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Monday, 8 October 2007

Sledging

Sledging (a.k.a. mental disintegration) has been in the news recently, especially during the current India vs Australia ODI series. From where I'm sitting, it appears that India fired the first salvo of this recent war, declaring their intent of fighting the well-known Aussie aggression with some of their own. I reckon they've very soon realised that they are not cut-out for this stuff and it's all gone horribly wrong for them.

Whatever you may think of sledging, there sure have been some entertaining exchanges reported in the past. Here are my favourites ...

Rod Marsh v Ian Botham
It's become something of a traditional greeting, but cricket folkloreinsists that it was when Botham took guard in an Ashes match; Aussiewicketkeeper Marsh welcomed him to the wicket with the immortal words: "So how's your wife, and my kids?". The response from Botham was even sharper " - the wife's fine, but the kids are retarded"

Daryll Cullinan v Shane Warne
Another celebrated greeting to the wicket involved Shane Warne and his favourite South African batsman, Daryll Cullinan. As Cullinan passed by on his way to the wicket, Warne took the opportunity to announce that he had been waiting two years for another chance to humiliate him. "Looks like you've spent it eating," Cullinan retorted.

Glenn McGrath v Eddo Brandes
It's very possibly the greatest story about biscuits ever told. After the Zimbabwe number eleven played and missed at a McGrath delivery, the Aussie bowler wandered up the wicket and politely enquired: "Oi, Brandes, why are you so fat?
"Cos every time I f**k your wife she gives me a biscuit," replied Brandes.
Apparently, even the Aussie slips cordon was reduced to tears of laughter.

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