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Top 5 must watch cricket documentaries

Documentaries have provided an additional angle to cricket and an opportunity to re-live past incidents.

A scene from the Bodyline episode

Cricket labelled as a ‘gentleman’s game’ has witnessed diverse changes through the many decades it has been flourishing. A bid to count the number of legends who have adorned the game would be a crime and the outcome disrespect to a few. Initially brought to the masses in the early 17th century, the game has blossomed over time while providing unmatched entertainment. 

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Test cricket and ODI cricket had been the caption to cricket for a long time, and change was due in the 21st century. The T20 format came as a blessing for cricket, giving birth to competitive cricket in countries which had never set foot on the big stage.

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Apart from the nail-biting action, cricket is no stranger to on-field altercations leading to age-old rivalries which have added extra bouts of excitement to the game. While, it is obvious, that India vs Pakistan and the Ashes Series are two of the most famous long-standing rivalries in cricket, players have often found themselves in mini quarrels within themselves which have in turn propelled players to perform better. 

Popular all around the globe, cricket has often hit the big screens. Movies and documentaries have been produced that feature some famous cricketers and their biopics apart from incidents on the cricket field that have taken the world by storm. Here we try to see some of the best cricket documentaries that have given cricket a face-lift. 

Out of the Ashes (2015)

Afghanistan players celebrate one of their famous victories

Out of the Ashes, is a wonderfully scripted documentary that captures the rise of Afghanistan cricket. Produced by Sam Mendes, the documentary accounts for the warn-torn country’s two-year battle to qualify for the World Cup in 2008 and subsequently the 2010 T20 World Cup in West Indies. 

The film features the ups and downs faced by the players, who chose cricket as their way of life but were soon exposed to the hardships involved to reach the highest level. Lack of facilities and equipment hurts the team, but the men remain focused on the task at hand.

Oblivious to the world outside, Afghanistan, the sudden gasps and shy smiles from the men upon some new witnessing new things lightens up the mood of the documentary amidst serious speeches delivered by each player, each of who hope that one day their country would become famous for their cricket. 

A stunning documentary which perfectly captures Afghanistan's rise from rags to riches in their cricketing journey. 

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