Fun Facts – 4

Interesting facts of cricket world :

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

Sunil Gavaskar batted the entire 60 overs of a One Day match, scoring just 36 runs and remained not out in the 1975 World Cup match against England. India at the end lost the match by a huge margin of more than 200 runs.

Bapu Nadkarni sent down 131 deliveries without even conceding a single run versus England at Madras in 1964.

Prabir Sen, hailing from Bengal, India was the only wicket keeper in the cricket history to have stumped Sir Donald Bradman of Australia.

Sachin Tendulkar’s life stats against Shoaib Akhtar are 251 runs in 328 balls, with 8 dismissals, at an average of 27.14 and a Strike Rate of 76.

In all of 400 years history of Cricket, the fastest (electronically measured) speed for a cricket ball bowled by any bowler, ever, is precisely 161.3 km/h (100.23 mph) by Shoaib Akhtar of Pakistan to Nick Knite of England, on the 22nd February 2003 in the World Cup hosted by South Africa.

Asian little master ‘Hanif Mohammad’, holds the world record for the longest innings in International (and domestic) Test history, an astounding (nerve numbing) 970 Minute (that is, more than 16 hours) 337* against the dominating bowlers of West Indies in Bridgetown in 1957-58.

The cricket lord, Sir Don Bradman hit a total of 6 sixes in his entire career.

Swing Sultan – Wasim Akram also has his highest Test innings score of 257, which is higher than Sachin Tendulkar’s highest Test score of 248*.

VVS Laxman is the only Indian cricketer to have played 100 Test matches and did not play a single World Cup match.

Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma is held responsible for all the three highest scores made by a batsman against India in the 21st century. The list includes –
Alistair Cook – 294 Runs, Edgbaston 2011;
Michael Clarke – 329 Runs, Sydney 2012;
Brendon McCullum – 302 Runs, Wellington 2014.
They were all dropped by Ishant Sharma at quite early stages of their innings.

The Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has never scored an ODI century outside Asia.

Indian batsman Mohinder Amarnath is the only cricketer in cricket history to have been dismissed for handling the ball and obstructing the field.

The God of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar got out for a duck only for once in his entire Ranji Trophy cricketing career and the bowler was young and naive Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is only the second batsman in ODIs to be out for a diamond duck (0 off 0 balls) but it was not a run out. He was actually stumped off by a wide delivery on his very first ball