"Possibly the best thing I’ve done on a cricket field"- Andrew Flintoff On His Hilarious Banter With Tino Best During The 2004 Lord's Test
/

“Possibly the best thing I’ve done on a cricket field”- Andrew Flintoff On His Hilarious Banter With Tino Best During The 2004 Lord’s Test

Tino Best and Andrew Flintoff [Photo-Getty]

Andrew Flintoff, the former England all-rounder, recalled what is now the part of the folklore, a hilarious jibe at former West Indies fast bowler Tino Best after England Cricket shared the video of the same on Twitter.

The incident is from the 2004 England vs West Indies Test at Lord’s where the 22-year-old Best was trying (rather unsuccessfully) to launch spinner Ashley Giles into the orbit.

Andrew Flintoff, Tino Best
Andrew Flintoff laughing after Tino Best’s dismissal [Photo-Getty]
Standing at the first slip, Andrew Flintoff had cautioned Best to ‘mind the windows’, a slur that proceeded to rile up the fiery West Indian.

Following Flintoff’s comments, Best danced down the crease, only to miss the ball and see his stumps shattered by wicket-keeper Geraint Jones.

“Possibly the best thing I’ve done on a cricket field. Thanks for popping in Tino,” wrote Andrew Flintoff.

Post the comic dismissal of Tino Best, legendary commentator Richie Benaud was at its brutal best as far as his dry humor is concerned.

“Ashley has done him now. Whether he outbowled him or outtalked him, I don’t know. The only one [windows] that might get broken is in front of the dressing room as he thinks his way back to the rest of his team.” Richie Benaud said.

Also Read: Syed Kirmani Opens Up On The Importance Of A Specialist Wicket-keeper; Calls For The Grooming Of Rishabh Pant

Tino Best went on to get a career-best 95, eight years after that hilarious altercation with Andrew Flintoff

Back in 2015, Best, however, admitted that it was a ‘good gag’ by ‘legend’ Flintoff.

“I’m not embarrassed, stuff like that is good for the game. I always thought Ashley Giles was a decent bowler, but he wasn’t spinning the ball that much, so I had a go.” Best had told ESPNCricinfo.

Andrew Flintoff, Tino Best
Tino Best [Photo-Google]
Eight years later, however, Tino Best did have his moment, when he smashed what was then the highest score [95] by a No.11.

Today, Best put out of a video of his memorable knock on Twitter which he captioned as-

“As the great man @bobmarley said he who laugh last wins ???‍??? #MindTheWindowsTINOOOOOOOOO … Nothing like spanking the English around batting at 11 ????? I’m the king of trolling let’s go @englandcricket …. I got time ??”

Yash Mittal

Just a student of this beautiful game called cricket. Writer. Storyteller.