Top Sporting Events in India

ICONIC EVENTS IN CRICKET

Top Sporting Events in India

 

“CRICKET” largely celebrated as a gentleman’s game, has a long history. The game was introduced in the Indian subcontinent by the imperial rulers, back in 17th century but it ended up becoming more of a parallel ‘Religion’ in India. The sport however dates back to the 13th century and there is a reason it’s called, what it’s called. The early adopters of the game mutually agreed that this game should be played without cudgelling, controversies and cheating; with ‘bodyline bowling’ being the only exception. It was meant to be a fair game with no place for flare ups, feuds and forced exits. Much like a gentleman, each player was required to owe up on being stumped or bowled over and graciously, make place for the next-in-line. Cricket as we already know, is more of a team sport and therefore, each successful cricketer needs to imbibe this team spirit and it is this cohesion, co-operation & coming together that create “the most iconic moments in this game of cricket”. 

 

 

Let us have a look at some of these iconic events laced with ample excitement & absolute pandemonium, at times:  

 

  1. The First County Cricket Match was played in 1709 between Kent vs. London
  2. In 1806, first Gentleman v. Players match was played at Lord’s, the mecca of cricketers and cricket fans across the globe.
  3. In the year 1819, the 46 inches between the creases was increased to 48 inches. 
  4. The Telegraph Score Board was introduced at Lord’s in the year 1846. The score cards were first sold at Lord’s.
  5. It was the year 1849 that the permission for pitch’s sweeping & rolling was granted before each innings, only at the behest of either of the participating teams.
  6. In the year 1865, the practice nets were first used at the Lord’s
  7. In the year 1880, the 1st Test Match was played in England where England ended up beating Australia by 5 wickets
  8. In the year 1889, the present-day Lord’s pavilion was built
  9. The year 1890, marked the formation of South African Cricket Association. 
  10. In the year 1897, a bizarre cricket match was played at Warrnambool where the “Forget-me-nots” (a formidable unit of female cricketers) were pitted against 11 aged, overweight men and a dog.
  11. In the year 1898, Board of Control was set up to administer the Test matches that were played in England
  12. In the year 1912, India, New Zealand & West Indies were admitted to the “Imperial Cricket Conference”.
  13. The year 1926 marked the formation of Women’s Cricket Association.
  14. In the year 1931, the period of rolling was reduced to 7 minutes from 10 minutes.
  15. The first Test on Indian soil started at the ‘Bombay Gymkhana’ on December 15, 1933. This cricket event also recorded the first-ever Test 100 by an Indian.
  16. In the year 1938, the test matches at Lord’s were televised for the first time.
  17. In the year 1947, there was a major revision of the ‘Laws of Cricket’. 
  18. In the year 1965, the ‘Imperial Cricket Conference’ changed its title to the ‘International Cricket Conference’. The Associate Membership was also introduced the same year, itself. 
  19. 19. In the year 1972, “Benson & Hedges League Cup” was inaugurated
  20. In the year 1975, the first International World Cup tournament was organised in England in which 8 countries participated, barring South Africa. Also the same year, Sunil Gavaskar & Bishan Singh Bedi became Indian cricket stars with India’s first ever ODI win at the 1975 WORLD CUP.
  21. The year 1975, also saw the arrival of the fast and furious bowler, Shoaib Akhtar who replaced Waqar Younis at the Eden Gardens and ended up claiming India’s most prized wicket, the one & only ‘Sachin Tendulkar’. Know that this was not his last time, as he continued earning many such accolades all through his cricketing career. The year 1975, also had ‘That Ball’, a moment in cricket history where Shane Warne delivered a miraculous spin and bowled out Mike Gatting of England, at the World Cup. 
  22. In the year 1983, India refuted the ‘Dark Horse’ titled endowed upon it by Kim Hughes by lifting the 1983 Prudential World Cup at Lord’s with Kapil Dev as the Indian captain and striking performances by Madan Lal, Balvinder Singh Sandhu and Kapil Dev as both the marvellous skipper & captain-in-control.
  23. The power of dreams is realised only by the sacrifices made and as it suggests, ‘Imran Khan’, the current Pakistan PM was the one to lead the Pakistan cricket team to victory in the 1992 World Cup. 
  24. The year 1995 saw Nottinghamshire loose to India even after a magnificent score of 527 runs. Anil Kumble came to India’s rescue by claiming 4 for 118 runs & 5 for 43 runs, only.
  25. In the year 2000, Saurav Ganguly gave India a whopping score of 5 wickets for 34 runs from his 10 over bowling and an unbeaten 71 runs with 12 4s and a 6. He was crowned the ‘Man of the Match’ for this ODI win against Zimbabwe. This was one of his finest performances but such was his display of aggression on the field that he landed himself with a one-match ban, post this. 
  26. The year 2001 saw Steve Waugh take home the title at The Ashes Oval Test Cricket, with just one leg to drive the game. He was advised a complete bed rest for next few months following the tear he got mid-calf during the 3rd test match but he played against all odds, surprising both his fans & fellow cricketers
  27. The year 2002 had the female cricketer Mithali Raj mark her arrival in the Test cricket, with a smashing double 100s at Taunton while she was still a teenager
  28. West Indies created history at The Test Cricket, in the year 2004 by successfully chasing down 418 runs against Australia, the world no. 1 then in the finals of a four match test series. Brian Lara, a kid who held the branch as a bat became a cricket legend on 10 April 2004 by hitting 400 runs in a single test inning against England. Nobody till date has been able to break that record.
  29. In the year 2007, Indian cricket team under the able leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni lifted the ICC T20 World Cup by defeating their arch rivals Pakistan team in Johannesburg, South Africa. A billion hearts skipped a beat as Sreesanth plunged forward to take the catch that determined the fate of game. It was all the more iconic because India had entered this T20 format only as outsiders, with the big names like Sachin, Rahul Dravid & Saurav Ganguly opting out from it
  30. The year 2011 had India claim back the world stage with its super win at the Asia Cup with breath-taking performances by Gautam Gambhir & MS Dhoni. The winning strike was a monstrous six when Sachin Tendulkar happened to be the first one to run to the ground
  31. b year 2012 had India Under-19 World Cup team claim the win against Australia for the third time, in a row which made India only the second such team in world cricket history. In 2018, India broke the record to become the only team to win the Under-19 World Cup, for a fourth time under the captaincy of Prithvi Shaw, the previous ones being played with Mohammed Kaif & Virat Kohli as the Indian captains in the year 2008 & 2010, respectively
  32. The year was 2012, a landmark day in Indian cricket when Sachin Tendulkar notched his 100th International 100 at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur against Bangladesh. The famous quote “I am not God, I am Sachin Tendulkar” made its entry into the world of cricket back then with Tendulkar’s reaction to his fans everywhere he ventured out. 
  33. The year 2013 witnessed the rise of Brendan Taylor, the first Zimbabwean to score two 100s in the same Test match where Bangladesh ended up beating Zimbabwe, as yet. SACHIN’s retirement from his 24 yearlong & illustrious cricketing career was another such iconic moment in the history of cricket with these lines marking his farewell speech, “My life, between 22 yards for 24 years, it is hard to believe that that journey has come to an end.”
  34. The year 2017 marked the arrival of Harmanpreet Kaur who single-handedly gifted India the 2017 Women’s World Cup defeating the world no.1 Australia. 
  35. The winners of the prestigious ICC Awards of the decade including the Rachel Heyhoe-Flint for Best Female Player and Sir Garfield Sobers for Best Male Player, were announced simultaneously across all ICC Digital channels, as well as the Star Sports Network in December, 2020 where Virat Kohli claimed a total of 2 and MS Dhoni a total of 1 prestigious title being “Sir Garfield Sober Award for ICC Male Cricketer”, “ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the decade” and “ICC Spirit of the Cricket Award” in that order.

 

While these are some of the most iconic events in the history of world cricket, there is a bevy of other such amateur, private, corporate and gully cricket events that are played across districts, cities, states as well as on national level. Freshers in this sport also have end number of options to enrol, participate and perform in some of these well known, recorded and celebrated city & state events, around the year. To participate, search for the whole list of local and city specific cricketing events and follow the instructions, as mentioned. Happy Cricketing!!! 

By Admin