5 cricketers who consumed alcohol before taking the field

Some of these players benefitted from their alcohol consumption on match days but it didn't serve them well in the long run.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Andrew Symonds of the Legends XI fields a return throw during the Twenty20 match between the Perth Scorchers and Australian Legends at Aquinas College on December 15, 2014 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane - CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)
Andrew Symonds . (Photo by Paul Kane – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

In all these years cricket has been termed as a sport where an individual requires proper skill set and physical strength to flourish in the international arena. As time passed by, the players understood the mental aspects of the game. Thereafter, it has been given equal importance in making of a good cricketer as it demarcates extraordinary talents from the ordinary ones.

There have been players who found instant success in internationals but bad habits caught up with them due to the lack of their mental toughness. Among them, certain cricketers became the victims of alcohol abuse and it derailed their promising careers. There have been instances when they consumed it in the wee hours of the day and took the field in the most inappropriate manner.

Here is the list of 5 cricketers who consumed alcohol before taking the field:

1) Herschelle Gibbs

Herschelle Gibbs
Herschelle Gibbs of Leo Lions. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

At the dawn of the 21st century, Herschelle Gibbs was one of the few batsmen who had the class to match the likes of Tendulkars and Laras. The South African could pulverize quality bowling attacks nonchalantly. Some of his knocks have helped the country achieve memorable feats in international cricket.

Especially his 175 at Johannesburg is considered as a typhoon which rolled over the Aussies in the most epic run-chase in ODIs. Gibbs was thrashing the Australian bowlers to all parts of the ground. He left the opposition high and dry with his attacking batting display but it was him who was really high.

In his autobiography “To the Point”, Gibbs has admitted that he had consumed alcohol hours before the game. What was more interesting is the fact that he was unaware of the situation when he went on to bat. Still, he managed to record his best ODI score and one can say that the booze eased his nerves at the right time.


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