuddin and Saurav Ganguly, Sehwag, Shikhar dhawan  have scored centuries on debut for India.

  19. Navjot Singh Sidhu’s wife’s name is Navjot Sidhu.

  20. Throughout history most of the cricket rules suffered modifications. The only rule that did not change over time is the length of the pitch

  21. When Australia toured England for the first time in 1868, each player wore a different colored

    cap, in order for the public to identify them.

  22. 721-RUN PARTNERSHIP: Think of big partnerships in school cricket and our thoughts automatically turn to Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli’s 664 runs in the 1980s. That record was broken in 2006 when another set of thirteen-year-olds from Hyderabad added 721 runs—in just 40 overs! B Manoj Kumar (320, 127 balls, with 46 fours) and Mohamed Shaibaaz Tumbi (327, 116 balls, with 67 fours) of St. Peter’s High School destroyed St. Phillip’s High School in this school game in Hyderabad.

  23. Yorkshire and England left-arm spinner Hedley Verity was a peerless bowler who took 1956 wickets in 378 First Class matches. He has taken all 10 wickets in an innings twice and holds the record for the best figures in an innings.

  24. 40,000 RUNS AND 4000 WICKETS: If you thought Kapil Dev’s 5000-odd runs and 400-odd wickets were impressive you need to see Wilfred Rhodes’ numbers. In a career that spanned over three decades, the English right-hand bat and left-arm spinner scored 39,969 runs and took 4204 wickets.

  25. At 49 years 119 days, James Southertonis the oldest player to make a Test debut and on the other hand, in 3 Oct 1996 Hasan Raza makes international debut in age of 14 years and 227 days

  26. In the first ever Test match in 1877, Australian Cricket team beat England by 45 runs. 100 years later, in the Centenary Test, the result was exactly the same

  27. Inzamam-ul-haq took his first ever wicket of GREAT BRIAN LARA on very first ball of his bowling career.

  28. Cricketers to play for 2 countries = Amir Elahi, Gul Mohammad, AH Kardar first for India then

    Pakistan. JJ Ferris, WE Midwinter, WL Murdoch, AE Trott, SMJ Woods first for Australia then for England. SC Guillen (windies to Kiwis), F Hearne & F Mitchell (England to South Africa), Nawab Pataudi Senior (England to India), AJ Traicos (South Africa to Zimbabwe) and Kappler Wessels for Australia then South Africa. Wessels also features in the list of best debuts in test match cricket.

  29. Cricket is being played since 16th century. The sources have found evidence that the first instance of the game “Cricket” was recorded way back around 1550 in Surrey in England. It was first said as children’s game but in 1610 it was found that even adults played it. Then the game slowly gained popularity in England during the 17th and 18th centuries. After major developments Cricket became the National Game of England and hence it is always referred as Englishmen were the ones to start this Sport.

  30. Test Cricket is the first format of Cricket, which began in late 1877. After almost a century, in 1971 the second format was introduced the One Day Internationals. Test Cricket is played for 5 days while One Day Internationals (ODI) is limited over games which are played in one day. In the 21st century, the latest format known as Twenty20 was introduced in 2005.

  31. The first ever test match was played on 15th March 1877 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground between Australia and England. Australia won the match by 45 runs.

  32. The first toss in Test Cricket was won by Australia who chose to bat in the first test match.

  33. Charles Bannerman(Aus) : Took first run, first “Four was hit by him, He Scored first “50”, first “100” and first “150”.

  34. The first Quadruple Century (400) was scored by Brian Lara (WI). He scored 400* vs England at St.John’s on 12 April 2004.

  35. The first bowler to take all 10 wickets in an innings is Jim Laker (Eng). He took 10/53 vs Australia at Manchester on 26 July 1956.

  36. Indian player Chetan Sharma also known as World Cup hat-trick man is the first person to clean bowled three batsmen, including Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith and Ewen Chatfield of New Zealand in 1987, off consecutive balls.

  37. The highest score of World Cups is 433-5 in India vs Bermuda match in 2007 and the lowest is 36between Canada and SriLanka in 2003.

  38. The coin had to be tossed twice at the 2011 World Cup final. When the coin went up for the first time, match referee Jeff Crowe could not hear the call from Kumar Sangakkara. The coin came down as heads and Sangakkara reckoned he called the right side of the coin and was about to say that his side would bat first. However, MS Dhoni said that he heard a call of ‘tails’ from Sangakkara. Crowe then said that the coin would go up once more.

  39. Zimbabwe shocked the cricketing world when they beat a strong Australian side by 13 runs in their debut match in the World Cup in 1983

  40. The coaches of South Africa, New Zealand, Afghanistan, England and Scotland- Russel Domingo, Mike Hesson, Andy Moles, Peter Moores and Grant Bradburn respectively- have NOT played in any ICC Cricket World Cup.

  41. The Zimbabwe National team’s coach, Dav Whatmore has not played in any cricket world cup. Whatmore may not play the world cup, but he was the coach of an ICC Cricket world cup winning team, Sri Lanka in 1996.

  42. In this ICC World Cup 2015, there is no one who has more than 1,000 runs in world cup. The highest World Cup run scorer playing in this ICC World Cup 2015 is Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara with 991 runs, followed by another Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardene with 975 runs in world cup.

  43. Sri Lanka and India are the only teams in cricket world who have won both their ICC World Cup quarterfinals. The other for teams includes Pakistan, New Zealand, Australia and West Indies. They have all won one and lost one quarterfinals in ICC Cricket World Cup.

  44. The highest wicket taker playing in ICC World Cup 2015 is Sri Lanka’s weapon of pace Lasith Malinga(31 wickets), followed by Shahid Afridi with 28 knocks.

  45. Pakistan’s World Cup winning captain Imran Khan returned to international cricket in 1988 after announcing his retirement the previous year. It was at the request of the Pakistani President, General Zia-Ul-Haq, that the all-rounder represented the country again. Eventually, his inspirational captaincy gave Pakistan their first World Cup.

  46. Sachin Tendulkar returned from his father’s funeral in India the day before and hit a splendid 100 against Kenya at Bristol in the 1999 World Cup. He was given a standing ovation when he made his entry into the ground. He went on to record an unbeaten 237-run stand with Rahul Dravid, then the highest partnership for the third wicket in ODIs.

  47. Unable to digest their team’s dismal show in a 2011 World Cup Group match against West Indies, angry Bangladeshi fans stoned the West Indies team bus, which was making its way back to the hotel from the ground. It was later said that the fans mistook the West Indies bus to the Bangladesh bus. Bangladesh was bowled out for 58, their lowest total in ODIs.

  48. In his autobiography – Playing It My Way – Sachin Tendulkar revealed that he did not want Greg Chappell with the team for the 2007 World Cup. Several Indian players accused Chappell of creating a negative environment in the dressing room.

  49. It was believed that Shane Warne wanted to retire before the 1999 World Cup, but Steve Waugh’s inspirational speech motivated Warne to keep going and achieve World Cup glory.

  50. Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar bowled cricket’s first recorded 100 mph delivery against England’s Nick Knight in the 2003 World Cup

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