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Eddo Brandes v Glenn McGrath
circa mid- to late-90s

In a showdown of best pacers of two countries, Brandes made up for his complete absence of batting skills by displaying some great sense of humor and presence of mind. Aussie paceman Glenn McGrath was bowling to Zimbabwe number 11, Eddo Brandes—who was unable to get his bat anywhere near the ball.
McGrath, frustrated that Brandes was still at the crease, wandered up during one particular over and inquired: " Why are you so fat?"

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

Even the Aussie slip fielders were in hysterics.

That is quick wit. My guess is McGrath never went anywhere close to Brandes when he was batting again!

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Tugga takes on Curtly
Trinidad

This has been one of the most hyped up of all personal confrontations on the field. Especially so since the truth of the matter came to light!

 

It really does not get any bigger than this, the two legendsof cricket came face to face, literally and engrossed in a verbal duel in a test match in Trinidad. All the juicy details were not to be known until Steve Waugh came out with his autobiography.

Ambrose repeatedly stared Waugh down during a searing spell, and Waugh, who sized up the towering Ambrose, said: " What the f*ck 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 replied, "Don't cuss me, man", before Waugh's response, which had nothing to do with bowling.

"Unfortunately, nothing inventive or witty came to mind, rather another piece of personal abuse: 'Why don't you go and get f*cked.' "

The Windies skipper Richie Richardson had a hard time keeping Ambrose from hurting the Aussie.

Wonder how that confrontation would have turned out! Too bad, Richie!

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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.

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That immortal 'art' that has now been fine tuned by the Aussies has been around for as long as the game has been…Wiki refers to sledging as 'exchanging words with opposition player(s) which can put him(them) off their usual game; it is an attempt to "psych out" an opponent'. Cricket is a very interesting game, and sledging adds to it the extra spice that make it much more than just game.

Here is a compilation of the best sledging related incidents, witnessed in the history of cricket


Sledging has always been a part of cricket.
Even the great WG Grace did it.

Once in an exhibition match given out leg-before, he refused to walk and told the umpire: "They came to watch me bat, not you bowl". And the innings continued.
Grace's ability to stand his ground would have done Sunil Gavaskar proud. Once, when the ball knocked off a bail, he replaced it and told the umpire: "'Twas the wind which took thy bail orf, good sir." The umpire replied: "Indeed, doctor, and let us hope thy wind helps the good doctor on thy journey back to the pavilion."

The best WG Grace sledge was on him, though, not from him. Charles Kortright had dismissed him four or five times in a county game – only for the umpires to keep turning down his appeals. Finally, he uprooted two of Grace's three stumps. Grace stalled, as though waiting for a no-ball call or something, before reluctantly walking off with Kortright's words in his ears: "Surely you're not going, doctor? There's still one stump standing."

More to follow…

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