5 Surprising and Fun Facts About World Cup You Probably Have Not Heard
07 June 2019
It’s difficult to be an Indian and remain isolated from one of the world’s biggest games: Cricket. There is a popular saying in India that if this nation would divide into two, there will be one who love cricket and others who worship it.
Even people who don’t have any interest in sports, get glued to their TV screens during every World Cup match when India plays. So, here are 5 surprising facts about cricket that you might not have heard of ever.
1. Only India has won 60, 50, and 20-overs Cricket World Cups
India has won all 3 types of Cricket World Cups and it is the only country to do it. On 25 June 1983, India, led by Kapil Dev defeated West Indies and became the 2nd country who won 60 overs World Cup. Later MS Dhoni led India won 20 overs World Cup in 2007, followed by 50 overs CWC in 2011.
2. The coin was tossed twice once in a World Cup Final
In the 2011 World Cup, everyone ran into confusion during the toss. The Umpire Jeff Crowe tossed the coin twice as he didn’t hear Sri Lanka captain calling heads at the first time. Crowe flipped the coin again and Kumar Sangakkara got it right at the 2nd time too and won the toss.
3. Clean bowled 3 batsmen in 3 consecutive balls.
In the 1987 World Cup, Indian bowler Chetan Sharma registered the first World Cup hat-trick as he clean bowled 3 batsmen, Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith, and Ewen Chatfield in 3 consecutive deliveries and helped India win against New Zealand and secure its place in the semi-final.
4. Sourav Ganguly became the 1st Indian to score a century in the WC knockout match
Sourav Ganguly is the 1st Indian cricketer who hit a century in a WC knockout match. In 2003, he scored 111 runs against Kenya in the knockout stage. Apart from that, Rohit Sharma is the only Indian cricketer who achieved the same. Rohit scored 137 runs against Bangladesh in the World Cup quarter-final match in 2015.
5.Fastest delivery record in World Cup history.
Former Pakistani Legendary bowler, Shoaib Akhtar aka "Rawalpindi Express" delivered the fastest bowl in the history of World Cup which was recorded as 161.3 km/hr. He was the first bowler to pass the 100 miles mark.
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