Cricket is a game beloved by millions of fans across the world. First played in England, it has spread worldwide and is now a way of life from India to Australia, and South Africa to the Caribbean. With a long history, there have been many great matches and moments in cricket over the years.
Here are the top 10 moments in the history of cricket.
- Sourav Ganguly Waving his Shirt at Lords
The India national cricket team was facing an impossible task in the Natwest Trophy final against England in 2002. They needed to chase down 326 runs in order to win, a task that seemed even more impossible with the absence of previous team stars Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid. However, triumph they did, and Ganguly responded by taking off his shirt and waving it from the balcony of the Lord’s dressing room. This was controversial for some in conservative India, but for others it sent a strong message of perseverance and triumph.
- Bradman Makes 334 Runs
One of the greatest cricketers of all time, Donald Bradman is a true legend of Australian cricket and had many stand out moments. Probably the greatest of these however, was when he scored 334 runs at Headingly in 1930 as part of the 1930 Ashes series, cementing Australia’s win over England. Most amazing of all, he was only 21 at the time.
- Ireland Defeats England in the World Cup
When it comes to great rivals, Ireland and England surely must be at the top of the list. Furthermore, whenever the two play, Ireland is undoubtedly seen as the underdog to the more established team. This was turned on its head during the 2011 World Cup when Kevin O’Brien led the Irish team to victory against England, with a lightning fast counterattack that included 113 from 63 balls.
- Australia Beat the Odds Against South Africa
In the semi-final of the 1999 World Cup, South Africa and Australia went head to head with excellent teams. At the end of the day, it came down to the wire with South Africa needing nine from the final over, and was bowled out leaving the teams tied on the same number of runs.With both teams bowled out for 213, Australia progressed to the final based on their win over the same team in the Super Sixes. This became a victory for Australia that truly beat the odds when they went on to win the whole tournament.
- The Bodyline Ashes Tour
The Ashes are always an important tournament for England and Australia, but the 1932-1933 tournament on Australian soil stands on in the memory of many. This series was highly controversial due to the bodyline tactics used by the English team. This technique granted the English a staggering 4-1 victory, but was seen as aggressive and unsportsmanlike by many.
- South Africa is Defeated by the Rain
South Africa’s promising World Cup efforts were cut short in 2003 when they needed a win against Sri Lanka in their last group game in order to reach the super six. They were at 229 in their efforts to reach their target of 269 when rain ended the match.
- The Birth of the Ashes
The Ashes is a legendary tournament played between Australia and England, and has afforded many memorable moments over the years. It all started, however, in 1882 when the English national team was defeated by the Aussies on English soil. This was seen as so devastating at the time that it was declared the death of English cricket. The two teams have met every two years to reclaim the ashes – and the glory – ever since.
- Shane Warne Bowls the “Ball of the Century”
Australian bowler and so called “Spin King” Shane Warne delivered many amazing balls, but no more so than his first ever ball in an Ashes series on English soil. It was day two of the first Test of the 1993 Ashes series when Warne stepped up to bowl at Old Trafford in Manchester. The ball pitched outside English batter Mike Gatting’s leg stump, and then spun back to hit the off-stump. Not only was this an impressive out, but it was the beginning of the revival of leg spin bowling.
- Mike Gatting’s Disastrous Reverse Sweep
It was England versus Australia at the 1987 World Cup and the English were sitting comfortably for a victory when skipper Mike Gatting stepped up to bat. When things started to look tough, however, Gatting pulled out a reverse sweep to Aussie bowler Allan Border’s left arm spin. The move failed, however and England ended seven runs short of a win.
- Sachin Tendulkar Bows out as a Champion
Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar’s career came to a fittingly victorious close at the 2011 World Cup, on his home turf in Mumbai. Tendulkar secured his team’s victory by bowling out Sri Lanka with 10 balls to spare. In celebration, his teammates carried the veteran batsman around his home ground, Wankhede Stadium, on their shoulders.