By Aiden Jewelle Gonzales
The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup may have broken the hearts of Team India superfans around the world, but it hasn’t cooled their ardour one iota. For all you cricketphiles, the fact that Sachin Tendulkar used to play for Pakistan before India won’t bowl you over and you won’t be stumped by the identity of “Captain Cool.” But how much do you really know about India’s current national cricket team? Ramp up your game with these eight fun facts about the Men in Blue that are sure to be a hit with your mates.
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1. Bowler Yuzvendra Chahal bats for two teams: the only Team India representative for both chess and cricket, he was in several world youth chess championships.
2. Ravindra “The Rockstar” Jadeja is not only the first Indian to score three triple centuries (100 runs in an inning) in first-class cricket, but he has also scored big in the culinary scene with his restaurant called Jaddu’s Food Field in Rajkot.
3. Dinesh Karthik, the December 2006 Man of the Match, is also the Man of the Dancefloor, starring in the dance show Ek Khiladi Ek Hasina with Nigar Khan.
4. While cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar is certainly no quack, Bhuvneshwar Kumar got him out for a duck (i.e. without Tendulkar scoring any runs) for the ﬁrst time in Tendulkar’s domestic career when Kumar was only 19.
5. Though Rishabh Pant, who’s achieved the fastest century in ﬁrst class cricket by an Indian, clearly knows his way inside the Oval, he was expelled from the Rajasthan cricket circle for being an “outsider.”
6. Mohammed Shami has now made his name as a right-arm pacer, but his actual name was a mistake when he ﬁrst started – he was initially called Shami Ahmed for reasons he still can’t explain.
7. Rohit Sharma can boast more than just a skilled arm: aside from holding the highest score for One-day Internationals (ODIs), he also speaks four languages – Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, and English.
8. Kuldeep Yadav is Team India’s only Chinaman – that is, an extremely rare left-hand wrist-spinner bowler that’s made him a rare bird indeed in this game of ducks.