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Top 10 Sledges in Cricket | When Words Collide

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Sledging is a form of verbal intimidation or abuse used by players in cricket to unsettle or distract their opponents. It can range from mild banter to outright insults, and is often used in the heat of the moment. Sledging is a controversial topic in cricket, with some people believing that it is a legitimate way to get an edge over the opposition, while others believe that it is unsportsmanlike and disrespectful.

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Top 10 Instances of Sledging in Cricket

S.No The incident
1 Sir Viv Richards vs. Greg Thomas
2 Michael Clarke v James Anderson
3 Ian Healy v Arjuna Ranatunga
4 Andrew Flintoff vs. Tino Best
5 Denis Lillee vs. Batsmen
6 Robin Smith vs. Merv Hughes
7 Daryll Cullinan vs. Shane Warne
8 Shane Warne vs. Everyone
9 Jimmy Ormond vs. Mark Waugh
10 Adam Gilchrist vs. Mohammad Kaif


Sir Viv Richards vs. Greg Thomas

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The legendary Vivian Richards, during his stint at the county club Somerset, he produced a certain memorable retort. Glamorgan pacer Greg Thomas was delivering to the  veteran batsman. However, having missed a few successive deliveries, Thomas decided to give Viv a few verbals regarding the appearance of the balls.

“It’s red, round and weighs about five ounces, in case you were wondering.”

And of course, the West Indies legend gave the reply in the best manner he could by hitting it out of the ground with the following words:

“Greg, you know what it looks like. Now go and find it.”

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Michael Clarke v James Anderson

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The drama unfolded during the first test match of the 2013-14 Ashes series. Australia required only one wicket in order to secure the victory. However, the shenanigans began when Anderson moved out of the crease and threatened to punch George Bailey.

In response to Anderson’s antics, Mitchell geared up to deliver a fiery spell. Michael Clarke had some words for Anderson: “Face up then, get ready for a broken f**kin’ arm”.

Ian Healy v Arjuna Ranatunga

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During a One Day International between Australia and Sri Lanka, the legendary Arjuna Ranatunga complained of some injury and requested for a runner. However, in response to this, the Australian wicketkeeper, Ian Healy, gave him a piece of his mind which was picked up by the mic of the stumps: You don’t get a runner for being an overweight, fat c**t”.

Andrew Flintoff vs. Tino Best

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The English all rounder was no stranger to verbal confrontations as such. But one of his more memorable ones came during a Test match against the Windies at Lord’s in 2004.

Playing on Best’s ego, the all rounder issued him a warning about the dangers of big hitting in such an antiquated ground.

“Mind those windows, Tino.”

The very next ball, Best skipped down the wicket, missed a swipe attempt at the ball and was comprehensively stumped.

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Denis Lillee vs. Batsmen

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This Australian great had a way of getting into the heads of the batsmen like none other. This was as simple as they came. Lillee always had a stock line that he utilized against numerous batsmen throughout his decorated career.

“I can see why you are batting so badly, you’ve got some s**t on the end of your bat.”

At this point the batsman would usually flip his bat over and examine the end, to which Lillee would respond, “Wrong end mate.”

Robin Smith vs. Merv Hughes

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Both of these individuals seemed tailor made for each other and their duels at the ground.

On one end, you had Merv Hughes charging in like an out of control freight train looking to do some damage to the batsmen.

And on the other end, you had the ever cool Robin Smith, staring down the bowler with his iconic grill-less helmet, ready to drive it away.

On a particular occasion, the English batsman attempted a shot but missed the ball, prompting Hughes to respond with a retort:

“You can’t f***ing bat”.

Smith didn’t respond but dispatched the very next ball to the boundary and retorted by stating:

“Hey Merv, we make a fine pair. I can’t f***ing bat and you can’t f***ing bowl”.

 Daryll Cullinan vs. Shane Warne

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The South African Batsman averaged a respectable 44 during the end of his Test career, however, that number dropped drastically to 12 when the opponents were Australia. The main reason for this was the renowned leg spinner, Shane Warne, who managed to get him out four times in just seven matches.

During one such instance, when Daryll arrived at the stumps to bat, Warne told him

“I’ve been waiting two years for the opportunity to humiliate you in front of your own crowd”.

However, the South African quickly replied:

“Looks like you spent it eating”.

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Shane Warne vs. Everyone

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He is easily regarded as one of the bad boys of cricket. And his numerous antics are the testament for this.

Paul Collingwood, awarded an MBE for his contribution in the 2005 Ashes despite playing just one game, likely anticipated a challenging reception when he came to the crease in the subsequent series.

Warne welcomed him by stating:

“You got an MBE, right? For scoring seven at the Oval? That’s embarrassing.”

Similarly, when England got crushed in Australia, Warne memorably christened Ian Bell as the Sherminator, a character present in the successful American Pie film series, inflicting another psychological blow.

Jimmy Ormond vs. Mark Waugh

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When he came to the crease to play his first ever English innings, he was met by Mark Waugh,  who took a look at him and stated:

“Look who it is. Mate, what are you doing out here? There’s no way you’re good enough to play for England.”

Ormond responded:

“Maybe not, but at least I’m the best player in my family.”

Adam Gilchrist vs. Mohammad Kaif

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This occurred during the fourth test of Australia’s tour of India in 2004. Gilchrist was convinced that Kaif had gloved one behind. However, upon being given not out, the Australian great let Kaif know what was in his mind in the most Australian way:

“The whole world is watching Champ.”

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