Cricket may not be as popular as football. There are very few teams that compete at an international level. Hence it comes as a surprise for many people that cricketing fans are emotional supporters. They tend to forget that no matter what the game there is an emotion attached to it. Stay with us to know about 5 Moments Cricketers Cried On The Field
Cricketing superstars are not too far in this regard. They have had many vulnerable moments. At times all in front of the viewing public where they have let themselves go completely. Cricketers have failed to control themselves on few occasions and have cried on the field.
StumpsandBails looks at 5 Moments Cricketers Cried On The Field:
#5 Vinod Kambli: India losing to Sri Lanka in the 1996 World Cup semi-finals
India were 120-8 chasing a total of 252 against Sri Lanka in the semi-finals at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata in 1996. India had slipped from a position of strength (98-2) to 120-8 in a matter of a few overs. The passionate fans in the stands couldn’t take it. They started lighting up pyres and resorted to bottle pelting. The match referee had to adjourn the game and awarded the match in Sri Lanka’s favour. Vinod Kambli who was the last recognised batsman standing for India kept weeping inconsolably and he had to be carried off the field amidst immense security. It has been 25 years since that day, but the Indian fans still haven’t been able to forget that visual.
#4 Virat Kohli: India’s exit from T20 World Cup 2012
Virat Kohli is a passionate cricketer. He was equally committed to the team even before he was appointed the captain. Kohli couldn’t control his emotions when India narrowly missed out on a semi-final spot in the T20 World Cup 2012. He was fielding at long-on when South Africa crossed a certain run mark that was the deciding factor. Kohli wiped his tears with the jersey and one could really feel for him.
#3 Shafali Verma: India losing in the T20 World Cup Finals
Shafali Verma took T20 World Cup 2020 by storm. Her quick-fire starts helped the Indian team reach the finals. A lot rode on her shoulders chasing Australia’s mammoth score in the finals. But Verma couldn’t do much in the finals. Australia completely outplayed India in the finals. The teenage sensation couldn’t take the defeat lightly. The cameras caught her crying inconsolably. It was a heartbreaking moment for an Indian supporter.
#2 South African Team breaks down after being knocked out in 2015 ODI World Cup semi-finals
Grant Elliot smashed Dale Steyn for a six in the penultimate ball of the game to knock South Africa out from the tournament in the 2015 World Cup semi-finals. The winning shot pierced the heart of millions of South African supporters across the world. Steyn was down on the ground and looked spent completely. The tall giant Morne Morkel was weeping, modern-day legend AB de Villiers couldn’t stop his tears. It was a gut-wrenching image for cricket lovers.
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#1 Sachin Tendulkar: Farewell speech
The moment Sachin Tendulkar uttered the words, “My life for the last 24 years in the 22 yards,” the entire cricketing audience broke down. The fans in the stadium started chanting the famous, “Sachin Sachin” and Tendulkar couldn’t control his emotions. He choked up on national television and his feelings got the better of him during the speech. Tendulkar proved that he could move an entire nation with not just his bat but even with his words. November 16, 2013, proved that there can’t be anyone like Sachin Tendulkar ever!