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The Top 5 dirtiest cricket movies ever made!

Our writer Mariano Garcia reveals that cricket isn't just one of the most watched games on TV all over the world; it has also made a big impact on the silver screen!

Millions of people around the world have been exposed to cricket in a subtle way through movies like Mary Poppins (Robert Stevenson, 1964), Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle, 2008), and Frost/Nixon (ron Howard, 2008). It is also a sport that works well as the subject of a movie, whether it’s a mystery or a true story.

So, let’s look at the top 5 best cricket movies ever made (from the lowest to the highest):


5. Wondrous Oblivion (Paul Morrison, 2003):

The British movie Wondrous Oblivion, which came out in 2003, is about a bond between a young Jewish refugee boy from Europe and the West Indian family who lives next door to his family. The movie takes place in South London in 1960 and deals with race, friendship, and love. The boy (Sam Smith) and his neighbour Dennis (Delroy Lindo) become friends because they both love cricket. The movie won prizes at the Boston Jewish Film Festival in 2004 and the Giffoni Film Festival in 2003. It was directed and written by Paul Morrison.

Wondrous Oblivion is also pictured at the top of this article.


4. Victory (Ravikumar Chavali, 2008):

In what movie do Allan Border, Dean Jones, Waqar Younis, Simon Jones, Sajid Mahmood, and Brett Lee all have small parts? The answer is Hindi movie Victory, which came out in 2009. The story is about Vijay Shekhawat, who is played by Harman Baweja. He gets to play for the Indian national team, which was his dream, but then he learns about the bad things that come with being famous. Even though it didn’t do well at the Indian box office, you should still watch it, if only to see how well some famous players can act.


3. Hansie: A True Story (Regardt van den Bergh, 2008):

Hansie came out in 2008 in South Africa. It was about the country’s former captain, who went from being a national hero to a worldwide embarrassment. It’s based on the true story of Hansie Cronje and his amazing fall from fame after he got involved with Indian bookies and the match-fixing scam of 2000. It was directed by Regardt van den Bergh. The movie then shows what happened after Cronje was banned from cricket for life.


2. Fire in Babylon (Stevan Riley, 2011):

Fire in Babylon is a British documentary about the West Indies team from the 1970s and 1980s. It came out in 2010 and got great reviews. It shows how Caribbean cricket grew as the West Indies became the most dangerous team in the world. It has comments from many past players, such as Michael Holdings, Clive Lloyd, and Sir Vivian Richards. There are three prizes for Fire in Babylon, which is a must-see for anyone interested in the past of the game.


1. Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (Ashutosh Gowariker, 2001):

Bollywood’s 2001 picture Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India is at the top of the list. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Picture in 2002.Lagaan is still a great cricket movie, even though No Man’s Land (Danis Tanovic, 2001) beat it in that area. In an Indian town under British colonial rule, the story is about poor people who dare their masters to play a game of cricket to get rid of their crushing taxes for three years. Lagaan has also won many awards around the world and has been called one of the best 100 movies ever made.Time magazine put it on their list of the 25 best sports movies of all time.


Mentions of merit

In the fictional world, cricket is also linked to betting and is used as a plot device, giving the author another chance to build tension and mystery. The dark side of cricket betting, from match-fixing scams to big-money online gaming such as this one, makes for great material for writers who want to explore the topics of corruption, morals, and the bad side of sports.

Examples of novels include David Baldacci’s The Fix and films such as Kai Po Che! (Abhishek Kapoor, 2013) which explore the thrills and dangers of betting on cricket, showing the dark side of the game. While such fictional depictions may sensationalize some aspects of betting on online IPL cricket betting live, they also stand out as a reminder of the real-life challenges cricket authorities have to face in their bid to crack down on match-fixing and corruption.

Other famous mentions include:

  • The Final Test. Jack Warner played Sam Palmer in Anthony Asquith’s 1953 movie about his last game for England. It is a comedy-drama, and famous players like Len Hutton, Denis Compton, and Alec Bedser make cameos.
  • Tamil Nadu 600028. This Bollywood movie from 2007 is about cricket played on the streets in India. It was written and directed by Venkat Prabhu. It looks at many things, like love, competition, and friendship in suburban India. It was nominated for several Vijay Awards, which are given to honor Tamil films.


All these movies show the spirit of cricket, which is hard work, friendship, and love of the game. They are not only fun to watch, but they can also inspire you.

By Mariano Garcia - 03-04-2024

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