They say that Cricket is the gentleman’s game. Probably it is, but if you see the on-field sledging and heated exchange of looks by the players, you would want to disagree. Javed Miandad’s money jump is considered one of funniest as well ugliest incidents in Cricket. Miandad jumped to copy Kiran More when he could not tolerate incessant appeals by the Indian Wicketkeeper. It was one of the ugliest on-field spat in the game of cricket; but at the same time -this incident had such humor in it that no one seemed to mind it at all. The protagonists walked away without any punishment and at the end of the day everybody smiled.
The drama happened when Pakistan were playing against India at Sydney on March 4, 1992, in the Benson and Hedges World Cup in the Antipodes. Javed Miandad was the Pakistani batsman on crease and he was the beiigest danger for India. In order to spoil Miandad’s concentration —Indian wicket keeper Kiran More stepped up his trademark vociferous encouragement for the bowlers. More began shouting “well bowled!” and other such remarks on almost every ball (including the bad ones!).
This soon got on Miandad’s nerves and he exchanged a few words with More. After that the game resumed… and so did the More’s antics. Kiran More jumped a lot and made too many appeals for Miandad’s dismissal. Miandad and Kiran More got into verbal exchange many times. When it became too much for Miandad to handle —he got out of the crease and went back on crease by making three perfect frog jumps to mimic Kiran More’s jumping.
Seeing this drama, everyone burst into laughter.
Interestingly, Miandad was taken to the hospital on that morning as he was feeling stomach pain. He had mentioned earlier that he was feeling very weak. But his jumps showed no sign of weakness as he entered the history books. None of the match officials reported against the behavior of Kiran More or Miandad because the players did not speak in English. Both the players were exchanging words in Hindi / Urdu and the English-speaking officials could not understand what was said.
“One of the big problems with the whole incident was that no one spoke in English,” said match referee Ted Wykes.
This clearly was a less than good enough excuse because it was vivid that Kiran More and Miandad did not exchange any pleasantries in Hindi/Urdu. While some experts laugh it off; a few others, like Sunil Gavaskar, expressed their unhappiness on officials letting players off the hook.
You must watch this very funny incident. Here I am giving a YouTube video that shows the entire episode as it unfolded.
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