Iconic moments in cricket
A definitive list of the top 10 most iconic moments in cricket is subjective and can vary depending on personal opinions and perspectives. However, as per our best opinions, here are ten moments that are widely regarded as iconic in the history of cricket:

Top-10 Iconic moments in Cricket

1. Don Bradman’s Final Innings (1948): The legendary Australian cricketer Sir Don Bradman walked out to bat for his final Test innings at The Oval in London, needing just four runs to maintain an average of 100. He was dismissed for a duck, ending his career with an average of 99.94, a record that still stands today, making it one of the most iconic moments in cricket.

2. The Bodyline Series (1932–1933): The Ashes series between England and Australia witnessed the controversial tactic known as “Bodyline” or “fast leg theory,” where England’s bowlers directed short-pitched deliveries aimed at the batsman’s body. It led to intense on-field confrontations and diplomatic tensions between the two countries, making it one of the most iconic moments in cricket.

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3. Sachin Tendulkar’s 100th International Century (2012): Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar became the first player to score 100 international centuries, achieving the milestone against Bangladesh in an ODI match. A feat that no other batter has ever achieved other than the master blaster itself is one of the most iconic moments in cricket.

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4. Australia clinching the World Cup against India in Ahmedabad (2023): Australia against all odds with a tactical masterclass to neutralize every strength of the Indian side and make the whole crowd silent, just like Pat Cummins said in the pre-match press conference. After the wickets of Kohli and Rohit, India was never in the game. It’s a miracle, as India was undefeated in the tournament and Australia were struggling in the beginning of the tournament but now we can say, ‘In cricket, Australia is a nation of miracles.’

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5. Dhoni finishes things off in style: Dhoni’s iconic 91-run innings is the main reason why India lifted the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011 after 28 years with an iconic six on log off. ‘Dhoni finishes off in style; India lifts the World Cup. After 28 years, and the party started in the dressing room’

6. Virat Kohli, the difference maker against Pakistan (T20 World Cup 2022): Virat Kohli wrote another glorious chapter in his staggering career as he smashed an unbeaten 82 off just 53 with six fours and four maximums to help India defeat arch-rivals Pakistan by four wickets in a thriller of a match in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022. Kohli reached his fifty, and with 31 needing off the final two overs, he hammered two sixes off Haris Rauf in the 19th over to turn the tide in India’s favor.

7. Adam Gilchrist’s Walk (2003 World Cup Final): In the final of the 2003 Cricket World Cup between Australia and India, Adam Gilchrist walked off without waiting for the umpire’s decision after getting a faint edge. His act of sportsmanship in a high-stakes match is celebrated as a shining example of fair play and is regarded as an iconic moments in cricket.

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8. England’s Super Over Victory (2019 World Cup Final): The 2019 Cricket World Cup final between England and New Zealand ended in a tie, leading to a dramatic Super Over. England emerged as the winners based on the boundary countback rule, claiming their first-ever World Cup title in an unforgettable climax, making it in the list of most iconic moments in cricket.

9. Shane Warne’s ‘Ball of the Century’ (1993): In the first Ashes Test of the 1993 series, Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne bowled a delivery that turned sharply to dismiss England’s Mike Gatting. This delivery is often referred to as the “Ball of the Century” and is considered one of the greatest deliveries in cricket history which is in itself an iconic moment in cricket.

10. Kapil Dev’s 175 Against Zimbabwe (1983 World Cup): In a crucial group stage match of the 1983 Cricket World Cup, India was struggling at 17/5 against Zimbabwe when Kapil Dev played a remarkable innings of 175 not out, guiding India to a memorable comeback victory. This innings, credited as a turning point in India’s journey to winning their first-ever World Cup title, is the biggest iconic moment in cricket for Indian fans.

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