History and Important Facts about Cricket

History and Important Facts about Cricket:

However our national game is Hockey but Cricket is the most popular game in India now. Perhaps, this is the reason that India will host ICC T-20 World Cup in 2016 year, the first ICC World Test Championship in 2021 year which will take the place of the Champion’s Trophy and ODI World cup in 2023 year. While it is believed about Cricket that it was started in England in 1300 A.D, but clearly no one knows this. The earliest definite reference to cricket occurs in 1598 and makes clear that the sport was being played since 1550. All that can be said with a fair degree of probability is that its beginning was earlier than 1550, somewhere in south-east England within the countries of Kent, Sussex and Surrey, possibly in the region known as the Weald. Unlike other games with batsmen, bowler and fielders, such as Stoopball and Rounders, cricket can only be played on relatively short grass, especially as the ball was delivered along the ground until the 1760s. Therefore, forest clearings and land where sheep had grazed would have been suitable places to play.

It started as a game of shepherds and became popular among other classes in 18th century A.D. After sometimes a club known as “Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)” was formed as Lords in London. Cricket became popular in Australia due to British influence there. International matches played since 1844 but the first official cricket test match was played in the year 1877 between England and Australia in Melbourne in that match Australia beat England by 45 runs. Now it is played professionally in most of the Commonwealth of Nations. Initially, the over was of five-balls but in 1900 six-balls over become the norm. When some other countries started playing cricket, ‘Imperial Cricket Conference’ was formed in 1909 which gave birth to international cricket conference in 1956. India played its first test match in 1932.

The first One Day International Cricket match was played in the year 1971 between England and Australia in Melbourne. The first world cup cricket of One Day form was played in England in 1975. West Indies win the trophy beating Australia by 17 runs. The apex institution of world cricket is the International Cricket Council (ICC) and its headquarters the ICC is Mr. Sharad Pawar of India. Australia has won maximum world cups till date and West Indies and India, the both have won twice. In India cricket was introduced by British royalty. Parsee community of India was the first to take part in Cricket in 1848. Later on, Parsee team visited England in 1886. Matches between European and Parsee teams, called Presidency matches, were started in Poona (Pune) and Bombay (Mumbai). Raja Bhupindra Singh of Patiala donated the Ranji Trophy in 1934 for the national championship of Cricket. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was formed in 1927, is the board of India.

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Their are some important informational points about to cricket are given below-

  • It started as a game of shepherds and became popular among other classes in 18th century A.D.
  • After some time a club known as “Marylebone Cricket Club” (M.C.C) was formed at Lords in London.
  • Cricket became popular in Australia due to British influence there.
  • The first official cricket test match was played in the year 1977 between Australia and England in Melbourne.
  • When some other countries started playing cricket, ‘Imperial Cricket Conference’ was formed in 1909 which gave birth to International Cricket conference in 1956.
  • The first One Day international cricket match was played in the year 1971 between England and Australia in Melbourne.
  • The first word cup of one day matches was played in 1975 in London. West Indies won the world Cup beating Australia by 17 runs.
  • The apex institution of world cricket is the ‘International Cricket Council’ (ICC) and its headquarters is now in Dubai from August 1, 2005. Earlier it was in Lords (England).
  • The president of the ICC is Mr. Percy Sonn of South Africa.
  • Australia has won maximum of three world cups till date.
  • In India Cricket was introduced by British royalty. Parsee community of India was the first to take part in cricket in 1848.
  • Later on Parsee team visited England in 1986. Matches between European and Parsee teams, called presidency matches, were started in Poona (now pune) and Bombay (now Mumbai)
  • Raja Bhupindra Singh of Patiala donated the Ranji Trophy in 1934 for the National Championship of Cricket
  • The Board of Control for cricket in India was formed in 1927.
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Important unknown facts about Cricket:

  • Shahid Afridi used Sachin Tendulkar’s bat to hit the fastest ever ODI century.
  • Chris Gayle is the only batsman to hit a six off the first ball of a Test Match.
  • Abbas Ali Baig was the first Indian cricketer to be kissed during a Test Match.
  • Vinod Kambli’s Test match average is better than his childhood friend Sachin Tendulkar.
  • Sunil Gavaskar was out off the first ball of a Test match thrice in his career.
  • ML Jaisimha and Ravi Shastri are the only Indians to bat on all five days of a Test.
  • The only cricketer to play Test cricket for India and England is Saif Ali Khan’s grandfather, Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi.
  • Lala Amarnath is the only bowler to dismiss Don Bradman hit wicket in Test cricket.
  • There’s an uncanny similarity between the Indo-Pak match at the Australasia Cup of 1986 and Asia Cup 2014.
  • India won the 1983 World Cup and won their first ever Test at Lord’s three years later in 1986.
  • India is the only country to win the 60-Over, 50-Over and 20-Over World Cup.
  • Alec Stewart was born on 8-4-63 and he scored 8463 Test runs.
  • Asif Karim of Kenya has played International cricket and Davis Cup (Tennis) for his Country.
  • Wilfred Rhodes of England played Test cricket till the age of 52.
  • Allan Border played 153 consecutive Test Matches.
  • The only Indian Test cricketer to be knighted is Maharaja of Vizianagaram.
  • Australia beat England by 45 runs in the first ever cricket Test as well as the Centenary Test in 1977.
  • The 2000 Lord’s Test between England and West Indies saw all the four innings being played on the same day. This feat was repeated 11 years later in the famous Cape Town Test where South Africa bowled out Australia for 47.
  • There’s only one person who witnessed Jim Laker and Anil Kumble taking 10 wickets in an innings.
  • On the morning of 11/11/11 South Africa needed 111 runs to win at 11:11.
  • Peter Siddle remains is only bowler in international cricket to take a hat-trick on his birthday. This happened during the Brisbane Test against England on November 25, 2010.
  • India’s Mohinder Amarnath is the only cricketer to be dismissed for handling the ball and obstructing the field.
  • West Indies’ Leslie Hylton is the only cricketer to be hanged for murder.
  • Two Robin Singhs have played Test cricket for India and both never got to play after their debut Test.
  • Sachin Tendulkar played for Pakistan before India.
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Measurements in Cricket:

Measurements Size
Length of the Pitch 22 yards (20.11meters)
Length of the Crease 1.22 – 4 ft. (1.83 meters)
Weight of the Ball 155 – 163 gram
Circumference of the Ball 22.4 – 22.9 (9 Inches)
Length of the Bat 96.5 cm (38 Inches)
Width of the Bat 10.8 cm (4.25 Inches)
Length of the Stumps 71.1 cm (28 Inches)
Length of Bells 11.1 cm (each bail)

Terminologies of Cricket: Played on, Appeal, Bye, Leg bye, Power Play, Follow on, Dussara, Beamer, Hoober shot, Lost ball, Duck Worthluis, Retired hurt, Chinaman, Batsman, Bowler, Wicket, Wicket keeper, LBW (Leg before wicket), Catch, Hit wicket, Throw, Maiden over, Four, Sixer, Wide, Swing, Stroke, Cover Mid on, Mid off, Mid wicket, Over the wicket, Round the wicket, Leg spinner, Off spinner, Over throw, Over slip, Gulley, Cover point, Silly point, Long off, Long on, Third man, Short pitch, Hook, Dead ball, run out, Popping crease, pitch, Bouncer/Bumper, Full toss, Yorker, Yorked, Googly, Wicket Maiden, Snick Duck, Hat-Trick, Rubber, The Ashes, Scoring a ton etc.

List of Winners of ICC Cricket World Cup Since 1975:

Year Venues Winner Runner Up
1975 England West Indies Australia
1979 England West Indies England
1983 England India West Indies
1987 India and Pakistan Australia England
1991 Australia, New Zealand Pakistan England
1996 India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan Sri Lanka Australia
1999 England Australia Pakistan
2003 South Africa Australia India
2007 West Indies Australia Sri Lanka
2011 India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh India Sri Lanka
2015 Australia, New Zealand Australia  New Zealand
2019 England Scheduled
2023 India Scheduled

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