Indians love and regards towards the sport Cricket go way back to 1700 when the first match in India was held upon the introduction of British merchant sailors. Since then, it has been the favorite pastime of the people, amateur and professional alike. But to fully understand the game, one must be knowledgeable about everything that made the sport what it is today.
Below are just five of the most interesting historical facts about Indian Cricket, including the players, records, and more. Read and be amazed.
1. India is the only country to win the 60-Over, 50-Over, and 20-Over World Cup
Below are the respective dates:
60 over – 1983
50 over – 2011
20 over – 2007
2. The Indian cricket team is the only team to have been dismissed fully twice in a single day of a test match
This happened against England at Old Trafford in 1952.
3. 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 didn’t have a proper bat. That’s when Waqar Younis gave ‘Young Afridi’ Sachin Tendulkar’s bat. Afridi hit 11 sixes and six boundaries with the bat and scored a 37-ball century against Sri Lanka which was the then fastest ODI century. The record, broken later by Corey Anderson (36 balls), now belongs to South Africa’s AB de Villiers (31 balls).
4. MS Dhoni, the most loved recent cricketing icon from India, is the only cricketer-captain to win all three ICC Tournaments
Others will find it difficult today because Champions Trophy is no longer in the running.
5. Two Robin Singhs have played Test cricket for India and both never got to play after their debut Test
Robin Singh—India’s one-day specialist played one Test match in his career against Zimbabwe in 1998. His namesake Robin Singh junior was a fast bowler who played his only Test against New Zealand in 1999.
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