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Old 05-30-2017, 03:48 AM
Noel Prosequi Noel Prosequi is offline
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My favourite cricket stories involve sledging, a dubious practice where the fielding team tries to rattle the composure of the batsman on strike. This is not the "Mmm batter batter, swing batter batter" stuff of baseball, but frank insults and torments designed to achieve "mental disintegration" of the batsman - make them angry or unconfident, either way hopefully resulting in a mis-hit ball. It works because unlike in baseball, there are typically a significant number of fielders close to the batsman working in unison to shake the batsman.

So Glenn McGrath (an all-time great Australian fast bowler) has been bowling without success to Arjuna Ranatunga (I think). McGrath is frustrated at not being able to get Ranatunga out, and the only thing he can think to say to him is "Ranatunga, why are you so fat?!?" (Ranatunga was famously portly).

Ranatunga returned with the glorious comeback "Because every time I sleep with your wife she gives me a biscuit" (cookie in American).

McGrath had nothing and just went nuts.