20 Best Live Cricket Online Moments to Watch Again

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Cricket is replete with moments of outrageous brilliance and bonafide success stories to remind me, you, and all of us that it is a sport that keeps on giving. Thanks to the the Internet, it has also become easier for those moments to be revisited time and again, to take us on a nostalgic trip down the line. Here we list the 20 best live cricket online moments to watch again.

20. Best Live Cricket Online Moments to Watch Again: India’s Winning Celebration in Adelaide 2004

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If you go by statistics, this was a forgettable India-Australia series where batsmen dominated against lesser quality bowlers. But in hindsight, the programming couldn’t have been any better as Rahul Dravid, after a magical double century in the first inning, hit a winning four in the second and landed the ultimate sucker punch. It is still a game celebrated widely as one of India’s finest victories overseas.

19. Best Live Cricket Online Moments to Watch Again: Javed Miandad’s Six to Win Austral-Asia Cup

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In the historic Austral-Asia Cup final in April 1986, Javed Miandad hit a six that changed the Indo-Pak rivalry forever. On a hot day in Sharjah, stands were packed to the rafters when Chetan Sharma came out to bowl the final over. Miandad was calm as ever and hit Sharma for a six on the very last ball to extend Pakistan’s domination that went on for a while. India and Pakistan have played multiple matches beforehand but none so enigmatic and poetic.

18. Best Live Cricket Online Moments to Watch Again: Sachin Tendulkar Hitting His First ODI Double Hundred

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When we discuss records, the first name that usually comes up is that of Sachin Tendulkar. And when he hit the maiden ODI double hundred, the world came to a standstill, quite literally, on the evening of February 24, 2010. There had been many great ODI knocks but none of them could compare to the atrocity Tendulkar inflicted on South Africa, who looked completely bereft of oomph in Gwalior that day. Easily a must-watch. Also, it’s available on YouTube.

17. Best Live Cricket Online Moments to Watch Again: Michael Holding’s Speech On Racism

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There has been a public outcry when it comes to institutionalized racism prevalent in England, South Africa, and many parts of the world, but the definitive cricket speech on this issue was given by the inimitable Michael Holding at the resumption of international cricket in England after the COVID-19 pandemic hiatus. Holding broke the story down into multiple pieces and spoke about the importance of education that would keep institutionalized racism at bay. You can’t miss this.

16. Best Live Cricket Online Moments to Watch Again: Sunil Gavaskar Scaling Mt. 10000

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Gavaskar’s importance to an Indian identity was way more than what meets the eye and that is exactly the peak Indians could be calling their own when he became the first man to do so. There had been many great batsmen before him but as Sir Viv Richards said, there were none like Gavaskar. It was a proud moment for every Indian cricket fan who witnessed the Little Master in action on his way to the landmark against Pakistan in Ahmedabad in March 1987.

15. Best Live Cricket Online Moments to Watch Again: Ben Stokes’ Leeds Fightback

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Come-from-behind wins achieved a legendary status the other day when Ben Stokes, in the company of Jack Leech, did something no one really imagined was possible. If the bolt-from-the-blue impossibility defined Kusal Perera’s innings in Durban a few months ago, Stokes’ knock was more romantic, simply because it was the Ashes.

14. Best Live Cricket Online Moments to Watch Again: Sheldon Cottrell’s Salute Celebration

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This is a favorite of many fans. Cottrell not only took the World Cup by storm last year, but what burst onto the scene a year before made him such a likeable character. As a tribute to the Jamaican Defense Force (JDF) where he worked previously and took part in many of its celebrations, Cottrell made it a point to do the salute celebration every time he dismissed someone, irrespective of the game situation. Even in the ongoing IPL, this has become a rage among many cricket fans and I’m sure you will enjoy it to the core if you check this out on YouTube.

13. Best Live Cricket Online Moments to Watch Again: Sourav Ganguly’s Shirtless Celebration at Lord’s

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You know Ganguly and you know what he is capable of. His shirtless celebration at Lord’s after India’s NatWest Series win in 2002 can never be pushed down, especially because it was done after a historic Indian triumph—the context became even greater. After Yuvraj Singh and Mohammed Kaif revived India’s hopes and then as India ultimately sealed the deal, Ganguly was certainly elated, leaving everyone in surprise.

12. Best Live Cricket Online Moments to Watch Again: Sachin Tendulkar’s Upper Cut Off Shoaib Akhtar

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It is one of the most courageous shots ever played, simply because of the majesty involved in the equation. Tendulkar had a number of face-offs with the likes of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Muttiah Muralitharan, Curtly Ambrose, and Glenn McGrath but somehow, that particular shot rose to prominence as one of the finest ever played. He rocked back as Akhtar ran in; Tendulkar then repositioned himself before he threw his bat in the direction of the slip cordon to guide it over the third man. Given the legendary status the shot has reached, why would anyone want to miss that?

11. Best Live Cricket Online Moments to Watch Again: Ricky Ponting Gets a Standing Ovation

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There have been many emotional farewells in world cricket but there is a certain sense of allure in the guard of honor that Ricky Ponting received from fans and the South African cricket team. One of the mightiest cricketers of his generation, Ponting was saying goodbye to the sport after enduring a tough run of form but the emotion that emerged that day from everyone in Perth was real. A superstar was bidding goodbye and it was the end of an era, quite earnestly.

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10. Best Live Cricket Online Moments to Watch Again: Irfan Pathan’s Hat-Trick Against Pakistan

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Pakistan might have made a stunning comeback in that Test thanks to a brave and fighting knock from Kamran Akmal, but history will remember the game as Irfan Pathan’s biggest claim to fame. Dismissing Salman Butt, Younis Khan, and Mohammad Yousuf in the very first over of the Test to record a hat-trick, Pathan ensured that the Karachi Test of 2006 will be etched in everyone’s memory. Go and watch it if you haven’t already.

9. Best Live Cricket Online Moments to Watch Again: Jim Laker’s 19-Wicket Haul Against Australia

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What Anil Kumble achieved against Pakistan in Delhi was definitely great, but then how can we explain the genius of Jim Laker against the Aussies?

After picking 11 wickets in the previous encounter at Headingley during the 1956 Ashes, Laker did something in the next Test that possibly can never be recreated again. He dismantled Australia with 9/37 in the first innings and then became the first bowler in Test history to claim all 10 wickets in a single inning. A total of 19 scalps in a single Test match. Just think of it.

8. Best Live Cricket Online Moments to Watch Again: Shane Warne’s Ball of the Century

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Also known as the Gatting Ball, Shane Warne’s ball of the century is one of the finest representations of the art of the leg spin—an art that was almost lost into oblivion before returning to the cricketing consciousness when the magician bowled that particular delivery to Englishman Mike Gatting at Old Trafford, Manchester. The prodigious turn that was on offer with that delivery spoke of the monumental gift that Warne possessed and as Sourav Ganguly said years later, it was one delivery that made English cricket lose the Ashes for the next one-and-a-half decade. If you haven’t watched it yet, what are you doing here then? Go and watch it already—you won’t regret it.

7. Best Live Cricket Online Moments to Watch Again: 2019 World Cup Final

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The reason why randomness has been kept in order is because it is really tough to choose one moment and position them accordingly. Some of these moments transcend time and end up as the historic touching stone for ages. You can never quantify them. The 2019 World Cup final was a rollicking affair to say the least. Yes, New Zealand suffered the wrath of fate but hey, life happens like that. Doesn’t it? Kudos to the Kiwi boys for keeping their calm and accepting the result as it is.

6. Best Live Cricket Online Moments to Watch Again: Anil Kumble’s 10-wicket Haul Against Pakistan

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This is again another moment from the historic 1999-2000 Test series between two arch-rivals that has a page of its own in cricket history and possibly for the discourse of India and Pakistan’s parallel cricketing journey. Anil Kumble dismantling the Pakistani batting line-up with a perfect 10 of his own is not only a moment to savor for the audacity of it, but also for the fact that this extremely rare feat has only been achieved twice in Test cricket. This, in my opinion, is a must-watch and is also available on YouTube.

5. Best Live Cricket Online Moments to Watch Again: AB de Villiers Scoring the Fastest ODI Century

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Against West Indies in 2015, De Villiers, the former South Africa captain, showed perhaps the best example of range-hitting and, in the process, he beat Corey Anderson’s record of the fastest century in ODIs. More than that, the way he paced his innings and made the Windies bowlers his bunny stood out. The fans can never have enough of it.

4. Best Live Cricket Online Moments to Watch Again: Kevin Pietersen’s 149 in Headingley

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There have been many great innings of Kevin Pietersen. That 186 in Mumbai or the 158 at The Oval, but the Headingley one against South Africa in 2012 stands out as one of the most defining innings in Test Cricket. From Dale Steyn to Vernon Philander to Morne Morkel, South Africa has had some of the finest pacers of their time but KP didn’t care. It was easily one of the solid and most fluent centuries of all time, adding to his growing legend post his sub-continent heroics.

3. Best Live Cricket Online Moments to Watch Again: Sachin Tendulkar’s Stunning ‘Desert Storm’

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We are now accustomed to the flat decks of Sharjah in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), but remember, the real romance of the venue was actually lit up in the 1990s during the Sharjah Cup tournament. And when Sachin Tendulkar smashed the Aussies to smithereens with his magnificent display of batting maturity, the day went straight into the public consciousness and remained a constant for years and years to come. As we sit at home and move through the Internet, can this be a bad time to watch/re-watch the innings? (Psst, the answer is no.)

2. Best Live Cricket Online Moments to Watch Again: Yuvraj Singh’s Six Sixes

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Going down on his knee and then smashing those audacious shots, Yuvraj Singh owned the stage in Durban in the way only he can. The rage was real and so was the phenomenon as Stuart Broad ensured every single shot would be out of his reach. Broad was dejected, England’s morale was down, and Yuvraj etched his name into the history books. 

1. Best Live Cricket Online Moments to Watch Again: Standing Ovation at Chennai

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This will never get old, will it? Every single day, when the geo-political tensions between India and Pakistan are rising at a rapid pace, the Chennai Test of 1999 stands tall as the hinge point of India-Pakistan cricket history. After defying a certain Sachin Tendulkar century, Pakistan secured a historic win. Far away from their home ground, they saw something that still gives a lump in every cricket fan’s throat. ‘The knowledgeable Chennai crowd’ stood up on their seats and applauded in unison for what was one of the greatest shows of the spirit of cricket. Pakistan duly responded and took a victory lap. What a beautiful moment it was in the cricketing relationship of the two countries!

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