Talking About the Greatest Cricketer of the time, Simply means talking about the legends who earned the respect because of the dedication that they have shown towards the country and their Team.
1. WG Grace
WG has grown up in his cricket history with his huge jugular and unique beard, and sometimes it becomes difficult to see this figure and see his tricks on the field of cricket. He deserves a name under a list of greatest cricket in the history.
In the Victorian life, he was the most recognizable person outside the Royal Family and Prime Minister Gladstone and still, after more than a hundred years of his death, he is the owner of the game’s most famous beard.
He was the first global sports superstar, and possibly only one, until Babe Ruth started hitting the ballpark at a dangerous rate in the 1920s, but after starting his glorious feats of scoring by Grace There was a full half-century. He dominated cricket from the village green to the Lord’s Cricket Ground and cricket did not make any small part to thank him.
He only established himself as a master batsman at the age of 16, and in 1871 he could see his dominance by examining the national average. Grace scored an unbeatable 2,739 runs at an average of 78.90. After this, Richard Duff came in the list, with an average of 37 for his 565 runs.
In fact, only one batsman scored 1,000 runs in that year. In later years, other batsmen learned from their technique how to hit fast bowlers in front of the wicket.
In 1876 he achieved a feat of unequal scoring for the current day, in 344 against Kent for MCC, 177 for Nottinghamshire against Gloucestershire and then 318 against Yorkshire – in a week’s space.
The suspicion can point to the fact that he had never to play against fast bowling, or against the reverse swing or to counter the googly. However, not to mention a demanding job away from cricket, he had to struggle with long borders, worse wickets and tiring travel programs.
Though great, though his feat was on the field, he made it in great headlines. His career took some 40 years and when he started in the middle of 1860 he played as an amateur, later qualified as a General Practitioner. Despite this, he made a lot of distance from cricket compared to so-called ‘professionals’ who were paid for his efforts on the field.
Him shamelessly, the word was made by keeping it in mind.
He scored 1,000 runs in 28 seasons, scored 2,000 runs on five occasions, topped bowling averages in 1867, and achieved the highest number of wickets in 1874, 1875 and 1877. As the growth progressed in the 1890s, the flow continued. 2,346 in 1895 and 2,135 more in 1896.
He started bowling at round pace in a medium pace and as he grew up, it slowed down as well, but he lacked that speed, which he had made for a mini-guide and flight.
It would seem strange to some extent – a huge man, in which there was a slow luffed ball, which causes the batsman to mislead and fall into it. With all of this, he was an excellent fielder – mainly at the point – where he could chat with the batsman and could try to get the advantage of planning the early style of the game genre.
Throughout the time, he retained his role as a doctor, often visiting friends after a difficult day in the field to remove his spirits and try to reduce the pain. In 1887, Arthur Crom of Gloucestershire cut his throat against one of the pointed railings in front of the pavilion at Old Trafford, and the cut was deep and potentially fatal.
WG kept the wounds together for almost half an hour, because the messengers got a surgical needle. WG bowled all day, but he kept his position without moving.
We can not be certain that he really takes the place of the Bells and in the batting continues to claim that the crowd of people provokes him not to see the bowler but to bat.
Or that he called “The Lady” while blowing the coin, so that he could claim victory, whether he landed on Queen Victoria or Britannia. He played within the rules, but he was eager to stretch the boundaries.
His last innings in any cricket was for Eltham against Grove Park in July 1914 when the war was already underway. Needless to say that he scored an unbeaten 69. Later in the summer of that year, he wrote a letter to the interested cricketers of ‘The Sportsman’ that ‘remove the bat and ball and come for the help of their country without the need of their time.’
To a lesser extent, in the second half of the 19th century, this icon of British life died during the war, which marked the end of Britain’s empire. And when – in 1923 – it was decided that how to remember them at the Lord’s door, who take their name, they were described as: “William Gilbert Grace – The Great Cricketer”. He called her.
2. Donald Bradman
Even now, after nearly 70 years of retirement from Test cricket, his batting average is 99.94, which is a misprint. Not only is it the most famous number in a game that is inspired by numbers, but it is about 40 runs better than the next batsman in the list which has batted more than 20 times in Test cricket. It can be said that this is the most remarkable game of all of them.
He batted a total of 80 times in Test cricket for that phenomenal average – and in which his entire career was involved. The next best average was achieved by any batsman in 80 innings, Jacques Kallis, who scored 76.40 runs from 2001 to 2006.
But it is almost 25 percent bad. Ricky Ponting topped 75.40, Gary Sobers 73.07, Sachin Tendulkar 66.41 and Brian Lara 63.91. The only other batsman with more than 70 average in more than 80 innings was Shiv Chanderpaul, who managed 70.52 between 2007 and 2013.
In 1968, Bob Bamman squeezed the mark of 28 feet and scored a 29 feet
That record was considered unbreakable. But in 1991 only one night in Tokyo, Mike Powell did so and Powell’s record lasted longer than the absurd.
But Bradman’s figures have come to the test of time. Some culprits said that he was batting on flat wickets, timely tests and weak bowling attack. But these runs were created on open wickets with only one cap to protect against the attack of opposition bowlers.
A new national hero came out of the Great Depression, who set a record for high scoring which only dreamed. After the establishment of the world on the 1930s tour of England, in which he scored 974 runs – a record that still stands – the bodyline plan was created in an effort to stop them.
It worked to some extent because it took ‘mere’ 56 an average. It went back to normal on the 1934 tour of England and the Ashes was not surrendered until retirement.
At the end of the first day of the Leeds Test, he rejected the invitation to dinner with author Neville Cards, he said that he wanted one night because the team needed to make him a double hundred.
Cards explained that his previous innings was 334, and the law of average was against another such type of score. Bradman told Carsus, “I do not believe in the law of average”, and later scored 304 runs.
Every cricket fan knows that in his last innings at The Oval in 1934, he was dismissed for just four runs from a century. Of course, they might have batted again in the match – perhaps they were unable to reach the crease on their side – before England 117-1 just before they were bowled out for just 52 runs.
But it is a commentary on the four runs in which they have not scored – only four runs out of a career of about 20 years and around 200 hours on the crease – which is probably the first thing to be discussed when it is mentioned.
He probably signed more autographs than any player in history, and until his death, he was perhaps the most famous and revered Australian of all of them.
3. Garry Sobers
That was the final triple threat – in the bat, ball or field. It can be said that it was a choking threat because it could have a great effect both seam and spin. But it was not what he did on the field, but how did he do it. He crossed the game for two decades – in an era, which was ironically marked by the slowest period of play in Test cricket.
During his career he was without doubt about the world’s best batsman – not to mention the biggest stroke-player. To date, no one has achieved the top spot in the ICC rankings for Test batsmen for more matches. If he was not the greatest bowler, then he was definitely the most versatile, whether taking a new ball or spinning the old either in a conservative or unorthodox manner. In the field, he can cover the grass like a greyhound or relax in the ground.
At the time of his retirement, he was the leading run-scorer in Test cricket, having the highest individual score in his name. He was also the second highest wicket taker for the West Indies, and he was third in the list of caught catches in the field.
Not to mention the immortalization of six sixes in one over – and fortunately the TV cameras captured this moment forever. When he found himself playing in Kuala Lumpur in March 1964, he took five wickets in five balls – in a slight match – for the EW Swenton XI against Malaysia.
Later all those numbers have been running for a long time, but the world has not seen them again. Tales of late-morning drinking sessions ended when they had to land on the crew for the next day’s game. But there was too much effort, lucky for a man that he was looking at Valkot, Warrell and Weeks.
He won the famous Brisbane Tide Test of 1960 with an innings of 132 and on England’s 1966 test tour, he scored 722 runs, took 20 wickets and grabbed 10 catches – side by side.
Showing that in 1967 he was far ahead of his time, he wrote a book called “Bonnventure and the Flashing Blade” – a children’s novel in which computer analysis helps a university cricket team to become unbeatable. Nowadays you will find it difficult to find any professional team who does not do any statistical analysis using computers.
He spent many seasons playing for South Australia and played in the Sheffield Shield match at Adelaide on February 13, 1962. Three days later he played a Test match against India in Trinidad. In the meantime, they flew 55 hours on three airlines, covered 12,600 miles and reached the middle of the night before the test.
Without the difference between the time between Adelaide and Trinidad, it would never have been made. The last drive for the cricket ground was two hours extra. In those two matches, he scored 293 runs and took 15 wickets. And modern cricketers moan about the burden of their work!
4. Sachin Tendulkar
It was not just about runs – or century. It was the weight of a billion fans on your shoulders every time you used to come out to bat. And dealing with that pressure and from the other end, probably the most liked cricketer in the history of the game.
To help end the career as a leading run-scorer and a century maker in international cricket, it helps in starting a youth. And that’s exactly what he did when he made his unbeaten century in his first class at the age of 15.
She was already in the limelight, because she shared in the Harris Shield semi-finals in the 664 partnership for Shardashram Vidyamandir against St. Xavier’s High School, Fort. While Kambli used to shine before shining quickly, Tendulkar stayed for a long time.
A Test debut was played in 1989 and he was dismissed by fellow wrestler Younis in his first Test match. England, inspired by a Graham Goch, won the series the following year, but a star was born in Old Trafford. With his team’s batting, he last played an unbeatable innings of 119 runs – the first of the international centuries and a lasting impression on the game of the world.
With clear vulnerabilities, their game was built on balance and accuracy. Ironically, his first ODI century was not his 79th match, but he soon got ready for the lost time, and in 2010, he became the first batsman to score a double century in international limited overs international cricket.
His international career ended just after 24 years – which was the fifth longest time so far. And how can one get better way of winning Test on home Stadium?
5. Shane Warne
Possibly the most charismatic cricketer of modern times, he made bowling leg-spin cool again. Yes – Australia had a proud history of leg-spinners, most notably O’Reilly, Grimmett, and Benaud. But there had been a lull before he exploded on the scene in the early 1990s to cast a spell on batsmen World-Wide.
Prior to his Test debut, Warne had taken only 26 first-class wickets, of which only 15 had been in Australia. He struggled early, with his bowling average peaking at 346. That average was still in three figures before his 7-52 against the West Indies in the 1992 Boxing Day Test. Then came the ‘Ball of the Century’ at Manchester and the rest is history.
He took more than 200 wickets in his next 40 Tests and that was when he was at the peak of his powers. A finger operation in 1996 and a shoulder operation two years later meant that his flipper was not as lethal as it had been earlier in his career.
But he made up for it through intelligence and the finer arts of gamesmanship and psychological warfare! He didn’t go wicket-less in any of his last 63 Tests from 2000, despite his final delivery in Test cricket being hit for four – by Steve Harmison of all people!
He is also the proud holder of the record for the most Test runs without ever scoring a century, with a highest score of 99 against New Zealand at Perth in 2001. He was also a fine slip fielder, perhaps unluckily remembered more for his dropping of Kevin Pietersen at The Oval in 2005 than for any blinders he may have caught.
6. Jacques Kallis
In the coming years, among those who had seen international cricket in the 1990s and 2000s, they will come back with a horror in this player of a player – despite their startling exploits – at that time unattainable and undeclared .
He was without doubt on one of the greatest batters of his era – and it was an era in which he shared Limelight with Ponting, Lara and Tendulkar. However, when everyone took his sweaters, Kallis’s batting was considerably reduced.
His bowling had lost some of his early passions in his earlier career, but he was still able to bowl destructive spells till the end of his career, and he was the slip catcher of the perfect talent.
It was a slow start, though in its first 16 Tests, with just a century and a batting average of 25.37, it was England’s 1998 tour which marked the first time for him for greatness.
He followed up with 4-29 in Lord’s and 132 in Manchester, showing that he could have a double danger on the biggest stage. In the same year, he helped South Africa win the inaugural ICC Champions Trophy – still the only big trophy in his cabinet. He scored a score of 5-30 against the West Indies in the final before 113 runs in the semi-finals.
Blockers will point to their sluggish scoring rate, but their technique was more textbook than some of their more flamboyant contemporaries. It was not about the trademark pull of Lara’s flourishing or Ponting of Ponting or the mounted attitude of Sehwag. However, in his one-day cricket he developed his game and flourished in the early years of the Indian Premier League.
He became a reluctant bowler in the course of his years, but at that time his batting debut entered the stratosphere, finally breaking that elusive double century in 38th time of asking. He also left a high with an innings of 115 in his final Test in the 2013 Durban Boxing Day Test against India.
7. Jack Hobbs
On 16 December 1922, Jack Hobbs turned 40 years old. He was already acknowledged as the greatest batsman in the game – taking over that mantle from WG Grace and had 99 first-class centuries to his name. For many players that might have been the start of their twilight years, but not so for Hobbs.
Never has the mantra ‘life begins at 40’ been more apt. From then until the end of his career, he stroked another hundred centuries and improved his batting average from 45.93 at the time of his birthday to its final figure of 50.70.
He arrived in first-class cricket in 1905 at the height of cricket’s ‘Golden Age’ – an era of Ranji of Trumper and of Fry. He brought with him mastery of front-foot play but also a high back-lift enabling his back foot strokes to be equally effective. His elegance could have fitted into any cricketing age and he had equal mastery over both pace and spin bowling.
Like his team-mate Barnes, he received no coaching, but grew up watching Ranji play at Cambridge before Tom Hayward brought him to Surrey. When Hobbs played his first major match for Surrey, the opponents were Gentlemen of England captained by WG Grace. Grace’s view was clear:
“He’s goin’ to be a good’un.” In 1925 Hobbs passed Grace’s tally of first-class centuries and then subsequently passed his runs record too.
Post-war he became more of an accumulator than an artist, and his tally of first-class runs and centuries will remain records until the end of time.
He was an outstanding fielder and runner between the wickets and his ability to score runs on the most unpredictable of wickets caused many to rate his even higher than Don Bradman.
But Hobbs is remembered as much for his modesty and kindness as he is for his run-scoring. Perhaps no other player has been so universally admired and it was fitting that in 1953 he became the first professional cricketer to be knighted for services to the game.