Cricket is played hard and played fair. We often say cricket is a gentleman’s game. However, it is also connected with a lot of emotions. Millions of people and fans are affected by it. Not only them, but the players are also emotionally attached to their sides as well.
Hence, over the years, we have seen a lot of cricketers sob on the field. It may be because of various reasons. It shows that the game is connected emotionally and physically with the players. In fact, there are times when players have shed tears of happiness. Hence, there are multiple players who have shed tears on the cricket field.
Thus, here we look back at five moments when great cricketers cried on the field.
1. AB de Villiers and his South African teammates after semi-final loss in the 2015 WC
South Africa are tagged as the ‘chokers’. Often in big ICC tournaments, they’ve come to the knockouts and have failed to cross the hurdle in must-win games. However, they won their first-ever World Cup knockout game in the 2015 World Cup when they beat Sri Lanka in the quarter-final. Their semi-final clash was against a red-hot New Zealand side. However, the Proteas were up for the challenge.
In what was a shortened game (43-overs-a-side), South Africa racked up 281. Faf du Plessis, David Miller and AB de Villiers, all came to the party. With DLS coming into effect, the Kiwis had to chase 298 in 43 overs for a place in the final. Both teams had never reached the World Cup final before. Hence, the pressure was on.
After a great start, New Zealand were a touch wobbly at 149/4 but Corey Anderson and Grant Elliot steadied the ship and put their side on course to chase it down. However, it seemed like South Africa were very nervous as they dropped catches, missed runouts and there were misfields too. In the end, they paid the price as Elliot helped the Kiwis get over the line with a ball to spare.
The dreams of the South African players were shattered. Players were down on the ground sobbing. The likes de Villiers, du Plessis, Morne Morkel couldn’t control their emotions as they wept on the field. It was indeed a heart-breaking moment as the Proteas despite playing so well had to exit the World Cup.
2. Yuvraj and Harbhajan after winning the WC in 2011
After India’s disastrous campaign in the 2007 World Cup, there was one mission – to win the 2011 World Cup at home. No host nation had won a World Cup before. Hence, India had a chance to rewrite history.
After a competitive group stage, India beat Australia and Pakistan in two tough games in the quarter-final and semi-final respectively. They faced co-hosts Sri Lanka in the big final. The latter managed a very good score of 274. Mahela Jayawardene scored a ton. India were in a spot of bother at 31/2 but Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni played crucial knocks to help India lift the World Cup title after 28 years.
The players were elated and it was Sachin Tendulkar’s sixth and last World Cup too. Hence, Yuvraj Singh held the master and wept. They were tears of happiness as the Indian team accomplished their dream. Harbhajan Singh couldn’t hold back his tears either.
3. Virat Kohli after India’s 2012 World T20 exit
We know Virat Kohli as a bold and aggressive player. However, there is another side to him as well and that was evident during the World T20 in 2012 in Sri Lanka.
India were the inaugural winners of the World T20 that took place in 2007. However, they failed big time in the next two editions (2009 and 2010). In 2012, they started well by winning both group stage games. However, they lost to Australia heavily in the first Super Eight encounter.
But the ‘Men in Blue’ bounced back strongly as they beat Pakistan in the next game. However, they needed to win by 31 runs to qualify for the semi-final. However, they could beat South Africa by just one run and hence, bowed out of the tournament.
Virat Kohli had a wonderful time with the bat. He scored 185 runs at an average of 46.25 which included a couple of half-centuries. However, his efforts went in vain. Hence, he was seen sobbing a little while fielding when India failed to qualify for the semi-final.
4. Shakib Al Hasan after Bangladesh’s Asia Cup Final loss in 2012
Bangladesh’s rise in white-ball cricket has been excellent in this decade. A lot of it started back in 2012 when they reached the final of the 2012 Asia Cup. Having beaten India and Sri Lanka, they reached the final to face Pakistan.
After being in trouble at one stage, the Misbah-ul-Haq-led side batted first and could muster 236 in their 50 overs. Bangladesh had a good start but lost wickets in the middle overs. However, they kept fighting and, in the end, they fell agonizingly short by three runs.
Hence, it was heart-break for the Bangladesh side who had played excellent cricket throughout the tournament. Shakib Al Hasan couldn’t control his emotions as tears rolled down his eyes during the post-match presentation. Mushfiqur Rahim also cried a little as the defeat hurt most of the Bangladeshi players.
5. Sachin Tendulkar after reaching his 100th international ton
Sachin Tendulkar is statistically the most successful batsman in the history of the game. No other batsman has more runs and hundreds than the little master. He’s got 100 international tons and the last one made him quite emotional.
Tendulkar had smashed a couple of hundreds in the 2011 World Cup and came close to reaching his 100th ton in the same tournament but couldn’t. He got a few more scores over fifty but just couldn’t get the job done. Almost a year after his 99th ton, Tendulkar finally got to the much-awaited landmark as he stroked a ton against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup in 2012.
The Mumbai cricketer was quite emotional when he got to the three-figure mark. He took 35 balls to move from 80 to 100 which shows how nervous he was. There were a few tears that Tendulkar shed after reaching the milestone.
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