Cricket is a game of unpredictability , uncertainty ; things happen unexpectedly. Coincidence records is one of the most interesting & curious topic to discuss. Over the years , there are so many mind blowing coincidence events take place. So this the first article of this interesting series : coincidence in cricket. Stay tuned for the part 2!

[1] Same Total Runs : 2007 & 2011 WC

Exactly same total number of runs were scored in 2 consecutive editions of icc cricket world – 2007 & 2011. Total 21,333 runs were scored in each of the editions.

[2] Sachin & Waugh Brothers

Steve waugh dismissed Sachin Tendulkar for 3 times in odi & his brother Mark did so for 2 times.

on the other hand , Sachin also dismissed Steve Waugh for 3 times & Mark Waugh for 2 times in ODI. Revenge taken!

[3] Father – Son Duo To Score 100 in A Same Match

George Gunn & his son George Vernon Gunn , both of them scored 100 in a county match in 1931 between Warwickshire & Nottinghamshire at Edgbaston.

In the first innings of Nottinghamshire father G Gunn scored 183 & his son GV Gann scored exactly 100 runs & it was also GV Gann’s first 100 in first class cricket.

[4] VVS Laxman & Zaheer Khan Partnership

India won their first ever test match in South Africa on December 18 2006. In India’s second innings , VVS Laxman & Zaheer Khan made a valuable 8th wicket partnership of 70 runs & played a pivotal for India to win the match.

4 years later on 29th December, 2010 ; India won their 2nd test match in South Africa. Interestingly , Laxman & Zaheer Khan again made a 70 runs partnership for the 8th wicket in the 2nd innings for India.

[5] Sir Garry Sobers & Ravi Shastri

There are 3 such incidents when a player has hit 6 sixes in 6 consecutive balls in first class history. Sir Garry Sobers was the first player to do so in 1968 , followed by Michael Procter in 1979 (spread over two overs) & Ravi Shastri in 1985.

There was one Indian journalist named Dicky Rutnagar who witnessed both the incidence of Garry Sobers & Ravi Shastri.

[6] Identical Siblings

In the 1978 first class season David Steele scored 1182 runs in 31 innings with the help of 3 centuries & with an average of 38.12.

While , his brother John Steele also scored 1182 runs in 31 innings including 3 centuries & with an average of 38.12 in 1978 first class season.

[7] Players With The Surname Ryder

There are 2 players with the surname of Ryder have played test cricket. One is Jack Ryder from Australia & other one is Jesse Ryder from New Zeland. 201 is the best score for both of them in test & both of them have scored 3 centuries in Test cricket. Jack Ryder was dismissed run out in the both innings of his debut test match while Jesse Ryder was dismissed via run out in the 2nd innings of his debut test match.

[8] Dhoni’s First Test & Odi 100

MS Dhoni scored his first odi 100 against Pakistan & he scored 148 in that match at Visakhapatnam in 2005. Interestingly , Dhoni also scored his first test 100 against Pakistan & scored 148 in that match too.

[9] Vijay Hazare & Virat Kohli

Vijay Hazare & Virat Kohli both of them scored their test 100 on India’s republic day (26th January). Hazare in 1948 & Kohli in 2012. Both of them scored exactly 116 against Australia in the first innings at Adelaide.

Moreover in each of the match Australia’s captain scored double century (Bradman scored 201 in 1948 & Clarke scored 210 in 2012) & India lost the match on both occasions.

[10] Inaugural Odi

The inaugural odi was played between two arch-rivals England & Australia at MCG in 1971. In the match, Australia won the toss & decided to field first. While batting first England scored 190 & Australia chased down the total by scoring 191 runs with the loss of 5 wickets in 34.6 overs (40 overs match , 8 balls per over) to clinch the first ever ODI victory.

Next time these two teams played an odi in Australia in 1975 at the same ground like 4 years ago at MCG. This time things happened reversely. This time England won the toss & decided to bowl first. So, Australia scored 190 at first & in the second innings England scored 191 to win the match.