Some unknown facts and stats in cricket:
1. MS Dhoni captained India for the first time in international cricket against Scotland. Yes, it wasn’t Pakistan. India’s first match in T20 world cup 2007 and Dhoni’s first international match as a captain was against Scotland. Scotland won the toss and elected to field. But rain-gods ruined the plans and the match was called-off without a single ball bowled. Since the toss happened, technically this remains the first match of MSD as a captain. Next day, MS captained India against the arch rivals Pakistan and won in the bowl-out 3-0.
2. Indian pace attack has better bowling average than any other attack in test matches since January 2018. India:Average-21.33 Wickets-292West Indies:Average-21.78 Wickets-177South Africa:Average-24.81 Wickets-278(Note – This doesn’t include stats of Ongoing test between West Indies and England).
3. India’s 99th test cricketer Rusi Surti’s highest test score was 99. He played 26 test matches for India and was also the first Indian to play Sheffield Shield in Australia.
4. Wides and No-balls were added to the bowlers tally for the first time in 1983. It happened Few days after India lifted the 1983 world cup. It was decided that No-balls and Wide balls would be added to the bowlers’ account. It was implemented for the first time in the India vs Pakistan ODI in Jaipur in 1983.
5. Glenn McGrath is the only fast bowler to bowl 200+ Maiden overs in all formats in a single year. He bowled 222 Maiden overs in 2001.
6. Bangladesh cricket team holds the unwanted record of most consecutive defeats in ODIs. From 8 October 1999 to 9 October 2002, Bangladesh lost 23 ODIs on the trot. They beat their own record of 22 consecutive defeats which started from 31 March 1986 to14 May 1998.
7. Ashish Nehra once batted and bowled twice in a single day of a test match. It happened in 2002 in the Second test of India tour of New Zealand. India has scored 92–8 by the end of the second day’s play and Ashish was one of the not-out batsmen(first day was washed out). He resumed his innings on the third day but, India were soon all out for 99. Then, India bowled New Zealand out for 94 in their first innings. India themselves were bowled out in their second innings for 154. Finally, when New Zealand came out to bat in the 4th innings of the match, Ashish bowled again to them.
8. In 1989, along with Sachin Tendulkar, 23 other cricketers made their International debuts. The last one to retire before Sachin, was New Zealand’s Chris Cairns, who retired in 2004.
9. India is the only team to dismiss three batsman on 199 in Tests. The batsman who dismissed on 199 against India are:1)Mudassar Nazar(Pakistan) In 19842) SanathJayasuriya (Sri Lanka) in 19973)Younis khan (Pakistan) in 2006The most unfortunate batsman on this list is definitely Younis Khan, who was run-out on 199.
10. Merely 21 years old with no international experience in bowling, Inzy tricked the batsman to edge his left arm spin delivery to the keeper. Guess who the batsman was – Brian
Lara! Now that’s some debut wicket!