5 Instances when the pre-match statements made by players got backfired
Here we look at the instances where some strong comments got an instant response from the opponents on the field.
Updated - Jun 10, 2020 12:20 pm
Mind games are quite common in cricket, especially ahead of big matches and series with the players releasing harsh statements to get under the skin of opponents. Those comments have equally positives and negatives based on how it is received at the other end. Some players try not to bother such words while some could be affected and the same could be seen in their game as well. A good set of people do pay attention to those statements and give them a reply directly with their game.
Here we look at the instances where some strong comments got an instant response from the opponents on the field:
5. Steve Smith vs England, 2015 Ashes
Steve Smith and Australia were in great form ahead of the 2015 Ashes in England as they won Test series against India and West Indies quite comfortably. In those two series, Smith amassed 1052 across 12 innings with help of five centuries. At the same time, England were made to draw their series in West Indies and the series against New Zealand at the start of the home season.
Australia’s the then vice-captain made strong statements ahead of the Ashes as he said England ‘won’t come close’ taking a cue over the form of the two teams. “If we continue to play the way we have been playing over the last 12-18 months, I don’t think that they’ll come close to us, to be honest,” said Steve Smith to ESPNcricinfo ahead of the much-hyped series.
But Australia’s performances didn’t replicate the same in the Test series as they ended up losing it 2-3. The home team took the series-winning lead of 3-1 by end of 4th Test before Aussies bagged a consolation victory. Australia were rolled over for 60 in the 4th Test where Stuart Broad took 8 wickets in a session. However, Steve Smith ended the series as the highest run-getter having scored 508 runs. His double century at the Lord’s and a ton at The Oval resulted in Australia’s wins.