There were a very few who came close to Merv Hughes when the Giant Australian bowled in his supreme form. There was none when it came to taking a jibe at the batsmen. Merv loved going into the skin of the batsmen whenever he bowled. His looks supported his big mouth literally. The big moustache gave him just the right kind of look to daunt the batsmen all around the globe.
Here are 5 Merv Hughes sledges which are just too awesome
Merv’s piano suggestion to England’s Gooch: It was one of those days when Hughes was unplayable. Graham Gooch was failing to even put bat on the ball. Frustrated over not getting him out after few close-calls, Hughes could not hold himself back and taunted Gooch, “Would you like me to bowl a piano and see if you can play that.”
When Miandad paid the price of sledging Hughes: Pakistan batting legend did what many had not even dared to do for years. Javed Miandad sledged Hughes during a Test match: “Merve, you are a big, fat bus conductor.” Hughes did not reply back. He came back after a few deliveries to dismiss Javed Miandad and while celebrating the wicket, shouted, “Tickets, please!“
Hughes paying respect to Viv Richards: So, the West Indies legend after being pissed off by Merv Hughes constant staring at him, warned the Australian pacer: “Don’t you be staring at me, man. This is my island, my culture. And in my culture we just bowl.” Hughes replied with a ripper: “In my culture we just say F*** off.”
Hughes Instructions to Robin Smith: Hughes loved playing against England for he got more chance to showcase his sledging skills to the old rivals. In one such incident, he troubled Robin Smith so much that he told him to read the instructions to play him. He sledged, “If you turn the bat over you’ll get the instructions mate.”
When Hughes got it returned from Smith: It was one of those rare occasions when someone got better of Hughes. After playing and missing a delivery, the big Australian quipped at Robin Smith: “You can’t f***ing bat.” Smith did not take a moment to reply back: “We make a good pair, Merv. I can’t f***ing bat and you can’t f***ing bowl.”