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Aakash Mishra
Posted on 16 Feb, 2023
By Aakash Mishra
On 16 Feb, 2023
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By Aakash Mishra
On 16 Feb, 2023
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6 Incidents When Cricketers Were Attacked Publicly

6 Incidents When Cricketers Were Attacked Publicly: Cricket is considered one of the world’s most popular sports. With a fan following of over two billion, cricket has become a phenomenon in the world of sports. But, as much as we love the game, we cannot deny the fact that there have been instances where cricketers have been attacked in public. According to the reports Prithvi Shaw’s friend’s car was attacked by eight people after Shaw refused to take a selfie with 2 people. FIR has been registered against them.

These attacks have been a reminder of the dangers and risks that come with being a famous cricketer. Let’s look at some of the most high-profile attacks on cricketers in public.


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Incidents When Cricketers Were Attacked Publicly

Steve Smith and David Warner (2018)

The Australian cricket team was on a tour of South Africa in 2018. In the third Test match, the Australian captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were caught cheating with a piece of sandpaper. This scandal led to their suspension from international cricket. When the team arrived in Sydney, they were subjected to public abuse. Steve Smith and David Warner were attacked with verbal abuse and had to face the media with tears.

Gautam Gambhir (2014)

The former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir was attacked in Delhi during an election campaign. He was hit with a stone, and he suffered a head injury. Gambhir was contesting the elections as a BJP candidate and campaigning in the Karawal Nagar area when the incident occurred.

Suresh Raina (2013)

The Indian cricketer Suresh Raina was attacked by a group of men while attending a function in Uttar Pradesh. The men started arguing with Raina, and they attacked him with sticks. Raina suffered minor injuries, but the police later arrested the attackers.


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Stuart Broad (2015)

In 2015, Stuart Broad was attacked by the public when he was hit with a plastic cup of beer during a match against South Africa. The incident happened when Broad was fielding at the boundary, and a spectator threw a cup of beer at him. The incident was caught on camera and went viral on social media.

Shahid Afridi (2014)

Shahid Afridi was attacked by the public when he was hit with a shoe during a match against Bangladesh. The incident happened when Afridi was leaving the field after being dismissed, and a spectator threw a shoe at him. The incident was widely reported in the media, and it sparked a debate about the safety of cricketers during matches.

Shane Warne (2005)

In 2005, Warne was beaten by the public when he was hit with a sandwich during a match against England. The incident happened when Warne was fielding at the boundary, and a spectator threw a sandwich at him. The incident was widely reported in the media, and it sparked a debate about the behaviour of cricket fans.


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Notable Incidents

  • In 2009, the Sri Lankan cricket team was attacked by terrorists in Lahore, Pakistan. The attack resulted in injuries to several players and officials.
  • In 1999, former Indian captain, Mohammad Azharuddin, was attacked by a mob of angry fans in Kolkata after India lost a cricket match.
  • In 2002, Australian cricketer, Matthew Hayden, was attacked by a spectator during a match in India. The spectator threw a water bottle at him.
  • In 2003, a group of Indian fans attacked the house of former Indian captain, Sourav Ganguly, after India’s defeat in the World Cup final.
  • In 2011, a fan threw a stone at South African cricketer, Hashim Amla, during a match in India.

The increasing number of attacks on cricketers is a concerning trend that requires immediate attention. It is crucial to ensure the safety of players and to take necessary measures to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future. It is the responsibility of authorities and cricket boards to provide a safe and secure environment for players to excel in their sport.

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