Welcome to Scribd. Sign in or start your free trial to enjoy unlimited e-books, audiobooks & documents.Find out more
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Greatest Cricketers Of All Time

Greatest Cricketers Of All Time

|Views: 5|Likes:
Published by falafun
Here you find Complete review about The Greatest Book of ALL Time:


Here you find Complete review about The Greatest Book of ALL Time:


More info:

Categories:Types, Reviews
Published by: falafun on Jan 15, 2012
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial


Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less





 ==== ====Here you find The Greatest Book of All Timehttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006IC3C72/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=angelcaremove-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B006IC3C72 ==== ====Cricket history is full of extremely talented cricketers and many of them have been exceptional. Letus try and figure out the greatest cricketers of all time that have graced the field of cricket. It doesnot reflect on their personal greatness. It is just about how great cricketers they were. A greatercricketer does not necessarily mean a greater human being than a lesser cricketer in the list orvise versa. The list is purely on cricketing skills. 1. Gary Sobers: Arguably the greatest cricketer of all time that has ever played the game of cricketas claimed by many related to the game of cricket and that was what the intuition suggests if youlook at his abilities and statistic. Ability to play as long as to score 365 runs in test cricket, hit sixtimes over the rope in a single over, end up with a test average of more than many of the greatbatsmen in the history of the game, be a fielder of class, and then being able to contribute withbowling, and you left wondering if there is anything in cricket that he could not do and that is whatmakes him the greatest all round cricketer and the greatest cricketer of them all. He could haveearned a place in any great team only for his batting. He was skillful and versatile as a bowler. Heis documented to have bowled pace as well slow bowling. He chipped in many times with hisbowling and fielding. The thing with all rounders is that it is like having the privilege of playing anadditional player in the team. Just look as to how many cricketers have scored a triple hundred intest match cricket. There are only three instances of six sixes being hit in a single over in thehistory of first class and International cricket. There have been barely a dozen of cricketersthroughout the history of the game who could be hailed as all rounder of class and substance, andGary is considered the best of them all. You keep on counting. The list goes on. 2. Don Bradman: Probably as strong a contender as Gary Sobers to be called as the greatestcricketer of all time. Don Bradman's exceptional test average of almost 100 runs makes him astandout cricketer. If you consider the rarity of that feat of having an average of almost 100 runs,Don Bradman should be the greatest cricketer of all time. Where Gary scores over him is probablybeing able to contribute significantly in every department of the game. Otherwise I do not see anygap between Gary Sobers and Don Bradman as the two greatest cricketers of all time. But againyou wonder he must be exceptional to be able to average 100 runs per innings. All those greatbatsmen throughout the history of the game who have played considerable number of tests hasnot gone beyond an average of in 60s, and most of these so called greats have averaged between50s and 60s. So to outshine the next best in your category by 40% is quite unimaginable in anysport. In that sense Don Bradman can be considered not only the greatest cricketer of all time, butalso the greatest sportsman of all time. To top it off he scored those almost 100 runs per innings inthose days of hostile pitches and raw equipments. Everyone knows how bats and other cricketequipments have evolved over the years. The difference between the bats of today and the bats ofsay about 20 years ago is quite noticeable. What kind of bats Don Bradman must have played
with. Some people say Don played on few grounds, and thus have such record. But even theworse of the pitches today among the many grounds on which cricket is played must be betterthan the pitches on which Don played. If that was the criteria, why none of the players of even hisera could manage an average of even into 70s. All those modern greats of 90s and 00s couldmanage an average in 50s with all those well developed bat and other cricketing equipment onbenign and batting friendly pitches. The pitches one used to see even during the 70s and 80swere much difficult to bat on compared to the pitches prepared today. If that is an indication whatkind of pitches Don must have batted on. He still remains the only player to have scored a 300runs in a single day of a test match. 3. Imran Khan: If Gary Sobers could do everything in the game of cricket then Imran could do evenmore as a captain. Imran Khan could have earned a place in any leading side just as a bowler,and is one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. In addition he was as good as any goodInternational batsman. He was a good fielder as well. He could win matches with his bowling,contribute significantly as a batsman, and could make significant contribution as the leader of thepack. He is considered the best among the greatest all rounders of his time who themselves areamong some of the greatest cricketers of all time. There have not been too many bowlers whowere better than him, and among the bowlers who might have been slightly better than him, notmany are known for their batting capabilities. Wasim Akram was better bowler than Imran, butImran was more dependable batsman than Akram, and may be Richard Hadlee was a betterbowler than Imran, but Imran surely excelled him as a batsman, and excelled everyone in that allrounders category as a captain. Many people will disagree with me on putting Imran Khan aheadof Vivian Richards. My logic is if Gary Sobers could be greater than Don Bradman, logic saysImran Khan has to be greater than Vivian Richards as a cricketer. But it is so difficult to accuratelymeasure the talent of the players and their value to the team. It is like you can put Don Bradmanahead of Gary Sobers without much fuss. You can as well put Vivian Richards ahead of ImranKhan in the list. But because of Imran Khan's immense contribution in every department of thegame, I opted for Imran Khan at #3 in the list of greatest cricketers of all time. 4. Vivian Richards: Most destructive batsman of all time, and in a time when attacking style ofbatting was not common. In the modern times, we had the pleasure of watching the likes ofGilchrist, Sehwag, Jaysurya, and occasionally Shahid Afridi destroying the bowling attacks, butnone of them are known to be as intimidating as Vivian Richards. To have the fastest test hundredof all time with an average of more than 50, and in one dayers, an average of 47 runs at a strikerate of more than 90 speaks volume about the caliber of the man. None of the above mentioneddestructive batsmen have an average of more than 40 compared to 47 by Vivian Richards. In factmany other great batsmen have less average than Viv's 47 and far lower strike rate compared toViv's strike rate of 90. He never changed his batting style irrespective of the state of the match.Without an iota of doubt there has not been a greater batsman than Vivian Richards in one dayformat of the game. In tests too, he averaged 50 runs scoring those runs at a blistering pace. Hewas also an exceptional fielder and bowled occasionally. One of the greatest fast bowler of histime Imran Khan has said that Vivian Richards is the only batsman who has frightened him.Nobody else in the history of the game could play like Vivian and hence is probably the greatestbatsman of all time save Don Bradman and thus he deserved fourth place in the list of the greatestcricketers of all time. 5. Adam Gilchrist: As a batsman, Adam Gilchrist was almost a Vivian Richards. In addition hewould double up as a wicketkeeper. In that sense I was tempted to put Gilchrist ahead of Vivian
Richards, but Viv being such an intimidating batsman and in those times when attacking style ofplay was not so common, I went with Viv at #4. Nonetheless, Adam Gilchrist is one of the greatestcricketers of all time. Adam Gilchrist has one of the highest strike rates in both forms of the gameand has an average to match the greats of the game. Adam Gilchrist was one of the main reasonsfor the domination of the Australian cricket for the last decade and half. Adam Gilchrist was one ofthe three key players in the talent-laden Australian team. As a wicket-keeper batsman if someonecan bat like Adam Gilchrist, he is definitely going to add substantially to the strength of the team.He played some of the breathtaking innings in his career. His blistering hundred against Sri Lankain the 2007 World cup, which Australia eventually won, the innings he played in the semi-final ofthe IPL edition that his team eventually won, the innings at Mumbai in the first edition of the IPL,and his fastest test hundred off 57 balls, which is the second fastest hundred in the history of thegame behind the ultimate Vivian Richard's 56 ball hundred, and many such innings make youwonder if the Gilchrist was the greatest cricketer of all time. 6. Wasim Akram: Wasim Akram is one of those dream cricketers that even the great cricketerswould like to reborn as a cricketer. Wasim is considered as the most naturally talented bowler bymany former greats like Allan Donald and Mohammad Azharuddin. It is said that he could bowl sixdifferent types of balls in one over. With the bat he was capable of turning the game with hisexplosive batting. Those two wickets on successive deliveries in the 1992 world cup final againstEngland at a very important stage of the game pushed England totally out of the game. What anoccasion to produce probably the best two deliveries of his entire career. You can expect thegreatest cricketers to rise to the occasion at the greatest stage. You see a player like AdamGilchrist playing those extraordinary knocks on big stages like the World cup 2007 against SriLanka and sealing the win for his team. Wasim Akram is also the only bowler in the history of thegame to have captured hat-tricks as many as four times in his International career. Wasim Akramhas often won games for Pakistan singlehandedly. He formed a threatening bowling combinationwith Waqar Younis, and they together tormented many a batting line-ups. He was probably thegreatest bowler of his time with the other one being McGrath. McGrath himself described WasimAkram as a greater bowler than himself. If he was as great a bowler as McGrath and if youconsider what he could do with the bat, and you know the value of Wasim Akram as a cricketer. Inthe 1992 World cup final before turning the match with his two magic balls, he was instrumental insetting a challenging total with his timely and explosive batting when he scored 33 runs off just 19balls coming towards the close of innings. What a grand occasion for man of Wasim's caliber torise for his team and his country. Many people might not know Wasim also hit a timely six to winthe Nehru cup for Pakistan. Many people knew about Miandad hitting a six off the last ball to winwhen four runs were required off the last ball of the innings. In the Nehru cup final, Pakistanrequired six runs to win from the last two balls, and Wasim Akram hit a six off the first of those twoballs and won the cup for Pakistan. 7. Richard Hadlee: Inarguably the greatest of all New Zealand cricketers till date. One of thegreats of all time who could make the grade to any great XI only for his bowling. New Zeeland hada very few match winners in their ranks when Richard Hadlee was around, and it was more oftenthan not that Hadlee was their match winner. Richard Hadlee brought as many laurels to NewZeeland cricket as any of the other greatest cricketers of all time have brought to their owncountry. One of the ten greatest bowlers of all time. Plus, he was also more than handy with thebat, and perhaps one of the better batsmen in that New Zeeland team. One of the four great allrounders of 70s and 80s. Richard Hadlee was considered by many as the best bowler among thefour great all-rounders of his time. Richard Hadlee was capable of creating havoc with his bowling.

You're Reading a Free Preview

/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->