Ten Most “Hilarious” Sledging incidents in World Cricket

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The controversy surrounding the Sydney Test match between India and Australia once again brought “Sledging” into limelight. Sledging has become a part of world cricket and almost every team is doing that. Players resort to sledging in order to distract their opponents’ focus on the game. Sometimes, sledging and banters sound funny and interesting. But at other times, they just turn ugly.

We have listed the top ten sledging incidents from world of cricket, not necessarily in the order they were listed. Here you go:

1) Rodney Marsh (Australia) and Ian Botham (England)

Rodney Marsh to Ian Botham in an Ashes match: “So how’s your wife and my kids?” Ian Botham’s reply – “The wife’s fine. The kids are retarded !”

2) Javed Miandad (Pakistan) and Merv Hughes (Australia)

Javed Miandad called Hughes a fat bus conductor during a match. A few balls later, Hughes dismissed Miandad. “Tickets please,” said Huges, as he ran past the departing batsman.

3) Glenn McGrath (Ausrtralia) and Ramnaresh Sarwan (West Indies)

McGrath to Ramnaresh Sarwan: “So what does Brian Lara’s di*k taste like?”Sarwan: “I don’t know. Ask your wife.

McGrath (lost his cool): “If you ever F**king mention my wife again, I’ll F**king rip your F**ing throat out.”

4) Douglas Jardine (England) and Bill Woodfull (Australia)

England player Jardine complained that one of the Australian players called him a bastard. Australian captain Bill Woodfull turns to his team, points to Jardine and asked “Which one of you bastards called this bastard a bastard?”

5) Mark Waugh (Australia) and Adam Parore (New Zealand)

Mark Waugh standing at second slip, Adam Parore played & missed the first ball. Mark – “Ohh, I remember you from a couple years ago in Australia. You were shit then, you’re ••••••• useless now”. Parore- (Turning around) “Yeah, that’s me & when I was there you were going out with that old, ugly slut & now I hear you’ve married her. You dumb ••••”.

6) Steve Waugh (Australia) and Parthiv Patel (India)

When Steve came (Steve’s last test match) to bat, Parthiv said, “Come on, just one more of the famous slog-sweeps before you finish” Steve-“Respect Me…for when i made my test debut You were still in your nappies”.

7) Glen McGrath (Australia) and Eddo Brandes (Zimbabwe)

Aussie paceman Glenn McGrath was bowling to Zimbabwe number 11 Eddo Brandes – who was just missing each ball. McGrath, frustrated, went to him and inquired: “Why are you so fat?”Quick as a flash, Brandes replied, “Because every time I make love to your wife, she gives me a biscuit.”

8) Ravi Shastri (India) and Mike Whitney (Australia)

Shastri hits the ball towards Mike Whitney (the 12th man in the game) and looked for a single. Whitney said, “If you leave the crease i’ll break your f***ing head”. Without battling an eyelid, Shastri retorted, “If you could bat as well as you can talk you wouldn’t be the f***ing 12th man”.

9) Sunil Gavaskar (India) and Viv Richards (West Indies)

To ease the pressure on himself, Sunil Gavaskar had decided to come lower down the order and bat at No 4 for that particular match. But, Malcolm Marshall fired out Anshuman Gaekwad and Dilip Vengsarkar for ducks, setting the stage for Gavaskar to walk in at 0/2. Viv Richards said “Man, it don’t matter where you come in to bat, the score is still zero.”

10) Viv Richards (West Indies) and Merv Hughes (Australia)

Viv Richards hit Merv Hughes for four consecutive boundaries in one over. Merv stops halfway down the pitch, farted loudly, and said to Viv: “let’s see you hit that to the boundary!” Viv was dumb-founded.

33 Responses to Ten Most “Hilarious” Sledging incidents in World Cricket

  1. Miss Field says:

    Some of those are fantastic.

    I never knew the whole story behind the Glenn McGrath incident. Interesting.


  2. Well the Aussies are just taking advantage of the fact that the ICC dictionary of blacklisted words has more Hindi words than English. And English abuses aren’t abuses.

    The same blokes cry when some kid in their schools can’t take it anymore and wields a gun. Sledging and abusing are different and here we’re seeing abusive language and bullying.

    I sure an happy to see that young Indian blokes have stood up to the challenge like no team before them and are ready to show the way to the door along with a tip (15% of their match fees) to the ICC!

    Read more of this at: http://www.onedayers.com/cricket/odi/world-cup/repository-articles/2008/02/26/is-sledging-an-art-form.html

  3. Tony Marum says:


    All these and many more in the first official cricket sledging book: “The Art of Sledging”

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  4. Robert says:

    Is the rumour the book “Gamesmanship or the art of winning without actually cheating “is required reading fo the Australian players that is those that can read.

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  6. Tau says:

    Good ones!!! i already knew few but not all.
    For Interesting incidents and match results in cricket,


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  8. Allan Frost says:

    Loved some of these. my own particular favourite involves an incidentin Sydney when Mike Atherton stood his ground after apparently edging and being caught behind by Aussie wicket keeper Ian Healy. When Atherton was given ‘not out’ Healy growled, ‘You’re a fucking cheat’.
    Atherton quietly responded, ‘When in Rome, dear boy…..’
    Aaah the benefit of a good education eh ?

  9. Shrinivas Kumar Rao says:

    f*** u aussies

  10. Anwer Siddiqui says:

    One of my favorites:
    3) Glenn McGrath (Ausrtralia) and Ramnaresh Sarwan (West Indies)

    McGrath to Ramnaresh Sarwan: “So what does Brian Lara’s di*k taste like?”Sarwan: “I don’t know. Ask your wife.

    McGrath (lost his cool): “If you ever F**king mention my wife again, I’ll F**king rip your F**ing throat out.”

  11. CricketMad says:

    Funniest ever came from”Yabba”, the spectator who used to sit “On the Hill” at the SCG. It was at the time of early B&W TV, and Ritchie Benaud advertised Smoothex shaving cream. He appeared on the screen, made one pass with the razor, and uttered one line.
    Cut to the SGC, Benaud was almost clean bowled, the ball missed by a hair. From the hill called out Yabba with that one line….
    “closest shave I ever had”
    The game stopped as neither side could stop laughing

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  15. cricketlover says:

    i liked the bastard joke with bill woodfull .right awy i would say u did it woodfull .

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  18. CricFan says:

    Aussies should be re-named Assies!

  19. Bill Settle says:

    Bowler to Viv Richards after he had played and missed at 4 consecutive balls – “its red and round and you have to hit it with your bat!” The next ball was despatched out of the ground and as Richards walked forward and tapped the wicket he said to the bowler ” You know what it looks like. Go find it!!”

  20. Ashwani Sharma says:

    Really a good list…..love them all

  21. Alex says:

    Great list, but you should probably know the backstory for #3 before judging it. That match was in 2003, just after Mcgrath’s wife was diagnosed with cancer for the second time. Sarwan couldn’t have known that but…

    Anyway, it’s not a funny story but it helps you understand such an uncharacteristic outburst from Glenn.

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  27. ozcricketfan says:

    The Big Merv and Javed Miandad story is almost complete.

    It was an Adelaide test and the Aussies were finding it hard to get Javed out. So Merv being Merv said to him “Hey Javed, you’re ugly, and we are having a “KEEP AUSTRALIA BEAUTIFUL” campaign going on here at the moment, so why don’t you fuck off!”

    Javed replied “you’re a bus driver, you’re a bus driver”

    So Merv changed his attack and bowled around the wicket with instant success, as Miandad gloved one down to gully. As Javed was walking off Merv called out “Tickets please”!

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