Cricketers who defy injury for team

16 Sep,2018

BDchronicle; Dhaka:
Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal, after the first match of the Asia Cup against Sri Lanka, joined the select group of the players who defied injuries and came back to the pitch for the cause of their respective teams.

Tamim, who got himself injured during the second over of the innings off pacer Suranga Lakmal, created a story for the country's cricketing folklore when he came back to the pitch to resume his batting with an injured hand. 

Tamim made a hole in his glove to fit it in his taped hand and faced one ball in one hand to give the strike back to his partner Mushfiqur Rahim who added 32-run in Bangladesh's innings for the 10th wicket. 

His heroic effort lifted the spirit of Bangladesh, who, crushed Sri Lanka by 137 runs to record their biggest ever win outside home. 

This bravado is rare in the international cricket as only few cricketers showed such courage for their respective teams. Here are some examples:

Colin Cowdrey against West Indies (1963) 

In the second Test between England and West Indies at Lord's, English batsman Colin Cowdrey broke his left-arm while facing a deadly bouncer by legendary Caribbean pacer Sir Wes Hall during the fourth day's play.

But in the final day when England needed eight-run to win in the final over with two wickets to spare, batsman Derek Shackleton ran himself out as the ninth man. Then injured Cowdrey came back to the pitch with plaster in the left-hand and helped his side to finish the match with a memorable draw.

Malcolm Marshall against England (1984)

Legendary pacer Malcolm Marshall broke his thumb in the first day of the third Test in Leeds after bowling for only six overs. 

In the third day of the match, Caribbean batsman Larry Gomes remained unbeaten on 96 with the ninth man Joel Garner was out. 

But Marshall came out to bat and stayed in the pitch till Gomes scored his century and faced eight balls before finally getting out for four runs.

Anil Kumble against West Indies (2002)

Anil Kumble was hit on the jaw by a bouncer of Mervyn Dillon during the fourth Test against West Indies. Later, the scan found that his jaw was fractured. 

But Kumble bowled 14 overs in the next innings with a broken jaw and picked the wicket of great Brian Lara in the drawn game. 

Graeme Smith against Australia (2009)

During the second day of the third Test against Australia, skipper Graeme Smith broke his hand by a bouncer of pacer Mitchell Johnson in the first innings of the match. 

During the final day with nine overs left in the match, Proteas lost Dale Steyn as the ninth man. But Smith came back and faced 17 balls with a broken hand but couldn't draw the match as he was out with 10 balls remaining in the game. 

Ian Bell against Bangladesh (2010)

This story involves Bangladesh and their second one-day international against England at the County Ground in Bristol. The Tigers, who were on verge of winning their maiden game against England in any format, saw batsman Ian Bell taking the pitch, after he suffered a broken foot during fielding, when they needed 10-run in the final over. 

With Jonathan Trott batting on the other side on 90, England thought they had a chance to win the match but Bangladeshi pacer Shafiul Islam picked Trott in the third ball and handed his side a memorable win. 


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