Cricket has been an integral part of human emotions. Today, the internet-based cricket games offered by 11wickets.com, the best platform for these games, are trending a lot amongst the cricket lovers. Daily fantasy cricket games are a rage and the mode of entertainment for cricket fans around the world.
Today let’s talk about the lesser-known facts about the cricket and then focus on the forming the fantasy cricket playing XI team.
There are ten ways a batsman can get out in cricket: Bowled, Caught, Run Out and Leg before Wicket. Handling the ball, Stumped, Hit the ball twice, Obstructing the field, Timed out and Hit Wicket.
First laws of cricket were written in 1774
In ancient cricket, the batsman would bat in front of a tree stump, hence the term “stumps”. As the game developed it was at times played in front of a wicket-gate – which led to the term “wickets”.
Early bowlers would bowl the ball under arm and cricket records tell tales of great under arm lob bowlers. Over arm bowling was at first illegal. It was introduced to cricket by a Kent cricketer, John Willes. He, in fact, got this move from his sister, Christina who found her skirts were getting in the way when she tried to bowl under-arm!
The first international cricket match was held between the US and Canada in 1844. This epic event and match were played in New York and Canada won by 23 runs.
In 1868 an Englishman called Charles Lawrence based in Australia create a team of aborigines and took them to England. This was the first Australian tour to England, and each player wore a cap of a dissimilar colour so that the spectators could spot them. The team played 47 matches against a number of local teams of which they won 14, lost 14 and drew the rest. Despite playing cricket the aborigines showcased a number of sole sports including the backwards race, cricket ball dodging and boomerang throwing.
While he merely played 12 tests with limited success, Alfred ‘Tich’ Freeman is perhaps the greatest first-class bowler ever. A short leg-spin googly bowler, he took 3,776 first-class wickets, second only to Wilfred Rhodes and is the lone bowler to take 300 wickets in 1928 during a single season. He took over 200 wickets in the next seven seasons and remains the only man to take all 10 wickets in an innings thrice and 17 wickets in a match twice.
The greatest all-rounder
One of the greatest all-rounders in the true sense is CB Fry. He captained England at cricket; played for England in football he equalled the world long-jump record. Away from the sport he was presented the Kingship of Albania, he embodied India at the League of Nations, and Hitler consulted with him when he was budding the Youth Program in Germany.
Sir Donald George Bradman has to surely be the greatest batsman of all time. In his last test innings at the Oval in 1948 he needed 4 runs to end with an average of 100. He was bowled by Eric Hollies for a duck. His test average of 99.94 and the first-class average of 95.14 are both world records. His 974 runs in a single test series is also a record. He scored two triple centuries and 12 double centuries in test cricket and was previously left stranded on 299.
Montague Druitt was a fast bowler who played for Winchester College, Incogniti and Dorset, he was a playing member of the MCC as well. In 1888 he drowned himself in the Thames River. Druitt was alleged of being Jack the Ripper!
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