The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is here and it is time to brush up your cricket skills! It’s that time when you sit, watch and analyze every stroke and throw and of course throw around some trivia.
So, for this World Cup season, let us take a look at the 10 most interesting facts about the game of cricket:
It was during the 17th century that cricket became a popular game when the English aristocrats started playing it and it was known as the ‘gentleman’s game’.
Here’s a rather bizarre fact – English cricketer, Alec Stewart was born on the 8th of April, 1963 and the total number of test runs scored by him in his career is 8463!
We all know that Sachin Tendulkar is one of the greatest batsmen of all times. But did you know, his dear friend Vinod Kamli has a better test match average than him.
Speaking of Sachin, during the World Cup semi-finals of 1996 at the Eden Gardens, post Sachin’s untimely dismissal, India lost 7 wickets between 90 to 120 runs. The outraged fans set some of the stands on fire and Sri Lanka was declared the default winners.
After England, India and Pakistan jointly hold the record of hosting the maximum number of World Cups.
Who would have ever thought that Bangladesh’s Bangabandhu stadium and Sher-e-Bangla stadium have hosted more ODIs than Lord’s!
The highest number of runs scored ever in a single over is 77 and not 36.
India has set a unique mark for itself by winning the 60 overs ODI, 50 overs ODI and 20 overs ODI World Cup.
Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath has taken a total of 72 wickets, which is the highest number of wickets ever taken in the history of World Cups.
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is the first ever World Cup where a total of 10 teams will be playing, something which has never happened before!
Keep the trivia handy and enjoy this World Cup season!