Five interesting facts about cricket

Cricket means statistics. But not solid statistics, there are many stories in cricket.

Lots of fun, interesting things too. Let’s take a look at five interesting facts in the history of cricket: Representing
multiple countries

In cricket, there is a precedent of playing Tests for two completely different countries. Abdul Hafeez Kardar, one of the most legendary cricketers in Pakistan’s cricket history, has played Test cricket for India. India and Pakistan play Tests for two teams and the two cricketers are Amir Elahi and Gul Muhammad. All of them represented India under British rule in the pre-partition period of 1947. A number of cricketers who played for Australia early in their careers have since played for England. JJ Ferris, Midwinter, WL Murdoch, AE Trott, SMJ Woods is one such name. SC Guillain, who played for the West Indies, later played for New Zealand. Nawab Pataudi is the greatest example of a cricketer playing for two different countries. Nawab Saheb, grandfather of Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan and father of former India captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, played for England before playing for India. John Trix, one of the best stars in Zimbabwean cricket, once played for South Africa.

 

Another great example of playing for two countries is former South African captain Kepler Wessels. When South Africa was banished from the international arena due to racism in the 1980s, Wessels played for Australia. Ian Morgan of Ireland is currently representing England in cricket. Holland’s Dark Nannes played for Australia.

Alan Border is the cricketer who has played the most Tests in a row. The former Australian captain played 153 consecutive Tests between 1989 and 1993. Border’s compatriot Mark Waugh is in the next position. He has played 108 consecutive Tests. Sunil Gavaskar has played 108 consecutive Tests. Apart from these three cricketers, no one has played 100 consecutive Tests. Out of these three, India’s Rahul Dravid has the credit of playing 93 consecutive Tests. Australia’s Adam Gilchrist has played 90 Tests. Sachin Tendulkar has a record of 64 consecutive Test matches.

The youngest Test cricketer

Hasan Raja of Pakistan is the youngest Test cricketer in the history of cricket. Raja made his debut in the 1998 Faisalabad Test against Zimbabwe at the age of just 14 years and 26 days. No one else has broken this record in the last 18 years. Mushtaq Mohammad of Pakistan was the youngest cricketer to make his Test debut before Hasan Raja. He made his Test debut at the age of 15 years and 124 days. The third name of this team is Bangladesh. Mohammad Sharif. Medium fast bowler Sharif made his Test debut against Zimbabwe in 2001 at the age of 15 years and 189 days.

Kinship in the cricket team

A total of 36 father-son pairs have enriched the history of cricket. This means that his son has retained his legacy on the cricket field after his father played Test cricket. Hanif Mohammad, Sadiq Mohammad, Mushtaq Mohammad and Wazir Mohammad, four children of the same mother, played Test cricket for Pakistan. Shoaib, the son of Hanif Mohammad, played Test cricket for Pakistan in the eighties and nineties. Greg Chappell, Ian Chappell and Trevor Chappell are three famous brothers who played for Australia. The Ranatunga brothers of Sri Lanka are also in this team. Along with them, 6 more pairs of brothers have represented in one or the other Test team. The brothers have ruled the Bangladesh cricket team at different times. At the same time, Minhazul Abedin and Nurul Abedin played in the national team XI in the eighties. Everyone knows about Nafis Iqbal and Tamim Iqbal. However, the two Iqbal’s never played together in the national team. These two pairs of brothers who made history in Bangladesh cricket came from Chittagong.

Cricketer

West Indies legend Viv Richards was a cricket and football player at the same time. Not only that, Richards played international football for the Antigua national team in the middle of his cricketing career. There are at least 20 international cricketers like Richards who have played football at the same time. Former Bangladesh captain Aminul Islam played football for Victoria Sporting, one of the country’s leading clubs in the 1980s. In 1986, he got a chance to play in the national cricket team and Bangladesh U-19 football team together. But after concentrating on cricket, he did not play for the national youth team. South African fielding legend Jonty Rhodes has played hockey for South Africa.

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