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Saturday, May 16, 2020

15 Facts About The Cricket You Didn't Know Before [Challenge]

15 Unknown Cricket Facts

Here today in Trendy Facts, we have got some lesser-known facts about cricket. As we all know cricket is the second most loved sport in the world just after football.

There are many amazing facts and figures about cricket since its origin back in 1844 till now. You would be completely amazed to know them.

So, without wasting much time. Let's start with our list of facts.

1. There is only one person in the world who saw both Jim Laker and Anil Kumble taking 10 wickets in an innings

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Richard Stokes, when he was only 10 years old he witnessed Jim Laker taking 10 wickets in an innings in 1956 Old Trafford against Australia.

Then, later on, 43 years later he was watching the historic test match between India and Pakistan and saw Anil Kumble taking all the 10 wickets in an innings.

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Surprisingly, these are the only two test matches Richard Stokes has watched in his entire life.

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2. Sourav Ganguly is the first and only cricketer to win four consecutive men of the match (MOM) awards in ODI's.

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He won these awards just in a span of 8 days i.e. from Sept 14 to Sept 21, 1997.
3. David Warner is the only cricketer in Australian Cricket history of 100 years, who has played his 1st international match without having played a single first-class (domestic) match before that.

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4. Would you believe that Zimbabwe has won more test matches than Australia in 2015?

5. Who has the highest average in One Day Internationals??
Any Guess!!
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No, it's not Virat Kohli or AB de Villiers. The man having the highest average in ODI cricket is Ryan ten Doeschate of Netherlands. His average in ODI cricket is 67.00.

6. Chaminda Vaas has a record of dismissing a single batsman for more ducks in International Cricket.

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He has dismissed both Herschelle Gibbs and Chris Gayle for ducks on 7 occasions.
Gibbs averaged just 2.33 against Vaas and Gayle averages 6.50.

You can imagine the dominance of Chaminda Vaas on world cricket from these records.

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7. Mahela Jayawardene has scored 16 ODI hundreds in his international carrier. Out of these 16 times, Sri Lanka lost only once and that's in the 2011 World Cup Final against India.

8. Muttiah Muralitharan had bowled the most number of maiden overs(1994) in International Cricket.

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9. There are only two bowlers in the history of the cricket world cup to bowl the first three consecutive maiden overs. They are Zaheer Khan and Trent Boult.

Figures of both the bowlers were-

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Zaheer Khan vs Srilanka 2011 World Cup Final Match
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Trent Boult vs Bangladesh 2015 World Cup Match

10. Sachin Tendulkar is the only bowler in the history of ODI cricket who has defended 6 runs or less in the last over of the match.

In both the matches, he was bowling his first over in the match.

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In the first instance, he defended 6 runs against South Africa at Kolkata in 1993 when he just conceded 3 runs. As a result, India won the match by 2 runs.

On the second occasion, he again defended 6 runs against Australia by taking 10th wicket on the first ball.

11. Glenn McGrath has got an unwanted record to his name. He has more international wickets than runs scored!!!

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The Australian pace legend has scored just only 756 runs in international matches while he has taken 944 wickets which is 188 more than runs scored by him. It seems that he finds it easier to take wickets than to score runs. Amazing!!

12. The record for most international wickets claimed by a bowling pair goes to Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas.

They have taken 1606 wickets in 348 matches played together.

The runners up in this list are Warne and McGrath pair. They have taken 1421 wickets in 243 matches played together.

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13. Now, this one is interesting. Steve Waugh has got more ODI wickets (195) than Imran Khan, Jason Gillespie, or Dale Steyn.

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14. Rahul Dravid popularly known as 'The Wall' has been bowled the most number of times in Test Cricket history(55). This is really an irony.

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15. Now comes an unbelievable coincidence-
The three successful captains of India have the same highest ODI score i.e. 183.

Sourav Ganguly 183
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MS Dhoni 183
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Virat Kohli 183
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