In the series of interesting and amazing cricket facts this is the fourth part, here we have got 31-40 facts about cricket that one follower must know.
40. Shivnarine remains not out after playing 1051 balls.
West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul played 1051 balls in total 4 innings without getting dismissed against India in 2002 series. Nobody has played such number of balls till now.
39. Rare Man of the Match Award
West Indies bowler Cameron Cuffy received one of the most rare Man of The Match awards as he neither scored single run nor took a wicket. Even he didn’t take any catch in the match. It was a match against Zimbabwe on 23 June, 2001 in Harare in which he earned man of the match award just because of his bowling analysis of 10-2-20-0.
38. Pitch length never changed
Cricket Pitch length is the only cricket law that remains unchanged since the cricketing laws formed. The length of cricket pitch is 22 yards i.e. 61.31 m2.
37. David Warner didn’t play first class cricket
In Australia’s past 132 years of cricket history, David Warner is the only player who appeared in international cricket in all formats of the game for country without playing single first class cricket match.
36. First batsman to score 4 successive ODI tons
Sri Lanka Kumar Sangakkara is the only batsman to score 4 consecutive hundreds in ODI history. He also became first batsman to score 4 centuries in a single cricket world cup. He hit centuries against Bangladesh (105), England (117*), Australia (104) and Scotland (124) in 2015 ICC world cup.
35. Cricket played at Olympic Games twice
Cricket sport was played in Olympics on two occasions in 1896 (Athens) and 1900 (Paris). Only 2 teams Great Britain and France took participation in those Olympics games.
34. Afridi used Sachin’s bat to score fastest hundred
When Shahid Afridi scored ODI century in 37 balls against Sri Lanka at Nairobi in 1996, he used Sachin Tendulkar’s bat to score that hundred.
33. Sehwag’s unbreakable test cricket strike rate
Virender Sehwag is the only batsman in test cricket history who has got 80+ strike rate after playing 100 or more tests.
32. Three times world champion cricketers
Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting are the luckiest players who were the part of three cricket world cup winning Australian team in 1999, 2003 and 2007.
31. Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi played for India and England
Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi (Saif Ali Khan’s Grandfather) is the only player who played test cricket for India and England.