03.06.2020  03.25PM

1.Vinod Kambli's match game average is best than his childhood friend Sachin Tendulkar

Vinod Kambli played only 17 Test matches including two back to back double tons. Kambli’s test average is 54.20 while  Sachin Tendulkar averages 53.78 after 200 Tests.

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

Sunil Gavaskar was the primary batsman to succeed in 10,000 Test runs and he ended his career scoring 34 Test centuries. But did you recognize he was out 3 times off the primary ball of a Test? The bowlers that  dismiss Sunil Gavaskar were: Geoff Arnold (Edgbaston, 1974), Malcolm Marshall (Kolkata, 1984) and Imran Khan (Jaipur, 1987). 

3.Chris Gayle is the only batsman to hit a six off the first ball of a Test match

In the 137 years of Test cricket no cricketer has ever hit a six off the primary ball of a match game . Audacious Chris Gayle achieved this effort against bangladesh in 2012 off debutant Sohag Gazi.

4.Shahid Afridi used Sachin Tendulkar's bat to hit the fastest ever ODI century

Shahid Afridi was flown in to play for the Pakistan team from West Indies to Nairobi in 1996 and did not have a correct bat. That's when Waqar Younis gave 'Young Afridi' Sachin Tendulkar’s bat. Afridi hit 11 sixes and 6 boundaries with the bat and scored a 37-ball century against sri lanka that was the then quickest ODI century. The record, broken later by Corey Anderson (36 balls), currently belongs to South Africa's AB de Villiers (31 balls). 

5.. India won the 1983 World Cup and won their first ever Test at Lord’s three years later in 1986.

India won their second World Cup 28 years later in 2011 and remarkably won their second ever check at Lord’s 3 years later in 2014.

6.Australia beat England by 45 runs in the first ever cricket Test as well as the Centenary Test in 1977

Australia beat England within the first ever match game by 45 runs held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 1877. Hundred years later the opposition were the same, the venue was the same and the result as well!

7.All four innings of a test on the same day

The 2000 Lord's Test between England and West Indies saw all the four innings being played on an equivalent day. This feat was repeated 11 years later within the famous Cape Town Test where South Africa bowled out Australia for 47. 

8.There's just one one that witnessed Jim Laker and Anil Kumble taking 10 wickets in an innings

As a 10-year-old Richard Stokes witnessed Jim Laker taking all 10 wickets within the 1956 Old Trafford Test against Australia. Forty-three years later he was in India watching the India vs Pakistan Test and saw Anil Kumble taking all the 10 wickets in an innings. These were the sole two Tests Stokes has watched in his life. 

9.On the morning of 11/11/11 South Africa needed 111 runs to win at 11:11

This coincidence occurred during the primary Test between South Africa and Australia at Cape Town . At 11:11, on 11/11/11, South Africa were 125 for 1 needing an extra 111 runs for a win. 

10.The only cricketer to play Test cricket for India and England is Saif Ali Khan’s grandfather, Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi

The only cricketer to play Test cricket for India and England is Saif Ali Khan’s grandfather, Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi aka Tiger Pataudi. He played for England before Independence and for India after Independence!!


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