Cricket as a sport has a very long and rich history. We, cricket fans enjoy the tussle between bat and ball. And the teams give their hearts out to win the game. In these many years, so many strange things happened during the game. And there are so many cricket facts that will amaze you. Today, we will see some of those amazing cricket facts that will blow your mind. So let’s start.
Amazing cricket facts that will blow your mind
(1) Unlucky number in cricket – 111
The origin of this cricket fact came from a famous British Royal Navy flag officer Admiral Lord Nelson, who had one eye, one arm, and one leg towards the end of his life. This is one of those cricket facts. It’s also been called Nelson for a long time.
Some people associate this fact with three stumps without a bails. Three stumps without a bails means the dismissal of a wicket. That’s why it is an unlucky number. But originally, it is associated with the Lord Nelson. Whenever a team score is 111, they consider it as Nelson. And sometimes when the wicket fell on the same score, the commentators associate it with this fact.
(2) Shoaib Akthar bowled the fastest delivery in the international cricket history
Shoaib Akhtar, one of the fastest bowlers in world cricket has bowled the fastest ball in international cricket. The pacer has ruled the world for so many years and the opposition batters feared facing him.
During the ICC ODI World Cup 2003, Shoaib Akhtar bowled a ball with a speed of 161.3 kmph fast (100.2 miles per hour). It was the first time that a 100 mph barrier had been crossed in cricket history.
Nick Knight, an English batter was at the receiving end. He played that ball through mid-wicket for no run. England won that game by 112 runs.
(3) Sir Garfield Sobers was the first cricketer to hit 6 sixes in an over
One of the cricketing legends from West Indies, Sir Garfield Sobers becomes the first cricketer to hit 6 sixes in an over in professional cricket. While playing a County Championship game for Nottinghamshire, he faced the opposition bowler Malcolm Nash, who was playing for Glamorgan. Sobers hit 6 sixes to Nash and the way the last six happened was even more interesting. On the last ball, a fielder took a catch of Sobers. But later they got to know that the fielder had touched the rope.
After that, a few more batters hit 6 sixes in an over. Ravi Shastri (in a Ranji Trophy game), H Gibbs (first batter to hit 6 sixes in international cricket), Yuvraj Singh (in a T20I WC 2007), Kieron Pollard against Sri Lanka.
So this is one of the amazing cricket facts. What do you think? Which batter will hit 6 sixes in an over in the future?
(4) 14 days cricket match
South Africa and England competed in the match in Durban. The game lasted for a total of 9 days, ending March 14. At the end of the ninth day, England needed 41 runs to win, but the game was called off because the English players had to leave to catch their boat home.
(5) Chris Gayle hit the first ball of a test match for a six
The Universe Boss has hit the first ball of a test match against Bangladesh in November 2012 in Mirpur. Sohag Gazi, a debutant was bowling and Chris Gayle hit the first ball for a six over long on.
Gayle becomes the only one who has done that. Overall, he has hit 98 sixes in international test matches.
(6) Bapu Nadkarni bowled 21 consecutive maiden overs
Bapu Nadkarni, an Indian cricketer has bowled 21 maiden overs continuously in a test match in 1964. This is one of the amazing cricket facts as no other bowler has bowled that many maiden overs continuously.
(7) 19 wickets in a single test match by Jim Lacker
Jim Lacker has the record for most wickets in a single test match. He took 19 wickets in the 4th test of England vs Australia in 1956.
(8) Cricket in Olympics
Cricket as a sport was first introduced in 1896. Since then, the sport hasn’t been a part of the Olympics. Now, we will again see Cricket in the 2028 Olympics.
(9) Bails weren’t necessary earlier
Nowadays, bails are an important part of cricket. But there was a time when the bails weren’t that important. Either they use heavy bails so that they won’t fall or they didn’t use it at all.
(10) Shahid Afridi used Sachin Tendulkar’s bat in his famous 37-ball century inning
If you don’t know we will tell you that, Shahid Afridi, a former Pakistani all-rounder has used Sachin Tendulkar’s bat in his fastest hundred innings against Sri Lanka.
So these are some amazing cricket facts that will blow your mind.