Coincidences in life are inevitable and they keep happening with us and around the world almost everyday. Likewise, they exist in the world of cricket as well. So, in this post, we brought for you some of the most interesting coincidences that has happened ever in history of cricket. Take a look.
1. Michael Clark + Alistair Cook = Sachin Tendulkar
When Australia’s Michael Clarke and England’s Alistair Cook completed their 100 test cricket matches respectively, it was found that adding their runs and hundreds we get the test career stats of Master Blaster Sachin Tendkular.
2. English cricketer Alec Stewart was born on 8-4-63 and he scored 8,463 runs.
This is the exact tally of runs he ended his test career with!
3. South Africa needed 111 runs to win at exactly 11:11 on the 11th day of the 11th month in 2011.
The scoreboard read 11:11 11/11/11. It’s the cricket’s biggest maths ever. Mother of coincidence.
4. First test match results repeating after 100 years.
The first ever official cricket Test match was played in 15 March, 1877, between Australia and England in Melbourne, in which Australia won by 45 runs. And 100 years later, in the special match at MCG to celebrate Test cricket’s centenary, Australia ended up winning again by the same margin of 45 runs. What a coincidence!
5. Three Indians recording highest individual ODI score with the same victory margin.
When Rohit Sharma smashed 264 against Sri Lanka, Sachin scored men’s ODIs’ first-ever double ton against South Africa in 2010, while Sehwag broke his record with 219 against Windies in 2011. In all three matches, India won by 153 runs.
6. Tendulkar and Kohli sharing the same pattern of scores
In 1999, Sachin had completed 1000 runs against Australia in the 19th over in the fifth test match in Melbourne. 15 years later, Virat Kohli too completed 1000 runs against Australia in Melbourne in the fifth test match and that too in the 19th over. They both were 26 years old when they achieved this feat.
7. Ravichandran Ashwin broke Dennis Lillee’s record exactly in same match and on the same date.
Australia’s Dennis Lillee took his 300th test wicket on his 56th match on November 27, 1981, and Ashwin broke the record on November 27, 2017, in his 54th test match.
8. Great coincidence of MS Dhoni
Dhoni’s first Test and ODI hundred both came in his 5th match. In both, he scores 148 and both against Pakistan. Cool coincidence indeed for Captain Cool!
9. MS Dhoni’s score as player and captain and Virat Kohli’s as player and as captain.
In ODIs, MS Dhoni’s highest score as a player is 183, played against Sri Lanka, and as a captain is 139, against Australia. Also, Virat Kohli’s highest score as a player is 183, against Pakistan, and as a captain is 139, against Sri Lanka.
10. Same three batsmen in hat-trick in the same order.
According to Liam McCann’s recent book “Cricket: Facts, Figures and Fun”, Ralph Lindsay took a hat-trick in the annual match between Oudtshoorn Defence and Port Elizabeth Defence in South Africa in 1957, dismissing Messrs Voges, Jones and Le Grange with successive balls. Six years later, in the same fixture, Lindsay did it again – removing the same three batsmen, in the same order.
What a coincidence indeed, all!