Fun Facts About Cricket Around the World

  • Cricket is considered as the ancestor and inspiration of baseball game.
  • The very first bat and ball game to be played in the United States was cricket. It became popular between 1834 and 1915 when there were more than 1000 cricket clubs across 46 states.
  • The only country to win the 60 over, 50 over and 20 over world cups is India.
  • The first recorded cricket game was played in 1646 which was so popular that everyone who missed the church to play was handed out fines.
  • The longest cricket match was between England and South Africa in 1939. The match last 14 days and ended with a tie score because the ship of England team was due to leave the next day.
  • The best achievement that a batsman can scores is 100 runs which called a century.
  • The greatest bowler in history was Murali Muralitharan from Sri Lanka awarded by the English magazine “The Wisden Cricketer”.

  • Bert Sutcliffe – among the greatest batsmen in New Zealand- was also an exceptionally unlucky batsman. In 42 test that he played between 1949 and 1965, he never once won a match although his New Zealand team did win a few match.
  • Alec Stewart – the legend of cricket – was born on 8th April 1963, and the number of test runs that he scored in his career was 8463. What a coincident!
  • World class Kenyan cricketer Asif Karim played not only cricket but also tennis for his country. He played in the Davis Cup.
  • Peter Siddle is the only bowler, being able to celebrate his birthday by a hat trick. That lucky day was 25th November 2010
  • Wilfred Rhodes was the oldest cricketer, played for England He was 52 years old when playing his last match was in 1930.
  • In 137 years of test cricket, Chris Gayle is the only batsman ever to hit a six off the first ball of a Test match.
  • Adam Gilchrist played 96 Test matches after his debut on November 1999 to January 2008. He holded the record for playing the most number of Tests without dropping out from any of them.