Cricket is one of the most loved sports around the world. However, when it comes to India, it is regarded as a religion. People are crazy about this sport. Over the years, the Indian cricket team has become the top contenders around the world with our cricketers being the best cricketers. However, over the years, there have been many coincidences in the cricket world, which has taken us by surprise.
Here, we bring you 5 co-incidences that took place in the history of the Indian cricket team. Have a look:
1. Ravi Shastri – Yuvraj Singh connection:
In 1985, Ravi Shastri became the first Indian to hit Tilak Raj for six sixes in an over in a first-class match. 22 years later, this milestone was achieved by another Indian – Yuvraj Singh, who made everyone jump on their seats as he smashed Stuart Broad for six sixes during the 2007 World Cup.
Interestingly, when Yuvraj Singh made the whole nation a fan of him, the first Indian to smash sixes – Ravi Shastri was the commentator. Yes, Ravi Shastri cheered for Yuvi and screamed “Full Monty”.
2. Sir Ravindra Jadeja:
Sir Ravindra Jadeja is hailed as one of the superstars of the Indian cricket team. However, he is also called as the ‘villain of 2009 T20 World Cup’. Yes, Ravindra Jadeja played so slow that most of the cricket fans wanted him to retire from the T20 format. However, MS Dhoni showed faith in him and kept him in the team.
Later, during the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy final, Sir Ravindra Jadeja was awarded the ‘Man Of The Match’ trophy after he scored a crucial 33 runs in a low-scoring match and also took 2 wickets.
3. T20 and India:
The shortest format of the game – T20 was welcomed with open arms all around the world, however, there was this one country who was against this format of the game – India.
However, BCCI gave in, and ironically team India won the inaugural T20 World Cup and the rest is history. Indian Premier League is currently the most popular T20 leagues in the world.
4. Sachin Tendulkar And Virender Sehwag:
The ‘Jai and Veeru’ of the cricket world, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag are regarded as one of the most dynamic and destructive openers around the world. They used to give the bowlers a run for their money with their amazing partnership.
However, back then when Virender Sehwag entered into the international scene of cricket, he had the same build as the master-blaster and used to play some of the same shots, so much so that he was called a ‘clone’ of Sachin Tendulkar. Later, even Virender Sehwag admitted that he learned smashing shots watching and imitating Sachin Tendulkar on TV.
But who knew that this ‘clone’ would surpass the ‘master blaster’.
During an ODI inning, Sachin Tendulkar scored 200 not out and Sehwag went on to score 219, leaving everyone including the opposition shocked. In fact, Virender Sehwag scored two triple centuries, this is something which Sachin Tendulkar is yet to achieve.
5. World Cup 1983 heroes:
The heroes of World Cup 1983 – Dilip Vengsarkar, Kris Srikkanth, and Sandeep Patil, impressed one and all with their amazing performances in the World Cup. Decades later, these heroes made history once again as chief selectors of the Indian cricket team. Dilip Vengsarkar won the 2007 World Cup, Kris Srikkanth won the 2011 World Cup and Sandeep Patil won the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.