5 instances when the overconfidence of cricketers backfired
Cricket, as we know, is a gentleman's game. However, slowly with the advent of modern day cricket, the sport has started to accumulate a number of add-ons, one of which is sledging. It all started with one or two occasional banters now and then to fuel some fire in a five-day match. However, with every passing day sledging has become a part and parcel of cricket it seems.
Other than sledging, overconfident remarks by a cricketer (before or after a match or a series), gestures etc. are also some of the frequent occurrences that can be witnessed on the pitch more often than not. They call them 'mind games’ which are apparently necessary to dismantle the confidence of their opposition. Sometimes the remarks do come in handy while sometimes they come back to bite the ones who had made them.
Here are five instances when the overconfidence of a number of cricketers backfired:
5) Steven Smith against England:
On the eve of the 2015 Ashes, Australian cricketer, Steven Smith had remarked that the English cricket team “wouldn't come close” to them throughout the entire course of the coveted Test series. The 27-year-old was coming off the back of a terrific string of individual performances at the expense of the Indian and the Caribbean bowlers and seemed to be quite relaxed and overconfident at the various pre-series press conferences.
The ultimate series result, however, ended nowhere near Smith's prediction. England literally humiliated the Aussies at their backyard defeating them by margins of 169 runs, 8 wickets and an innings and 78 runs in the 1st, 3rd and 4th matches of the series to seal the 2015 Ashes by 3-2.