Hansie Cronje, of pleasant and not so pleasant memories
Hansie Cronje is remembered for the confession he made rather than the cricket he played. One of South Africa’s legendary figures fell from grace on this day when he confessed to having thrown away a game in lieu of money. On April 7, 2000 Delhi police filed Cronje with a charge of match fixing when his alleged conversations with Indian businessman and bookie Sanjay Chawla were received. On the night of April 9 Cronje had the support of his country as well as his cricket board that a man of his stature can never indulge in harming a game that has given so much to him. Just two days later, in the wee hours, Cronje called the managing director of South African cricket board and confessed that he hadn’t been honest to his countrymen. As the days progressed more and more names were exposed -- right from Kapil Dev to Ajay Jadeja. Mohammad Azharuddin was accused by Cronje to have made him met with a bookie and throw a match in 1996 South Africa’s tour of India. The cricketing world had been rocked. Two hindred years of reverence was at stake and only one man knew everything dirty about the purest form of the game. In 2002, Cronje’s plane was crashed and with him died so many secrets that could have changed the way we view cricket today.