5. Eng vs WI 2016 T20 World Cup Final
The West Indies started well with Badree bowling Roy for a duck with just the second ball and fellow opener Alex Hales being caught off Andre Russell in the second over. Morgan was caught at slip by Gayle off Badree to leave England at 3/23 after 4.4 overs. Root helped England climb back into the game with 54 off 36, England managed to finish at 155/9 after their 20 overs.
Root was a surprising choice to bowl the second over of the West Indian innings but immediately dismissed both openers, Gayle and Johnson Charles. David Willey subsequently had Simmons out LBW for a golden duck leaving the West Indies 11/3 in the third over. A partnership of 75 between Bravo and Samuels kept the West Indies in the game and they were still in with a chance with 45 runs needed from the last four overs. Nineteen runs behind going into the final over, but Brathwaite hit four consecutive sixes off the first four balls from Ben Stokes to seal the win.
Ben Stokes, in particular, was mentally disabled and down on his knees. At that moment, England fans and the whole cricket world were devastated who saw shattered Stokes. It was one of the saddest heartbreaking moments in cricket
4. SA vs NZ 2015 World Cup Semi-Final
The South African team, is marked as chokers in cricket. However, the word “chokers” set a lot of anxiety on the South African team. Because they never won a World Cup knockout match before. Putting all this aside, South Africa started their knockout journey very confidently, beating Sri Lanka in the quarter-finals. South African players prepared to play the semifinal match against New Zealand with high confidence.
If they win this match, they have a chance to enter the finals for the first time. South Africa will have to defend five runs in the last two balls, all set for a thrilling finish. New Zealand batsman Grant Elliott hit a six to break their heart. He gave New Zealand a thrilling victory by sparing one ball. The South African players, who were devastated by the defeat, burst into tears on the ground. Every Cricket fan who saw the South African players in tears felt very sad. Even New Zealand players felt terrible for them and tried to comfort them. It was one of the most significant heartbreaking moments in Cricket history.
3. Asia Cup 2012 final
Bangladesh defeated India and Sri Lanka to reach the Asia Cup finals for the first time and it seemed like the fairytale for Bangladesh was about to have a sensational ending. The Prime Minister and all prominent celebrities in the country were present in Dhaka.
Bangladesh was chasing 237 runs in the second innings and half-centuries from Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal seemed enough to take them home. But unfortunately, the middle order fell apart. And with four runs to get off the final over, Aizaz Cheema gave just one run away as Pakistan emerged victorious by two runs and the whole stadium was flooding in tears, including the dressing room.
2. Don Bradman’s last innings duck
Donald Bradman is widely regarded as the greatest batter to have played cricket. His never-ending appetite for runs was unreal and to this date, nobody has matched his consistency. Everyone thought that he would end his international career with a bang but unfortunately, it wasn’t the case.
Bradman walked in the middle for the last time during the last Test of the 1948 Ashes series on August 14, 1948. He was out for a second ball-duck.
What makes the entire turn of events even more disheartening is the fact that Bradman needed just four runs to reach an astonishing career average of 100 in Test cricket. However, with that duck, the Aussie finished his career with 6996 runs from 52 Test matches at a stunning average of 99.94.
1. Phillip Hughes’s Death
The Heartbreak Incident took place on November 27, 2014, during a Test match in Australian domestic cricket. Philip Hughes attempted a hook shot to play a giant bouncer by Sean Abbott in the game. However, as he missed, the ball hit his neck directly under his helmet.
Hughes collapsed on the spot and went into a coma. Blood circulation to the head stopped as the nerves near his neck burst. Attempts to keep him alive on the location were in vain. Eventually, the medical team pumped his heart and tried everything, but he didn’t regain consciousness. Immediately took him to the hospital in a helicopter.
Hughes was declared dead at the hospital two days later after receiving no positive reports. Truly this incident shocked everyone. Almost every cricketer cried when his funeral took place on December 3. The death of a talented cricketer at the age of 25 remains a black day in cricket. Hughes, who remained unbeaten on 63 in the match, was declared 63 not out forever by the Tribute.