Some unknown stats and facts in Cricket:
1. Samuel Beckett Is the only noble prize winning author to have played first class cricket. Beckett played two first-class matches for his university. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969.
2. Did you know the match in which Ajit Agarkar scored the fastest ODI fifty for India was the last ODI match to be played with the red ball. It was between India vs Zimbabwe in the Pepsi Series 2000. The Match was played at Rajkot and Agarkar still holds the record for the fastest fifty by an Indian in ODIs (21 balls).
3. Did you know Fender’s Blinder scored a Century in 35 minutes!!!! Yes on 26 August 1929, 100 years ago Fender playing for Surrey, reached his century against Northamptonshire in just 35 minutes which is still the least amount of time taken to reach a hundred. Fender scored 113 runs with 16 fours and five sixes and remained not out. His partnership with Alan Peach,200 not out, lasted for 42 minutes and it added 171 runs in the team’s total. Although the balls were not known, it can be assumed that maximum 14-18 overs were possible which means the partnership was built at a run rate around 10 runs per over. Some estimates also suggest that Fender’s innings took something around 40 to 46 balls.
4. Chinnaswamy stadium is the first Cricket stadium in the world to be powered with Solar energy. In 2015, as a part of Go-green initiative, Chinnaswamy became the first in world to use solar panels to generate the bulk of electricity needed to run the stadium.
5. Did you know once Umpire was suspended for taking a wrong decision. Umpire Pratap kumar was suspended for a match during the inaugural IPL, for listing to the player and taking a decision to the third Umpire. The player was Sourav Ganguly and match was played between Rajasthan Royals and kolkata knight riders. In the match, Ganguly was caught at deep mid wicket by Smith. The catch created doubt in the mind of Ganguly, who went to Pratap Kumar and asked him to refer to the third umpire. Immediately, GA Pratap Kumar asked the third umpire,allowing the player to rule the game due to which he was suspended.
6. Gareth Batty of England holds the record for most consecutive matches missed for a team between appearances. Batty missed 142 matches between 2 Test appearances (From 5 Jun 2005 to 20 Oct 2016). MP Bicknell with 114 games comes second followed by FL Reifer of West Indies with 109 games on third.
7. The Johannesburg Test between India and South Africa in 2013 where both AB de Villiers and MS Dhoni tried their hand with the ball is in fact the only occasion in Test history when wicket-keepers from both sides have bowled at least an over each.
8. Jason Krejza of Australian on his debut test against India conceded 215 runs for his 8 Wickets in the first inning. It is a world record for conceding most runs on debut. He conceded 143 runs for 4 Wickets in the second innings and went on to take a total of 12 wickets in that test(8+4) and it is still the best bowling figures for a cricketer on debut against India. The test match was last for Sourav Ganguly and he was dismissed by krejza for 0 in his last test Inning.
9. Mohammad Amir of Pakistan took his first catch in his 20th test match. He then became the player having the longest gap for taking his first catch. The match was played in 2016 at Sharjah between Pakistan and West Indies and the batsman he caught was Darren Bravo.
10. Runako Morton was once dismissed for a duck after facing 31 deliveries in the final of DLF cup, 2006 Played between West Indies and Australia. It is the record for facing most balls to get out on a duck.
By Paramdeep Rathee