15 Fun Facts About Cricket- Let’s Gear Up for the IPL 

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Fun Facts About Cricket

With the Indian Premier League around the corner, the craze and love for cricket has increased more than ever. People across the world are getting ready to support their favorite teams and cricketers in the upcoming Twenty20 cricket league. Did you know that the Indian Premier League or IPL was first held in 2008? If not, then don’t worry. This is the perfect time to increase your knowledge about your favorite sport with these fun facts about cricket. Let’s begin.  

Also Read: ICC Cricket World Cup Champions List from 1975 to 2023

Interesting Facts about Cricket 

1. Cricket actually began in 16th century England when children used to play it on the streets. 

2. William Gilbert (W.G.) Grace is recognized as the father of cricket. 

3. It is the second most popular sport after soccer/football with an estimated fan base of 2.5 billion people. 

4. Cricket is an umbrella term that includes three major types T20, One Day, and Test Match. 

5. Organized by the International Cricket Council, the first Cricket World Cup happened in the year 1975.

6. The three founding countries of the World Cup are Australia, England, and South Africa. 

7. Originally, cricket wickets had two stumps and only one bail. The third one was introduced in 1775. 

8. A cricket bat is made from white willow wood, found in the northern hemisphere during the winter season. 

Fun Facts About Cricket

9 The longest cricket match was played in Durban between England and South Africa. It lasted for 9 days with over 683 overs. 

10. The shortest cricket match was played in 2009 between West Indies and England. It only lasted for 10 balls.  

11. The former Indian coach Ravi Shastri is the first cricketer to hit 6 sixes in an over. 

12. Former Pakistani right-arm fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is known for his fastest delivery in the history of the cricket world. He is also known as Rawalpindi Express. 

Fun Facts About Cricket

13. Iftikhar Ali Khan is the only Test cricketer to have played for both England and India.

14. Sachin Tendulkar, the God of Cricket made his debut at the early age of 16 years old. 

15. Sachin Tendulkar is the first batter in the history of cricket to be given out by the third umpire. 

Hope you had fun reading facts about cricket. If you want to read more such interesting facts, then you can also visit our blog 30 Interesting Facts about Indian Army That You Should Know.

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