I)a. Despite of averaging just over 42 in Test Cricket, Sourav Ganguly’s average never fell below 40 at any point of time in his entire career.
b.Sourav Ganguly is the only cricketer to have won four successive Man of the Match awards in One-day Internationals. He has got these four man of the match awards within the 8 days period. (Sept 14 to Sept 21, 1997)
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II) Cameron White is the only player to play the role of specialist bowler and a specialist batsman at different point of time for Australia. But, he was never considered as an all-rounder during the selection procedure.
He was included in the team as a specialist spin bowler in 2004 Test Squad for India tour.
He has played several matches as a specialist bowler.
Then he turned into specialist batsman, somehow, hardly bowled at International level after that.
III) Shahid Afridi has played 350 One-Day International matches, where he scored 7360 runs with 6 centuries and 35 half centuries, but he has not played 100 balls in an innings yet. (He has played 94 balls for his innings 124 (HS))
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IV) Sharjah stadium has hosted most no. of International matches until this date (211 ODIs) and not Lord’s or MCG.
V) David Warner is the only Australian cricketer in the last 100 years of cricket history, who has played his first international match without playing a single first class(domestic) match before that.
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VI) Zimbabwe has won more Test matches than Australia this year.
VII) On 3rd Sept 2013, Boyd Rankin, playing for England, dismissed Ed Joyce of Ireland. In the 2007 World Cup Rankin – then playing for Ireland – dismissed Joyce who was then playing for England.
VIII) Ryan Ten Doeschate has highest ODI average which is 67.00 at present and no one is anyway close to break it.
IX) Every Test playing nation has a captain who captained the side in his first match. (When the country played its first match) For India, the man is C. K. Nayudu (Management interview question, typically after you point out Cricket as an interest)
X) Since 2008, no one could replace Dale Steyn as a no. 1 Test bowler. Now, that’s dominance.
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XI) A match between Barbados and British Guyana in 1946 saw an over with 14 balls in which there were no wides or no balls. The 8 ball over was in force and the extra six deliveries were due to umpiring miscounting.
XII) The only law of Cricket that has not had any changes or modifications is the length of the pitch(22 yards).
XIII) Cricket has appeared in the Olympics only twice. The first time was in 1896 in Athens, however, when it came down to it there were not enough teams to compete so the competition did not occur. Then, in 1900 at the Paris Olympics, only two teams were able to compete: Great Britain and France. The winner, Great Britain, received the gold medal.