Cricket is not always such a gentlemanly game, with players, coaches and others often getting involved in unsavoury incidents that do not show the sport or themselves in a good light.
From match-fixing to fights, from ball tampering to arguments and everything in between, cricket has seen just about everything over the past few centuries.
One recent controversy was the no-balling of Muttiah Muralitharan in the 1995 Boxing Day Test for throwing, something that is still a hot topic to this day.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at 10 controversial moments in the history of cricket, some of which have lasted long in the memory.
Hansie Cronje Match-Fixing (2000)
Perhaps one of the most infamous episodes in the sport’s history came in South Africa, when Proteas captain Hansie Cronje conspired with a bookmaker to engineer a result in a Test.
That game, against England at Centurion in 2000, was lauded at the time for its positive thinking and attempts to entertain after three days were lost to rain.
However, Cronje’s involvement in match-fixing came to light a few months later, and he resigned in disgrace before being banned from the sport for life.
Michael Atherton’s ‘Dirt in the Pocket’ (1995)
South Africa were back at Lord’s for the first time since being reintegrated into international cricket, but their great day was overshadowed by a member of the home side.
England captain Michael Atherton was caught on camera appearing to alter the condition of the ball, but he denied all knowledge of deliberately tampering with it.
He was eventually fined for his misconduct, and the incident left a sour taste in many mouths.
Darrell Hair No-Balls Muttiah Muralitharan (1995)
In the Boxing Day Test of 1995, umpire Darrell Hair called seven no-balls on Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan in the space of three overs.
Hair believed the off-spinner was deliberately throwing the ball, and it incensed Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga so much that he took his players off the pitch temporarily.
It was not the last time Muralitharan was called for throwing by an umpire, but after ICC testing, his arm was shown to be flexed within the legal limit of 15 degrees.
Mike Denness vs. India (2001)
Match referee Mike Denness came in for some heavy criticism in 2001, as he banned six India players after what he deemed to be bad behaviour in their Test away to South Africa.
The most notable was Sachin Tendulkar, who was charged with ball tempering and suspended for one game.
That accusation was the most controversial, with Denness and the ICC being accused of racism and a bias against India.
Denness was removed as match referee for the following game, and the match was deemed as an unofficial Test in the aftermath.
Pakistan Spot-Fixing (2010)
In 2010, the world of cricket was shaken to its very foundations as three Pakistan cricketers—Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir and Salman Butt—were implicated for spot-fixing.
After a sting by the News of the World, the three were found to have conspired to deliberately bowl no balls during a Test against England at The Oval.
They were all banned for varying amounts of time for one of the biggest scandals to hit Test cricket in recent years.
Cricket World Cup Boycotts of Zimbabwe and Kenya (2003)
As the 2003 Cricket World Cup arrived in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya, there were serious concerns raised about the latter two countries for various reasons.
Zimbabwe’s human rights abuses were well documented, and after long discussions, England boycotted their game in the country, a decision that cost them dearly as they were knocked out.
In addition, fears over security in Kenya led New Zealand to forfeit their game, which cost the Black Caps points and helped the Kenyans reach the semifinals.
Steve Bucknor Sacked from Umpiring Test Match (2008)
On their tour of Australia in the 2007-08 season, India objected to a number of the decisions made by umpire Steve Bucknor in Sydney.
Still one of the most respected umpires in the game, it was a surprise when Bucknor was removed from the third Test in Perth at the request of India’s cricket board. It was unprecedented, and he would retire in early 2009 after a long career in the game.
Andrew Symonds and Harbhajan Singh Race Row (2008)
During that Sydney game, Andrew Symonds and Harbhajan Singh were involved in a spat at the wicket, with Symonds accusing Harbhajan of using a racist term towards him.
Harbhajan was banned for three games but later acquitted at an ICC hearing, and it came as part of a tense series, with neither side coming out well in this particular incident.
Tony Greig: ‘I Intend to Make Them Grovel’ (1976)
England captain Tony Greig was unconvinced by the West Indies in the buildup to their 1976 Test series, and made a comment he would live to regret before it began.
He said that he wanted to make the West Indians “grovel” on BBC’s Sportsnight (h/t ESPN) an unfortunate turn of phrase that conjured up images of slavery. It served as a great motivator for the West Indies, who won handily 3-0.
Ricky Ponting Run out by Gary Pratt (2005)
During the 2005 Ashes series, England made liberal use of fielding substitutions against Australia, especially for their tired bowlers.
Things came to a head when Baggy Green captain Ricky Ponting was run out by one of those substitutes, Durham’s Gary Pratt and let forth a tirade of abuse.
Ponting directed his frustrations at England coach Duncan Fletcher, who smiled back, with the Australian seemingly unaware that Simon Jones was off the field for a serious injury.
10 players who died on the playing field
We’ll leave you with a list of the most impacting deaths which occurred either during or as a result of a game of football.
The Sevilla player died on the 28th of August 2007, three days after playing a league game between Sevilla and Getafe. During the game he fainted, and had to be substituted. Despite the fact he re-gained consciousness and was able to walk off the pitch himself, he again lost consciousness in the changing room and, eventually, died as a result of a postanoxic encephalopathy in the hospital.
Feher died on the 25th of January 2004, aged 24, whilst he played for Benfica against Vitoria de Guimaraes. Feher collapsed on the pitch, after starting to walk slowly and making an effort to keep playing. He died as a result of a pulmonary embolism.
Foe died on the 26th of June 2003, whilst he was representing Cameroon, during a game against Columbia in France. He collapsed suddenly on the pitch, as a result of a heart attack, due to an inflammation of the right ventricle.
Morosini died on the 14th of April 2012, after suffering a heart attack in the middle of a game between Livorno and Pescara. Morosini was taken to the hospital in a critical state, but they couldn’t do anything to save his life.
Jose Antonio Gallardo
Gallardo suffered a bang to the head during a gave between Celta Vigo and Malaga. The keeper recovered without problems, but 17 days later he fell into a coma as a result of the bang. A week later, on the 8th of January 1988, he died.
Marcio Dos Santos
He died on the 28th of October 2002, not long after playing a game between Deportivo Wanka and Alianza Lima. In fact, Marcio scored the winning goal for his team. Before the game he hadn’t been feeling well, and his doctor prescribed him tablets for his head ache. Finally, he died in the clubs hotel after suffering a heart attack.
Pamic suffered a heart attack whilst playing a friendly with NK Istra in Maruzni, on the 22nd of June 2013. He had a long history of cardiac problems and it wasn’t the first time he had collapsed on the pitch, but the medics let him continue with his career. On this occasion however, he couldn’t carry on and he died.
The 23-year-old midfielder of Bethlehem Vengthlang in India, died on the 19th of October 2014 after suffering serious damage to his dorsal spine after trying to celebrate with a backflip when he scored a goal.
The 27-year-old footballer died after fainting and passing away during a game, whilst playing for Atletico Parana against Boca Unidos, on the 24th of May 2015.
The goalkeeper of CSKA Moscow Serhiy Perkhun died ten days after entering into a coma, on the 29th of August 2001, following a big knock to the head after accidentally colliding with a rival player, during a game in the Russian league.
Top 10 Fastest Runners In The World.
Running is a method of terrestrial locomotion allowing humans and other animals to move rapidly on foot. Running is a type of gait characterized by an aerial phase in which all feet are above the ground (though there are exceptions). This is in contrast to walking, where one foot is always in contact with the ground, the legs are kept mostly straight and the center of gravity vaults over the stance leg or legs in an inverted pendulum fashion. A feature of a running body from the viewpoint of spring-mass mechanics is that changes in kinetic and potential energy within a stride occur simultaneously, with energy storage accomplished by springy tendons and passive muscle elasticity. The term running can refer to any of a variety of speeds ranging from jogging to sprinting. It is assumed that the ancestors of humankind developed the ability to run for long distances about 2.6 million years ago, probably in order to hunt animals. Competitive running grew out of religious festivals in various areas. Records of competitive racing date back to the Tailteann Games in Ireland between 632 BCE and 1171 BCE, while the first recorded Olympic Games took place in 776 BCE. Running has been described as the world’s most accessible sport.
Richard “Torpedo” Thompson (born 7 June 1985) is a sprinter from Trinidad and Tobago who specializes in the 100 meters. His personal best of 9.82 seconds, set in June 2014, was one of the top ten fastest of all time, and a national record. In the 200 meters, he has the fourth-fastest time by a Trinidad and Tobago athlete. Thompson studied at Louisiana State University (LSU) and broke the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) indoor 60 meters record in 2008, his final season of collegiate athletics. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Thompson was the silver medalist in the 100 meters, running a then-personal best of 9.89 seconds, and the 4×100 meters relay along with Emmanuel Callender, Keston Bledman, and Marc Burns. He also won the silver medal in the 4×100 meters at the 2012 Olympics with the same team he competed in the 2008 Olympics with. Also in the 2012 Olympics, he finished 6th following the disqualification of Tyson Gay in the final of the 100 meters. Thompson is a five-time Trinidad and Tobago national champion. His current personal best of 9.82 was set at the 2014 Trinidad and Tobago national championships.
Steve Mullings (born 28 November 1982) is a Jamaican former sprint athlete who specialized in the 100 and 200 meters events and in 2011 was given a lifetime ban for doping. Mullings began his international athletics career with a bronze medal win in the 100 m at the Pan American Junior Championships. At the 2004 national championship, he made his first impact in senior athletics, setting new bests of 10.04 and 20.22 in the sprints, and finishing as the 200 m national champion. This earned him qualification into the 2004 Summer Olympics, but he was withdrawn from the competition after his sample from the national championships tested positive for banned substances. After his B sample also tested positive for testosterone, he was banned from competition for two years and his results between mid-2004 and 2005 were removed from the record.
Maurice Greene (born July 23, 1974) is an American former track and field sprinter who specialized in the 100 meters and 200 meters. He is a former 100 m world record holder with a time of 9.79 seconds. During the height of his career (1997–2004) he won four Olympic medals and was a five-time World Champion. This included three golds at the 1999 World Championships, a feat which had previously only been achieved by Carl Lewis and Michael Johnson and has since been equaled by three others. His career was affected by a number of injuries from 2001 onwards, although he won the 100 meters bronze and silver in the sprint relay at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Greene was also successful indoors: he was the 1999 Indoor World Champion, was the world record holder in the 60-meter dash for nearly 20 years, and remains the joint-fastest man over 50 meters. He raced sparingly after an injury in 2005 and officially retired in 2008. Over his career, he made the third most sub-10-second runs (52) in the 100m, tied with Usain Bolt, and only surpassed by Asafa Powell and Justin Gatlin.
Nesta Carter (born October 11, 1985) is a Jamaican sprinter who specializes in the 100 meters event. Carter has been successful as part of the Jamaican 4 x 100 meters relay team, taking gold and setting successive world records at the 2011 World Championships and 2012 London Olympics. He also won a 4 x 100m silver medal at the 2007 World Championship and a gold at the 2015 World Championships. On August 11, 2013, Carter secured an individual 100m World Championship bronze medal in Moscow, behind Justin Gatlin and teammate Usain Bolt. He followed this with another gold in the 4 x 100 meters relay. In August 2010 he became only the fifth sprinter to run the 100 meters in less than 9.8 seconds. His current 100m personal best of 9.78 ranks him as the sixth fastest man of all time, behind fellow Jamaicans Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, and Asafa Powell, and Americans Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin.
Christian Coleman (born March 6, 1996) is a currently suspended American professional track and field sprinter who competes in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash. He is the current world champion in the 100 meters. He was a double medallist at the World Championships in Athletics in 2017, winning silver medals in both the 100 m and 4 × 100-meter relays. He holds personal records of 9.76 seconds for the 100 m and 19.85 for the 200 m and is also the world indoor record holder for the 60-meter dash with 6.34 seconds. He was IAAF Diamond League champion in 2018 and the world number one ranked runner in the 100 m for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Coleman represented the United States in the relay at the 2016 Summer Olympics, competing in the heats only. He was the gold medallist in the 60 m at the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships and is a two-time American national champion, having won the 60 m in 2018 and 100 m in 2019. Coleman competed collegiately for the Tennessee Volunteers and won five NCAA titles indoors and out, including American collegiate record performances in both the 100 m and 60 m.
Justin Gatlin (born February 10, 1982) is an American sprinter who specializes in the 100 and 200 meters events. He is a 5-time Olympic medalist and a 12-time World Championship medalist. He is the 2004 Olympic Champion in the 100 meters, the 2005 and 2017 100 meters World Champion, and the 2005 World Champion in the 200 meters. Gatlin is a two-time 60 meters World Champion in 2003 and 2012, and 2019 4 x 100 meters World Champion. Gatlin was banned from competing between 2006 and 2010 by USADA for failing a drug test, testing positive for testosterone. A five-time Olympic medalist, Justin Gatlin’s personal best of 9.74 seconds ranks fifth on the all-time list of male 100-meter athletes. He is a two-time 100m World Champion and a two-time indoor World Champion in the 60-meter dash in 2003 and 2012, and won both the 100 meters and 200 meters at the 2005 World Championships. Gatlin is also a World Champion in the 4 x 100 meters relay, which the United States of America team won at the 2019 World Championships.
Asafa Powell, CD (born 23 November 1982) is a Jamaican sprinter who specializes in 100 meters. He set the 100 meters world record twice, between June 2005 and May 2008 with times of 9.77 and 9.74 seconds. Powell has consistently broken the 10-second barrier in competition, with his personal best of 9.72 s ranking fourth on the all-time list of male 100-meter athletes. As of 1 September 2016, Powell has broken the ten-second barrier more times than anyone else—97 times. He currently holds the world record for the 100-yard dash with a time of 9.09 s, set on 27 May 2010 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. At the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, he won a gold medal in the 4 x 100 meters relay. Powell competed in the 100 m at 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympics, finishing fifth in 2004 and 2008 and eighth after injuring his groin during the race in 2012. At the 2007 Osaka World Championships, he won a bronze and a silver medal in the 100 m and 4 x 100 m relay respectively, and he was successful at the Commonwealth Games, winning two golds and one silver medal. At the 2009 World Championships, he won the 100 m bronze and relay gold. Powell has won five times at the IAAF World Athletics Final and was the former 100 m world record holder in the event.
Yohan Blake (born 26 December 1989), is a Jamaican sprinter of the 100-meter and 200-meter sprint races. He won gold at the 100 m at the 2011 World Championships as the youngest 100 m world champion ever, and a silver medal in the 2012 Olympic Games in London in the 100 m and 200 m races for the Jamaican team. Blake is the second fastest man ever in both 100 m and 200 m. Together with Tyson Gay, he is the joint second-fastest man ever over 100 m with a personal best of 9.69 seconds which he ran on 23 August 2012. Only Usain Bolt has run faster. His personal best for the 200 m (19.26 seconds) is the second-fastest time ever after Bolt (19.19 seconds). He holds the Jamaican national junior record for the 100 meters, and was formerly the youngest sprinter to have broken the 10-second barrier (at 19 years, 196 days). He was coached by Glen Mills until 2019, his training partners were Usain Bolt and Daniel Bailey.
Tyson Gay (born August 9, 1982) is an American track and field sprinter who competes in the 100 and 200 meters dash. His 100 m personal best of 9.69 seconds is the American record and makes him tied for the second-fastest athlete ever, along with Yohan Blake. Gay has won numerous medals in major international competitions, including a gold medal sweep of the 100 m, 200 m, and 4 × 100 m relay at the 2007 Osaka World Championships. This made him the second man to win all three events at the same World Championships, after Maurice Greene (Usain Bolt duplicated the feat two years later). Gay is a four-time U.S. champion in the 100 m. At the 2008 Olympic Trials, he ran a wind-assisted 9.68 seconds in the 100 m. Days later, he suffered a severe hamstring injury in the 200 m trials and did not win any medals at the Beijing Olympics. His performance of 9.71 seconds to win the 100 m silver medal in the 2009 World Championships is the fastest non-winning time for the event.
Usain St Leo Bolt, born 21 August 1986) is a Jamaican retired sprinter, widely considered to be the greatest sprinter of all time. He is a world record holder in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 4 × 100 meters relay. An eight-time Olympic gold medallist, Bolt is the only sprinter to win Olympic 100 m and 200 m titles at three consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012, and 2016). He also won two 4 × 100 relay gold medals. He gained worldwide fame for his double sprint victory in world record times at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which made him the first person to hold both records since fully automatic time became mandatory. An eleven-time World Champion, he won consecutive World Championship 100 m, 200 m, and 4 × 100 meters relay gold medals from 2009 to 2015, with the exception of a 100 m false start in 2011. He is the most successful athlete of the World Championships. Bolt is the first athlete to win four World Championship titles in the 200 m and is one of the most successful in the 100 m with three titles. Bolt improved upon his second 100 m world record of 9.69 with 9.58 seconds in 2009 – the biggest improvement since the start of electronic timing.
Top 10 Finishing Action Moves of WWE Wrestlers upto 2021
As in other professional wrestling promotions, WWE shows are not legitimate contests, but entertainment-based performance theater, featuring storyline-driven, scripted, and partially-choreographed matches. However, matches often include moves that can put performers at risk of injury, even death, if not performed correctly. The pre-determined aspect of wrestling was publicly acknowledged by WWE’s owner Vince McMahon in 1989 in order to avoid taxes from athletic commissions. WWE brands its product as sports entertainment, acknowledging wrestling’s roots in competitive sport and dramatic theater.
Spear – Roman Reigns
Spear of Roman Reigns is really dangerous for any wrestler.With this spear Roman Reigns has become Universal,WWE, United States and Inter Continental champion and also beat the phenom,the dead man “The Undertaker”.So according my considering spear of Roman Reigns is the best move in WWE.
I think roman’s move should be on top because he has beaten the undertaker triple h john cena and almost all legends.
It’s the reign of BIG DOG
The spear delivered by roman is really tough and disastorouS its enough to take on big guys like lesnar l am talking about 2012 and 2013 but now the wwe has toned his finisher and now it is the most protected finisher in wwe even more than AA because it proved brutal for the opponents goldberg spear went to the summit because those days mostly all matches werent scripted.Thank u#WWE IS FAKE
Bill Goldberg is the best at the spear and the spear is the best move Roman is the second best at the spear.
619 – Rey Mysterio
The 619 should be number 1 because it’s so cool I’d like to try to do it on my friend and I’m a fan of Rey mysterio since I’m 6 years old. And I wish they will bring him back on WWE 2k17. I also wish he would make a surprise entrance at royal rumble 2017 at entry number 30
But this finisher only can be done in the ring…like other finisher they can do anywhere
A just all-around amazing move from this amazing wrestler. One of the greatest luchador wrestlers of all time.
It is awesome move. Also a cool name like 619.I love it. Also many WWE fans
Attitude Adjustment – John Cena
I like FU because John Cena can do it very night. Like he Fu The Big Show He was like The Greatest of the world John Cena says that he will never give up. Until he will get the Champion Belt and keep that gold belt. We love you John Cena! He jumps over the head of opponent, put him on his solder and through him to the ring, he did that so flawless, even he did it with many of heavy weighted superstars too… Superb john.. Keep it up!
This moves is amazing. Cena does great, specially when he does it to the likes of Big Show, Mark Henry and Khali. I’ve also seen him picking up some of his opponents with one harm, AMAZING! Attitude adjustment is the best, hurting lower back, head and knees all at once truly devastative… No opponent of John Cena has ever been able to stand up after getting hit by it…
Sweet Chin Music – Shawn Michaels
Simply the best MOVE ever, nobody could do it and bring such a sense of reality like Shawn Michaels, it really looked like he just turned their faces to frying pans. The allure, the set up, the selling, even the sound of it rocked. You’re Still missed Shawn <3, you’re the best ever.
It had a great name, it could be performed almost anywhere, it was used by the best wrestler of all time. What more so you want?
One of the best finishers in history, not to mention that it is by the best wrestler in history
There’s no question.. Sweet Chin Music is without doubt the best finishing move in the history of WWE..
Rock Bottom – The Rock
It is the best ever finishing maneuver in entire WWE history… This is a form of side Slam but not just that much… Breaking down the opponent’s momentum and lifting him and hitting a Rock Bottom destroys the opponent!
It is the most electrifying move in wwe history no one can stand up in this move.
Through this move many of the best wrestler loose like: John Cena, Randy, Bigshow, Rey mysterio Hulk Hogan& many other wrestler
It is a very complicated move and it could go wrong but it does a lot of damage to the opposition and when they are on the floor you could easily pin them out to win the match and claim the WWE champion.
It is awesome move. It’s powerful, impacting, dangerous, disastrous and most important the most electrifying sportsman in sports entertainment performs it – “The ROCK”
Pedigree – Triple H
Is there anything more impactful or intimidating then the idea of being planted face first to the mat and having your arms locked too so you can’t get out. TRIPLE H is a great wrestler. His pedigree is so dangerous. He is number 1 and he is awesome
I gave this move to my cousin on pillow but still he cried for an hour with his face red. Pedigree it’s my favorite best luck for team authority.
F-5 – Brock Lesnar
F5 can be performed any where and can be as dangerous as the performer want with this move brock really hurt and injured the best in wwe and without Brock Lesnar no one can match to this move. Because every thing he did matched him.
Even Dangerous than a level f5 tornado.. ! Basically a dangerous fire mans carry face buster move, Breaks Ribs, Faces, shoulders and K. Os.. and Looks very Cool. It is one of best moves I have ever seen. He carries him, twists him in the air and the opponent falls on his face! F5 is very painful that is why all wrestlers that are fighting with Brock Lesnar give up.
Stone Cold Stunner – Steve Austin
Yes it can hurt you but it’s not banned in 7 states so what does that tell you! I have super huge respects for the rick slap and the iron claw by the von erichs (for the young ones who don’t know) but pound for pound the stunner is only one of very very few moves to ever be outlawed! I’m not older than dirt, just old enough to know I can talk abd walk my opinion!
Best part is you can do it anywhere to anyone. 619 relies on your opponent being in the ring. Tombstone Pile-driver requires your opponent to be light enough to lift up (doubt that Big Show for example can be pile-driven with ease).
It is one of the strongest wrestling moves not to mention it bodes well with his personality. Stone cold suits his move extremely well and h mixes a taunt with it as well. His signature/finisher move actually does what his move says which helps your cause, it seems quite simple. Toughest, quickest and the most stylish finishing move.. This should be on the top… I feel rko is a sloppy version of stone cold stunner.
RKO – Randy Orton
It’s my favorite finisher because of how simple yet effective it is. It’s extremely versatile and can be used in many scenarios. I think that Tombstone and pedigree can’t get to RKO because RKO is far more quick and Randy can perform it hundreds of times without being tired because it doesn’t take any power of him + one of shortest time requiring move in WWE just like giving a kick to someone!
Best wrestler ever should be first because the undertaker is now fat and only fights at main events that he did not deserve. Randy orton should of went against roman reighns because he won the rumble but since roman eleminated undertaker they took the main event? what the heck. I think rko is the best because the tombstone only hurt the neck but RKO will affect to the face and neck. So the fighters get pained with RKO so I say RKO is the best. So friends vote to the randy orton’s RKO.
Tombstone Pile-driver – The Undertaker
Tombstone is killer! If I take an rko I think ow and make on, a Batista bomb I think oh I took a powerbomb from Batista the attitude adjustment sucks (sorry it does) the stunner is basically a sitdown RKO so read my RKO review for that one then f-5 is a spinning attitude adjustment then swanton bomb is hard to pull of pedigree looks to ridiculous sweet chin music is a superkick (derp) the rock bottom! It had to be a move where you grab your opponents shoulder lift them by the shoulder and slam them down but the tombstone would give me a concussion so tombstone is best It’s the best move ever performed in wwe performed by the best wrestler in the world. He never lost a single match in wreslemania thanks to tombstone and the hells gate. He is gonna rock in future wrestlemania also.
The 10 Deadliest Submission Moves In WWE History
The history of submission holds in wrestling is a long and storied one. The thought that one opponent could stretch another until they say uncle was an appealing way to not just beat your opponent but embarrass them too. At first, they were rudimentary and like a lot of moves from way back, look a little ridiculous. However, if you squeeze or yank hard enough, wrestlers could really hurt you with moves like the Bear Hug, the Claw, or The Sleeper (which really looked like they could decimate a man).
As the business has evolved, as well as real fight sports, these basic finishers, while still damaging, have given way to far more complex and diverse submission maneuvers that get the crowds right off their feet. When we suspend disbelief in this world, the level of pain these moves must feel like if properly applied would cause anyone to tap out. Here are The 10 Deadliest Submission Moves In WWE History, Ranked. Special shout out to moves like Tajiri’s Tarantula and Bret Hart’s Figure Four around the ring post. They’d both have spots on this list if not for them both being illegal.
The Stump Puller
It’s a bully move fit for a real nasty heel. That’s why it worked so well for Matt Borne during his days as Doink The Clown. He’d sit on his opponent’s shoulders keeping their arms at bay and then grab their leg and then do exactly what the name of the move implies. He’d pull the stump as hard as he could. The move clearly is too sadistic for anyone to utilize today. It hasn’t been seen before or since the evil clown did it.
Speaking of Bret Hart, when he embarked on his singles career, he borrowed the Scorpion Death Lock from Sting. He dubbed his version the Sharpshooter and wrestling fans have been enthralled by it ever since. Being a better technical wrestler than Sting allowed for Bret to lock the move in all kinds of interesting ways.
The move has become a staple of the Hart Family and family friend Cesaro, who usually locks his version after spinning his foe around the ring about 65 times first.
Only from the mind of Mick Foley, who was not a master technician, would a submission move so vile come from. He adopted the Mandible Claw from an old school wrestler, Sam Shepard, the real-life inspiration for The Fugitive TV series and movie. Foley would popularize the move while wearing a sock on his hand. But we all know that tanking down a guy’s throat is a much more jarring sight than Mr. Socko.
One of the coolest things Paige did in her short WWE career was reintroduce the WWE Universe to Bull Nakano’s Angelito submission. Paige called her version the PTO. It’s one of the most inventive submissions of all time. Essentially an inverted Sharpshooter / Surfboard hybrid, if it’s locked in properly, there’s a huge amount of torque being applied on an opponent’s arms, legs, and back – so basically everything. With no escape in sight, anyone would have to tap from it.
The Black Widow
AJ Lee might wind up going down as the smallest wrestler ever that wasn’t classified as a “little person.” That didn’t stop the petite pixie from crafting a terrifying submission move, aptly named The Black Widow. Since she was so tiny, any opponent might think they could just heave her around the ring. But once she spun herself around your body, you’d be locked into her vice before you even noticed. One leg sling around your head while she wrenches back on your arm and if you try to move, you would just fall to mat, leaving no choice but to tap.
Once it became established that the Undertaker was far better in the ring than having bigger monsters fed to him, it was on. The Deadman began having all kinds of marquee matches against all sorts of great competitors. He would eventually allow his love of MMA to shine through when he is starting using the Gogoplata submission hold for his own. The Hell’s Gate locks your arm and neck right on top of the Phenom’s shin. Then he pulls on his other leg as hard as he can. Just press on the back of your neck for one second. That discomfort – imagine the Reaper Of Wayward Souls doing that tenfold.
Figure Four / Figure Eight
For nearly forty years, when Ric Flair had you on the mat, grabbed a leg and let out a “Wooo!” You knew that the Figure Four was coming. Now it’s something his daughter Charlotte does before snapping on her variation of the move – the Figure Eight. Over time the move had become a little bit of an inside joke since Ric was too busy putting guys over than actually winning matches with the Figure Four. When Charlotte bridges up on the other hand, if her opponent is nowhere near the ropes, expect the match to be over really quick.
He doesn’t break it out that often anymore, but when a move is associated with Brock Lesnar, it’s a safe bet that it’s going to be a very dangerous submission hold. The Kimura or Key Lock is an MMA move that can legitimately break a fighter’s arm if they’re caught and can’t escape. In storyline, Brock used it to break both Triple H and HBK’s arm. In reality, it’s the same move that eventual Tough Enough winner Daniel Puder caught Kurt Angle with in Puder’s only claim to wrestling fame.
If you can control an opponent’s body, you can more or less do anything you want to them. If you get them in the Ultimo Dragon’s Dragon Sleeper you can do all kinds of irreversible damage. Grab them from the back as if you were going to deliver a Scorpion Death Drop. But instead of driving your opponent into the mat, cinch in on the reverse facelock and yank as hard as you can.
For extra pain, Ultimo and others who have used the move would bring their opponents to a kneeling position where they could dig a knee into the small of their back. If you’ve ever wrestled around with your friends, be careful pulling this move out – it’s the epitome of “Don’t Try This At Home.”
Walls Of Jericho
Chris Jericho is persona non-grata in the WWE these days due to his allegiance with AEW. That doesn’t mean that his variant of the Boston Crab, The Walls Of Jericho isn’t still one of greatest submission finishers in all of wrestling.
The human body isn’t meant to be elevated from its chest with 245 pounds of Chris Jericho leaning into it – knee first. The guy likes to reinvent himself as much as Madonna does and come up with all kinds of finishers, the AEW legend’s original finisher is still his best.
Top 10 Best Fielder in between 2010-2021
What strikes in your mind when you think about cricket? Of course bat, ball, wicket, and players. What all the players you think about? I guess only the prominent batsman and bowlers? But there is the third category of players as well without them batsman and bowlers can’t win and complete the match.
They are fielders! Only a fielder can save runs from batsman bat and can run out the batsman with speedy fielding. Fielders are known for their energy and power. In this article, we will talk about the Top 10 Best Fielders in the World.
The prominent left-arm spin bowler who boasts 2.2 Million Twitter followers is lethal in his batting and fielding too.
His style of catching balls and taking run-outs is uncompetitive. He is a complete package.
All these best fielders in the world have proven the quotation “Catches win Matches” with their style and strategies.
The left-handed batsman of the Indian cricket team who ensures every ball to hit boundaries from his bat doesn’t allow others to hit the boundaries.
His power pack performance at batting and fielding has mesmerized every heart.
He has a record of 150 catches in all the tournaments. However, this talented player is not much active on social media platforms still boasts a huge fan following.
The 6.6 ft tower of the West Indies team is not active on Twitter and other social media platforms.
He has used his long height many times to save the runs just against the boundaries. He is excellent at taking heart taking catches and wickets. He is a complete package of an excellent batsman, a lethal bowler, and a breathtaking fielder.
ODI test captain of Australian team Steven Smith is popular for his aggressive game on the field.
He boasts 1.7 million Twitter followers. His strategic planning on the field has changed many games and turned victory for the team.
The captain of the cricket team, who amazes everyone from his style of batting is nowhere behind when it comes to fielding.
Virat Kohli is very popular and boasts 33.5 million followers on Twitter. He had proven that Indians have the potential to be among the top 10 fielders in the world.
Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis, the rocket man of South African team who has 1.7 million Twitter followers is known for his lethal batting and fielding.
In power play overs, his speedy decision and reactions in fielding have completely changed many games.
Pride of the Australian team Glenn Maxwell, who has never disappointed his team in any way. He is prominently known for his slogs, switch hits and off-spin, his lightning-fast reflexes and of course his commendable flashy fielding.
His historic catches in the Indian Premier League have proved his talent and capabilities. He holds 1.3 Million twitter followers.
Dwayne Bravo is the complete package of the West Indies.
Bravo is known for hitting long-distance sixes and one-handed catches. One of his popular catch against Rajasthan Royals was nominated for the best play award for an American Sports Award. He is not active on Twitter but we wish he joins the platform soon.
Brendon McCullum is the Superman of the New Zealand team. He has always done wonders with his commendable batting and flashy fielding.
He is known for taking impossible catches from behind the wicket and in the field. He boasts a total of 457 dismissals both as a fielder and wicketkeeper. He boats 360k followers on Twitter.
Ab de Villiers
Ab de Villiers is at the top of this list and a player from South Africa. He owns a record of 350+ catches and is known for his spider-man style of catching balls.
His phenomenal performance in the field has made him the best fielder in the world. Villiers boasts 6.9 million followers on Twitter.
Top 10 Best Wicket Keeper in the World
Think about cricket and there are hundreds or thousands of greatest batsmen of all time. But, do you know what are the best wicket-keepers in the world right now? While good wicket-keeping is extensively important in cricket, we often disregard them.
A good wicket-keeper is really important in the sport of cricket because he can change the entire game behind the wickets. While the best wicket-keepers in the world are underrated and don’t gain much fame similar to batsmen, we have created this blog dedicated to some of the best wicket-keepers in the world right now. In this blog post, we looked at the top 10 best wicket keepers in the world – in terms of dismissals in ODI and Test cricket.
One of the most popular names in the sport of cricket, Brendon Barrie McCullum was the captain of New Zealand in all 3 forms of International Cricket at the time he became the first player to score two 20-20 international centuries and 2000 runs. His career was started in 2004 and was on peak till 2016. McCullum participated in 101 Tests and 260 ODI matches. He comes last among the top 10 best wicket keepers in the world.
There are many other brilliant wicket-keepers in Pakistan, but Moin Khan comes 9th on our list of the 10 best wicket keepers in the world. Former team manager of the Pakistan National Team, Moin started his career in 1990 and played his last match in 2004. He appeared for a total of 66 Tests and 219 ODI matches.
Australian wicket-keeper and polished right-handed batsman, Bradley James Haddin made a name by replacing Adam Gilchrist when gilly was injured. The second-only wicket-keeper to claim 5 half-centuries in test series, Brad had an active career from 2008 to 2015 in which he batted in 66 Tests and 115 ODI matches. Cleaning stumps at a lightning speed, Haddin surely deserves 8th place among the top 10 best Wicket Keepers in the World.
Former West Indian wicket-keeper and lower-order batsmen, Peter Jeffrey Leroy Dujon was one of the most brilliant wicket keepers in the world and held the record for the fastest stumping. He started his international career in 1981 which continued to 1991 in which he appeared for 81 Tests and 166 One Day International matches. The way he used to catch balls, he surely deserves a place among the 10 best wicket keepers in the world.
Number six on the list of best wicket keepers in the world, Rodney William Marsh held the record of higher dismissal by the time he retired. In regards to his partnership with Dennis Lillee, Wisden said, “A few partnerships between bowler and wicket-keeper have had a profound impact on the Gentlemen’s Game”. He had an active career from 1970 to 1984 and played 96 Tests and 92 ODI matches.
Coming fifth on the list of the best wicket keepers in the world, Ian Andrew Nealy is also known as ‘Heals’ and holds the world record of highest dismissals in tests at the time of his retirement. A middle-order Australian batsman had an active career from 1988 to 1999 in which he showed in 119 Tests and 168 One Day International matches.
Former Sri Lankan wicketkeeper and captain, Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara is best known for his batting skills and also considered as ‘most skilled and prudent batsman’ in the history of cricket. He had an active career from 2000 to 2015 in which he played 48 test matches and 300 One Day Internationals. With amazing batting on the field, he holds a place among the top 10 best wicket keepers in the world.
Here comes India’s cricket sensation – Mahendra Singh Dhoni also considered as ‘Captain Cool’ for his generous and cool behavior on the field. One of the best wicket keepers in the world, MS Dhoni is popular for giving some greatest finishes in limited-overs. Also listed among the “Most Influential People in The World” by The Time Magazine.
Dhoni has an active career from 2004 to 2020 in which he played 90 Tests and 341 One Day International matches. Fans also regard him as one of the greatest finishers of all time. Although, there is no doubt that Dhoni is one of the best wicket keepers in the world with a lightning stumping speed of 0.08 seconds.
Former Australian wicketkeeper and Captain, Adam Craig Gilchrist names the record of highest dismissal in test cricket by any Australian. Also known as ‘Gilly’, Adam had an active career from 1996 to 2008 in which he participated in 96 Tests and 287 One Day International matches.
Former South African wicketkeeper, Mark Verdon Boucher holds the records of higher dismissals in test cricket. Widely considered as one of the best wicket keepers in the world has an active career from 1997 to 2012 in which he played 147 Tests and 295 One Day Internationals.
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