Everyone says something stupid now and then, but most people don’t have a camera focused on them the majority of the time. However, when the whole world is watching them, we also expect celebs to make wise and sensitive statements. But, of course, no one can be flawless all of the time. Cricketers are no exception to this rule.
So, here are some of the most contentious comments made by renowned cricketers both on and off the field that will make you realise that cricket isn’t such a gentlemanly game after all.
1- Shoaib Akhtar sparked a new round of debate among cricket fans when he released his autobiography, “Controversially Yours,” which contained several contentious statements. This was one of them.
2- In the 2011 World Cup, Pakistan lost to India in the major semi-final. It was India’s fifth consecutive World Cup victory over Pakistan. Afridi was dissatisfied with the festivities on this side of the border and made this obnoxious comment. He was heavily trolled and chastised for making this joke.
3- During India’s 2011 tour of England, VVS Laxman survived a DRS scare after the ball appeared to have hit an edge. That’s when Vaughan claimed Laxman had used Vaseline on his bat, preventing the snicko from reading the edge. His comment sparked outrage among Indian cricket fans.
4- Sourav Ganguly and Greg Chappell were never friendly, and no one had to guess why. They were direct and straightforward. As in Chappell’s case.
5- Last year, Chris Gayle referred to former teammate Ramnaresh Sarwan as “worse than coronavirus,” accusing the Guyanese of planning his departure from Caribbean Premier League club Jamaica Tallawahs. Many people were made uncomfortable by his comment.
6- The Indian cricket captain incurred the wrath of social media after instructing a fan to leave the country if he or she did not like Indian players.
7- A forgettable Majrekar line made memorable by Jadeja’s performances in the 2019 World Cup. The commentator later apologised for his remarks, but he is still mocked for making them.
8- In an attempt to criticise Virat Kohli’s form and preparation for the IPL, Gavaskar said that during the lockdown, Kohli was only seen playing cricket with his wife Anushka, referring to a video that went viral in May. He was chastised on social media for his remark, and even Anushka called him out on it.
9- Pakistani players, such as Shahid Afridi, are known for making bold statements.
10- And here’s Razzaq. He received a lot of backlash for mocking the country’s – and probably the world’s – best bowler.
11- Everybody is aware of the backstory of this. India was taking on Australia. India was on tour in Australia. The game was tense. However, India triumphed.
12- Sehwag made this comment during the IPL auction in 2018.
13- In 2007, Ian Chappell famously advised Tendulkar to retire, only to end up with egg on his face as the master went about his second coming, enjoying some of the best years of his illustrious career.
14- In an apparent dig at then-India debutante Mayank Agarwal, O’Keefe challenged the opener’s credentials as he came out to open against Australia at the MCG in December 2018.
15- To top it all off, he forgot Pujara’s name a few days later. He faced harsh criticism for his reckless remarks, which reportedly left him “devastated.”
16- Naseer tried to get away with this one by claiming that the word “donkey” is widely used as harmless slang in England, but no one believed him.