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It's amazing sometimes, when you look back into the history of
cricket and discover some uncanny facts, statistics, comments, etc, etc, about this great
game of cricket. Below are just some of these remarkable (or insubstantial) facts and
- Sir Len Hutton (England) is the only batsman to have been given out
obstructing the field.
- The first ever test match was held between England and Australia, at
Melbourne, from the 15th to the 19th of March, 1877. Australia won by 45 runs. Exactly 100
years later (15th-19th March, 1977) a match between England and Australia was held at
Melbourne to commemorate the 100 years of test cricket. Remarkably Australia won....... by
- The first one-day international was also held between England and
Australia at Melbourne in 1971. Actually the first four days of a test match had been
rained out, so on the final day the first ever one-day international was organized.
Australia won the match.
- David Houghton (Zimbabwe) is the only player come coach in world
- The first two twins to play in the same test match were not Steve and
Mark Waugh of Australia, but Rosemary and Elizabeth Signal of New Zealand, versus England
in 1984; in women's cricket!!
- There are 10 ways in which a batsman can get out in cricket:
3. Leg Before Wicket
4. Run Out
6. Handling the ball
7. Obstructing the field
8. Hit the ball twice
9. Hit Wicket
10. Timed Out
- The shortest ever test was between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo, in
1996. All but 50 minutes of the match was rained out.
- In the 1996 world cup West Indies bowled out Kenya for 166. Kenya
came back to bowl out West Indies for 93, and take home a very memorable victory.
- Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, the youngest ever test captain, and a very
fine batsman played for a long time with a glass eye.
- Along with the nine test playing nations Bangladesh, Scotland and
Kenya will also play in the 1999 world cup to be held in England.
- India played her first test match in 1932. New Zealand played their
first in 1930.
- The first cricketer to be knighted was Sir Pelham Warner of England.
Sir Neville Cardus was the first cricket writer to be knighted.
- The first international cricket match ever was held between Canada
and the U.S.A.
- Charles Bannermann ..... name ring a bell?? Well the Australian is
the man who faced the first ball in test cricket. He also scored the first test century,
in the same innings (168*). He also holds the distinction along with David Houghton of
Zimbabwe to have scored a century on his country's debut in test cricket.
- The record holder for the maximum ducks (zeroes) in test cricket is
Courtney Walsh of the West Indies (25). He overtook Danny Morrison's (New Zealand) record
- Allan Border, the former Australian captain not only holds the record
for having the scored the maximum number of runs in test cricket (11,574 runs), but he
also has made the highest number of test appearances (156), and has even taken the most
catches as an out-fielder (156 again)
- Bhagwat Chandrashekhar is the only cricketer to have scored fewer
runs in his test career than the number of wickets he took. (242 wickets and 177
runs). Today Glen McGrath of Australia is also well on his way with over 100 wickets, but
just about 50-odd runs.
- Wilfred Rhodes (England) has batted at all 11 positions in test
cricket. His feat was emulated by Vinoo Mankad (India).
- Mohammed Azharuddin (India) is the only batsman to have scored three
centuries in his first three test matches.
- Hanif Mohammed once batted for 16 hours and 10 minutes - nearly 3
full days - against the West Indies, scoring 337*.
- Brian Lara (West Indies) today is the world record holder for the
highest individual test innings, 375, versus England (18th April, 1994). He also
holds the world record for the highest individual score in first-class cricket, 501* for
Warwickshire, versus Durham (6th June, 1994). The only other person to have held
both these records was Sir Donald Bradman (339* in test cricket, and 452* in
- Bhausahib Nimbalkar (India) was on 443*, with one day to go in a
first-class match, just 9 short of the then world record 452* held by Bradman, but was
unable to play on the final day, because he had to go and get married.
- Sir Donald Bradman is the only cricketer to have scored two triple
centuries in tests. He also scored 14 double centuries, and was once left 299*. Martin
Crowe of New Zealand is the only person to have been out for 299.
- Marvan Attapatu (Sri Lanka) had scores of 0,0,1,0,0,0 in his first
three test matches. No prizes for guessing what he scored in his first one-dayer..... yes
- In 1952, versus England at Leeds, India were reduced to 0 for 4.
- Sir Donald Bradman retired from test cricket having scored 6,996 runs
at an average of 99.94. In his last test innings he needed 4 runs to have an average of
100. He scored 0.
- Never have the first four batsman of a team, each scored centuries in
the same test innings. However, playing England at Lord's in June,1993 Australia's
score-card looked like this:
Mark Taylor 111
Michael Slater 152
David Boon 164
Mark Waugh 99
- Sri Lanka once scored 951 for 6 versus India, in 1997 - the highest
ever team-total in test cricket.
- New Zealand have the dubious distinction of having scored the lowest
ever team test score - 26.
- According to Sir Donald Bradman (Australia), the best innings he has
ever seen was his compatriot Stan Mcabe scoring 232* against England, in England in 1938.
- Sir Garfield Sobers (West Indies) first test century was a then world
record 365*. Brian Lara's (West Indies) first test century was 277. He later went on
to break Sir Garfield's record, scoring 375.
- Allan Border is the only batsman to have scored over 150 in both
innings of a test match.
- On test debut Lawrence Rowe (West Indies) scored 214* and 100*.
- Only 3 Indian batsmen - Gundappa Vishwanath, Mohammed Azharuddin and
Saurav Ganguly - have scored centuries on debut for India, and then scored centuries again
in their careers.
- Against England, at Lord's in 1990, India needed 24 runs to avoid the
follow-on, with 1-wicket in hand. After playing the first 2 balls of the over defensively
Kapil Dev hit off-spinner Eddie Hemmings for 4 consecutive sixes (the only time this
has ever been done), to avoid the follow-on. Next ball number 11 batsman Narendra Hirwani
was dismissed by Angus Fraser.
- The contemporary batsman who Sir Donald Bradman (Australia) thinks
bats a bit like he did is Sachin Tendulkar of India.
- Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka) scored 340 against India, in India, in
1997. Sri Lanka scored a world record 951 for 6 in that innings. In the next match
Jayasuriya was dismissed for 199.
- The best one-day bowling figure are 7 for 37 by Aaquib Javed of
Pakistan, versus India at Sharjah. These 7 wickets included a hat trick of leg before
- Jim Laker (England) has the best bowling figures in a test match.
Against Australia he took 9 for 37 in the first innings, and 10 for 53 in the second
innings giving him match figures of 19 for 90. The only other wicket, that of Burke, was
taken by Tony Lock. No other bowler has ever taken all 10 wickets in an innings.
- The best test bowling figures on debut are those of Narendra Hirwani
(India). He took 16 for 136 versus the West Indies. He broke Bob Massie's record of 16 for
- Australian spinner Shane Warne's first test ball in England pitched
outside the leg stump, and spun right across the bewildered batsman Mike Gatting of
England, and took his off stump. This ball has been considered by some to be the ball of
- West Indian fast bowler Andersson Cummins, playing for the first time
on South African soil (against Pakistan in a one-day international) took two wickets
with his first two balls.
- In his 20th test match Anil Kumble (India) needed 5 wickets to
complete 100 test wickets, and thus tie Erapalli Prasana for the record fewest test
matches taken by an Indian bowler to complete 100 wickets. In the 1st innings he took 4
wickets. In the second innings two catches were dropped off his bowling, but he never got
that elusive wicket
- When India hosted Sri Lanka, and Kapil Dev was nearing Sir Richard
Hadlee's world record 431 wickets in test cricket, the Indian skipper Mohammed Azharuddin
asked Kumble to intentionally bowl outside the off stump so as to avoid taking too many
wickets, and thus denying Kapil Dev the shot at the record in that match. Eventually Kapil
succeeded in having Hashan Tilekratne (Sri Lanka) caught at forward short leg by Sanjay
Manjrekar to secure his 432nd test victim.
- The only bowler to have got Sir Donald Bradman (Australia) out hit
wicket was the Indian, Lala Amarnath.
- In the 1932-33 'Bodyline' series, Harold Larwood (England) was not
the only bowler bowling 'Bodyline'. Bill Voce (England) also did the same.
- Jeff Thompson (Australia) has bowled the fastest recorded ball in
test cricket, clocked at 160.1 km/h (100.0 mph).
- The only wicket keeper to have stumped Sir Donald Bradman (Australia)
was Prabir Sen of India.
- In a one-dayer against Australia, in Australia Ijaz Ahmed of Pakistan
missed as many as 6 run out attempts.
- The world record for the maximum catches, by an out fielder, in a
one-dayer is held by arguably the best fielder in the world, Jonty Rhodes of South Africa.
He took 5 catches against West Indies, in India.
- The world record for dismissals by a wicket-keeper in a one-dayer is
also 5. It is held by a large number of keepers, including three Indians - Syed Kirmani,
Kiran More and Nayan Mongia.
- Brendon Kuruppu (Sri Lanka) started playing as a wicket-keeper. On
debut for Sri Lanka he scored 201*.
- Sri Lanka hosted India for a 3-test series in 1994. They used
different keepers in each match - Ashley de Silva, Pubudu Dassanayake and Romesh
- The flamboyant allrounder, Keith Miller, when captaining the NSW
would set his field by simply by saying,"OK fellas, scatter".
- The only declaration in limited overs cricket was when Natal scored
361 for 2 in 54 overs against a South African XI at Kingsmead on 25/Oct/1975. Alan Barrow,
202 not out, and Henry Fotheringham, 128 not out, pasted the opposition to all parts of
Kingsmead and scored a mammoth 303 unbroken for the third wicket.
- In a women's league match in Denmark the new batswoman was several
months pregnant. She tired while batting and asked permission for a runner - the umpire
declined on the grounds that the incapacity had not occurred during the course of the
- In a Trophy Final in Karachi in 1958 the scorecard read:
1st Innings : Abdul Aziz, retired hurt, 0
2nd Innings : Abdul Aziz, did not bat, dead, 0
- In May, 1878 the 'Demon' F.R. Spofforth of Australia, one of the
greatest early Test cricketers, took 6 for 4 and 5 for 16 at Lords, routing the
one day. Spofforth is recorded as effectively puting an end to W.G. Grace's career.