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Top five bravest acts by cricketers on a cricket field

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2019 IPL Final - Mumbai v Chennai
2019 IPL Final - Mumbai v Chennai

The social media is going berserk after Chennai Super Kings’ off spinner Harbhajan Singh put a story on his Instagram page about how Shane Watson was batting with pain and one could see blood stains on his left leg in the IPL 2019 final against Mumbai Indians.

Shane Watson’s historic effort almost won the men in yellow their 4th IPL title as the Australian right hander scored 80 but his run out proved costly in the end for CSK.

Over the years, we have seen cricketers on the field coming out with nasty injuries in order to save their team. We will look at the top five bravest acts by cricketers.

#1. Malcolm Marshall: England vs West Indies at Headingley, 1984

Malcom Marshall playing with a broken thumb
Malcom Marshall playing with a broken thumb

One of the greatest fast bowlers of all time, Malcom Marshall broke his thumb on the morning of the first day in the Test against England at Headingley in 1984. England would have heaved a huge sigh of relief and went on to make 270 in the first innings.

On day three West Indies were fighting hard to take the first innings lead and were successful, thanks to Larry Gomes and Michael Holding’s 80-run stand. When Joel Garner was dismissed, the ninth wicket of the innings, everyone in the ground and English fielders were thinking that the innings was over and Marshall would not come out to bat because of the broken thumb.

To everyone’s surprise, Malcom Marshall walked out to bat to ensure Larry Gomes, who was 4 short of a hundred would achieve the milestone. The fast bowler batted with one hand and would survive few balls to help Gomes reach his hundred.

Marshall did try his best but he was the last West Indies wicket to fall. In a while, he came out on to the field in England’s second innings and opened the bowling along with Joel Garner. With his broken thumb, Malcom Marshall showed not only great courage to bowl but also ended up taking 7-53 that blew England away for 159 and West Indies ended up winning the match by 8 wickets.

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