One of the most inspiring sights while watching a game of cricket or any other sport for that matter-is when a player puts his teams’ cause ahead of his injury-ridden pain, and performs like his life depends on it.
Remember the bandage strapped Anil Kumble dismissing Brian Lara in the 2002 Antigua Test or Graeme Smith walking out to bat with a broken hand to save the Test for his side against Australia in 2009? Well! There have been a plethora of such examples where cricketers have inspired the onlookers with the baptism of fire and their dedication to the teams’ cause.
Here’s a look at Instances When Players Gave Match-Winning Performances After Getting Injured:
Sourav Ganguly, 4th ODI vs Sri Lanka, 2007
That Sourav Ganguly is a fighter, for whom the threshold of pain is as high his quality as a leader and as an international cricketer, was once again testified during the 2007 ODI series against Sri Lanka.
Needing 260 to win, India lost the services of opener Ganguly when he was forced to retire hurt courtesy cramps in his thighs in the very first over.
Following Ganguly’s exit, Robin Uthappa[52 off 37] and Virender Sehwag [46 off 54 balls] took over the mantle, flaying the Sri Lankan bowling attack to all corners of the ground during their 92-run stand.
Such was the belligerence of the duo that at one stage, it looked like Ganguly wouldn’t even be required. But a flurry of dismissals meant that India found themselves reeling at 3-118.
Ganguly, despite all the pain, came back to bat for his team, and along with Yuvraj Singh, who stroked a brutal 83-ball 95, took India past the finishing line courtesy an unbeaten 145-run partnership.
Ganguly finished on an unbeaten 74-ball 58 and he was awarded ‘Player of the Series’ award for his 168 runs in the 4-match rubber.