Best Sledging Incidents – II

Venkatesh Prasad v Aamir Sohail
1996 World Cup, Bangalore

Chasing India's score of 287-8, pakistan got off to a flyer of a start, Amir Sohail and Saeed Anwar went about tearing the Indian bowling attack. Pakistan looked all set to win as they reached 110 odd for the loss of just 1 wicket within the 15 overs. And then Sohail lost it.

Play a Great Shot…
Amir Sohail was completely bent on demolishing the Indian bowling to pieces, charging down the track to the faster bowlers (if you can call Prasad that!) and in this particular case, he came down the ground (a good 4-5 steps; anymore and he would have hit Prasad too!) and slashed the bowl over vacant extra cover area… the ball disappeared into the fence in a flash… what followed has been etched in the memories of every cricket fan in the subcontinent.

But don't get too cocky!
Aamir Sohail is no Javed Miandad. But he tries to be,and fails miserably. Sohail, after hitting the aforementioned shot, pointed his bat the area where the bowl had disappeared and then towards Prasad, apparently gesturing where he will send the next one .

Its not everyday that you see a batsman sledging the bowler, and Sohail was about to learn just why.

Else, this is what happens!
Aamir Sohail, attempting a repeat of the earlier shot (albeit with his feet stuck to the ground this time), made room and exposed his stumps, and his weakness, and in return lost his wicket… and face. As the wicket lay uprooted, Prasad returned the favour to Sohail, pointing to the pavilion this time.

The comeback was truly remarkable, almost a miracle… Prasad has bowled thousands of deliveries and taken hundereds of wickets in his career but, it was this one granted him a place in the History of Indian Cricket!

Watch the video.

Disclaimer: This is not original content (not all of it, anyways) and has been taken from a mail forward. All copyrights rest with the original author(s)/compilors. Should any of them have objection to it, do let me know I will take this off. Let's not fight, ok!

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  1. R J

    Of all the bowlers that have played for in the past, Venkatesh Prasad’s name gets tagged onto a ‘positive’ sledging incident and that too in a match against India’s favourite opponents!

  2. Very true! Who would have thought that? For some reason, I always imagined that it would be someone like Harbhajan who would make a name through sledging!

  3. Jags

    Is it the done thing to whack big slices out of other peoples’ blogs? Your Cricket Sledging posts certainly make it seem so.

  4. Of course not. And hence the disclaimer… which other blog is this on? And if they are the owners of this content and would like me to do away with it, a mail is all it will take.

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