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The 4 Most Heartbreaking Moments for Cricket Fans

Cricket is regarded as something close to a religion in several countries throughout the globe, including India, England, New Zealand, Pakistan, and Australia. Additionally, the athletes in this sport whom people look up to the most are expected to perform at a supernatural level of brilliance. When their team is victorious, the delighted fans who celebrate their win also shed tears when their team is defeated.

Here are the top four most heartbreaking moments in the history of cricket:

Donald Bradman’s out on a zero in his final match.

The Australian Sir Donald Bradman was, without a shadow of a doubt, the greatest batsman in the game’s history and the finest cricket player of the 20th century. 

In 1948, while playing at The Oval, he needed just four runs to ensure an average of 100. However, he was out on the first ball without scoring, a rare instance of human failure that only added to his lasting attractiveness.

Trent Boult stepped on the boundary in the World Cup 2019

With one foot on the line, Trent Boult saved the day for England in their thrilling World Cup victory. Ben Stokes sent the ball soaring toward the boundary, with the home team needing 22 more runs off the last nine balls.

The New Zealand star tripped on the boundary rope while trying to collect the ball and promptly fell backward.

Instead of dismissing Stokes, the result was that he gave him six more runs, giving England a second opportunity. England, consequently, won the World Cup. 

The end of Craig Kieswetter’s career in one blow

Craig Kieswetter, one of England’s emerging talents and the hero of his team’s success in the 2010 T20 World Cup, decided to retire after an unfortunate on-field mishap in which the ball struck him in the eye and nose during a county play. 

The Death of Phillip Hughes

Phillip Hughes, who was just 25 years old at the time, suffered a blow to the side of the head, behind the helmet, from a bouncer, which ultimately proved fatal. Phillip Hughes had a cerebral hemorrhage during a match for the Sydney Shield when he was injured after missing a hook, and the ball hit him in the head. He was declared dead two days later.

Many similarities between reality TV and sports may be drawn. Players’ passions are at full throttle, and their want to win is as intense as a raging inferno. When you consider the amount of preparation and focus cricket players put into every game, it’s clear that losing is no consolation for their effort.

These terrible moments—some too literal and long-lasting, others too transitory in nature—have shown that the performance of the cricketer and the team, rather than winning every match and every trophy, is what endures in the hearts of the spectators. 

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