In cricket, it has never been easy being an opening batsman as one needs to face the new ball against the fast bowlers. Not only does the opener have to stand up to the lethal fast bowlers and face quick deliveries but also make runs of unplayable deliveries rushing past their nose.
Over the years certain cricketers have shown extraordinary courage by not letting their injuries come in the way of playing cricket and still standing up and scoring runs; just because of their immense love for the game and the never-ending desire to help the team. Recently, Delhi opener Unmukt Chand add his name to the selective list of such players when he came out to bat with a broken jaw in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
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Chand, who led India U-19 team to lift the World Cup in 2012, was injured while practicing in the nets. However, he did not let the injury stand in his way and came out to bat for his team and even went on to score a sublime century as well. He went on to score 116 in 125 balls and hit 12 fours and three sixes as Delhi went on to post 307/6 against Uttar Pradesh.
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Cricket has witnessed similar occurrences of bravery. The sight of Anil Kumble bowling with a bandaged face in the Antigua Test of 2002, is one which Indian fans will never forget.
However, not only Unmukt scored the century, Delhi team won the match as well by a margin of 55 runs as UP was bundled out for 252 runs.
Former South African skipper Graeme Smith coming out to bat with a broken arm against Australia is another such instance. Lesser acts like Colin Cowdrey coming out with a broken hand against West Indies in 1963 is another example. Australia’s Rick McCosker also batted with a broken jaw helping his side win a Test.