Cricket is a ‘gentleman’s game’. I know this statement has been very challenged on a lot of instances thanks to players getting involved in match-fixing, ball-tampering, verbal slurs which tend to cross the line or acts borne out of selfish interests.
But, that is not to say, there haven’t been moments where players have actually displayed selfless nature by putting the interests of their team or the spirit of the game ahead of their own personal interests. Who can forget Mark Taylor [334*] and Michael Clarke’s [329*] decision to declare their innings when they had the opportunity to leapfrog Sir Donald Bradman’s highest individual tally as a mark of respect for the legend?
On that note, here’s a look at five selfless acts in cricket:
One of the greatest all-rounder that world cricket has ever seen, Sir Richard Hadlee could have become the second bowler after England’s Jim Laker in the history of the game to claim all ten wickets in a single innings at the Gabba in 1985.
But the champion all-rounder denied himself the feat by claiming to take a brilliant catch running backward to help fellow teammate Vaughan Brown take the solitary wicket before he duly claimed his 9th scalp to finish with figures of 9-52.
Spora journalist Frank Keating hailed it as the ‘Catch of the century’,not because of its difficulty but because of Hadlee’s selflessness.