10 heartbreaking pictures in cricket that made us cry
Some of these moments will never be forgotten by the cricketing world.
Published - Jun 26, 2019 10:14 am | Updated - Jun 26, 2019 10:14 am
Emotions are an integral part of cricket, just the way it is a part of every sport. Sachin Tendulkar felt the emotions when he picked up the player of the tournament award in 2003 as the trophy he really wanted to lift remained far away from him. To see him eventually get there in 2011, well that triggered a different set of emotions.
The sport is now bigger and better than ever before, thus motivating more kids to pick up the bat or the ball and make a living out of it. If not for these overwhelming emotions, the good ones and the bad ones, we wouldn’t be celebrating the lives of so many of these cricketers we have today.
Here are some pictures which speak for itself, or will probably make you weep a little bit.
10. India vs Sri Lanka, World Cup semifinal, 1996
One of the saddest games in Indian history, Sachin Tendulkar’s heroic knock was taking India all the way to the final at Karachi. It seemed the script was written perfectly for the 23-year-old master blaster to make history, but Sri Lanka in the semifinals were not going to go down that easily. While the Lankans managed to write a glorious chapter in their history books that day, Eden Gardens witnessed some catastrophic scenes.
After Sachin Tendulkar’s wicket in the run chase, the Indian middle order collapsed horrendously. Sri Lanka managed to register a commanding win, something that didn’t go down well with the Indian public. The fans caused a lot of nuisance in the stands, even made huge fire as a protest against the Indian performance, all of it ended with a distraught Vinod Kambli walking off the pitch after the match referee called off the game and declared Sri Lanka as winners.
9. Flintoff and Brett Lee’s unforgettable moment
In the second Test between Australia and England in the 2005 Ashes, the Australian tail had a mountain to climb in the run chase and they were determined to take Australia home. Chasing 282 runs, Australia found themselves at 175/8 and from here, Shane Warne and Brett Lee stitched a 55-run partnership. After Warne’s dismissal, Kasprowicz joined Lee and the duo were three runs away from taking Australia home.
But then, the English had the last laugh as one of the greatest Ashes Tests of all time finished with Steve Harmison dismissing Kasprowicz and Australians were heartbroken. Brett Lee’s heroics rendered no positive result, but the moment where Flintoff went to console Lee was touching and unforgettable for the cricket lovers.
8. Misbah on his knees after playing the most forgettable shot of his career
The 2007 World T20 was a nightmare for the Pakistani lovers despite reaching the final. They lost once agonizingly in the group stages to arch-rivals India, which saw International cricket’s first and only super over. In the finals at Johannesburg, with 13 runs to get off the final over, it seemed like Misbah had things completely under control with a six off the second ball off Joginder Sharma.
Misbah tried to scoop the ball over the fine-leg fielder, but unfortunately didn’t enough space to work with and was caught at short-fine by Sreesanth. While the Indians went mad in celebrations, the Pakistani camp was left frustrated and Misbah was distraught with his shot selection.
7. Asia Cup 2012 final; heartbreak for the Tigers
They defeated India and Sri Lanka to reach the Asia Cup finals for the first time and it seemed like the fairytale for Bangladesh was about to have a sensational ending. The fans cued up in huge numbers, including the Prime Minister and all prominent celebrities in the country were present in Dhaka to see Pakistan lock horns with the hosts in the 2012 Asia Cup finals.
Bangladesh were chasing 237 runs in the second innings and half-centuries from Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal seemed enough to take them home. But unfortunately, the middle order fell apart and with four runs to get off the final over, Aizaz Cheema gave just one run away as Pakistan emerged victorious by two runs and the whole stadium was flooding in tears, including the dressing room.
6. Carlos Brathwaite’s golden chance goes in vain
Most recent of them all and perhaps one of the most heartbreaking of them all, Carlos Brathwaite nearly produced a moment of a lifetime for the West Indies, but as Ian Bishop said in the commentary box, his dream was diminished by the brilliance of Trent Boult on the boundary rope.
Chasing 292 runs, Windies were left frustrated at 164/7 and it seemed like the Kiwis will pull off an easy win. But Carlos Brathwaite scored the first hundred of his ODI career and they needed just six runs in seven balls to pull off the most sensational victory in West Indies’ history. But Brathwaite’s big shot, which was about to clear the rope, saw Boult pluck it on the boundary and seal a five-run win for the Blackcaps.
5. An abysmal run out ends South Africa’s 1999 World Cup aspirations
The stage was well set for South Africa to perhaps win their first ever World Cup. Some outstanding bowling from Alan Donald and Shaun Pollock in the first innings and two gritty knocks from Jacques Kallis and Jonty Rhodes seemed enough for South Africa to win the semifinal against Australia in Birmingham.
It all came down to Lance Klusener in the final over, who hit two boundaries off the first two balls and the equation was down to one run in four balls with one wicket remaining. Off the fourth ball, Klusener and Alan Donald had a horrible miscommunication while running and it ended with the match ending in a tie. Australia eventually won the game due to their superior finish in the group stages.
4. South Africa’s semifinal exit in the World Cup 2015
South Africa and World Cup semifinals is perhaps one of the most horrible love stories in cricket and nothing backs my point better than the 2015 semifinal. They had a big total on board batting first, they had some chances to pick big wickets and finish the game early, but it all went in vain as the equation came down to five needed in two balls.
Grant Elliot hit a six off Dale Steyn to send New Zealand into the finals, leaving South Africans all across the globe inconsolable. As AB de Villiers and many others from that game said, later on, it was the most heartbreaking moment of their careers.
3. MS Dhoni’s teary eyes after the 2015 World Cup semifinal
India entered the 2015 semifinals without losing a single game. It seemed like the stage was set wonderfully for them to go all the way and win the tournament, but they had the biggest obstacle in Australia preventing that from happening. Steve Smith’s blazing century took Australia to a huge total and the mountain eventually was too steep for the Indians to climb.
MS Dhoni fought valiantly with a half-century, but it was too little too late. The Indian fans who occupied more than 50% of the SCG that day were left devastated. MS Dhoni capped off that horrendous day with a teary appearance in the post-match presentation, an image which not many can forget for a lifetime.
2. Tendulkar’s final moment on the pitch
Sachin Tendulkar – the god of Indian cricket, the pioneer of cricket’s global growth and arguably the greatest batsman of all time, his departure was obviously going to be very emotional. The cricketing world paused from November 14th to 16th 2013 to say goodbye to the great man in Mumbai.
India won the game convincingly in three days and the fans got to see a fifty from the master blaster in his final innings. After the game, as he walked off the pitch through the guard of honor formed by the Indian players, he was left in tears and so were millions across the globe. The moment he came to take blessings from the pitch for one final time was one which remains fresh in many memories.
1. Phillip Hughes’ coffin being carried by his father and Aaron Finch
There’s nothing more devastating than death, just the finality of it is so heartbreaking. Phillip Hughes, a 26-year-old promising youngster who was trying to replace Michael Clarke in the Australian squad through the Sheffield Shield game, was batting on 63 when a deathly bouncer hit his neck and two days later, it took his life.
The cricketing world was never left so heartbroken as that. So many games were called off right after his passing and the Test series between India and Australia too was postponed for a few days. But the moment which literally left everyone weeping was Aaron Finch and Greg Hughes (Phillip’s father) carrying his coffin for one final time. They both couldn’t control their emotions and cried their heart out, so did the entire world watching it.