Sportsnasha Sunday Special…By Paramdeep Rathee

Some unknown facts and stats in cricket:
1. The most overs anyone has bowled in a Test innings without reward is 72, by the West Indian medium-pacer Denis Atkinson, whose figures were 0 for 137 against England at Edgbaston in 1957. (Sonny Ramadhin sent down a Test-record 98 overs in the same innings, but he did at least managed a couple of wickets). The most overs bowled in a match without taking a wicket is a round 100, by England’s Maurice Tate (62-26-108-0 and 38-13-76-0) against Australia in Melbourne in 1928-29.
2. Brian Lara leads the way for the highest score in the first innings of a match with his 400 not out – the highest Test score – for West Indies against England in St John’s in 2003-04. The highest in the second innings of any Test (the second innings of the match, not a side’s second innings) is Mahela Jayawardene ‘s 374 for Sri Lanka against South Africa in Colombo in 2006. The only triple-century in the third innings of a Test was Hanif Mohammad’s 337 for Pakistan against West Indies in Bridgetown in 1957-58, while the highest score in the fourth innings of any Test is 223, by George Headley for West Indies against England in Kingston in 1929-30. 
3. In test cricket, 5 batmen remained unbeaten on 99, two on 199. The universally accepted greatest batsman of all time Don Bradman scored 299 not out versus South Africa at the Adelaide Oval in the 1932 series. It is tragi-comic that Pud Thurlow, the batsman who got run out was out for 0, and he did not take a single wicket or catch in his only Test match. Martin Crowe of New Zealand was out on 299 against Sri Lanka in wellington in 1991, the only batsman to have been dismissed on 299.
4. Abdur Rehman, the Pakistani left-arm spinner, was barred from bowling in an Asia Cup match against Bangladesh after he bowled three consecutive high full-tosses. After the third one, Umpire Johan Cloete suspended him from bowling and he finished with figures of 0-0-8-0, which was a new record.
5. Rajat bhatia is the only Indian player to play 100+ Matches in first class, List A and T20’s, but not a single match for the country.
6. Sadagoppan Ramesh was the first Indian to take a Wicket of his first ball in ODI cricket. This happened on 6 September 1999 in a match between India and West Indies. The Batsman dismissed was Nixon McLean. In the same match Wavell Hinds also took the wicket of his first ball thus becoming first instance where two bowler taking wicket on first ball they ball in ODI.
7. James Anderson holds the record for being Not Out in test Innings most number of times. He has been not out in tests most number of times (90). He’s also the highest wicket taker among all seam bowlers in tests.(589).
8. This a master of coincidence in cricket history. On 11/11/11 at 11:11, South Africa required 111 runs to win after the loss of 1 wicket. Umpires waited for 1 minute to let this coincidence happen. South Africa needed 236 runs to win in 4th innings. At that time, they were on 125 with the loss of 1 wicket. The scoreboard showed 111 runs to win at that moment. This sight can’t be easily repeated.
9. Kenyan batsman Hitesh Modi was adjudged LBW by his own father Subhash Modi who is an umpire in that match. It happened against Bangladesh in August 2006. This is the only instance in cricket history where a father raised his finger against his son.
10. New Zealand’s spinner Mark Craig is the only player in the cricket history to hit the first ball of his test career for a six. He started his test career with a six off the debut ball he faced. He hit that against Sulieman Benn in 2014. Till date he’s the only player to do so.

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