When Indians hear the word cricket, the first thing that comes to their minds maybe the always adding on victories, perhaps the veteran cricketers and their winning sixes or the broken records. The fireworks and dance after winning the world cup, the crackling voice of the commentaries from radio, the pakoda-s which mother serves during the match, the bonding shared across all the generation or maybe just the of movie Lagaan.
Interesting Facts About Indian Cricket Team
Saif Ali Khan!: Nawab Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi (grandfather of Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan) is the only cricketer from India to play for both India and England.
1999 cricket World Cup Logo : Remember the 1999 Cricket World Cup? The muse for the logo was a new promising Indian fast bowler Debashis Mohanty who opened the bowling for India in that tournament.
Youngest Test Captain: Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi became the youngest ever test captain at a tender age.
Television Replay!!: On 14th November 1992, when Karl Liebenberg was given run out, he had just 11 runs scored. Sachin became the first cricketer in the world to be dismissed by the 3rd Umpire using a Television replay.
Little Master : Remember when Shahid Afridi hit the then fastest ODI century? Yeah, the bat he went to break the then record belonged to our Little Master.
Traitor ?: Sachin Tendulkar played for Pakistan before India. Shocked? It was an exhibition match between the neighbors in 1987, and he came in as a substitute fielder for Pakistan.
Partnership : Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar have been stumped out only once in their Test careers, coincidentally both on delivery from England’s spinner Ashley Giles. Both Dravid and Tendulkar share the record of scoring the most number of tons against England by an Indian player(s). Both of them having scored seven hundred each against England.
1983: India’s 1983 World Cup final Hero Mohinder Amarnath has a rare record of being dismissed for both handling the ball and obstructing the field.
Bapu Nadkarni : Bapu Nadkarni of India bowled 131 deliveries without conceding a single run against England at Chennai (then Madras) in 1964.
Shaana : Rohit Sharma is among the three Indian Cricketers to score an ODI double hundred, and he is also the only Cricketer to achieve this milestone thrice. It is quite surprising to know that three Indian cricketers have scored double century in oneday cricket. The magical cricketer Rohit Sharma is one of them. He is the person who scored the highest run in this format. Records are made to break everytime. Well you will get amazed to know that this is the man is having highest score in this format.
Thala for a reason : MS Dhoni, the Captain Cool and the most loved cricket personnel from India, is the only cricketer-captain to win all three ICC Tournaments. MS Dhoni held the world record for the highest dismissals by a wicket-keeper in an ODI – 6 v/s England at Leeds in 2007. Dhoni’s 183 not out against the Sri Lankan team has never been matched by any other wicketkeeper in ODIs.
An unwanted feat: The Indian team was the first cricket team to be dismissed twice in a single day of a test match – 58 in the 1st innings and 82 in the 2nd innings against England in 1952.
Bhausahib Nimbalkar: Bhausahib Nimbalkar of India was batting on 443 not out, and just 9 runs adrift of the then world record 452 not out held by Don Bradman. He was, however, unable to break Sir Don’s record because the opposition skipper Pradyumansinhji Lakhajirajsinhji conceded the match with the batting side on 826 for 4. Bradman, however, sent a personal note to Nimbalkar acknowledging that his innings were better than Bradman’s own.
Extraordinary Debut : Narendra Hirwani of India holds the best-ever test bowling figures on debut. He scalped 16 wickets on debut and ended on 16 for 136 versus the West Indies, and Hirwani smashed Bob Massie’s record of 16 for 137.
Renunciation of Knighthood: The only Indian Test cricketer to be knighted is The Maharajkumar of Vizianagram, and he renounced his knighthood in 1947 after India gained independence.
Man of the match : Former India Captain Sourav Ganguli is the only cricketer in the history of ODI Cricket to have won four consecutive Man of the Match awards.
Golden Duck: In 1949, at a hospital in Mumbai, a baby boy was born with a small hole in the left ear-lobe. His uncle noticed it. However, on the next day, the hole was not found there. The watchful uncle found that the baby had been mistakenly switched with the baby of a fisherwoman in the next bed. The boy grew up to become our original Little Master, Sunil Gavaskar, the first cricketer to have crossed the 10,000 runs milestone in Test Cricket.
Mithali Raj : The Indian with the most T20 international runs is Mithali Raj, and she was also the first Indian to reach the 2000-run milestone.
Virat Kohli: Virat Kohli was bowling to Kevin Pietersen. He ended bowling a broad first up, and Pietersen, who was charging down to hit Kohli for a boundary, was stumped down the leg-side by MS Dhoni. So, Kohli didn’t bowl a single ball in international cricket as his first ball was wide, but since a stumping goes in the account of the bowler, he had a wicket!
The man behind 83: The Haryana Hurricane, India’s most significant all-rounder Kapil Dev has not missed a single international match due to injury. He, of course, has missed games and was dropped once but has not missed a match owing to an injury. For a fast bowler to have played for over 16 years, taken over 600 wickets, and never missed a match due to an injury is noteworthy.
God of Cricket: Sachin Tendulkar, our very own Master Blaster, has ruled most of the cricket records, scored the most ODI & Test runs, most fifties, most International centuries in both ODIs & Test Cricket. The God of cricket of all time Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar once upon a time was a significant part of Ranji trophy and his 9000 runs will make anyone astonished. But you will get surprised to know that he was also got out by scoring 0.
Father-son Duo : We all have experienced how a father and son bond over cricket. Hitesh Modi and Subhash Ranchhoddas Modi are the only father-son duo to play International cricket and officiate in an international match as umpires. With new emerging cricketers in the country, the records will break more often, making this list endless.
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