The Indian National Cricket Team as well as its fans across the world are all geared up for the biggest cricketing tournament to begin. As the 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup nears, we all wait in anticipation with bated and with a cricket high like never before. But before we get to the practical game, don’t you feel the need to brush up your knowledge on the Indian National Cricket Team as well? They’ve got the trophy home twice and we’re all rooting for them to get it back a third time with this World Cup as well.
So, why not get to know our Indian National Cricket Team, of the past and the current one, a little better. So before we get glued to our TV screens with the onslaught of the ODI’s, here’s some interesting trivia on the Indian National Cricket Team.
Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi played for two teams
Father of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and the grandfather of Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan, Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi played 6 Tests in his cricketing career. However, the interesting part is that he played 3 of these matches for England. The other three of course, he played while representing India. Before India’s independence from the British, he played for the for the English cricket team between 1932 and 1934. However, in 1946, when the Indian cricket team toured England, he led them in three Tests against the same team for which he played earlier.
Only 5 Indian Cricketers have scored a century in their debut matches
Indian batsmen are considered to be run machines and feared by some of the best bowlers in the world. However, despite that, the debut of most batting legends weren’t that remarkable. So far in Indian cricketing history, only 5 Indian cricketers from the Indian national cricket team have made an entry with a bang which is via a century. These include Gundappa Vishwanath, Mohammed Azharuddin, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag and Shikhar Dhawan.
Truly a God’s Bat
Shahid Afridi is known for being a fast paced batsman. However, when he scored the fastest ever century in ODI cricket in 1996, he was able to do so only with the aid of God. Sachin Tendulkar isn’t called the God of Cricket for nothing, because it was Sachin’s bat that Afridi played with, when he scored the said fastest ODI century. For the record, he made that century in just 37 balls.
A champion team all around
The Indian national cricket team is a champion in the true sense, because they’re the only one to have won world cups of 60 overs, 50 overs and 20 overs.
The mark of a good bowler
Bhagwat Chandrasekhar is the only cricketer in the history of Indian national cricket team, who holds the record of taking more wickets than making runs in his career. In his cricketing career, he took 242 wickets and made only 177 runs.
Here to stay
Test cricket is the truest form of cricket as it tests the batsman’s (and bowler’s) focus and determination. And surprisingly not many from the Indian national cricket team have stayed put. In fact, Ravi Shastri is the only Indian Cricketer to have batted on all five days of a test match!
God can see the future
So excited was Brad Hogg after dismissing Sachin Tendulkar in an ODI that he asked the God of cricket to sign a photograph of the dismissal. Sachin did sign it but he also wrote ‘it will never happen again’. And, guess what? It actually never did. How’s that for a prophecy?
What MS Dhoni has contributed to the Indian national cricket team is insurmountable. His name as one of the best captains of the Indian national cricket team will remain there forever. His run scoring and wicket keeping is appreciable too, however, records show something otherwise. The former Indian skipper, a.k.a. our very own Captain Cool, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has never scored an ODI century outside Asia. Quite shocking, isn’t it?
Wicket Keeping record
The Indian national cricket team has given us many great wicket keepers including our current one MS Dhoni. However, a formidable record is held only by one. Sir Donald Bradman of Australia is undoubtedly a cricketing legend and to get his wicket must have been a difficult feat. Hence, Prabir Sen, hailing from Bengal, was the only wicket keeper in the cricket history to have stumped Sir Donald Bradman.
So, how many of these facts about the Indian national cricket team were you aware of? Do you know any such trivia on our sports heroes that we missed out on listing here? Let us know in the comments!