10 Must-Know Cricket Facts That Will Amaze You

Here are 10 fascinating cricket facts that you must know. Also, it will amaze you in some cases to wonder how it happened.  Let us discuss some interesting facts like the oldest living cricketer to date, 77 being the highest run in an over, Virat Kohli taking a wicket with 0 balls of his over and the God of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar playing for Pakistan. So in this article, you will further read more exciting cricket facts.

Cricket Facts That Will Amaze You

1. 77 runs is the highest in one over

Though we take wides and no balls into consideration, the highest possibility in an over could range up to 40 to 45 runs only. Surprisingly, in 1990, Wellington’s Robert Vance attained a jaw-dropping 77 runs in one single over of the first-class game against Canterbury in New Zealand.

Here is the never-before, never-after timeline of runs in that particular over:

0 4 4 4 6 6 4 6 1 4 1 0 6 6 6 6 6 0 0 4 0 1

2. South Africa’s Ronald Draper is the oldest living cricketer (2024)

Ronald George Draper is a former South African cricketer who was born on 24th December 1926. In December 1945, Ronald made his first-class debut batting at no.3 and on his 19th birthday, he achieved his century while playing for Eastern Province.

As of 2024, till today, Ronald Draper is the longest and oldest living cricketer.

After 3rd September 2021, Ronald Draper (From 1926 — till date) will be the oldest living cricketer because, before that date, South Africa’s John Cecil Watkins was the oldest (From 1923 to 2021).

3. The God of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar played for Pakistan!

Sachin Tendulkar who is acclaimed popularly as the God of Cricket, once played for Pakistan and against India. This was during a festival match in 1987, held in Mumbai, India. It was just 2 years before his international debut in 1989 when Sachin Tendulkar was asked to field for Pakistan as a substitute for Javed Miandad.

4. Virat Kohli took a wicket off in his “0th” ball!!

Undoubtedly, Virat Kohli has been surpassing many records and setting unbreakable records with his swift batting style. For the first time in his career, Virat was provided with the ball in the 2011 T20I match against England.

While Kohli was bowling to Kevin Pietersen, his first ball ended up being wide and exactly at that moment when Pietersen was aiming for a boundary was stumped out to the leg-side by MS Dhoni.

Till then, Virat Kohli hasn’t bowled a single ball in international cricket, and his first ball was Wide. However, stumping is considered in the account of a bowler, so it means that Virat has taken a wicket in zero balls of his first bowling over.

5. Sachin Tendulkar NOT FIRST to Score 200 Runs in ODI Cricket

Of course, we all love Sachin Tendulkar right from our childhood and most of the batting records are associated with him who is popularly acclaimed with names such as Master Blaster and Cricket God.

In 2010, when Sachin scored 200 runs and was NOT OUT against South Africa, most people have been thinking that he was the first player ever to achieve a double-century in an ODI match.

However, Sachin Tendulkar was the 1st male batsman to achieve that.

Australian woman batter Belinda Clarke was the first cricketer to achieve a double century, and undoubtedly she was the greatest cricketer. Belinda scored a total of 229 runs and achieved her double century successfully in the match against Denmark in 1997.

6. 111 Runs is believed to be unlucky!

Back in 1874, a New Zealand cricketer in Nelson played his first-class cricket. The reason for 111 to be considered unlucky is that in both, the first and second innings were dismissed. As the number 111 resembles exactly the set of stumps, it somehow symbolizes a wicket-down scenario.

7. Chris Gayle is the only batsman to hit a SIXER in the 1st ball of a Test match.

Undoubtedly, we all have enjoyed Chris Gayle’s ferocious batting style and at the same time having a calm nature. This firecracker batsman is the only one to hit a sixer on 1st ball of the test cricket match. Chris Gayle played this match in November 2012 for West Indies against Bangladesh held in Dhaka.

8. Sri Lanka’s No Victory in Test Match in Australia.

In the 20th Century, Sri Lanka had an incredible team in the first 20 years with excellent players like Sangakkara, Jayasuriya, Jayawardene, Muralitharan, and a few others. On top of that, it is astonishing to know that a wonderful team could not get a victory in a single test match against Australia.

After all, winning against the Australian team, playing in Australia, is not an easy game.

9. The Greatest number of Test runs is Greater than 15,000 Runs in total

God of Cricket — Sachin Tendulkar stands out, as the only batsman who has massively scored more than 15,000 runs in the test format. That is the reason the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar is known as the G.O.A.T (Greatest of All Time) in the Cricket. Sachin scored an extraordinary 15,971 runs in 329 innings.

10. 14 DAYS is the longest-recorded cricket match.

Usually, cricket matches could be longer sometimes, specifically when everyone is too excited to watch the conclusion of who will win. Surprisingly, a match of England vs South Africa played in Durban was the longest recorded cricket match, which was used as a timeless test format match. As a result, that match was played for about 90 days with 683 overs of bowling

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Therefore, above are the 10 Cricket Facts that might have amazed you!

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