Invented by the British, the first trace of Cricket goes all the way back to the 16th century but the development of the game progressed rapidly during the 18th century and spread to different parts of the globe, mainly to the countries colonized by the British. The renowned ‘Ashes series’, a tournament held between arch rivals England and Australia was called so after Australia’s first win over England in 1882. It was termed as the “Death” of England cricket and the stumps and bails were burnt to signify the same. The media then dubbed the following series as the “quest to regain the ashes” and the name has stood ever since. Another tournament that gets the world on their heels is the world cup. Like every other sport it is played once in four years and which includes at least 10 different nations battling it out to reign supreme. Each such tournament has gifted cricket fans several unforgettable moments and memories worth cherishing for a really long time. A few of these wonderful moments have been photographed by shutterbugs and have also earned spots at a few museums. Here are the 48 most iconic images of cricket history and you might end up with Goosebumps after watching them.
1. In a match against New Zealand, Australian skipper Dennis Lillee had placed nine fielders in the slips. This unorthodox experiment went on to become one of the most historic tales of international cricket.
2. Sir Donald Bradman gets dismissed for a duck. He needed to score just 4 runs in the innings to reach a batting average of 100, but unfortunately ended with 99.94.
3. A furious Javed Miandad from Pakistan raises his bat in anger after being stopped by bowler Dennis Lillee from taking a run.
4. A scene from the 1999 Cricket World Cup: The Australians are overwhelmed with joy after dismissing the tail ender Allan Donald. After a resilient and blistering innings by Lance Klusener, they needed 1 run from 3 balls to secure a spot in the grand finale. The run-out meant the game was tied and Australia advanced as a result of already beaten South Africa in the tournament.
5. All these legends of Cricket came together to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the ‘Lord’s’ cricket ground. These 22 legendary cricketers were divided into two teams, which were captained by Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar respectively.
6. A tribute to Tony Greig, one of the greatest cricketers and commentators of all time. This gesture of respect was made after his death.
7. Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar comes out to bat at the Wankhede stadium for the last time in his test career. West Indies was India’s opposition in this game.
8. Pakistani cricketer Inzamam Ul Haq breaks down on the field after being dismissed in his last one day international game.
9. Former Australian captain Steve Waugh takes the lap of honour after defeating England in the 2002-03 ‘Ashes Series’.
10. West Indian Brian Lara kisses the pitch after scoring a record four hundred runs in a test match held in 2004.
11. Team Australia celebrates after being crowned the champions of the 2007 World Cup. It was their third consecutive success at the world cup finals.
12. Australian batsman Steve Smith dedicates his knock to the late Phil Hughes, his former teammate, who passed away during the ongoing series.
13. The sensational Chris Gayle shaking a leg in a ‘Gangnam’ style fashion. This was one of the most memorable moments of the ‘Indian Premier League’ cricket.
14. This is something you might have hardly witnessed in world cricket. England’s icon Tony Greig pampers Indian batsman Gundappa Vishwanath after the latter scored a century.
15. This is how the famous cricket stadium of Galle, Sri Lanka, looked after it was ruined by the devastating Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004.
16. An ecstatic former Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly takes off his shirt at the Lord’s, after India defeated England in the famous ‘Natwest Series’ final by chasing 326 runs.
17. The dashing English cricketer Andrew Flintoff consoles Australian speedster Brett Lee after Australia lost to England in a test match by just 2 runs.
18. Overjoyed team India fans throng the pitch at Lord’s after India won the final of the 1983 cricket World Cup.
19. An enthralled Anil Kumble after he scalped all ten wickets of the opposition Pakistan in just a single innings. The Indian leg spinner was the second man in the history of test cricket to achieve this feat.
20. South African Jonty Rhodes tries his best to get Pakistani cricketer Inzamam-ul-Haq’s wicket by attempting a run out.
21. Irked by the gestures of Indian wicket keeper Kiran More, Pakistani ace Javed Miandad lents out his anger this way.
22. Sir Malcolm Marshall, who is an inspiration to many cricketers bats with a fractured hand, in a bid to help his teammate Larry Gomes complete his century. Gomes was batting at 96.
23. A bee invasion that brought all the players and umpires prostrate during a test match.
24. When the date was 11-11-11, South Africa needed 111 runs to win when the time was 11:11.
25. Remember that cricket match, where Australia posed a threatening target of 435 for its opposition South Africa? The Proteas successfully chased this total, becoming the first team in the world to score so many runs in a one day international.
26. Aamir Sohail asks Indian bowler Venkatesh Prasad to fetch the ball after scoring a boundary, during the quarterfinal of the ‘1996 Cricket World Cup’. Prasad got Sohail out clean bowled in the very next delivery.
27. A jubilant Indian cricket team celebrates after winning the 2011 world cup, a feat they achieved after 28 years. The occasion was even more special since it was the last international world cup played by Sachin Tendulkar.
28. Aussie Peter Siddle gets a hat trick in a match against England
29. South African batsman Ab De Villiers creates a new record by scoring the world’s fastest One Day International century.
30. Sri Lankan cricketers airlifted off the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore after they were victims to a terrorist attack that harmed two of their players.
31. Indian skipper MS Dhoni hits that famous six to guide India to victory in the finals of the 2011 cricket world cup.
32. This man from team Bermuda became a subject of gossip during the 2007 World Cup. Dwayne Laverock got Indian batsman Robin Uthappa dismissed by taking this spectacular catch.
33. Australian female cricketers arrive for the first Women’s One day international match, held at Lord’s, England in 1976.
34. Aussie spin wizard Shane Warne and Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar sharing a light moment with the greatest legend of world cricket Sir Donald Bradman.
35. A committed Anil Kumble came out to play and help his team, despite a broken jaw.
36. Bowler Trevor Chappell bowls an under arm delivery when New Zealand required six runs to win of the last ball. Trevor followed the suggestion made by his captain and brother Greg Chappell.
37. Now that’s a first for world cricket! Umpire Billy Bowden gives a red card to Aussie legend Glen Mcgrath for bowling an underarm delivery.
38. New Zealand’s Brendon Mccullum loses grip over his bat and the wooden piece goes flying a few yards away.
39. Australia’s Phil Hughes gets knocked out after a ball hit him at the back of his head just a few inches from the helmet. Sadly, the cricketer lost his life due to this freak accident.
40. That unforgettable moment when Indian middle order batsman Yuvraj Singh slammed a six of the last ball of English bowler Stuart Broad’s over. Yuvraj smashed six sixes of Broad’s over in this iconic T20 match and created a new record.
41. This is how a drinks break in a test match looked like during the early 1900’s.
42. One of the greatest batting pairs of all time, Jack Hobbs and Herbert Sutcliffe walk to the field during an Ashes contest held in 1926.
43. Decades after Dennis Lillee placed nine slips in that historic match against New Zealand; the Australian squad repeated the trick again in 1999 against Zimbabwe.
44. Team Afghanistan paying respect to their national anthem at the recently held cricket world cup in Australia and New Zealand. This was their first appearance in the World Cup.
45. Dennis Lillee had come out to bat with an Aluminium willow and the opposition protested against the idea.
46. Sachin Tendulkar’s joy knew no bounds after he finally completed his famous 100th century. A record which seems really difficult to break in the near future.
47. A first, Adam Gilchrist placed a squash ball in his glove, a move that assisted his decimation of the West Indians in the 2007 world cup final. He signaled the success of his innovation after his ton by doing this.
48. English players applaud Australian batting sensation Michael Clarke as he comes out to bat for the last time in his test career.