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Cricket is a sport that has been played for over a century now. Isn't it intriguing to think how so many things which we witness in sports daily happened for the first time in some year at some time?

Well, this is what Cricwizz is going to provide you with today. Some astonishing facts about when and how certain events took place in the sport for the very first time.

First wicket

Allen Hill, an exceptional bowler who represented Yorkshire. A phenomenal player whose career was cut short due to injuries, Hill was a round-arm bowler. For anyone who isn't aware of the term "round-arm", it's not the usual overarm bowling but to bowl round-arm, you need to keep your bowling arm at a 90° angle from your body.

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Team England's first Test tour (Image Credits: Crickettimes)

In simpler words, Lasith Malinga, a remarkable bowler is known for his toe-crushing yorkers and slower deliveries. He had a peculiar action and that is what is known as the round-arm bowling action.

Allen Hill took the first wicket in the history of test cricket and he was also the first player to take a catch in test cricket.

The first match with a third umpire

The concept of having the third umpire was first put to action in November of the year 1992. The venue was Kingsmead in Durban where South Africa hosted India.

It was a concept by former Sri Lankan domestic cricketer and writer in today's time, Mahinda Wijesinghe. Karl Liebenberg was the third umpire, the first-ever third umpire and the first batsman to get dismissed on the call of a third umpire was none other than Sachin Tendulkar. Tendulkar was run out on the second day of the Test when he had just scored 11 runs.

First LBW

LBW is perhaps the most argued about dismissal in cricket even though it had been in the game for a couple of centuries. 

The first-ever instance of a batsman being dismissed by LBW was John Tufton in a first-class match. The form of dismissal continues to trouble a lot of people to get perfectly in their head and we don't have many people who are aware of each and every outcome in all the possible LBW appeals.

Can a batsman be adjudged LBW if the ball hits his pads, was pitched outside leg but still clipping the middle stump? Let us know! We'll be waiting for your response!

As far as the DRS (Decision Review System) is concerned, it was first used in 2008 in a test match between India and Sri Lanka. However, ICC launched the system officially in 2009 when New Zealand played Pakistan.

First Super over

The first super over in international cricket was held in a game between New Zealand and West Indies in the year 2008.

A tie-breaking method to get a clear winner in case of a draw, the super over replaced the initially used "bowl-out" method in 2008 after the bowl-out was used in the World T20 in 2008.

The super over was also a part of the 2011 ODI World Cup but we didn't see any game going to that point as a tie in the group stages was decided to stay as a draw. 

However, we did see the final of the 2019 ICC Men's World Cup between England and New Zealand being decided by a super over that was also tied but the earlier rules suggested that England win.

But since then, the rules have been changed and now in case even a super over is also tied, it will continue until we get a winner.

First double super over

Yes, you read it right. We have witnessed an incident when even a super over was tied and to get a winner, we saw another super over being played (Double super over).

It happened in the 2020 IPL when Mumbai Indians played Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) and Kings XI Punjab won the ultimate super over after Jasprit Bumrah's fabulous effort restricting Punjab to just five runs with both their wickets lost.

However, Mumbai Indians couldn't finish off the game as Mohammad Shami bowled a tight over and Mumbai scored five as well. In the next super over, Mumbai set a target of 12 for Punjab after a great over from Chris Jordan which was then chased down easily by Punjab.

First Century

The first century in cricket was scored by John Small (136) in July 1775. However, the first century in Test Cricket was scored by Charles Bannerman Australia against England, in the first-ever Test- match that took place in the history of the sport.

# Stat: Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for most centuries (51) in Tests and (49) in ODIs. He is also the only player to score 100 tons in International cricket.

First six

Who doesn't love hitting sixes? With the inception of the T20s, we see raining sixes now and then. However, once upon a time, it wasn't that easy to do it.

The first six in international cricket was scored in 1898 by Australian batsman Joe Darling. The historic feat took place during the 55th official Test match, that took place between Australia and England. 

Joe Darling also became the first batsman to score three centuries in a bilateral Test series. 

First 400 runs in an innings (ODIs)

The first time 400 runs in an innings was scored in an ODI was by Australia when they scored 434 runs in 50 overs. However, South Africa, their opponents on the day came back stronger, chasing and scoring 438 with a ball to spare. Amazing, isn't it?

First Hattrick

The first hattrick in Test Cricket was taken by an Australian pacer, also known as "The Demon Bowler", Fred Spofforth who managed to pick the hat trick against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The former Aussie pacer was also the first bowler to claim 50 wickets in the longest format.

First Bowler and Batsman in IPL

The first bowler to bowl in the IPL was Praveen Kumar, while the first batsman was the former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly.

The first season of the IPL was held in the year 2008, with the first taking place between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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