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2020 Roundup: 9 memorable cricket moments captured in pictures

Anurag Bansal
ANALYST
Modified 01 Jan 2021
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3. West Indies defeated England in the first match

West Indies comprehensively defeated the England team in the first Test match at Southampton after the resumption of cricket. It might have well been the most heartwarming outcome of a cricket match this year, except for the English cricket fans.

As West Indies came within single digits of chasing down the score, Michael Holding, in the commentary box quipped excitedly,

“My phone is buzzing in my pocket. I can feel it vibrating with messages”. Such was the excitement!
Jason Holder celebrates a milestone against England at Southampton
Jason Holder celebrates a milestone against England at Southampton

England, however, came back strongly in the 3-match series. All-rounder Ben Stokes scored 176 off 356 deliveries in the second Test to keep his team above the Windies. He celebrated his feat with the popular bent middle-finger gesture, a tribute to his father who was battling brain cancer. Unfortunately, his father passed away in December 2020.

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes' curled-finger celebration is a tribute to his father who lost his finger

4. Major bowling milestones at the England camp

Stuart Broad became the third fast bowler to amass 500 Test wickets. Interestingly, his last set of 100 wickets came at an awe-inspiring average of just 22.6 runs per wicket!

Stuart Broad of England is presented with an award for reaching 500 Test Match wickets
Stuart Broad of England is presented with an award for reaching 500 Test Match wickets
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A few Test matches later, Broad's bowling partner, James Anderson notched up his 600th Test wicket, becoming the first pacer in the history of the game to break the barrier. He completed his summer with exactly 600 Test scalps. Anderson grabbed a stump to keep it as a souvenir when the match ended in a draw. 

James Anderson of England leads his side off after reaching 600 Test Match Wickets Mumbai Indians celebrate after lifting the IPL trophy for the 5th time (Credits: IPLT20.com)
James Anderson of England leads his side off after reaching 600 Test Match Wickets Mumbai Indians celebrate after lifting the IPL trophy for the 5th time (Credits: IPLT20.com)
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Published 01 Jan 2021, 07:44 IST
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