February 23rd, 2019 | Updated on July 12th, 2022
The cricket maniacs leave no stone unturned to stay in touch with the game they love the most. In fact, some of them even go to the extent of discussing the records and other details with other cricket buffs.
Thanks to the internet we have access to cricketing information like never before. However, this game is also full of surprises. There are certain trivia which can leave any cricket fan stunned.
We have brought together 20 Amazing Cricket Facts that will surely Shock You. These facts reflect how the world of cricket has evolved so far and when you go through them you get an idea of the enigma behind this majestic game.
Not only that these facts make you unfold those secrets of your favourite stars which would otherwise be hidden from the entire world.
1. Unbelievably, most number of runs scored in one over is not 36; contrary to popular belief it is actually ‘77’ which was scored in RH Vance’s over in a match between Canterbury and Wellington.
RH Vance bowled one over in the match, and this is how it went: 0 4 4 4 6 6 4 6 1 4 1 0 6 6 6 6 6 0 0 4 0 1
2. Mahendra Singh Dhoni Has Never scored an ODI century outside Asia
3. Pakistani magician spinner, Saeed Ajmal surprisingly has never won a single award for the ‘Man of the Match’ in ODIs.
4. In the entire history of recorded Cricket, only four players have played on all ten batting positions for a team; names include Lance Klusener, Abdur Razzaq, Shoaib Malik and Hashan Tillakaratne.
5. The cricket lord, Sir Don Bradman hit a total of 6 sixes in his entire career.
6. Swing Sultan – Wasim Akram also has his highest Test innings score of 257, which is higher than Sachin Tendulkar’s highest Test score of 248*.
7. Ex-Pakistan captain and veteran batsman Inzamam Ul Haq, not only bowled in International cricket, but he took a wicket on his very first delivery.
8. The bat, with which Shahid Afridi scored his fastest century in One Day International, was borrowed from Waqar Younis. The record stayed unbeaten for over a decade, and is still the world’s second-fastest century.
9. Sachin Tendulkar debuted in 1989, along with 23 other cricketers around the world. Not surprisingly each one of them retired before the little master, however, what’s incredible is that the last one to retire was Chris Cairns of New Zealand who retired in 2004, ten years before Sachin Tendulkar eventually retired from international cricket.
10. Dirk Nannes has played both for Australia and Netherlands, in International Cricket.
11. Can you believe that Shahid Afridi has twice as much runs and wickets in ODIs than the legendary Imran Khan.
Boom Boom Afridi has picked up 378 wickets in One Day International cricket in comparison to Imran Khan’s 182 ODI wickets, and has scored 7619 ODI runs from his strong wooden bat with a robust strike rate of 115.7 whereas Imran Khan’s 3709 runs has a strike rate of 72.65.
12. Sachin Tendulkar (Total Number of Runs in Test) + Zaheer (Total Number of Wickets in Test) = (Almost) Jacques Kallis’ Test Career.
13. Asian little master ‘Hanif Mohammad’, holds the world record for the longest innings in International (and domestic) Test history, an astounding (nerve numbing) 970 Minute (that is, more than 16 hours) 337* against the dominating bowlers of West Indies in Bridgetown in 1957-58.
14. Sir Jack Hobbs scored 199 centuries in his First Class career.
15. Hanif Muhammad by the end of his career had done almost everything imaginable in the game of Cricket. He scored 55 first-class centuries with an impressive career average of 52.32; moreover the ambidextrous Hanif could also bowl with either arms along with keeping wickets on a number of occasions for his country.
16. Indian pacer, Ishant Sharma can be deemed responsible for the three maximum scores made ‘against’ India, by a batsman in the 21st century. How? Well, he dropped catches from all of three of them, on scores below 50.
Later on, Alistair Cook went on to make 294 Runs, Michael Clarke made 329 Runs and Brendon McCullum ended up with 302 Runs, in 2011, 2012 and 2014 respectively.
17. Wilfred Rhodes has taken a total of 4,204 wickets in his First Class cricket career. No, we did not make a mistake there, Rhodes did actually did take more than four thousand wickets. FYI; He also happened to score 39, 969 runs.
18. Not only does Wasim Akram have more ODI wickets than Shane Warne, but he beats him by more than 200 wickets in it. However, Akram lags behind Warne with 95 wickets in both ODI+Test Combined.
19. Shoaib Akhtar handed Sachin Tendulkar a Golden Duck the first time these two came head to head, it was a late reverse swinging delivery that knocked Tendulkar’s middle wicket off the ground. He had also bowled Dravid, with a similar reverse swing, one ball before Sachin. These two deliveries are called, ‘Double jeopardy’ when Shoaib Akhtar made his first International impact.
20. Sachin Tendulkar’s life stats against Shoaib Akhtar are 251 runs in 328 balls, with 8 dismissals, at an average of 27.14 and a Strike Rate of 76.