Cricket, just like every other game, is full of legends and stories that continue to enthrall the folklore across the globe. It is also a game dominated by numbers and feats. Even after the retirement of their favorite stars, fans continue to reminisce about their record-breaking feats.
But, some of the cricket records or feats still beggar belief. For example, what if I told you that Sachin Tendulkar has more five-wicket-hauls than the legendary Shane Warne in ODI cricket? Or that the West Indies are still to win a 50-over World Cup? Or that Sanath Jayasuriya has the most number of ducks in 50-over cricket? You’ll be gobsmacked, right?
Here are some other cricket facts and stories that beggar belief but are true:
Ajinkya Rahane made his First-Class debut in Pakistan
He may have never played an international match in Pakistan but many cricket fans will find it hard to believe that Ajinkya Rahane, the current Indian Test vice-captain, made his First-Class debut for Mumbai in Pakistan.
Yep! Rahane made his FC debut in September 2007 against Karachi Urban in the Mohammad Nissar Trophy- an annual match held between the most recent winner of Ranji Trophy and Qaid-e-Azam Trophy.
Rahane opened the batting for Mumbai and smashed a brilliant 143 off 207, an innings which included 28 boundaries. Mumbai racked up 6-623 in their first innings before enforcing the follow-on on Karachi Urban. The game eventually meandered towards a draw but Mumbai clinched the title on the basis of a first-innings lead.