Photographic Memory

Out, damned stump

Patrick Eagar on the most legendary over in Test cricket


Patrick Eagar: This pic of Geoff Boycott bowled by Michael Holding was taken in Barbados in 1981, during what might have been the fastest over ever delivered in the history of cricket: few who were there to witness the occasion would doubt it. Holding was there to destroy Boycott and it took just the one over. I doubt if Boycott saw a single ball. When Holding finally hit his target, the crowd, fired up by the sight of something truly special, danced on the roofs of the stand. The stump was retrieved halfway to the boundary, while one of the bails travelled almost the whole way. Photograph courtesy Wisden Cricket Monthly

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