India vs England: 5 instances of sledging that made the game absorbing

The Indians have had a rather interesting rivalry with their England counterparts in recent times.

2. Sachin Tendulkar versus Andrew Caddick, Pool A game, 2003 World Cup, Durban

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar of India takes a breather during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

It was the same Kingsmead, although four years prior to the Yuvraj-Flintoff scenario. Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly won the toss and elected to bat and Sachin Tendulkar came to the crease as he had been doing for the past several years. Andrew Caddick, the 34-year-old English pacer had committed the sin of provoking the Indian side during a pre-match practice session.

Caddick particularly stressed on the point that India were not doing extraordinary till that point of time (India won against the Netherlands, Zimbabwe and Namibia but were humiliated by Australia before they took on England) and even said that the 300-plus show against Namibia was more because of the nimble-fingered minnows than India’s own batting strength.

It is needed to be mentioned here that both Tendulkar and Ganguly had scored tons against Namibia with the former registering a 150. Caddick didn’t spare Tendulkar, saying he was like “any other batsmen”.

There was no reaction from Indians but then Tendulkar showed the talkative Caddick who was the boss. Particulary, his out-of-the-world six against the bowler over the midwicket remained a sort of a signature shot of that tournament.

Tendulkar scored 50 off 52 in that match and Caddick returned with his most expensive ODI figures of 3 wickets for 69 runs in 10 overs. India had won the game by 82 runs with Ashish Nehra taking 6 wickets for 23 runs.


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