6 Little Known Facts about Cricket

6 Little Known Facts about Cricket
Cricket ball resting on a cricket bat on green grass of cricket pitch

Last Updated on March 5, 2024 by Nasir Hanif

Cricket is one of the most popular sports in the world. It’s a bat and ball game that is played between two teams. Each team has eleven players, with one player designated as a bowler and another as a batsman. The bowler’s goal is to hit the wicket with his ball, and the batsman’s goal is to stop that from happening. If he doesn’t succeed, he is said to be “out.” It is an intense sport that requires a lot of gear. Depending on the time of year and where you play, the gear you need can be different. When it comes to buying the right cricket equipment, there are several cricket shops in Australia to choose from.

Cricket originated in England in the 16th century, but it has grown globally over time. It’s especially popular in Australia, India, England, South Africa, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka. While many people around the world have heard of cricket and know something about it, there are probably some things about this international sport that you didn’t know! Here are five little known facts about cricket:

Cricket was once an Olympic sport 

Cricket was an official Olympic sport from 1900 to 1904 and was also considered for inclusion in 1912. However, it was dropped because of poor attendance at matches. Though cricket has not been included in the Olympic Games yet, there are speculations that it might make its entry into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where T20 matches could be included as a demonstration sport apart from baseball and softball, which are making their way back to the Olympics after being dropped in 2005 due to lack of popularity.

The D/L method was created by two Englishmen in 1997

The Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method is used to determine rain-affected match results in cricket. This method was created by two English professors, who were also cricket enthusiasts – Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis. They worked on the method initially as a hobby project, with their initial findings published in 1998.

The highest ever ODI score was scored in England

Cricket has seen many high-scoring matches over the years, but the highest ever ODI score came against Scotland in 2018, when England put up 481 for 6 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. In addition to being the highest score ever recorded in an ODI match, this was also the most runs scored by any team batting second in an ODI match.

The oldest test match

The first ever test match was played between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) from March 15 to 19, 1877. Australia won the match by 45 runs. At that time, Test matches lasted only three days with each team batting twice in a total of 90 overs.

The First Cricket World Cup was held in 1975

Cricket has been played as an international sport for a long time. The first match was played between USA and Canada in 1844! However, it took over 100 years for these matches to develop into a formal competition. And so, the first Cricket World Cup was held in 1975 in England. This year, the 11th Cricket World Cup will be held in Australia and New Zealand.

Cricket Balls are Made of Leather

Most people know that cricket balls are made of leather, but do you know why? It’s because leather is a stronger material which can absorb the impact of being hit by a bat without breaking or damaging it! Leather is also more durable than other materials such as rubber or plastic.

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