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5 bravest players in cricket history

Kumble plays with a broken jaw
Kumble plays with a broken jaw
Modified 11 May 2019, 11:56 IST
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In addition to being dubbed as "A Gentleman's Game", Cricket is one of the most dangerous sports in history. Over the course of the past several decades, numerous cricketers have been severely hurt while playing the game. Raman Lamba, an Indian player, suffered a fatal injury in a Premier Division cricket match in Bangladesh, and died 3 days later after falling into a coma.

In addition to injuries, there's the pressure of delivering your absolute best in front of a packed stadium, especially when the opposition is coming at you with everything they've got. It surely does take a lot to build a long-standing career as a cricketer. This list is a compilation of five legendary cricketers who displayed the ultimate acts of heroism while being in the field.

Also read: When an Indian batsman was denied the opportunity to break Bradman's record of 452

#5 Don Bradman vs England

The Bodyline Series
The Bodyline Series

Bodyline is a term not many cricket fans are aware of. It's also known as the fast leg theory bowling, devised by the England cricket team during the 1932-33 Ashes tour of Australia. The tactic was primarily used to get an upper hand against arguably the greatest cricketer of all time, Sir Donald Bradman.

The incredibly dangerous tactic saw the bowler bowl a high-pitched delivery, targeted at the batsman's upper body area, in hopes of garnering an edge off the bat for the nearby fielders to take advantage of. The tactic was severely slammed by critics, and the English team was accused of making a mockery of a game that was supposed to be played in a spirit of friendliness.

Bradman scored 396 runs in the series, at an average of 56.57, with his heroic knock of 103 off 146 deliveries in the 2nd test match being hailed as one of his greatest innings.

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