10 times a bowler knocked out a batsman on the pitch
9 Robin Smith has his jaw broken by Ian Bishop, 1995
As far as fast bowling brutality is concerned, no team comes close to the West Indies in the history of cricket.
Back in 1995, Ian Bishop, one of the shining lights of fast bowling showed the reason behind that reputation. Robin Smith, who was regarded as one of the best players of fast bowling in the England batting line-up (and had a fine record against the West Indies), was knocked out by Ian Bishop during the 4th Test of West Indies' 1995 tour of England.
The delivery from Bishop was diabolical. It pitched on a good length and as Smith started on his forward trigger movement, it reared up. Despite trying to glove down desperately, the ball hit him flush in the face and knocked him out from the game. He had to retire hurt.
Published 03 Oct 2017, 15:47 IST