Last week, a cricket tournament was conducted in Indianapolis which was considered a remarkable success. Nearly a thousand spectators turned up to witness the home team play in person, a number that is quite large considering the popularity of cricket in America. It is clear that the sport is being pushed hard in the country and is being offered as an alternative to the big four. Here is a set of 20 amazing facts about cricket that could help you peak your interest in the game:
Contrary to popular belief, the highest runs conceded in a single over is not 36 but in fact 77. This rare feat was accomplished in a game between Canterbury and Wellington and the bowler who holds this record is R.H Vance.
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.
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.
Shoaib Akhtar 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.