- The Test between South Africa and England at Durban in 1933 was finally abandoned as a draw on the 10th day
of play as the England players had to catch the ship back home.
- Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan’s grandfather is the only cricketer to have played Test cricket for both India and
England. Saif’s father, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, also played for India. He remains the youngest Test captain for India, at 21 years and 77 days, and the second youngest Test captain in the world.
- In 1980, Gillette decided to back out of cricket sponsorship, complaining that the public was now associating the name Gillette more with cricket than with the razors.
- The first Test between Young Sri Lanka and Young England at Colombo in 1987 was held up when a large iguana crept across the pitch.
- During England’s disastrous seven-wicket defeat against Australia in the 4th ODI in January 1983 at Brisbane, a spectator let a small pig loose on the pitch. On one side of the pig’s body was stamped ‘Botham’, and on the other, ‘Eddie’. Both Ian Botham and Eddie Hemmings had been accused of being overweight.
– Compiled by Garima Verma