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IN Sports ON 18 Jan, 2016
The gentleman's game, Cricket, as a mixture of evil and good, has seen its image getting tarnished and has also seen certain sad days in the recent past. This is not to say that there is nothing positive to the sport that is the most viewed sport in the nation with the second highest population, India.
This came off as I tried to compile such moments that were, if not for bad, were the incidents that surely caught the eyes of millions of fans from worldwide.
Many claim that the game has lost its sheen. If you too are a believer in that, the following twelve moments, chosen from the hundreds of other happenings then can attract the same level of interest, will change your perspective to the game.
The chokers were just a shot away, and Alan Donald got run out. This ensured that South Africa remains a yard away from cruising into the finals of the World Cup 1999. Lance Klusener's knock went in vain as Australia, despite a draw, advanced to final due to its higher points in the table.
During a match between New South Wales and South Australia, a bouncer from Sean Abbott and a pull shot miss from Phil, who was playing not out at 63, lead to a horrifying accident. Phil was hit below his left ear that made him go unconscious and eventually dead.
In 1981, the then Aussie captain, Greg Chappel ordered his brother Trevor to bowl with an underarm action which is not allowed in cricket. Glenn Mcgrath aped the same in a 2005 series. The coincidence is that both the incidents took place against New Zealand.
While on a series against Srilanka in 2009, Sachin yet again had to go through the same unlucky fate where he was given three erroneous LBW decisions in a row.
Don Bradman, the best batsman world has ever seen, needed just 4 runs to have an insane test average of 100 and that's when he lost his wicket. Not just Australia, but the whole of the world felt for him after he was out.
It was the ICC World Cup 2003 when Shoaib Akhtar proved his credentials as the Rawalpindi Express. In a match on Feb 22 against England, Shoaib broke the 100mph limit when he threw a 161.3 Kmph speedster. Whoooo, hats off to him.
Salman butt and Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir faced tremendous opposition from everywhere as they were behind the deteriorating image of the game because of their sinful acts. Accused of match fixing, the three young faces lost the track of their career since then.
Andrew Flintoff, the man with immense capabilities who knows no limits. After contributing a significant part of his life to the English team as an all-rounder, he then had guts to join professional boxing as a boxer who not just participates but wins too. Man, we wanted to see you more in cricket.
On March 4, 2009, what can be tagged as the darkest day in the cricket history, Sri Lankan team was attacked by 12 gunmen near the Gaddafi stadium, Lahore. The shootout on the bus carrying players saw 6 team members getting injured.
In India, Sachin is a household name, and when he announced his retirement, it came as a blow to both his fans and the game of cricket itself. Sachin retired and a generation retired with him.
The most successful Indian Captain, beating the likes of Sourav Ganguly when took retirement from test cricket, many found themselves on the negative side of card. Nobody thought that he will retire at the peak time of his success. Test blues for him, maybe.
The series against England came to halt when five senior Windies players threatened the national board to not to play for the national side anymore as they had some financial hassles with their board.