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I am often asked who was the best, fastest or toughest bowler I ever faced and I quite enjoy giving different answers every time. Well, it keeps me amused anyway –but the underlying point is that one could revise this whole list on a daily basis and never really be right and never really be wrong - DAVID GOWER
Lagaan's the best tbh. Excellent movie allround.
Iqbal is a decent movie too. About a deaf and mute boy who wants to play cricket for India.
Bollywood has a few more cricket-based movies, but they have sadly been mostly garbage. I can list them out later if you really wanna watch them.
"The full number of overs that are scheduled to be bowled that day" looks good.
I'm a Lagaan fan too. On cricketing front alone, it has everything -
1. A Muralitharan type spin bowler with broken arm,
2. Run out caused by confusion with a runner,
3. Match fixing,
4. Spinner not being able to get enough purchase with the new ball,
5. All 11 fielders (who are all new to the game) running to save the same shot,
6. Good batsman struggling at the start of an inning,
7. Importance of good ground fielding when the opposition has a strong partnership,
8. Personal rivalries on the cricket field,
9. Sledging, (and inexperienced hot-tempered batsman giving in to it)
10. Aggressive short bowling,
11. Wicket on a no-ball,
12. Injured player getting retired hurt and coming to bat again on the next day
..and many more
Most importantly, unlike most other movies, cricket scenes here are believable.
Otherwise also, it's a good movie. [Cricket match is only in the second half]
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"I want to raise my hand and say one thing. Those who complain about my love for the game or commitment to the game are clueless. These are the only 2 areas where I give myself 100 out of 100."
- Sachin Tendulkar, as told in an interview published in Bengali newspaper Anandabazar Patrika after his 100th International century (translated by weldone)
Recently watched one called Out of the Ashes (I think) about the Afghan cricket team - quite enjoyed that and worth a go IMO.
One of the best cricketing docos is Out of the Ashes, which is the story of how Afghanistan skyrocketed from an amateur team of former refugees playing in the lowest division possible to an amateur team of former refugees playing in world tournaments.
In India, we've had a few:
Ferrari ki Sawari
Say Salam India
I think there were few more such titles but I cant remember.
CricZo XI - 3 Draft Winner
Scorecard Draft (2010) V Sehwag, D Amiss, D Bradman (c), C Cowdrey, P Umrigar, A Faulkner, R Marsh +, M Marshall, W Hall, M Hughes, B O'Reilly
Alphabetical Draft (2011) S Watson, G Kirsten, D Bradman (c), K Sangakkara +, C Cowdrey, K Pietersen, A Flintoff, M Marshall, B O'Reilly, F Trueman, T Alderman
The Eras Draft (2014) V Trumper, A Morris, N Harvey, J Kallis, S McCabe, F Woolley, Imran Khan (c), J Dujon +, J Briggs, D Steyn, J Snow
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I saw some Australian comedy on a plane once about a local club team who bag a tour to India under some confusion as to how good they are. I forget the name of the film, sadly, but that had a reasonable amount of cricket in it (and a small amount of comedy).
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Supporting Petone's Finest since the very start - Iain O'Brien
Adam Wheater - Another batsman off the Essex production line
Also Supporting the All Time #1 Batsman of All Time Ever - Jacques Kallis and the much maligned Peter Siddle.
Vimes tells it how it is:
Just came across this article on cricinfo:
Rob Steen on the slim canon of cricket movies | Cricinfo Magazine | ESPN Cricinfo
A discussion of cricket movies (and the lack thereof), and compared (briefly) to American baseball movies. It discusses or mentions most of the movies that have been mentioned in this thread (but not all, especially some of the Indian ones). I'd appreciate folks' take on this article.
Honourable mention goes to Kai Po Che IMO. It's not full fledged cricket movie, but it has enough cricket content that is actually well presented to make it worth watching for a cricket fan. Otherwise Lagaan and Iqbal are the only two cricket containing movies I would recommend any non Indian cricket fan to watch.
Oh and there is this neat movie called 99, which is a light hearted take on the India-SA match fixing saga in the 90's and 2000. It's worth a watch, despite not much actual cricket content in it. It's also just under 2 and a half hours, if you skip the songs its about 2 hours or so tops.
A movie called Million Dollar Arm is about how a baseball scout goes to India after he watches a game of cricket on the telly.
Jon Hamm (of Mad Men fame) the male lead, and the two guys he scouts from India are the boy from A Life of Pi and the second lead from Slumdog Millionaire.
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