Like with every single sport that has been played, they have been some absolutely iconic moments in cricket that will live with us forever as they were captured on camera. Below are some of the best moments that have been seen in the cricketing world.
Sachin Tendulkar Walks out to Bat for One Last Time
Tendukar’s last match was against the West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. He went on to score 74 runs and helped India win by an innings and 126 runs. He was, and still is, idolised by the India public, which can clearly be seen in this photo.
Anil Kumble Takes a 10-Wicket Haul at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium
India were playing Pakistan on the 7th February 1999 and Anil Kumble dispatched India’s fierce rivals all by himself. He took all ten wickets in Pakistan’s first innings in 26.3 overs. This made him only the second bowler to ever achieve this feat. The first bowler to do so was England’s Jim Laker, who dispatched Australia in 1956. Kumble’s heroics helped India to win the match by 212 runs.
Yuvraj Singh Hits England’s Stuart Broad for Six Sixes in an Over
At the 2007 T20 World Cup, India’s Yuvraj Singh took a huge liking to England’s Stuart Broad. He dispatched the England pace bowler into the stands six times in one over. This helped India to post a score of 218/4 from the 20 overs. In reply, England only managed 200 runs, meaning India won the match by 18 runs. Singh scored a half-century from just 12 balls, which is a record to this day.
This is the Moment That India Won Their First World Cup
India were playing the West Indies in the final of the 1983 Cricket World Cup. India managed 183 runs from 54.5 overs (teams were allotted 60 overs back then) and they bowled the West Indies out for 140 runs with 52 overs on the board. This is just moments after Jimmy Amarnath took the wicket of Michael Holding.
Sourav Ganguly Pays Tribute to England’s Freddie Flintoff
When England defeated India at the Wankhede Stadium in the final ODI match of a six-match series, Freddie Flintoff took his t-shirt off as he had helped England to draw the series 3-3. This clearly irked the Indian players and was something that played on their minds for some time. Seven months later, when India chased down 326 at Lord’s, Sourav Ganguly repaid the favour by taking his shirt off on the players’ balcony
Australia Hit ODI Record Score and South Africa Break it in the Next Innings
In 2006, Australia took on South Africa in an ODI match at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. Australia won the toss and decided that it was best to bat first. They managed to score 434 runs from their 50 overs thanks to Ricky Ponting’s majestic 164 from 105 balls and half-centuries from Adam Gilchrist (55), Simon Katich (79), and Michael Hussey (81). This was the highest score ever record in ODI cricket. However, they only held the record for 49.5 overs as South Africa smashed 438 runs. Herschelle Gibbs scored an astonishing 175 runs from 11 balls, while Graeme Smith (90 from 55), and Mark Boucher (50 from 43) all chipped in.
David Shepherd’s Superstitious Nature Was Also Caught on Camera
David Shepherd was quite a superstitious man. Whenever he was umpiring and the score was on 111, 222, 333 and so on, he would hop, skip, and then jump. It is fair to say that there have been some eccentric umpires in cricket over the years.
Steve Smith Scores a Century and Dedicates it to the Late Phil Hughes
On the 25th November 2014, tragedy struck the cricketing world when Phil Hughes was hit on the neck by the ball while playing a domestic game. He collapsed on the pitch, never regained consciousness, and died in hospital a few days later. The following month, Australia were playing India at the Adelaide Oval and 408 was painted on the outfield as Hughes was the 408th player to play for Australia. When Smith reached his century, he went straight over to the number and raised his bat to the sky to honour his good friend.
Sir Donald Bradman Finally Falls for a Duck
In his final test match against England at the Oval in 1948, the legendary Don Bradman needed just 4 runs to see him become the first player to end his career with an average of 100.00. However, Eric Hollies bowled him for a duck, meaning he finished with an average of 99.99. Still, not too shabby if you ask us.
Alan Donald’s run-out at the 1999 Cricket World Cup
South Africa were playing Australia in the semi-final and South Africa were level with Australia with 3 balls remaining and one wicket left. South Africa needed just the one win to go through to the final, while a draw would mean that Australia went through because they had a superior net run rate in the Super Six round. Klusener hit the ball and ran, but Donald was guilty of ball watching, resulting in an easy run-out. Donald says he is still haunted by this moment to this day. Australia went on to win the final and lift the trophy.
Brian Lara Celebrates Scoring 400 Runs Against England
England were touring the West Indies in 2004 and during the 4th test they got to witness the Brian Lara show. The West Indies batted first and scored 751/5d, with 400 of these runs coming off Lara’s bat. Despite his absolute heroics, England still managed to draw the match.
Australia win the Cricket World Cup for the Third Time in a Row in 2007
Australia are the most successful ODI team in the world. No other team has managed to win the World Cup three times in a row. Australia achieved this feat in 1999, 2003, and then in 2007. In 1999 they beat Pakistan, in 2003 they beat India, and in 2007 they beat Sri Lanka.