Top 7 Cricket Sledges of All Time

Because I am too damn lazy to do a top 20…

1. Rod Marsh (Aus) and Ian Botham(Eng)

One of the most famous sledging incidents is by far one of the best.

Rod Marsh : “So how’s your wife & my kids?”

Ian Botham : “The wife is fine but the kids are retarded”

2. Glen McGrath (Australia) and Eddo Brandes (Zimbabwe)

One of the all time great bowlers, Glen McGrath was getting frustrated at being unable to dismiss little known Zimbabwean cricketer Eddo Brandes.

McGrath: “Why are you so fat?”

Brandes  “Because every time I fuck your wife, she gives me a biscuit.”

3. Mark Waugh (Australia) and James Ormond (England)

Upon Ormond’s arrival at the crease Mark Waugh said . “fuck me, look who it is. Mate, what are you doing out here?There’s no way you’re good enough to play for England.”

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

4. Viv Richards (West Indies) and Merv Hughes (Australia)

Sometimes, verbal sledging is simply not enough.

Viv Richards hit Merv Hughes for four consecutive boundaries in one single over.

Merv’s response was to stop halfway down the pitch, fart loudly, and say to Viv: “let’s see you hit that to the boundary!”

5. Daryll Cullinan (South Africa) and Shane Warne(Australia) 

As Cullinan was heading out to the wicket, Warne told him he had been waiting 2 years for another chance to humiliate him.

Cullinan replied.”Looks like you spent it eating,”

6. Shane Warne and Darren Berry sledge Michael Slater

 Michael Slater was playing in a state cricket game against fellow Australian team mate Shane Warne. Warne, not shying away from sledging a fellow team mate, decided to get under Slater’s skin by suggesting that his temper was like a time-bomb.

When Slater came out to bat, Warne and Berry began the sledging:

Warne “Tick”

Berry “Tock”

Warne “Tick”

Berry “Tock”

After several overs, Slater got impatient and holed out to deep midwicket. As he trudged off, he glared at Warne and Berry, who said in unison “Kaboom!”

7. Dennis Lilllee (Australia) sledging the world

Dennis Lillee had a sledge that he employed against many batsmen during his long cricket career.

“I can see why you are batting so badly, you’ve got some shit 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”

  • Arif

    Sunny Gavaskar dropped himself to no 4 in a Test against the mighty West Indies. India lost their first two wickets without scoring a run. As Sunny walked in, Viv Richards said…Sunny, it doesn’t matter when you come in, the score’s always zero!

  • Arif

    Glenn McGrath to non-striker Sarwan: What does Brian Lara’s dick taste like?

    Sarwan: I don’t know…ask your wife!

    At which point, McGrath lost it, and started swearing at Sarwan. Most bullies cannot handle being bullied themselves!

    • Bubba Ray

      His wife’s well documented battles with cancer, that would ultimately prove to be terminal. May also have been weighing on his mind.

      • Sabu Jupiterwale

        If Glenn cannot handle comments about his wife, maybe he should keep his f**king mouth shut and not sledge in the first place. I am surprised why the other players did not retort to his every sledge with “I f**k Glenn’s wife” That would have permenantly shut him up

    • Andre Sookdar

      Sars didn’t know, he apologised after, but McGrath shouldn’t dish out when he can’t take it himself.

  • Arif

    Viv Richards had played and missed a couple of Graham Dilley deliveries…

    Dilley: Hey Viv, its red and round, and you’re supposed to hit it!

    Richards obliged by hitting the next ball out of the stadium.

    Richards: You know what it looks like, now go and fetch it!

  • Gareth Nutt

    Erstwhile Glamorgan fast bowler Greg Thomas bowling to Viv Richards at the Swansea ground. Greg slips three consecutive balls past the great man’s outside edge. After the third ball goes through to the keeper, Greg follows through down the wicket and says to Viv: “that’s called the ball – it’s red and it’s round, and you’re supposed to hit it”.
    Next ball, Viv steps down the track and dispatches him into the sea. As Greg follows through, Viv saunters up the wicket to do some gardening and responds: “You know what it looks like, man, you go f!!!!ing fetch it”.

  • rr

    My fave was always Ian Botham and Rodney Hogg. A la Steven Finn nowadays, Hoggy had a habit of falling over after releasing the ball. With Botham at the non-striker’s end, Hogg went past, delivered the ball (through to the keeper) and promptly fell over. Botham, calm as you like, walked the few strides to Hogg and said “Hoggy – I know you think I’m great but there’s no need to go down on your hands and knees to me in public!”.

  • One from a Sydney grade game. One of the (younger) Waugh brothers was batting for Bankstown. After he had played at and missed six deliveries in a row, the exasperated bowler, rumoured to be Doug Bollinger, snatched his cap from the umpire and glared down the wicket. “I know,” he snarled, “you’re the adopted one!”

  • Dan s

    Seen better bats in a cave