5 Interesting Coincidence In History Of Cricket

2. Score 183 and become India’s next captain

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For Indian batsmen, 183 is a very special number. This is because 183 is the career-best ODI score of three Indian greats. They are Sourav Ganguly, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. The most interesting coincidence is that they all became captains soon after making 183.

During the 1999 World Cup, Ganguly smashed 183 off 159 against Sri Lanka. Soon in 2000, due to the spot-fixing controversy, Ganguly became the captain. It was in 2005 against Sri Lanka that MSD scored 183.

In that game in Jaipur, Dhoni was promoted to No. 3 while chasing 299. A couple of years later during the 2007 T20 World Cup, Dhoni became the captain. After the tournament he became the ODI captain too. In 2008, he was also made the Test captain.

Kohli scored 183 in 2012 against Pakistan in the Asia Cup while chasing 330. After making his captaincy debut one year later, he became the Test captain in December 2014. From January 2017, Kohli became the Indian captain in all the formats.

3. Scoring double tons and winning by same margin

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The first four double tons in ODI history were made by Indian batsmen. Sachin Tendulkar became the first when he made it in Gwalior in 2010 against South Africa. Virender Sehwag was the next when he scored 219 against West Indies in Indore.

Rohit Sharma became the first person to score two double tons in ODIs. The first came against Australia in 2013 and the next against Sri Lanka in 2014, when he smacked 264 in Eden Gardens. Every time a double ton was made, the record of  highest individual score was broken. And every time India won the match by 153 runs.