5 of the Best Cricket Players in History

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In the history of cricket, there were quite a few players who left their mark in the history of this sport. Let’s take a look at those who were worthy of the Top 5 list…

Sir Don Bradman – Australia

Australian Sir Don Bradman, aka ‘The Don’, is considered the best cricket player ever having achieved an average of 99.94 runs in Test cricket. Anyone who’s played cricket will know how challenging it can be to get near 50 runs let alone 100.

Another giant of the game – Sachin Tendulkar – had a lot of respect for Sir Don, saying on the 110th anniversary of his birthday: “It’s been 20 years since I met the inspirational Sir Don Bradman but that special memory is so vivid. I still recall his amazing wit, warmth, and wisdom.”

Sachin Tendulkar – India

The Indian, who was full of admiration for Sir Don, is probably his strongest competition for the title of most-skilled batsman ever. He can’t compete with Bradman’s average but he has more career runs than anyone, with 18,426 in one day internationals (ODIs) and 15,921 in Test matches. Tendulkar played 200 Test matches and 463 ODIs in his 24-year senior career.

He once said: “I am not the god of cricket. I make mistakes, God doesn’t.”

Brian Lara – West Indies

Lara was so good they made a computer game for him. He’s even got the record for most runs in a first class cricket game, with 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham at Edgbaston in 1994.

Lara also broke the record for the highest Test match score, with 400 not out, for the Windies against England in Antigua, also in 1994.

He had problems in England. He initially found it difficult to settle and admitted as he was set to fly home to Trinidad, “It’s all happening so fast. This is scary, it’s very scary.”

His style will never be forgotten though and he’ll be remembered as one of the best ever batsmen. Lara’s brilliance even earned him honorary citizenship in Australia!

Muttiah Muralitharan – Sri Lanka

With a name like his, he was always going to be hard to forget, but it was his wicket-taking prowess that won him the respect of peers and fans alike.

‘Murali’ notched 800 Test wickets and 534 wickets in ODIs, with 1337 wickets in international cricket.

He took a record 67 five-wicket hauls in Test cricket and he even has the record for 10-wicket hauls in Tests, with 22.

Shane Warne – Australia

Former spin king Warne is one of the most recognisable names in cricket. The Australians are known for their confidence and sledging and Warne was no different, coming on to the scene with all the belief in the world and the talent to back it up.

In June 1993, Australia played England in the Ashes, with the first Test at Old Trafford and Warne, sporting big blonde hair and a gold necklace, bowled Mike Gatting with a genius first ball, which was dubbed the ‘Ball of the Century’. Australia went on to win the Ashes.

Warne has impressive personal records of 37 five-wicket hauls and ten 10-wicket hauls in his glittering career.

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Wasim Akram: Swing Bowler Extraordinaire

The sporting world is often full of fleWasim Hakrameting legends, often based on singularly fantastic feats in an important game or seemingly magical mastery during a given tournament. However, truly remarkable players are far rarer but are clearly identifiable by their ability to repeatedly perform and prove their unique abilities.

In the Cricketing world, Wasim Akram was one of those rare talents. Born in 1966 in Lahore, Pakistan, Akram’s big break came in the 1980’s when after taking part in trials at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore his talent was recognized by one of the senior Pakistan player, Javed Miandad.

Miandad’s recommendation ensured Akram’s future as he went from spectator to being a member of the national team. Whilst Akram has openly admitted that he did not even know how to swing a ball when he first started playing professionally, he clearly learned his craft quickly.

Under the tutelage of great players such as Imran Kahn, then Pakistan’s top fast bowler, Akram developed his style and skills at a phenomenal pace earning him a revered reputation across the cricketing world.

Playing his first International game was made at the tender age of 18 in 1984 against New Zealand on his home turf. His first Test was also against New Zealand, though this time in taking place in Auckland.

In both these games his performance was outstanding and throughout the remainder of the 1980’s, he was a regular member of the national team. He had rewarded the faith that Miandad and Kahn had invested in him and proved his worth as a top-class player.

Dramas & Controversy

Toward the end of the decade, Akram suffered injuries to his groin that saw him pull out of competition for some significant time. Following a number of successful surgeries, he was able to return to the field as a swing bowler. His new focus on swing bowling earned him a crucial role in Pakistan’s success at the 1992 World Cup.

It was at this time that AkramWasim-Akram-1 and his teammate Wagar Younis were accused of ball tampering by the English Media. Whilst nothing was proved, it is likely that a large reason for the air of suspicion was their spectacular use of reverse swing in their attack. This type of swing bowling technique was relatively unknown in England at the time and managed to produce a prodigious amount of movement from the ball.

Dedication to mastering the art of swing bowling led to Akram being the bowler that batsmen dreaded. His ability to surmount defences through his deft control of the ball through the air and off the pitch troubled batsmen for years.

However, the controversy of alleged ball tampering was followed a few years later by the more grave accusations of match-fixing.

The first indication that something was amiss surface following Pakistan’s unexpected and arguably unwarranted loss against Australia in 1994. This was performance was repeated in the Pakistan-New Zealand game in Christchurch in the same year. The evidence was sufficient for the Judge to ban Akram from captaining the Pakistan side again.

Retirement from the Game

Akram announced his retirement from the ODIs in 2003. He was 35 and had already quit Test cricket a year earlier. He was a regular and key figure on the English domestic circuit playing first for Lancashire and later for Hampshire.

Subsequently, Akram moved into the commentating business offering his insight on players and teams becoming a regular voice on many television and radio shows.

For a number of years, he has led the Kolkata Knight Riders to victory in the Indian Premier league in both 2012 and 2014 showing that his love for the game and keen attention to skill development have not lost their edge.

Despite the controversies, Akram’s performance over his career has firmly established him as perhaps the best swing bowler of all time, and will long be remembered for his far greater number of highs rather than his unfortunate lows.

 

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Saturday was a busy sporting day across all sports with England dismissing Australia in cricket.

Jason Roy scored a brilliant 120 to help England beat Australia by 38 runs and take a 2-0 lead after the second one-day international (ODI), on the 16th of June in Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.

Captain Eoin Morgan suffered back spasms and was ruled out 20 minutes before kick-off, but that did not hamper the team’s ability as the put in excellent batting performance.

England posted 342-8 as Jos Buttler who captained the team in Morgans’ absence, made an unbeaten 91 from 70 balls.

This was a significant improvement for the team after struggling in the first ODI against the same opponents three days earlier at The Oval when they left it late to win by three wickets.

The back to back defeat spells doom to Australia that plummeted to the sixth position on the International Cricket Council (ICC) one-day international rankings for the first time since 1984, with a total of 3474 points and rating of 102 placing it a fraction of a point behind Pakistani.

The two sides will next meet on Tuesday, June 19th at 14:00 BST for their third match, out of the five-match series at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

The ODI teams ranking table

As at 18th June 2018

Team |position |Matches played | points |Rating

  • England 1 45 5599 124
  • India 2 45 5492 122
  • South Africa 3 34 3842 113
  • New Zealand 4 41 4602 112
  • Pakistan 5 32 3229 102
  • Australia 6 34 3474 102
  • Bangladesh 7 24 2220 93
  • Sri Lanka 8 43 3302 77
  • West Indies 9 29 1989 69
  • Afghanistan 10 28 1758 63
  • Zimbabwe 11 37 2021 55
  • Ireland 12 20 766 38
  • Scotland 13 16 535 33
  • United Arab
  • Emirates 14 13 236 18

Gearing up for Cricket World Cup in 2019

Cricket is a sport that attracts millions of fans around the globe. The first ever Cricket World Cup took place in 1975 at a time when cricket was enjoying a huge surge in popularity. Since then, this tournament has been regularly held, attracting the active participation of teams from all over the world.

In 2019, the Cricket World Cup fans have something to look forward to. It will be the twelfth time that the competition will be taking place. England and Wales will be hosting the games between 30 May and 14 July next year. In 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 they also hosted other World Cup tournaments.

The World Cup Qualifier 2018

Any Sports World Cup brings with it exciting times and so does the World Cup qualifier that precedes it. This year was no exception as 2018 saw the cricket fans focused on the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup qualifier that took place in Zimbabwe in March.

The two top-notch teams that stood out during the World Cup qualifier were Afghanistan and the West Indies. 10 teams participated in a total of 34 games. Zimbabwe, as hosts of the tournament and for the first time ever since 1983, failed to reach the final and will, as a result, not be participating in the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

In the meantime, cricket fans are keeping an eye out for Afghanistan’s Mohammad Shahzad and other rising stars.

See you at the Cricket World Cup in 2019!