23 Cricket Facts and Stats that Will Bowl You Over

FAQ

Why do they call it cricket?

There are plenty of funny cricket terms: silly mid off, short fine leg, no-ball, LBW… But, come to think of it, of all these funny cricket words, “cricket” itself may be the weirdest. Historians believe the name is derived from the archaic French word “criquet,” which means “stick.”

Who invented cricket?

This question is almost impossible to answer. Suffice to say the game has been evolving since at least the 16th century and was first played professionally in England in the 19th century.

How is the cricket played?

We can’t fully answer the question “How does cricket work?” in 100 words, but we’ll try. Cricket is played with a bat and a ball, a bit like baseball. A player from Team A bowls the ball (like throwing, but with a straight arm), while the batsman from Team B tries to hit it.

Apart from the bowler, there are 10 other players in the field. Once all the batsmen from Team A are out, the two teams swap.

Who is No 1 cricket player in the world?

In test matches, Australia’s Steve Smith is currently the top-ranked batsman, while compatriot Pat Cummins is the #1 bowler. England’s Ben Stokes is the top-ranked all-rounder.

We can give you countless cricket facts and stats, but defining the best player in the world will always be tricky.

 

Where is cricket most popular?

Cricket is extremely popular in many former British colonies and Commonwealth countries, including Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and the Caribbean. However, without doubt the world’s most passionate cricket fans come from the subcontinent: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.

Why is cricket so popular in India?

The fact that football isn’t so popular in India has left room for cricket to take over. Superstars like Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, and Virat Kohli have turned cricket into something of a religion in India.

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