The first ever international cricket game was played in the year of 1877. Since then it has been almost 150 years and throughout this period, the game has evolved. Over this period, more than 7500 international matches (2365+ Tests, 4210+ ODIs and 985+ T20Is) have been played.
As there is a lot of history, it is common to have events which has coincidence. A similar pattern can be found between games which are separated by years or decades or centuries. Coincidence happen between numbers or stats between players of different eras.
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Here is the list of 5 coincidence in the history of cricket:
1. Sachin Tendulkar = Alastair Cook + Michael Clarke
One of the batsmen to have played the game is India’s Sachin Tendulkar. He has the record of most runs in Tests (15921) and ODIs (18426). Among other records, another is that he has scored 100 international centuries (51 in Tests and 49 in ODIs).
Before retiring in 2013, Sachin had played exactly 200 Tests in his career. During December 2013, in the third Ashes Test at Perth, Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke were playing their 100th Test together. This is when a strange coincidence happened.
After the first innings it was seen that Cook had 7955 Test runs and 25 Test centuries. At that time Clarke had 7966 Test runs and 26 Test centuries. If these are added it comes to 15,921 runs and 51 centuries. By sheer coincidence, Sachin had scored 15,921 Test runs and 51 centuries. So it was indeed Alastair Cook + Michael Clarke = Sachin Tendulkar.