The Greatest Cricket Matches That Have Become Classics

Last Updated on October 11, 2023 by

Cricket is well-known not only for its popularity (it is second only to football) but also for its long history. The first major cricket match was played in 1836 at 36 Hampton Court Green; unfortunately, there was no modern bookmaker service available at the time to make a bet. 

Since then, cricket has seen many historically significant and spectacular matches. International matches have been played since 1844, and test cricket, albeit retroactively, began in 1877.

Cricket originated in the south-east of England in the 16th century, became a national sport by the 18th century, and gained world fame in the 19th and 20th centuries. Of course, cricket found the greatest love among Indian fans in the 21st century. 

Cricket is governed by the International Cricket Council (ICC), which includes more than a hundred countries and territories, although only twelve play test cricket. It is the second most popular controversial sport in the world, of course not without the help of the aforementioned India with its large population. So, which cricket matches will be remembered as timeless classics?

Australia vs West Indies Cricket Match 1975

“It was a fantastic day for cricket,” said Australia captain Ian Chappell. And imagine how interesting it could be on for betting on the outcome that day. “The top two teams advanced to the final, and it was an incredible game. Of course, I assumed that the World Cup would remain in town indefinitely after that.”

The first World Cup final was an exciting competition attended by the best cricketers of the time as they adapted to the brave new world of one-day cricket.

Clive Lloyd’s bright hundred and Viv Richards’ impressive serve are memorable images, but the Australians did more than their fair share to contribute to the historic event.

Australia vs India 2nd Test Cricket Match Kolkata 2001

VVS Laxman of India approaches the border on his way to a record 281 points during the Second Test Match against Australia at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India, March 11-15, 2001. India won the game by 171 runs, tying the score in the three-match test series at 1-1.

It was most likely the greatest test match ever played. It was most likely the best test innings ever.

The 2001 Border-Gavaskar series lived up to Steve Waugh’s description of it as “the final frontier” for his men.

In context, Australia easily won the first test match in Mumbai and was well ahead in Calcutta. It would be their first test series victory in India in more than three decades.

But VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid overcame a 274-run deficit to make Steve Waugh’s decision to enforce the follow-on look foolish. The match has become so iconic that teams are now hesitant to take the follow-on in case something similar happens.

India vs Sri Lanka Cricket Match 2011

India defeated Sri Lanka in a thrilling final to bring World Cup glory to their cricket-crazed home crowd.

When his team appeared to be stalling in pursuit of Sri Lanka’s 274-6, captain MS Dhoni shifted himself up the order and perfectly timed his team’s run-chase.

Gautam Gambhir’s 97 became a footnote as Dhoni sealed the victory with a six that sailed high into the stands, sparking euphoric celebrations at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.

“It was surreal,” said coach Gary Kirsten, “the culmination of a fantastic three-year journey with the Indian team.”

“They were a talented group of cricketers, and all we had to do was fly in formation. We’d been up and down leading up to the World Cup, but everything came together very nicely.”

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Great matches occur more frequently than you think, but less frequently than you would like. These are real historical events that you can learn a lot about if you’re adventurous enough and don’t mind taking risks. Such matches become legendary due to the titanic efforts of the players, which result in an unexpected ending. Be brave and don’t pass up this opportunity!

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