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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Edition3: Little Known facts about cricket

Virender Sehwag holds a unique record of scoring 150+ runs in nine of his previous 10 centuries which even Sir Donald Bradman didn't hold. The first International match was played between USA and Canada in New York in 1844 which Canada won by 23 runs. Len Hutton is the only player to be given out obstructing the field in Test Cricket History.
The first ever Australian team to tour England was a group of Aborgines lead by an Englishman Charles Lawrence. Each player wore different coloured caps so that people could identify them with ease. Apart from Cricket they also showed off their talent in a number of unique sports like backward race, boomerang throwing and Cricket ball dodging. The shepards in England used to play Cricket in front of tree stumps and hence the term ” Stumps ” originated. As the game progressed, the game was played in front of wicket gates and hence the term ” Wickets ” originated.
India's Lala Amarnath is the only Bowler to have got Sir Donald Bradman out hit wicket.
The Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur holds the record for registering a first ball duck on debut when Sunil Gavaskar was caught by Javed Miandad off Imran Khan in the first ever Test match here in 1987.
M.L. Jaisimha and Ravi Shastri have both batted on all five days of a Test Match. Only two others have achieved this, Englishmen Geoff Boycott and Alan Lamb, and Australia's Kim Hughes.
Legendary Spinner B.S.Chandrasekar is the only player to have scored fewer runs than the number of wickets that he picked up (242 Wickets and 177 runs).
The only player to have hit a Cricket ball from one county to other was C.K.Nayudu playing at Edgbaston and hitting the ball into the nearby river Rhea which is the boundary between Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
On the day of the 1983 World Cup Finals between India and West Indies, Sir Garfield Sobers was approached by a fan for an autograph. But he simple denied him stating that the day belonged to the Indians.
Sachin Tendulkar was the first player to be given out by a third umpire in an International game.
Sachin Tendulkar holds the unique record of scoring centuries on debut in Ranji trophy, Irani trophy and Duleep trophy matches.
The cartoon character Donald Duck is named after Sir Donald Bradman after he scored a duck in 1932 when touring North America. Walt Disney was a Cricket fan and was also a member of Hollywood Cricket Club.

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