Cricket is quite a fascinating sport. It has a longer history than many thinks and is popular in numerous countries. With such a long history, there should be no surprise to see that there are numerous interesting cricket facts that are still used to mention in the latest Cricket news.
Some of the Interesting Cricket facts that you most likely did not know
Cricket is quite a fascinating sport. It has a longer history than many thinks and is popular in numerous countries. With such a long history, there should be no surprise to see that there are numerous interesting cricket facts that are still used to mention in the latest Cricket news. Here are some that you most likely did not know.
Cricket Historical Facts
- Numerous cricketers in the past were listed as being the best bowlers ever. However, Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan is considered to be the very best by “The Wisden Cricketer”, a renowned English magazine.
- Historians believe that Cricket came from England when shepherds created the game to spend some time guarding sheep.
- In 1939, the longest ever cricket match occurred. England and South Africa were the teams that played. This one match actually lasted 13 days. Even then the game was not over. England needed 42 extra runs to win. The problem was that the team’s ship had to leave the following day. This made the match a draw.
- The first-ever recorded cricket game happened in 1646. This led to the game being so popular that fines were issued to the people that missed church to play.
Cricket Equipment Facts
- There are 3 parts in a cricket bat: blade, handle and grip. The ball is hit with the blade.
- The cricket bat has a weight of 2 to 3 pounds. As usual, it is made out of willow wood because the material is really tough and light.
- Modern cricket bats have to be rubbed with quality linseed oil. This makes the cricket bat shrink. As a result, the hitting surface is tougher.
- The cricket ball has a weight of 5 and a half ounces.
- The cricket ball has layered cork in the middle which was specially made during that time. The cork is wrapped with string and then covered with an outer layer made out of leather.
Other Interesting Cricket Facts
- Baseball is the most popular game with a bat and a ball in the US. But in the country, cricket was the very first such game. Between 1834 and 1914, the sport was very popular. In total, over 1000 cricket clubs in 46 countries were opened.
- Bert Sutcliffe is one of the best batsmen in the history of New Zealand. He was really unlucky. In 42 tests between 1949 and 1965, he has never managed to win a game. Although New Zealand’s team won some games during that time, it was when he did not play in a few matches.
- The only cricket player born in a country, John Traicos finally played two additional countries. He played for South Africa and Zimbabwe, though Egypt was his home country.
- Leslie Hylton is the only cricket player in history that was hanged for a murder charge.
Wilfred Rhodes has the distinction of being the oldest England player ever. He was 52 when he played his last match.
Although a game is always bigger than a player, many will agree that the closest thing to threatening this maxim was Sachin Tendulkar, at least in India where he was never before followed. Over two decades of consistent talent and achievement, he became a player giant, and many years later he was the favorite son of India.
Sachin is an aggressive batsman with flawless footwork and timing. He scored heavily in the school leagues and domestic games creating an international call up for himself.
He was the highest run-scorer in the 1988-89 Ranji season scoring 583 runs at an average of 67. In the 1990-91 Ranji trophy final, he scored a 75 ball 96 run knock against Haryana, creating an opportunity to lift the cup. Similarly, he scored many centuries for India and later fondly called as The Master Blaster.