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5 Interesting Facts About Indian Cricket

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5 facts about Indian cricket we never paid attention to or maybe we never knew?

1. India vs Pakistan In 1984 
Back in the days, In the second One Day International in 1984 between arch-rivals India and Pakistan at Sialkot India were 210- 3 and  Dilip Vengsarkar was batting at 94, slowly and steadily approaching his century. The team then got the news of Indra Gandi having being assassinated back home and the match had to be abandoned mid-way.
2) The Indian Cricket Team Before The 1983 World Cup 
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Before the 1983 world cup which Kapil Dev and his team happened to win, the only team which India defeated was East Africa!  Like really?  We have seen turnarounds but nothing like this before. No, we are not kidding. Feel free to google it!
3)  First Stadium In India To Host A Cricket Match
The first stadium in India to host a cricket test match was the Bombay Gymkhana in 1933.
4) When They Call Rahul Dravid The Wall- They Mean It!
A wall was erected in the honour of Rahul Dravid at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Banglore,  his hometown. Exactly 13. 288 bricks were used in its construction. That’s the exact number of runs scored by him in test cricket.  Now that’s how you tribute a great man! Truly deserving!
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5)  Rahul Dravid has Played For 2 Different Countries 
The only cricketer to have played test cricket for both India and England is the Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan’s grandfather Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi aka Tiger Pataudi! He played for England before 1947 and started playing for India post Independence. Now scratch that because that’s what everyone always thought.

 

There was also another man who played for Scotland. The former right-handed batsman from India applied his trade for the Scots back in the days on 2003. He signed up for 11 County Games as a part of their team and once also played a tour match against Pakistan wearing the Scotland jersey. Gwynne Jones, the Chief Executive of the Scottish Cricket Union requested Dravid to play for his side in order to motivate their players and Jammy being the good man he is, totally agreed to do so!

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