Cricket is a game that has always been rich in facts and numbers. As limited-overs cricket has garnered more and more popularity over the past 2 decades, the entertainment factor has gone up. As time has passed by, facts and figures have gained more and more significance.
However, not all facts and figures remain remembered for long. Many among the cricketing fraternity must have forgotten these 5 stunning facts that may seem fake but are actually true.
1. Rahul Dravid actually hit 3 sixes in a row
Rahul Dravid was someone who was known for wearing out bowlers, not by smashing them out of the park, but by defending with ultimate resistance and frustrating them. “The Wall”, as he’s famously termed, hardly ever resorted to aerial strokes and it can be comprehended by the fact that he hit only 66 sixes in his 508 matches in his International career.
Dravid used to put a prize tag on his wicket and hardly went for risky shots that could lead to his dismissal. But on his maiden T20I, which also happens to be his only game in the format, he decided to shock the world.
In the 11th over of the match against England at the Old Trafford in Manchester, Dravid, quite astonishingly, smashed Samit Patel for three sixes on the trot. The now 47-year-old peppered the leg-side boundary and ended up scoring 31 runs off 21 balls at a handsome strike-rate of 147.61.
2. Gilchrist’s squash-ball method
In the 2007 World Cup final, Adam Gilchrist absolutely rattled the Sri Lankan bowlers at the Kensington Oval in Barbados. The veteran Aussie opener smashed 149 off 104 balls, helping his team post 281 in 38 overs and lift their 2nd World Cup crown in a row.
Gilli smashed smash 13 fours and 8 massive sixes, leaving the Lankan crowd stunned beyond belief.
But then, it was found out that he used a trick, which helped him generate more force in his fierce stroke-play. The left-hander tucked a squash ball inside his left glove and he showed it off after he reached the century. The ball helped Gilli increase the impulse, thus increasing the force with which the ball was hit.
Gilchrist later revealed that he was using it after advice from his batting coach in Perth. In the final, his 172-run stand for the opening wicket laid the platform for Australia’s third World Cup victory on the trot.
3. Mohammad Sami actually bowled 17 balls in 1 over
Many among the cricket fraternity believe Mohammad Sami seriously underperformed in his career. The Pakistan speedster used to display some serious pace througthout. However, injuries and inconsistency kept him away from a regular place in the International fold.
On his day, Sami was literally unplayable. However, during his worst days, the Pakistan pacer was shocking. Back in 2004 against Bangladesh during the Asia Cup in Colombo, Sami bowled an over consisting of a whopping 17 balls, yes 17!
In the third over of the Tigers’ innings, Sami gave away seven wides and four no-balls. Had the concept of free-hit existed then, the over would have turned into a scarier one for him. From 6/1 after two overs, Bangladesh went to 28/1, taking 22 runs off the over.
Apart from the extras, Sami also conceded a couple of fours. Overall, he didn’t have the worst of days though. In 8.2 overs, he picked up Mohammad Ashraful and Khaled Mashud’s wicket and bowled two maidens.
4. Bangladesh bowler concedes 92 off just 4 balls
Just when you started thinking, it couldn’t get any worse than Sami’s over, here’s a Bangladesh bowler smashing all sorts of records.
In May of 2017, a Bangladesh domestic pacer by the name of Sujon Mahmud gave away 92 runs off a just four deliveries.
Representing the Lalmatia Club in a 50-over game, his shocking over helped Axiom Cricketers, chase down 88. Mahmud was said to have done it in protest of umpiring decisions. Later the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) found him guilty and handed him a 10-year-ban.
Lalmatia Club was also barred from the competition with the coach, captain and manager being slapped with five-year bans from the Dhaka Second League Division. Sujon bowled 13 wides and three no-balls, all of which went for fours.
5. All 4 innings of South Africa vs Australia Test happened on the same Day
In November 2011, Australia and South Africa were involved in one of the most extraordinary Test encounters in cricket history. The remarkable game lasted only 167.5 overs at the Newlands in Cape Town. That accounts translates to less than 2 wo days of play. However, due to rain, only 55 overs took place on the opening day and the game dragged onto the third day.
On the second day, all four innings were played. To begin with, the Aussies played 20 overs, and were bowled out for 284. Then it took only 42.3 overs for the next two innings to end. South Africa and Australia were rattled out for mere totals of 96 and 47 runs respectively.
In the end, the home team was set with a target of 236, which seemed daunting in the fourth innings going by the previous three innings. But skipper Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla scored tons and made sure that the Proteas secured the match by 8 wickets.