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5 famous mid-pitch conversations in cricket

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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 08:07 IST
Michael Atherton Jack Russell
A light hearted chat in the middle can always do wonders

Batsmen spend several hours batting together in the middle of the 22-yards during long partnerships. What do they talk about during such periods?

On the one hand, they have to remain focused on the job and restrict their conversations to the situation of the match. But there are also times when they share light moments, temporarily putting aside the stress plaguing them.

A small joke or a funny comment can definitely ease the pressure during a tense match, and at times advice can be given by a pro at the non-striker's end to the nervous junior taking guard.

Of course, it isn’t necessary that mid-pitch conversations take place only among the batsmen present; sometimes, players from the opposition get into the act too.

Let us have a look at 5 famous mid-pitch conversations in cricket:

#5 Ian Botham and Mike Gatting

Mike Gatting and Ian Botham
Mike Gatting (left) sharing a moment with Ian Botham

Sir Ian Botham is easily one of the best all-rounders to ever play the game. Once, he was batting with fellow Englishman Mike Gatting against India in a match, and left-arm bowler Ravi Shastri was about to bowl the last over. As revealed by ‘Beefy’ later, the ground was very hot and they had played out almost the whole day.

In that last over, the first ball was swept towards the boundary fielder by Gatting, but the striker was least interested in taking the easy single even though his partner was halfway through the pitch. Botham yelled at Gatting and asked him, “Do you want a single?”

The reply was hilarious; Gatting insisted that Botham stick to the non-striker's end as he had already done enough for the day. He said, “Look, you've done enough today, get back up the other end and I’ll deal with this over and take us to the close.”


Botham had batted the entire day in the humid conditions in Chennai, scoring an unbeaten 149. In order to give his companion some reprieve from the scorching heat, Gatting made a very nice gesture by playing out the last over himself.

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Published 03 Oct 2016, 23:09 IST
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