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Unveiling Top 10 Off-Field Cricket Spectacles in 2023: Beyond the Boundary

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The year 2023 was full of memorable events on the pitch, with various historic happenings taking place on the cricket pitch. While several important events on the pitch generated headlines, a few off-field incidents became the talk of the town as well.

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The entire calendar was packed with some contentious moments, as a few on-field squabbles extended off the pitch, as well as some beautiful encounters among players. Meanwhile, several hilarious moments from the locker room went viral, allowing spectators to see the wonderful camaraderie among players. Take a look at the ten off-field moments that made headlines in 2023:

Top 10 off-field Cricket moments in 2023

Sr. No Ten Off-Field Cricket Moments of 2023
1 Drama in the Lord’s Long Room during the Ashes
2 Jasprit Bumrah’s newborn baby receives gifts from Shaheen Afridi
3 The Fielding Medal Ceremony for Team India
4 Narendra Modi visits India’s dressing room after the World Cup loss
5 Mitchell Marsh’s photo with the trophy creates a wild uproar.
6 Hardik Pandya was traded to the Mumbai Indians
7 Record-breaking bid for Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins in the IPL Auction
8 Afghanistan players sanctioned for prioritizing league cricket over international cricket
9 A divorce was granted to Shikhar Dhawan by the Delhi High Court
10 The third umpire is stuck in a lift delay match

Drama in the Lord’s Long Room During the Ashes

Source: Times of India

Due to Jonny Bairstow’s controversial stumping dismissal, the second Test of the Ashes 2023 at the storied Lord’s Stadium became embroiled in controversy. The MCC members addressed certain Australian players in the long room following their dismissal, which caused shockwaves across the cricket community. Consequently, the members were prohibited from entering the stadium.

Jasprit Bumrah’s Newborn Baby Receives Gifts from Shaheen Afridi

Source: ABP News

During the Asia Cup 2023, Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Afridi made a touching gesture by presenting gifts to Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah‘s newborn infant. The two were spotted having a casual discussion, and the moment was quickly embraced by followers from both nations, blurring the lines between the two.

The Fielding Medal Ceremony for Team India

Virat Kohli - Cricket 2023 | KreedOn
Image Source: Sportskeeda

The host team’s dominant performance on the league stage and the fielding medal ceremony in the dressing room will live on in memories of the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup in India. Every time, India’s fielding coach, T. Dilip came up with creative ways to reveal the medal winners, and they quickly gained popularity on social media.


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Narendra Modi visits India’s dressing room after the World Cup loss

PM Modi Consoled Rohit Sharma, Kohli & Indian Team | KreedOn
Image Source: Hindustan Times

The Indian team was defeated by six wickets in the final of the ODI World Cup 2023 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Following the tragic loss, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a visit to the Indian team’s changing room to console them. Indian fans adored the touching moment.

Mitchell Marsh’s Photo with the Trophy Creates a Wild Uproar

Mitchell Marsh - Cricket 2023 | KreedOn
Image Source: msn.com

Mitchell Marsh, an Australian all-rounder, chose to celebrate Australia’s sixth World Cup triumph unusually by posting a photo of himself with both legs on the prized trophy. The image enraged billions of Indian supporters, who accused him of insulting the prize. Mohammed Shami, India’s fast bowler, also remarked on the topic, saying he was offended by it.


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Hardik Pandya Was Traded to the Mumbai Indians

Hardik Pandya - Cricket 2023 | KreedOn
Source: Hindustan Times

After parting ties with the team that nurtured him in his early years two years ago, the talented all-rounder returned. After leaving Mumbai, Hardik Pandya achieved enormous success with the Gujarat Titans, leading them to their first championship in 2022. He also guided them to their second straight final in 2023. However, before the IPL 2024 auction, Pandya was moved back to the Mumbai Indians, who paid Gujarat INR 15 crore plus an unknown transfer fee to obtain him. The action sparked outrage in the cricketing community, with Mumbai even appointing Pandya as their new captain, replacing Rohit Sharma, who guided them to a joint-record five IPL titles.

Record-breaking bid for Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins in the IPL Auction

Starc and Cummins | KreedOn
Source: The Guardian

The Australian seam combo of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins was sold for large sums of money during the IPL 2024 auction, shattering records. Australian skipper Pat Cummins became the most expensive player in IPL auction history, surpassing Sam Curran, when he was sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for INR 20.50 crore. Cummins’ record, however, did not survive long as his Australian counterpart Mitchell Starc smashed it by selling for a staggering INR 24.75 crore to the Kolkata Knight Riders.


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Afghanistan players sanctioned for prioritizing league cricket over international cricket

Afghanistan - Cricket 2023 | KreedOn
Source: The Business Standard

In an unprecedented decision, the Afghanistan Cricket Board sanctioned Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, and Naveen Ul Haq, stating that they will not be granted NOCs (no-objection certificates) for the next two years. Notably, the players desired to be freed from national contracts to participate in franchise T20 competitions. The move became a watershed moment in the modern cricketing world, where T20 leagues dominate international cricket.

A divorce was granted to Shikhar Dhawan by the Delhi High Court

Cricket 2023 - Shikhar Dhawan | KreedOn
Source: BusinessToday

Due to abuse committed by his former wife, Ayesha Mukherjee, the Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan was granted a divorce by a Delhi court. According to Family Court Judge Harish Kumar, the sportsman was exposed to mental anguish by his wife, who forced him to live apart from his kid Zoraver. After learning of the cricketer’s emotional torment in his marriage, fans sympathized with him and sent words of support.

Match Delayed as the Third Umpire Stucks in a Lift

Cricket 2023 | KreedOn
Source: Hindustan Times

The third umpire, Richard Illingworth, got locked in a lift, which caused the third day of the second Test between Australia and Pakistan to be called off. At the beginning of the second session, an amusing occurrence took place as Illingworth’s absence from his watching box had caused a six-minutes delay in the play. Australian starter David Warner was spotted laughing after learning the cause of the delay. The reserve umpire Phillip Gillespie filled in as the third umpire.


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