Sunday Special By Sportsnasha…By Paramdeep Rathee

Some unknown stats and facts in cricket:

1.Irfan Pathan has the best bowling figures in an Under-19 ODI match. Irfan registered these figures in the Asia U-19 Tournament at Lahore against Bangladesh in 2004. He produced a devastating spell of fast bowling and picked nine wickets including a hat-trick . The Baroda speedster virtually ran through the Bangladeshi Innings returning with dream figures of 7.5-3-16-9. Bangladesh were bundled out for 34 in 14.5 overs and India demolished Bangladesh by an emphatic 189 runs. The remaining One wicket of bangladesh team was picked by VRV.Singh.

2. Sohag Gazi of Bangladesh is the only cricketer to score century and to collect a hat-trick in the same test match. He did it against New Zealand in 2013. In Bangladesh’s first innings he scored a century(101*) and in New Zealand’s second innings he collected hat-trick by dismissing Corey Anderson, BJ Watling, Doug Bracewell and returned with the figures of 6/77.

3. West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan was the leading Wicket taker in the 1998 Under-19 world cup. Yes, you read that correct, Sarwan took 16 wickets in the tournament which was won by England. He was the joint highest wicket-taker along with Mluleki Nkala of Zimbabwe.

4. Did you know Sachin Tendulkar has a century at Lord’s. While it is true that he has not scored a ton at Lord’s in a Test or One Day International match, very few people know that Tendulkar does have a century at the venue, which he scored all the way back in 1998 in a Princess of Wales Memorial match played between the MCC and Rest of the World XI. Played on July 18, 1998, in memory of Princess Diana, the game featured two star-studded lineups going head-to-head. Batting first, the MCC side put together a total of 261/4 in 50 overs with West Indian Shivnarine Chanderpaul scoring a marvelous 127 off 144 balls. Former Indian captain Mohammed Azharuddin also scored a half-century for the MCC, scoring 61 off 72. In reply, Tendulkar led the charge for the Rest of the World XI and smacked 15 fours and four sixes in his knock of 125 runs. He forged a match-winning partnership of 177 with Sri Lankan star Aravinda de Silva as he led the side to 6 wickets win and reached their target with 39 balls to spare. The match was held as a fund raising event for her memorial fund, and raised close to 1 million pounds for this noble deed. The match was contested by players from all nine Test-playing nations at that time.

5. Alastair Cook has the lowest test average in 10000 test runs club. He averaged 45.35 followed by Mahela Jayawardene 49.84 and Allan Border 50.56.

6. Both the events of youngest and oldest players scoring Triple centuries in Tests happened at Sabina Park.
Youngest Triple Centurion – G.Sobers 21 Years, 231 Days
Oldest Triple Centurion – A.Sandham
39 Years, 271 Days
Sandham’s Triple Century was first in Test Cricket and Sobers was first to convert maiden Hundred into Triple.

7. Andre Russell strike rate 130.22 is the highest career strike rate in ODIs followed by Glenn Maxwell 123.37 and Jos Buttler 119.83. The Stat is for batsman who have played minimum 500 balls.

8. Indian cricket team has the record of most consecutive Innings of 400 or over it in test cricket. From 15 October 1986 to 11 February 1987 India scored 400+ in 6 consecutive innings. The scores of india during this period are:
517/5d
676/7
451/6d
400
527/9d
403

Australia features in the list twice as they scored it 5 times from 29 January 1937 to 24 June 1938 and from 9 May 2003 to 17 October 2003.

9. Rohit sharma holds the record for highest first class average (72.1) before making Test debut.

10. Ross Taylor 181* against England is the highest individual ODI score when both openers got out on a 🦆 duck. Kapil Dev’s 175* vs Zimbabwe is on the second spot followed by Kane Williamson’s 148 vs West Indies.