5 most selfish acts by cricketers
While some of them are pretty much intentional, a few might not be.
Published - Mar 17, 2019 10:53 am | Updated - Mar 17, 2019 10:53 am
Cricket is known to be a team sport. Players often do everything possible to make their team successful. However, at times, due to various external pressures, they end up placing themselves above the teams. Irrespective of what the situation might be, they try to focus on their personal records resulting in selfish acts.
There are also instances where a player from the opposition didn’t allow the batsman to get to a century. In a few cases, the teammates only end up blocking their partners from getting to milestones. While some of them are pretty much intentional, a few might not be. However, these selfish acts remain etched in the memories of the fans forever.
Here are five such selfish acts by cricketers:
1. Sachin Tendulkar’s 100th international century
During the World Cup 2011, Sachin Tendulkar got to his 99th century in the game against South Africa. Since then, the right-hander came under extreme pressure every time he walked out into the middle. The legend got close on quite a few occasions but never managed to get to the triple-digits in the next one year.
Finally, he had an opportunity to reach the milestone when India played Bangladesh in Asia Cup 2012. But given the pressure that he was in, Tendulkar decided to play a slow and watchful inning. He got to his 100th ton in 138 balls at a strike rate of 72.46. But in the process, he forgot the team’s cause as the side only managed to put up 289/5 runs on the board at the end of 50 overs. On a good batting surface, this was below-par and Bangladesh won the match by 5 wickets.