The game of cricket gives us a lot of lessons. Be it chasing an almost impossible total or taking 10 wickets on a flat track, the gentleman’s game has always helped us understand ‘nothing is impossible’. A cricket player with minimal fantasy cricket credits can come up with a double century or take a 5-wicket haul. But today, our discussion is going to be a little beyond statistics, numbers, and records.
Sometimes, the passion, the emotions are enough to win the hearts of cricket fans, even if not the match. Here are the top 7 incidents when fantasy cricket players earned our hearts even if they did not help us real cash:
Anil Kumble Played with a Broken Jaw
In a legendary test match against the West Indies, Saurav Ganguly aka Dada could not turn down Anil Kumble’s request to bowl even after suffering from a broken jaw sometime earlier. The cherry on the cake? He dismissed the West Indian legend Brian Charles Lara and earned the respect of a million cricket lovers that day. This incident is still remembered as a top-notch moment of respect & awe in the history of cricket.
Kohli Scored 113(50) Against KXIP Even with a Broken Thumb
The Indian T20 season of 2016 was a dream year for RCB captain Virat Kohli where he scored 973 runs. One of the most legendary knocks in that season was his valiant century against Kings XI even though he played with stitches on his wrist. After scoring the century he signalled to the dressing room on his broken wrist. What a legendary moment!
Yuvraj Scored a Century Against WI Even After Vomiting on Pitch
Our very own Baazigar Yuvraj Singh has always played out of his skins to help his country win in each and every game. One such game was the 2011 World Cup match against the West Indies where we saw the 1st signs of lung cancer were visible to everyone on our tv sets. Yuvi made an impeccable century in that game and in the entire tournament was equally invincible as he turned out to be the man of the tournament in the edition.
Dhoni Once Used an Ace Pack to Bat After Suffering a Heatstroke
In a match against Sri Lanka at Jamshedpur in the year 2006, MS Dhoni was playing a very good knock to avoid an embarrassing total. The temperature during the match was way high than normal and it was getting tough to survive and keep batting. Even though Dhoni was suffering big time, he continued to bat and even though he got out next ball, his spirit of the game earned a lot of praise.
Graeme Smith Came Out to Bat Even After He Broke his Hand
Australia were climbing over South Africa in a test match with Mitchell Johnson running through the batting line up of the opposition. With Johnson steaming in, the South African team captain suffered a blow on his arm while he was batting in the final innings of the match. The South African team ended up rattling down cheaply and were struggling to save the match with 9 wickets down and still half a day to survive. Then entered the great Graeme Smith, South African Captain & leader who with a broken arm tried his best to avoid the defeat. The entire crowd gave him a standing ovation while he came out to bat. Even though he couldn’t survive an inswinging Johnson delivery, he earned a million cricketing hearts.
Steve Smith Came Out to Bat Back Again Even After a Concussion
The famous Archer-Smith incident never fails to amaze especially with the way Steve handled the situation. A stunner by Archer that almost took his life, Smith was rested for the remainder of the match following concussion rules which meant he also missed the next test at Headingley. However, after being hit and treated Steve Smith came back after Peter Siddle’s dismissal and went on to hit a huge six to Woakes. He could not survive for any longer and was dismissed for 87. This comeback personified the Australian fight for respect & unending faith.
Brett Lee Kept Bowling Even After Being Hit on the Head (Blood Flowing Out)
In the legendary 2011 World Cup quarter-final where Yuvraj Singh aced over the Australian bowlers and helped India to a memorable win, Brett Lee suffered a huge blow on the head while he was fielding. Droplets of blood started coming out of his side forehead but the Australian speedster continued his spell. Australia might have lost the match and the tournament but Lee did not disappoint his fans with his unending fight & spirit of the game.
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