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We all love cricket and just can't seem to get enough of it. Which is why most of us know everything there is to know about the sport--well, almost! Even the experts might learn a thing or two from this list of 10 things you never knew about cricket!
There are still many trivial details about cricket that most ardent fans might not be aware of. While these may not be cricket's best kept secrets--seeing as how we know about them--they're certainly interesting facts that a die-hard fan should know.
-In the history of test cricket only four five-match series have ended up 0-0. India was involved in three of these series--two of which were against Pakistan!
-Over the centuries, since cricket laws were first drafted, the sport has experienced several rule changes in all areas but one--the length of the pitch! It's remained 22 yards through all these years.
-The term 'wicket' comes from the word wicket which means a small gate or an opening that's part of a bigger gate. That's because wickets originally had only two stumps and one bail that looked like a gate.
-A fast bowler called Montague Druitt, who played for Winchester College, was suspected to be Jack the Ripper--one of the most dangerous serial killers to never have been found. Druitt eventually committed suicide by drowning himself in the Thames.
-In 1978, Victorian batsman Graham Yallop, who also captained Australia on a few occasions, became the first man to wear a helmet in a test match. Would you imagine it was be a rough-and-tough Australian?
-A third umpire was used for the first time in international cricket during India's 1991-92 tour of South Africa. The first batsman to fall prey to a TV replay was Sachin Tendulkar, who was adjudged run out by the third umpire.
-In 1960, Former India batsman M. L. Jaisimha became the first man in test cricket to bat on all five days of a test. He achieved this feat against the Aussies at Kolkata. While his first innings effort earned him a score of 20 not out, his marathon second innings saw him score 74 runs.
-Clive Lloyd became the first international test captain to register 25 wins for his country--or in his case, a group of countries/islands!
-In 1877, the first ever international test match, which was played between England and Australia, saw the upstart Aussies beat the English by 45 runs. And when the two sides faced off again a hundred years later in the Centenary Test--also at the Melbourne Cricket Ground--the result was the same. Australia again prevailed by 45 runs!
-In 1933, the West Indies' unorthodox left-arm spinner Ellis Achong got England's Walter Robbins stumped. Infuriated by the bowler, who was of Chinese descent, Robins apparently told his teammates that he was "done by a Chinaman!" That's where the name for this unusual bowling style comes from.
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