Its not often that we get to hear exactly just what the players are saying to one another, this is a great little video showing the kind of banter that has made Kumar Sangakarra a sledging legend.
Andrew Flintoff saw his opponent Tino Best, who was known for loving a bit of a slog preparing to face an off-spiner and shouted:
“Watch the windows, Tino!”
This had the exact desired effect.
Best came charging out of his crease like a mad man. He took a wild swing at the ball, missed it completely and was promptly stumped by Geraint Jones.
The windows were safe. Tino walked off. Flintoff spent the next few overs giggling like a little schoolgirl.
During a form slump Sunil Gavaskar decided to come lower down the order to try and ease some pressure off himself, and bat at No 4.
Malcolm Marshall then proceeded to bowl out Anshuman Gaekwad and Dilip Vengsarkar for two ducks, setting the stage for Gavaskar to walk in at 0/2.
Viv Richards said “Man, it don’t matter where you come in to bat, the score is still zero.”
It was way back in 1989, and Sachin Tendulkar was making his debut in Pakistan.
Sachin was just 16 years old, facing some of the fastest bowlers at the time, and there wasnt a single Pakistani that was going to let him forget it.
The Pakistani crows were holding up signs saying ”Hey kid, go home and drink milk” (Roughly translated)
Tendulkars response was to hit 2 sixes in on over from young leg spinner Mustaq Ahmed. Older leg spinner Abdul Qadir then threw his own challenge out to Tendulkar saying ”Why are you hitting kids? Try and hit me.”
Tendulkar again remained silenty and let his bat do the talking. He hit 4 sixes in the over.
6, 0, 4, 6, 6, 6.
Dennis Lilliee was never known for being friendly to opposition players let alone his own team-mates.
Lilliee was bowling to Kim Hughes in the nets. Lilliee fired off a nasty bouncer towards his captain and fellow team mate. Hughes bareley managed to avoid it bouncing off his head.
Lilliee asked Hughes:
“Did I get you?”
Hughes responded “No, I’m alright”
“Then I’ll get you next time you bastard” replied a disappointed Lilliee
This might not be a sledge, but it is still a very good quote from one of the best batsmen from the Australian team that Dominated for a decade.
“I have seen God, he bats at number 4 for India”
(For those of you who couldnt figure it out, the number four in the Indian team at the time was Sachin Tendulkar)
Sachin Tendulkar is known for being a cool, calm disciplined cricketer who lets his bat do his sledging for him.During the first overs in 2000′s Champions Trophy in Kenya he uttered the words to Glen McGrath that would give every bowler nightmares:
“Today, I will hit you out of the ground”
It was part of the teams strategy to disrupt McGrath’s concentration. And it worked, MGrath ended up bowling 9 overs for 61 runs and India won by 20 runs.
During Ricky Pontings first Ashes series as captain, taking over from retired captain Steve Waugh, Ponting was doing the captains duty of verbally abusing his English counterpart Michael Vaugh as he took to the pitch to bat.
Vaughan put Ponting in his place when he told him:
“Get back in the slips Ponting. Who do you think you are, Steve Waugh?”