20 Fun Facts About Cricket

20 fun facts about cricket include the likes of Vinod Kambli, Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne.
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20 Fun Facts About Cricket 

Cricket has been played since 1877, when England faced Australia in the first official test match. It is one of the most popular sports in the world. Since then, the game has developed rapidly and in the modern era, statistics play a huge part. In this article, we will explore the best fun facts about cricket.

Cricket Facts: Number (1-5)

20 fun facts about cricket: Alec Stewart's test match runs and his date of birth are exactly the same!
Alec Stewart of England leaves the field after his last batting innings during the 5th Test match between England and South Africa at The Oval, London, 6th September 2003. England won the match by 9 wickets. (Photo by Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Alec Stewart has the same number of test match runs (8463) as his date of birth (8/4/63). A rare coincidence.

South Africa have won more ODI’s than they have lost against every single opposition that they have come up against in the format.

Alastair Cook has scored more T20 centuries (1) than Jos Buttler (0). This, despite Jos Buttler being famed as one of the best T20 batsmen in the world, while Alastair Cook is thought to be a test specialist.

Chris Gayle is the only batsman to have smashed a six from the first ball of a test match. It happened against Bangladesh in Mirpur in 2012.

Sri Lanka have only won one test match against Australia in their entire history. It came in 1999. They won the first test of the 1999 series by six wickets at Kandy.

These are our numbers (1-5) fun facts about cricket.

Cricket Facts: (Number 6-10)

Sanath Jayasuriya has more ODI wickets than a famous bowler.
COLOMBO, SRI LANKA: Indian cricketer Venkatsai Laxman (L) leaves the field after being dismissed as Sri Lankan bowler, Sanath Jayasuriya (3-R) jumps in the air with jubilation at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Ground in Colombo, 01 August 2004, as India play Sri Lanka in the final of the ODI Asia Cup. India are chasing Sri Lanka’s innings score of 228 runs for the loss of nine wickets. AFP PHOTO/Rob ELLIOTT (Photo credit should read ROB ELLIOTT/AFP via Getty Images)

Vinod Kambli has a better test match batting average than Sachin Tendulkar ( his childhood friend). This, despite being dropped after 17 games.

Sanath Jayasuriya has taken more ODI wickets (323) than Shane Warne (293).

India is the only nation to have won the 60-overs World Cup (1983), the 50-overs World Cup (2011) and the 20-overs World Cup (2007).

The English cricketer Wilfred Rhodes played test match cricket until the age of 52.

Both South Africa (1998) and New Zealand (2000) have won the ICC Champions Trophy.

These are our numbers (6-10) fun facts about cricket.


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Cricket Facts: (Number 11-15)

Graeme Smith captains the best South African test match XI of all-time.
PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA – FEBRUARY 23: Graeme Smith and Dale Steyn of South Africa celebrate after winning the game during day four of the Second Test match between South Africa and Australia at AXXESS St George’s Cricket Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

Muttiah Muralitharan has taken the most test wickets (800) and the most ODI wickets (534).

The England Cricket Team is the only team to have played 1000 test matches. They achieved this feat versus India at Edgbaston in August 2018.

South Africa did not lose a single test series away from home between 2006 and 2015.

Virat Kohli is the only batsman to average over 50 in all three formats of the game – Test Matches, ODI and T20Is.

Dirk Nannes has represented both Australia and Holland in international cricket.

These are our numbers (11-15) fun facts about cricket.


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Cricket Facts Number (16-20)

Sachin Tendulkar has a fabulous test match record.
CENTURION, SOUTH AFRICA – DECEMBER 19: Sachin Tendulkar of India celebrates his 50th Test century during day 4 of the 1st Test match between South Africa and India at SuperSport Park on December 19, 2010 in Centurion, South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit / Gallo Images/Getty Images)

New Zealand has never won a test series against South Africa in their entire cricket history. In fact, in total, the Kiwis have only defeated South Africa four times in test cricket. The last series between South Africa and New Zealand in 2017 ended 1-0 to the Proteas away from home.

Australia’s loss to England at the 2019 Cricket World Cup Semi-Final was the first Semi-Final loss at a Cricket World Cup in the ODI format.

Dale Steyn has never lost a test match series in Australia – winning in 2018, 2012 and 2016.

AB De Villiers has the highest batting average as a wicketkeeper in test match history, for anyone with a minimum of 2000 runs. He averages over 57. This is higher than the likes of Adam Gilchrist, Kumar Sangakkara and Andy Flower.

Sachin Tendulkar averages over 40 against every opposition that he has faced in test match cricket. His lowest is against Pakistan – 42.28. He also averages above 40 in every single country that he has played test match cricket in. His lowest average is in Zimbabwe – 40.

These are our numbers (16-20) fun facts about cricket.

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