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Cricket has a noble tradition of players leaving bodily fluids on the pitch

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Superman Yuvraj Singh retched and heaved by the side of the wicket during his hundred against West Indies earlier this week. Which brought to mind other instances where players deposited liquids on the playing area

Rahul Dravid walks back to the dressing room, day one, fourth Test, West Indies v India, Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica, 30 June 2006
Dravid: wet wet wet © AFP

After he was rudely felled by a Shoaib Akhtar special in Lahore in 2003, Gary Kirsten collapsed to the ground and proceeded to bleed profusely. Whereupon Shoaib ran up, concerned, and cradled the fallen batsman in his arms, considerately letting Kirsten drip onto him. Runner-up: Mike Gatting, who left a fair amount of the red stuff all over the place (and a significant portion of his nose on the ball) after a Malcolm Marshall bouncer crashed into his face in 1986.

There are players who glow and players who sweat. And then there's Rahul Dravid, off whom it drips in rivers, pooling on the pitch, creating a sticky wicket. All the better for him to display his teeth-gritted defensive skills on.

No, not Kim Hughes at the press conference from hell, this one belongs to, but of course, Sreesanth, that tempestuous, all-snarling, all-dancing thing, who had a good, soul-refreshing bawl following a King's XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians game in the 2008 IPL, where in the course of the post-match pleasantries he was slapped by Harbhajan Singh.

Only one contender here. A lot of saliva goes onto Ricky Ponting's palms on any given game day, but there's gallons more to spare, evidently, which goes into moisturising the turf.

Back in the really good old days, when people knew how to let their hair down properly, Bobby Peel, in one of cricket's more deliciously apocryphal stories, turned up to a game against Lancashire so drunk that he was compelled to relieve himself on the pitch during proceedings. Whereupon that ghastly old spoilsport Lord Hawke banned him from ever playing for Yorkshire again. "Lord Hawke put his arm round me and helped me off the ground - and out of first-class cricket," Peel narrated. "What a gentleman!"

In Durban eight years ago, gawky colossus Ashish Nehra produced the bowling spell of his life, swinging it hither and yon and taking six English wickets. He then proceeded to scarf a banana on the sidelines for nourishment… before throwing it up, perhaps overcome by the excitement of it all.

In 1986 in Madras the heat was getting to everyone. Out in the middle, Dean Jones was sick to his stomach, about at the end of his tether, when the captain, Allan Border, barked that maybe it was time to get a tough Queenslander out there instead. That did it and Jones stayed. He sweated, threw up, and at one point urinated in his pants, but stuck in, to produce perhaps the most odorous 200 in the history of the game.

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Posted by Dummy4 on (March 26, 2011, 6:48 GMT)

Robin Singh was throwing up big time by dehydration..guess it was a match againgt sri lanka in colombo and if am not wrong, he got a 100...

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 26, 2011, 6:00 GMT)

wondering if anyone slept on the field ;)

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 26, 2011, 2:22 GMT)

I remember Adam Parore had a tough time when the Kiwis toured India during the Indian summer, thanks to the cricket boards letting greed prevail over common sense.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 25, 2011, 17:20 GMT)

i still remember dean jones double in that tied test , he was pooking and hitting booundaries !!! what a player!!

Posted by zobia on (March 25, 2011, 16:21 GMT)

wow. i cant beleive the urin part, literally! :P

Posted by Karthick on (March 25, 2011, 16:05 GMT)

Sachin's batting with a blood soaked shirt after being hit in the face by a Waqar Younis bouncer and batting on to save the match without using anesthetics in the 1989 series should be mentioned.

Posted by Abhilash on (March 25, 2011, 12:50 GMT)

I distinctly remember Nayan Mongia taking something more serious than a leak in his pants during his dogged 152 at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

Posted by awinash on (March 25, 2011, 12:28 GMT)

Why to forget Kumble in blood section.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 25, 2011, 8:06 GMT)

I think Kambli crying beats Sreesanths big time.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 25, 2011, 7:44 GMT)

Does oozing confidence count?

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