Friday, December 18, 2009

Best cricket sledges.

I happened to read an article about best cricket sledges. List below the gud ones !!

McGrath, the sledging superstar comes first.

Glenn McGrath (Australia) and Ramnaresh Sarwan (West Indies): Sarwan, then the West Indies vice-captain, and McGrath went toe-to-toe in Antigua in May 2003, The incident was sparked after Sarwan, on his way to a match-winning second-innings century, reportedly reacted to lurid taunts from McGrath.

McGrath: So what does Brian Lara's d--- taste like?
Sarwan: I don't know. Ask your wife.
McGrath [losing it]: If you ever f--- mention my wife again, I'll f--- rip your f--- throat out.

Glenn McGrath (Australia) and Eddo Brandes (Zimbabwe): The Aussie paceman was bowling to the Zimbabwe number 11 who was just missing each ball. McGrath, frustrated, went to him and inquired: Why are you so fat?

Brandes replied: Because every time I make love to your wife, she gives me a biscuit.

Even the Aussie slip fielders were in hysterics.

Venkatesh Prasad (India) and Aamir Sohail (Pakistan): Chasing India's score of 287-8, Pakistan got off to a flyer. Aamir Sohail and Saeed Anwar went about tearing the Indian bowling attack apart. Pakistan looked all set to win as they reached 110-odd for the loss of just one wicket within the first 15 overs.

Sohail was bent upon smashing the Indian bowling to bits, charging down the track to the faster bowlers. He came down the pitch to a delivery from Venkatesh Prasad and slashed the ball over the vacant offside area. The ball disappeared over the fence in a flash. What followed has been etched in the memory of every cricket fan in the subcontinent.

Sohail, after hitting the shot, pointed his bat in the direction in which the ball disappeared and then towards Prasad, suggesting where he would send the next one.

It's not every day that you see a batsman sledge the bowler, and Sohail was about to learn why. Attempting to repeat the shot, he made room, exposed his stumps, and his weakness, and in turn lost his wicket and his face.

As the stump lay uprooted, Prasad returned the favour to Sohail, pointing to the pavilion this time.

Daryll Cullinan (South Africa) and Shane Warne (Australia): As Cullinan, Shane Warne's bunny, was on his way to the wicket, the Australian leg-spinner told him he had been waiting two years for another chance to humiliate him.

Looks like you spent it eating, Cullinan retorted.

Ravi Shastri (India) and Mike Whitney (Australia): Ravi Shastri hit the ball towards Mike Whitney (the 12th man in the game) and looked for a single. Whitney said, "If you leave the crease I'll break your f--- head".

Without battling an eyelid, Shastri retorted, "If you could bat as well as you can talk, you wouldn't be the f--- 12th man."

Viv Richards (West Indies) and Sunil Gavaskar (India): Gavaskar had decided to relinquish his opening position and come in at no 4 for that Test. But Malcolm Marshall fired out Anshuman Gaekwad and Dilip Vengsarkar for ducks, setting the stage for Gavaskar to walk in at 0/2.

Viv Richards remarked: "Maan, it don't matter where you come in to bat, the score is still zero."

Sachin Tendulkar (India) and Abdul Qadir (Pakistan): The year was 1989 and Sachin Tendulkar, who had just made his debut in Pakistan, was sending young leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed running for cover in a tour game, having hit two sixes in one over. Ahmed's frustrated mentor, the legendary Abdul Qadir, challenged Tendulkar, saying, "Bachchon ko kyon mar rahe ho? Hamein bhi maar dikhao ('Why are you hitting kids? Try and hit me').

Tendulkar didn't respond, and since then we have all learnt that he lets his bat do the talking. Qadir had made a simple request and Sachin obliged. He hit four sixes in an over, making the spinner look like the kid in the contest. The over: 6, 0, 4, 6, 6, 6.

Sachin's bat has 'talked' a lot like this. I remember the World Cup 2003 encounter with Pakistan, when he pierced Shoaib Akhtar's bowling to pieces.

Steve Waugh (Australia) and Curtly Ambrose (West Indies): Two legends of cricket came face to face, literally, engrossed in a verbal duel, in a Test match in Trinidad. The full details remained unknown until the former Australia captain revealed them in his autobiography.

Ambrose repeatedly stared Waugh down during a searing spell, and Waugh, who sized up the towering fast bowler, said: "What the f--- are you looking at?"

Ambrose was stunned, because, as Waugh says in his autobiography, "No one had ever been stupid enough" to speak to him like that.

Ambrose glowered, "Don't cuss me, man."

Waugh's response was tame: "Unfortunately, nothing inventive or witty came to mind, rather another piece of personal abuse: 'Why don't you go and get f---'?"

West Indian skipper Richie Richardson had a hard time keeping the giant Ambrose from hurting the Aussie.

Rodney Marsh (Australia) and Ian Botham (England): Rodney Marsh to Ian Botham in an Ashes Test: "So how's your wife and my kids?"

Botham's reply: "The wife's fine. The kids are retarded!"

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