Cricket is referred to as the gentleman’s game. Still, we do have specific situations that occur on the cricket pitch that are not in the best spirit of the game and that catch our interest. It is either something that is innately funny, or somebody attempting to sledge somebody else, or the like. Sometimes it is just gestures that are more communicative than words.
We all remember Aamir Sohail who had signalled Venkatesh Prasad to go and fetch the ball after whacking him for four, only to be clean bold next ball. Sreesanth’s dance to Andre Nel after hitting him for a six which was the result of some inciting words used by Nel the previous delivery is probably one of the funniest incidents of cricket. Apart from that, we have had some really epic on-field conversations brought to our notice by the stump cam technology. Here are the top 10 which I found were most intriguing.
As you will surely guess, there are quite a few Aussies involved, and among encounters we have Ashes as the one most likely to have such a conversation happening. Here we go.
Special mention: This was when Tatenda Taibu of Zimbabwe was batting to save the game against South Africa and Mark Boucher took him on and taunted him for his low average that season.
10. Wicketkeeper Ian Healey had a special thing for Sri Lankan Arjun Ranatunga who was a bit on the heavier side. There are two instances of him lashing out at the batsman. Once was when he wanted a runner during a one-day being played at Sydney, “You don’t get a runner for being an overweight, unfit, fat c**t!”
The other instance was when Shane Warne was trying to lure Ranatunga down the track. Healy had this cheeky suggestion to give, “Put a Mars bar on a good length. That should do it.”
9. In a county match in England, Greg Thomas was bowling to Sir Vivian Richards and getting a few to beat the bat. After Richards played and missed another, Thomas said, “Its red, its round. Now f**king hit it!”
Richards hit the next ball out of the ground. Richards: “You know what it looks like. Now go and get it.”
8. When Steve Waugh was batting in his last test innings ever, India was the opposition and Parthiv Patel was the wicket-keeper, who had a special demand for the veteran. He said, “Come on, just one more of the famous slog-sweeps before you finish”
Steve had this to say, ”Respect me, for when I made my test debut you were still in your nappies.”