Cricket (sport): Interesting facts about cricket in India?

 Topic: Cricket (sport): What are some lesser known but interesting facts about cricket in India?
  • Cricket is a 165 years old sport in India, it was first played in India in 1848
  • Indian cricket team is the only team to be dismissed twice in a single day of a test match.
  • The only bowler to have got Sir Donald Bradman (Australia) out hit wicket was the Indian, Lala Amarnath.
  • Bhagwat Chandrashekhar is the only cricketer to have scored fewer runs in his test career than the number of wickets he took. (242 wickets and 177 runs). Edit by Ashwin Varadarajan Chris Martin of New Zealand has 123 runs and 233 wickets!
  • Mohammed Azharuddin(India) is the only batsman to have scored three centuries in his first three test matches.
  • Bhausahib Nimbalkar(India) was on 443*, with one day to go in a first-class match, just 9 short of the then world record 452* held by Bradman, but was unable to play on the final day, because he had to go and get married.
    Edit  By Ashwin Varadarajan Akshat Agarwal Nimbalkar was denied the record by the opposing captain. At 443, he was within striking distance of Don Bradman’s then world record score of 452, made 19 years earlier when the Kathiawar captain, Thakore Sahib of Rajkot, decided to concede the match with the Maharashtra score 826 for 4.
  • In 1952, versus England at Leeds, India were reduced to 0 for 4.
  • Only 5 Indian batsmen – Gundappa Vishwanath, Mohammed Azharuddin and Saurav Ganguly, Sehwag, Shikhar dhawan have scored centuries on debut for India, and then scored centuries again in their careers, Edit by Sai Mahesh Chaturvedula
  • Shikhar Dhawan Scored the Fastest century on Test debut by Soumendranath Bhakat
  • Wilfred Rhodes (England) has batted at all 11 positions in test cricket. His feat was emulated by Vinoo Mankad (INDIA).
  • Against England, at Lord’s in 1990, India needed 24 runs to avoid the follow-on, with 1-wicket in hand. After playing the first 2 balls of the over defensively Kapil Dev hit off-spinner Eddie Hemmings for 4 consecutive sixes (the only time this has ever been done), to avoid the follow-on. Next ball number 11 batsman Narendra Hirwani was dismissed by Angus Fraser.
  • The best test bowling figures on debut are those of Narendra Hirwani(India). He took 16 for 136 versus the West Indies. He broke Bob Massie’s record of 16 for 137.
  • When India hosted Sri Lanka, and Kapil Dev was nearing Sir Richard Hadlee’s world record 431 wickets in test cricket, the Indian skipper Mohammed Azharuddin asked Kumble to intentionally bowl outside the off stump so as to avoid taking too many wickets, and thus allowing Kapil Dev the shot at the record in that match. Eventually Kapil succeeded in having Hashan Tilekratne(Sri Lanka) caught at forward short leg by Sanjay Manjrekar to secure his 432nd test victim.
  • The only wicket keeper to have stumped Sir Donald Bradman (Australia) was Prabir Sen of INDIA
  • MS Dhoni holds the world record for 6 dismissals by a wicket keeper in a one-dayer. V/s England at leeds in 2007
  • Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi (INDIA), the 2nd youngest ever test captain, and a very fine batsman played for a long time with a glass eye. Thanks for the edit Jayant Yadav
  • Guess what’s Navjot Singh Sidhu’s wife’s name, it is — Navjot Sidhu– yes, this is her name!!
  • The 1984-85 seasons, 2nd ODI between India and Pakistan at Sialkot- India were 210/3 with Vengsarkar 94*. Match abandoned.
    That match was abandoned after hearing the news of Indira Gandhi being killed
  • The only cricketer to have played for England and India is
    The Nawab Of Pataudi (Senior)
  • On the day that Sunil Gavaskar was born, his uncle, Mr Masurekar had come to his hospital to see him. The uncle noticed a small hole near the top of his left ear lobe. But the next day, when he came to see Sunny, he did not find the hole ! A search was made and Sunny was found sleeping blissfully beside a fisher-woman. The little master had been switched at birth but luckily been restored. One often wonders how different India’s cricketing history would have been had Gavaskar’s uncle not been so observant!

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