Beyond the 22 yards, the wides and the no-balls, the fours and the sixes, the ducks and the centuries, the win and the loss, lies the inevitable element of cricket – a wave of emotions. After the determination and hard-work, one puts in on the field, being on the losing side is always a pill hard to swallow.
There are lots of emotions fastened to cricket. And it is not just the fans. There have been several instances when the players came apart at the seams during the post-match presentation ceremony. Emotions, tears, and goodbyes from the ground infected millions of fans worldwide.
A recent example of this was seen at the presentation ceremony of the ICC World T20 2016. West Indian skipper Darren Sammy’s speech left the cricket community in trance when he poured his heart out during his narration of the team’s difficult journey in the World t20.
The speech made the victory of the West Indies feel like our own and the emotions were manifold.
Here are the top 5 most emotional speeches in cricket which are etched in the chronicles of the sport as indelible:
Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell speech
When a legend retires, emotions inevitably fill the air. But when the legend of legends retires, the scene is different altogether. Even before the Little Master addressed the world, the fans were high on emotions. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar broke the hearts of billions of fans when he put down the curtain on his remarkable cricket career of 22 years.
“My life between 22 yards for 22 years, it's hard to believe that wonderful journey is coming to an end,” said the emotional stalwart, the retirement of who caused a large number of people to lost interest in the game. In his speech of 20 minutes, Tendulkar thanked his teammates, coaches, family, friends and fans for their love and support all through his career.
Addressing the Indian team he said, “You are like my family away from home, I have had some wonderful times with you. It's going to be difficult not to be part of the dressing room sharing those special moments”.
Seeing Tendulkar teary-eyed meant an emotional stir among fans, cricketers, and the entire cricket contingent.
As he smilingly waved to the crowd with the stump in hand, the Indian players formed a guard of honor for their idol, and Tendulkar, on the brink of tears, was seen wiping his tears.
Meanwhile, the big screen at the Wankhede read, “Legends never Retire”, indeed!