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1. A talented and hardworking gentleman named Wilfred Rhodes who played for England ended up taking a total of 4,204 wickets during his stint in first class cricket.

2. ShoaibAkhtar from Pakistan holds the prestigious record of bowling the fastest recorded delivery in cricket. He bowled the delivery at a staggering pace of 100.23 miles per hour during the World Cup conducted in South Africa in 2003.

3. The Pakistani genius all-rounder Hanif Mohammad spent 970 minutes at the crease during his marathon innings of 337 against West Indies in 1957-58. This is by far the longest time spent by any cricketer in the field in a single innings. He was also ambidextrous which meant that he was one of the rare bowlers in the world who could bowl using either of his hands.

4. Only three players have ever hit a double-hundred in One Day cricket in the history of the game. Coincidentally, all three players hail from India. They are Sachin Tendulkar, VirenderSehwag and Rohit Sharma.

5. Only two bowlers have ever taken all 10 wickets in a single innings during a test match. This is an incredibly rare feat that is nearly impossible to replicate. Jim Laker from England did it in 1956 and Anil Kumble from India did it in 1999.

6. Test matches can be gruelling affairs that last five days unlike any other match in the world. The duration of the match makes the players more cautious but it didn’t work on the West Indian giant Chris Gayle, who is the only player to have ever hit a six off the first ball of a test match.

7. Contrary to popular belief, the highest runs conceded in a single over are not 36 but in facts 77. This rare feat was accomplished in a game between Canterbury and Wellington and the bowler who holds this record is R.H Vance.

8. The late great Don Bradman, considered by many as the greatest batsman to have ever played the game, was such a purist in his batting style that he only ever hit six sixes during his entire international career.

9. England is the only cricket team in the world to lose a 60-over ODI final, a 50-over ODI final and a 20-over ODI final. India is the only team to have won all three types of finals.

10. Most test matches go down to the wire in the 5th day but two test matches in cricket history had the exact opposite result. The intense matches between England and West Indies in 2000 and Australia and South Africa in 2011 saw all four innings played out in a single day. Fans who purchased tickets for the remaining days must have been mighty cross!

11. Alec Stewart had a remarkable career as one of the most vital cogs in the English Cricket Team. He ended his career with a staggering 8463 runs but what makes this even more special and easy to remember is that the number is also his birthday. Weirdly enough, he was born on 8-4-63.

12. On 12th January 1964, Indian spinner BapuNadkarni bowled 21 consecutive maiden overs vs England at Chennai.

13. B.S Chandrasekhar has taken more Test wickets in their career than the test runs they scored.

14. SauravGanguly is the only Indian player to score a century in the knock out stages of a World Cup.

15. SauravGanguly is the only player to win four consecutive Man of the Matchawards in ODIs.

16. In 1989, along with Sachin Tendulkar, 23 other cricketers made their International debuts. The last one to retire before Sachin, was New Zealand’s Chris Cairns, who retired in 2004.

17. VirenderSehwag’s highest scores in T20, ODI and Tests are 119, 219 and 319 respectively. 119 were scored in an IPL game.

18. MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina have never scored an ODI ton outside of Asia.

19. Sachin Tendulkar got out for a duck only once in his Ranji career. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar got him.

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