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Top 5 sledging moments in the history of World Cup

When things might get quite intense on the field, it is usually great entertainment for the fans.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Cricket could be a gentleman’s game. But, that doesn’t refrain the cricketers from indulging in banters with players from the opposition. While these might be friendly ones at times, they can also end up being ugly at other times. More than the physical factor, cricket is a lot about the mental element of a player. This is a basic rule that every coaching manual teaches us and sledging is used to directly affect this.

When players take a dig at each other on a personal level, their concentration tends to get affected. While it might bring the best out of a few, it will impact in a negative way for many. Nevertheless, it is highly entertaining for a fan’s perspective. In the history of the World Cup, there have been several instances when players sledged each other. Some of the moments remain to be unerasable in the minds of the fans.

Here are the top-five sledging moments in World Cup

1. Javed Miandad imitates Kiran More

Javed Miandad
Javed Miandad. (Photo Source: Twitter)

This is one of the most hilarious incidents you’d ever come across. In the 1992 World Cup, India won the toss and elected to bat first. Courtesy an unbeaten 54 from Sachin Tendulkar, 46 from Ajay Jadeja and handy contributions from the other players, India put up a total of 216/7 in 49 overs. In the chase, Pakistan was rocked back early and Javed Miandad walked out to bat when the score was 17/2.

With Aamer Sohail going hard at the other end, Miandad took his time and played a slow knock. But, the Indian wicket-keeper Kiran More really infuriated him. More was appealing at almost every delivery even though the batsman hit it and the Pakistan batsman lost his cool with this. He first had a verbal volley with the keeper and even complained to the umpire. Then the next ball, he tried to hit one delivery hard but couldn’t find the gap.

An animated More yet again started appealing. Miandad, who took a few steps down the pitch, ran back to the crease and started jumping in an attempt to imitate the wicket-keeper. Ultimately, Miandad scored 40 runs off 110 balls and failed to get his team through. Pakistan was bowled out in the final over of the match and lost the game by 43 runs.

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