El Clásico is to Football What Ashes is to Cricket. There are very few sports rivalries which goes this deep and have traditions more than a century old. This is not just any test series, Ashes is an identity which defines test cricket itself. This is the series which has given new meaning to sport rivalry. Although we may compare India Pakistan cricket rivalry to Ashes but still even this epic rivalry isn’t close to it. Ashes is class apart and here are the 5 reasons why it is the most celebrated rivalry of cricket world.
MORE THAN CENTURY OLD RIVALRY
The roots of Ashes go back to the date 29th August 1882. The term originated in a satirical obituary published in a British newspaper, The Sporting Times when England lost to Australia at The Oval in 1882, their first Test win on English soil. The obituary stated that English cricket had died, and “the body will be cremated, and the ashes taken to Australia”. Although the term Ashes only gain popularity in the next century thanks to the urn which according to some legends contains the remains of burnt wickets and bails of the 1882 game.
REAL TEST OF CHARACTER
Ashes is one of the series where players are made, histories are written. Whether the series takes place in Australia or England, heroes shine, boys become men and gives many iconic performances both with bat and ball.
Be it famous 1930 series, in which Sir Don Br