Whether you are looking to increase your general cricket knowledge or would love to know more to make an impression on your cricket-playing father-in-law, here are some incredible facts that will blow your mind.
The development of Cricket
William Gilbert “W. G.” Grace is considered to be the creator of cricket. The game itself has a history spanning for over 400 years but the game we know today as cricket formed in the 19th century in Sussex.
How long was the longest match
The game that lasted from March 6 to 14, that is 9 days March – 9 days in total between South Africa and England in 1939. The funny thing was that the match ended in a draw – England team had to rush to the boat home.
Six off the first ball
The first player ever to hit a six off the first ball in a Test match was Chris Gayle, which he did in 2012 against Sohag Gazi of Bangladesh. He was also the first to reach two centuries in a World Cup match
Brendon McCullum was the first to hit two Twenty20 International centuries and is the current high scorer in the T20s. In 2012 McCullum also reached the highest individual score with 123. Want to guess who is the current record holder? Chis Gayle with 175.
Most three centuries
Again, Chris Gayle is one of only four players to have scored two three centuries, along with Don Bradman, Brian Lara, and Virender Sehwag. However, the most impressive is the feat of Bradman as he reach both three centuries in an away match against England.
However, scoring a 100 and a 300 in the same match is a record held by only two players – Graham Gooch and Sangakkara, which, with all due resect, could easily be among the most funny name for slots.
First to 10,000
Sunil Gavaskar has two incredible records. He became the first batsman to reach 10,000 Test runs. However, he is also the only to be out on the first ball on three occasions during a Test match
Asif Karim of Kenya
Asif Karim is the only cricketer to represent his country in two different sports cricket and Tennis hat a of Kenya