Cricket is all about passion. We have heard this statement time and again and some players have shown this with their zeal and temperament on the field.
Whether it’s been about bowling with a broken jaw or batting with a broken finger, whether it’s been weeping like a kid after losing a chance of qualifying for the semis in a World T20 or crying for losing out yet another time in a World Cup semi-final game, the cricketers have always expressed their love for the game.
Here’s a look at some of the incidents where the cricketers cried on the field.
The Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar bid adieu to the game in 2013 after playing his 200th and final Test at his home ground in Mumbai. Tendulkar’s final dismiss on the pitch at the international level left almost everyone including the opponents West Indies in a state of disappointment.
Sachin bowed down to the pitch for the one last time before his farewell speech and later thanked everyone whom he met during the journey. Obviously, he and million others were emotional while he read the speech.
Virat Kohli is generally known for his aggressive approach on the field. He doesn’t really shy away from giving it back to the opponents both with his bat and his words. Some of his counterparts from other teams have even said that they try not to sledge Virat because it certainly brings the best out of him.
But on the instance, a young Kohli was left in tears. This happened in 2012 where India needed to beat South Africa by 30 or more runs to make it to the Super Eight stage. But they failed in the task and bowed out of the tournament. An emotional Kohli wasn’t able to stop his tears.
The new sensation of the Indian women’s team Shafali Verma broke down after their loss to Australia in the World T20 final earlier this year.
India were playing Sri Lanka in the semi-final of the 1996 World Cup in Kolkata. The hosts were looking good to chase down the target but lost wickets in quick succession and were pushed on the backfoot. Kambli was standing the other end but then a disappointing incident happen. The crowd at the Eden Gardens caused a lot of chaos and the match was stopped by the officials. When the situation went out of control, Sri Lanka were declared as the winners. Kambli walked off the pitch in tears.
South African team
Chokers is what the South African team is called. Well, this has name has been with them for quite a long time as they have been disappointing at crucial stages.
In the 2015 edition of the World Cup, South Africa were playing New Zealand in the semis. A rain-affected match had reduced the target for the Kiwis but South Africa failed to take the pressure on them and lost the match.
From De Villiers to Dale Steyn to Morne Morkel, the Proteas were in tears of missing out yet another opportunity of making it to the World Cup final.