Home > Features > Serials >

Cricket’s most infamous sledges – Part 2

Daryll Cullinan was dismissed 12 times by Shane Warne © Getty Images
Daryll Cullinan was dismissed 12 times by Shane Warne © Getty Images

In an era where the stakes are high stakes, cricketing skills are not the only means to get at the opposition. These are times when the end justifies the means and sledging is one such method, seen in all its ‘glory’ in the just-concluded Ashes Test Down Under. In the second and concluding part, Nishad Pai Vaidya lists some infamous sledges.

Cricket’s most infamous sledges – Part 1

11.   Sachin Tendulkar vs Abdul Qadir, Pakistan vs India, Peshawar, 1989

When a 16-year-old Sachin Tendulkar took on the might of the Pakistani pace attack on his first international tour, the world watched in awe. The baby-faced teenager showed he was made of stern stuff when he got up to score a half-century after being hit on the nose by Waqar Younis. But, when the wily Abdul Qadir challenged him during a one-day exhibition game at Peshawar, the world watched in awe the first signs of a genius in the making. In a 20-over exhibition game, India were chasing. Tendulkar smashed Mushtaq Ahmed for a few sixes when Qadir came and told the teenage prodigy, “Bacchon ko kyun maar rahe ho? Hamme maar ke dikhao.” (Hindi for: Why are you smashing a kid? Hit me if you can). What followed was sheer carnage as Tendulkar smashed the veteran for four sixes in an over. Tendulkar went on to score a fifty, but India fell agonisingly short of the target.

12.   Shane Warne vs Daryll Cullinan, Australia vs South Africa

Daryll Cullinan was Shane Warne’s bunny as the leg-spinner dominated the South African right-hander through the 1990s. When they faced off after a long interval, Warne made it clear to him that he was waiting all the while to get him.

Cullinan replied by saying, “Looks you spent [the wait] eating.”

It is said that Warne tormented Cullinan so much that he consulted a psychologist to get over the mental blocks. And, when he did face Warne the next time, the cheeky leg-spinner greeted him by asking him the ‘colour of the couch.’

13.   Merv Hughes vs Viv Richards, West Indies vs Australia

Merv Hughes always had a nasty glare or a few words to share with the batsmen and he did not even spare Viv Richards during a Test match. Hughes glared at the West Indian legend and Richards replied by saying, “This is my culture, these are my people, don’t be staring at me like that.”

However, Richards was dismissed by Hughes and the fast-bowler said, “Mate. In our culture, we just tell you to f*** off.” One of the rare occasions a bowler got the better of sledging Richards.

14.   Merv Hughes vs Robin Smith, England vs Australia, Lord’s, 1989.

There was no stopping Merv Hughes on the field of play. When he ran into the English batsman Robin Smith during the Ashes 1989, he told him, “You can’t f****** bat.”

Smith replied by saying, “Hey Merv. We make a fine pair. I can’t f****** bat and you can’t f****** bowl.”

15.   Ravi Shastri vs Mike Whitney, Australia vs India, Sydney, 1992.

Shastri was on his way to a memorable double century at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) and was in total control of proceedings. Mike Whitney was Australia’s 12th man for the game and was about to throw at Shastri’s end when he realised that the batsman would be home safely.

Clayton Murzello writes in his book Caught and Told that Whitney told Shastri, “Next time, I’ll blow your f****** head off.” To which, Shastri retorted by saying, “If your bowling was as good as your throwing, you wouldn’t be Australia’s 12th man.”

The Australian fielders too couldn’t help but laugh.

16.   Ian Healy vs Arjuna Ranatunga, Australia vs Sri Lanka, 1995-96

The Sri Lankan skipper Arjuna Ranatunga never hesitated to get under the skin of the Aussies. And whenever, he was in the centre, the Aussies wanted to have a go at him and unsettle him.

On one occasion Ranatunga, not the fittest of cricketers, called for a runner. Ian Healy, the Australian wicket-keeper, immediately said, “You don’t get a runner for being fat.”

17.   Glenn McGrath vs Eddo Brandes. Australia vs Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean fast-bowler Eddo Brandes was a unique character. He was a chicken farmer who bowled fast in the big league. When he faced Glenn McGrath in a game, the Australian seamer asked him, “Why are you so fat?”

Brandes retorted, “Because every time I sleep with your wife she gives me a biscuit.”

18.   Kieron Pollard vs Ahmed Shahzad, West Indies vs Pakistan, Providence, 2013

Kieron Pollard loves life on a fast-track. So, when the Pakistan openers crawled to 11 in a little over six overs in a One-Day International, he told Ahmed Shehzad, “I have never played a Test match. I guess this is my first because I am seeing a Test innings.”

19.   Shane Warne vs Paul Collingwood, Australia vs England, 2006-07

In 2005, England celebrated the return of the Urn after 18 years. It was a triumph over a world- beating Australian side and each member of the England setup were honoured with an MBE. Paul Collingwood only played the final Test at The Oval and could only score seven. But, by the time they faced Australia next, he had established himself in their line-up. As Collingwood was the batsman who frustrated Australia in 2006-07, Warne decided to have a go, “You have an MBE right? For scoring seven at The Oval? That is embarrassing.”

20.   Mitchell Johnson vs James Anderson, Australia vs England, 2010-11

An upbeat England side arrived in Australia in 2010-11 to regain the urn Down Under. The Australians were on the wane and were put under serious pressure by the tourists. During one of the games, Mitchell Johnson (the non-striking batsman) told James Anderson (who was waiting on his mark to deliver the ball), “Why are you chirping now mate? Not getting any wickets.” Anderson ran in and bowled the batsman at the other end. He turned back to stare at Johnson. Enough said!

(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_44)

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Southampton

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 9, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Harare

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 14, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

More

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 100 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Colombo

Match drawn

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 18, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 6 wkts

Photos

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test

Videos

Highlights of Phil Hughes' double ton

Jacques Kallis retires from international cricket: Long live the King

Jacques Kallis retires from international cricket: The last great pace bowling all-rounder

India vs England Live Cricket Score 3rd Test Day 4 at Southampton: Moeen Ali puts England in complete command

Alastair Cook England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014 South Africa vs Sri Lanka South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs South Africa Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014

Virat Kohli departs as India lose fourth wicket on Day 4 against England in 3rd Test at Southampton

England continue to make inroads as India lose Shikhar Dhawan on Day 4 of 3rd Test at Southampton

India steady after early blows against England on Day 4 of 3rd Test at Southampton

ICC to consider Ravindra Jadeja’s appeal in ‘pushgate’ incident to overturn fine

England make second breakthrough as Cheteshwar Pujara departs on Day 4 against India in 3rd Test

Jacques Kallis retires from international cricket: A symbol of genius encompassing almost two decades

Jacques Kallis retires from international cricket: Long live the King

Jacques Kallis retires from international cricket: How the legend began

Jacques Kallis retires from international cricket: The last great pace bowling all-rounder

Jacques Kallis retires from international cricket: Statistical comparison with other all-rounders

Fan of the Day

Fan Cricket

Fan Cricket

11 Posts | 2 Fans

Brazil vs Netherlands, 3rd place Fifa World Cup 2014 match Video Highlights

Samsung Gear S is reportedly the company’s next smartwatch

England continue to make inroads as India lose Shikhar Dhawan on Day 4 of 3rd Test at Southampton

Hrithik Roshan clarifies about alimony dispute with Sussanne Khan!

Emraan Hashmi denies signing a film opposite South actor Sandra Amy!

Connected devices have huge security holes: Study

Jacques Kallis retires from international cricket: A symbol of genius encompassing almost two decades

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here