Cricket and music are two of the most beautiful aspects of life and when they are merged together in the form of songs on cricket, it can create magic. There have been some fantastic cricket songs in the past. Roy Harper’s famous cricket song ‘When an old cricketer leaves the crease’ can never be forgotten. ‘Cotton’s Cricket Song’, written by Reynell Cotton in 1776, “The Parable of Glenn McGrath’s Haircut” by TISM (This Is Serious Mum), a tribute to Chanderpaul sung by a local fan in Guyana are examples of some of the most intelligently written songs on cricket.
Blues, jazz, calypsos, reggae, rock and roll, soca, Bollywood, pop – all genres of songs have been written on cricket. But in this article, we will look at 5 famous songs which have been written about cricketers.
#5 ‘Jiggery Pokery’ by Duckworth and Lewis
We may have hated Duckworth and Lewis method for changing the course of a rain effected match many times but we cannot hate the Duckworth and Lewis band who have written and composed some of the most remarkable cricket songs. It is an Irish band who released their first album “The Duckworth and Lewis Method” in 2009. One such song titled ‘Jiggery Pokery’ described the emotions of Mike Gatting while facing the ‘ball of the century’ from Shane Warne in 1993. The chorus goes: “It was jiggery pokery, trickery, jokery/ How did he open me up?/ Robbery, muggery, Aussie Skullduggery./ Out for a buggering duck./ What a delivery,/ I might as well have been, /holding a contra bassoon. / Jiggery pokery who was this nobody,/ making me look a buffoon?/ Like a blithering old buffoon.
The song is funny and perfectly describes how Shane Warne can baffle a batsman.