International cricket has survived 138 years approximately now. It has too many memories, records and facts in its name. While people will never stop crazing on this sport, they will also not stop playing the online fantasy cricket games, which allows them to take an active part in the sport of cricket online.
The long duration of international cricket has led to the peculiar happening and great records. Let us explore those, and who knows, the facts, records and incidents might help us in playing Indian fantasy cricket and understand a team or player we are intending to include in our team.
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Sachin Tendulkar has the status of a demi-god in the cricket world. There is hardly anything we don’t know about him. But, one thing about him is likely unknown. Over 99% of the cricketers to earn ODI caps have not scored even half as many runs as Sachin has.
Longest surname of a Fijian cricketer
A first-class Fijian cricketer has the longest surname ever. The cricketer is IL Bula, the easy short form of a name Ilikena Lasarusa Talebulamaineiilikenamainavaleniveivakabulaimainakulalakebalau. And don’t think we made this up. You can search Google and see that the name translates to “returned alive from Nankula hospital at Lakeba island in the Lau group.” Wondering how to pronounce it? We haven’t even tried!
You may know that Jim Laker of the English team took 19 wickets against Australia during the Old Trafford Test of 1956. But, a lesser-known fact is that Laker recorded 10 wickets for 20 runs from 63 balls over the two innings during one stage, with an average of 2 and a strike rate of 6.3.
Cricket and the pharaoh
John Traicos has something fascinating for us. He is the player to have been born in one nation, Egypt and playing for two others. He played test cricket for Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Oldest test debutant
England’s James Southerton was 49 years and 119 days old at the time of his Test debut. He debuted against Australia in 1877 during the first-ever test match and was the oldest test debutant ever.
The award of unluckiest bowler goes to Mushtaq Ahmed of Pakistan. Bowling to Symcox, Ahmed bowled a ball which passed between middle and off stump without dislodging a bail.
Brian Close and ‘2’
Brian Close of English Cricket team has an amazing connection with number 2. He played 22 tests in his career of 27 years. During this span, he missed the scope of playing in exactly 222 tests.
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