Cricket Game Facts at gamerisms
Cricket Game Facts begins with the fact that the game was developed in the 17th
century. As you continue reading, be prepared to be entertained and amused about
this popular worldwide sport.
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- It is known that an eleven-a-side match was played in 1697 for
money in Sussex.
- Another such
game was played at Dartford.
- Bowling then was underarm, a feat repeated by a recent cricket
- The Term home run was
used in cricket for many years before baseball.
- First set of rules came in 1774 with 22-yard pitches, 4 ball
overs, stumping, no-balls and stopping wicket-keepers from blocking
movements of the batsmen. Even then, Australians were different and an
Australian over had 8 balls.
- Overarm bowling came late only in the 19th century – in 1864.
This effectively stopped women from playing cricket, but they came back
to the game at an International level recently.
- This was also the year when John Wisden started the record book
of cricket: Cricketers' Almanac.
- No cricketer thought he was a great cricket player unless he
became one of the year's five best players at least for one year during
his playing days.
- Test matches against Australia in 1877 at Melbourne and this was
repeated at Oval in 1882.
Both times, Australia won and stumps used at the second match
were burnt thus the Ashes of English
cricket was formed.
Cricket game facts report that both England and
Australia are still fighting for these Ashes.
- One of the first great cricketers was WG Grace and he played for
Gloucestershire. Since Australia was a long ship travel away, he did
not lose the Ashes.
- Cricket was first the domain of Englishmen and their colonies
dominated by them. Thus, New Zealand and South Africa became the first
alternative test playing nations.
- During the last century– the 20th century, many other countries
became test-playing nations. According to Cricket Game Facts, they are
West Indies, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia)
- Other countries playing cricket, but not Test cricket are Canada,
Netherlands, Ireland, Scotland, Hong Kong and Kenya.
- There is a lot of money now coming into cricket through one-day
matches of 60 or 50 overs each. Since weather often interferes with the
game, there is an infamous Duckworth-Lewis formula to decide how many
overs should be played after the weather interference is known.
- Even that takes a day, and now people can only spend the evening
at the ground. So, we have come up with 20 overs a side games. Weather
interferes with these games too.
- There are many disputes regarding the greatest cricketer of all
times. Among them are Don Bradman, Sir Vivian Richards, Sachin
Tendulkar, Zaheer Abbas, David Gower, Jack Hobbs, and Greg Chappell,
Garfield Sobers, Hall, Gilchrist, and other speed merchants of West
There are endless interesting facts and debates for those who play the
game of Cricket and to those who play cricket only in their sitting
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