Cricket is a game of passion, skill, emotions and temperament. During a big match like World Cup final not only a win is at stake but also the pride of the team. Often a captain or a big player in a team gives an inspirational speech before the team goes onto the ground to play the match of their lives. Even after winning a final; captains give a passionate and candid speech.
Here are five cricketers who inspired an entire team or on occasions, like Kumar Sangakkara a larger audience, with their speech.
In the 1992 World Cup legendary all-rounder, Imran Khan was at the twilight of his cricket career. It was a first World Cup where Pakistan and India met in Sydney Cricket Ground and Pakistan, the eventual champions of the tournament, lost to their arch rival. They also lost to South Africa, West Indies and their group match against England was drawn. Pakistan players were gutted as their chance to win the first ever World Cup almost came to an end. But they had an inspirational leader in their rank. Imran Khan inspired them to perform them like a wounded tiger. After his speech at the dressing room, all the players perform like they will never get a second opportunity to win the World Cup in their life. From on the verge of exit to winning the World Cup beating favourite England was a mouth pouring journey.
Before the Perth ODI against Australia, Pakistan’s last match against England washed away. Imran Khan after winning against the host Australia said at the press conference, ” Today I asked the team to behave like a cornered tiger. To go out and fight. To snarl. And they responded magnificently.” He further added, “We were beginning to get our combination right and I told the boys that from now on let’s go for a do-or-die effort.”