1) A golden greeting
The Test debut at the Bombay Gymkhana ground – that saw Lala Amarnath become the first Indian batsman to score a hundred. The century was greeted by wild celebrations in the crowd and the band at the ground struck up ‘God save the King.’ From the women’s enclosure jewellery was thrown at Amarnath as he left the ground.
2) King of weird dismissals
Mohinder Amarnath is the one and only Indian who has been dismissed on handling the ball. He was dismissed on 9 February 1986 also making him the first one to be dismissed for handling the ball in One-Day Internationals. He is also the only Indian to be dismissed for obstructing the field in One-Day Internationals. He has also been dismissed ‘hit wicket’.He is the only International Cricketer in the world to be given out both for handling the ball and obstructing the field in his career.
3) Two in one
Robin Singh – India’s one-day specialist played one Test match in his career against Zimbabwe in 1998. His namesake Robin Singh junior was a fast bowler who played his only Test against New Zealand in 1999.
4) The curious case of Debasish Mohanty
Remember the Odiya bowler who opened the bowling for India alongside Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad at the ’99 World Cup in England? Did you know that the logo of that World Cup was based on the action of this little-known bowler? A promising career was cut short by injuries and lack of opportunities.
5) What an way to end !
Glenn McGrath is the only bowler in history to end both his ODI and Test career with a wicket.
6) Cricket started of with 4 balls per over later 5 after that 8 then settled for 6 balls per over.
Thank god, else matches would have been either too long or too short !
Pakistani batsman Mohammad Yousuf has the best bowling average (0.00) in World Cup history. Yousuf dismissed Zimbabwe’s Christopher Mpofu with the very first ball he bowled in the 2007 World Cup. Seriously Hilarious !
8) Disciplined losers
The England Cricket Team is the only team in ODI history to lose a 60 over ODI Final (1979 World Cup), a 50 over ODI Final (1992 World Cup and 2004 Champions Trophy) and a 20 over Final (2013 Champions Trophy) in ICC tournaments.
8) Hats off Paji !
Kapil Dev did not miss a single match during his career of 16 years because of an injury. He was also never run out during the 184 innings. Kapil Dev’s 175* was the first century by an Indian in ODIs. We all know Kapil Dev’s exploits when he came in to bat at 17/5 and scored 175 not out in the 1983 World Cup against Zimbabwe. But did you also know that this century was the first by an Indian in ODIs?
9) Catching massacre
Ishant Sharma is responsible for all the three highest scores made by a batsman against India in the 21st century.
– Edgbaston 2011 – Ishant Sharma drops Alastair Cook – Cook scores 294
– Sydney 2012 – Ishant Sharma drops Michael Clarke – Clarke scores 329*
– Wellington 2014 – Ishant Sharma drops Brendon McCullum – He scores 302
Someone please teach him how to catch !
10) Solo Duck
Sachin Tendulkar got out for a duck only once in his Ranji career. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar got him.
Well done Bhuvi !