T20 Cricket | Legends who would have been great at it


“Nothing is better than watching a
gripping day of test cricket where the batsmen and bowlers go at each other with full intensity” says no one! – thanks to stupid millennials with their stupid smartphones and their stupid multi screens and their total attention span of 8 seconds! Yes I am a millennial too but I’m also deeply nostalgic about the way things
were. I personally blame the evil geniuses of
ICC board members who made the format smaller to squeeze in as much cricket as they could. “I need some money… immediately.” T20 is the most exciting
format of the game today. Yes it may be overly commercialized; as for the art of bowling… But it has also attracted new audiences of people who were previously uninterested in test or ODI cricket. Thank you celebrity culture, Instagram and Facebook for your cooperation. What these newly born cricket fans may not know is that there were several legends of the quote-unquote “slower formats” that made cricket exciting and could have easily made T20 their *BLEEP* Please refrain from using strong language in front of children. For extreme cases, please use an invention of the west – swear jar. With this informative message, I am Mohsin and here is a look at 5 Cricket Legends of
the past who would have been great at T20 cricket. Number 1 – Viv Richards In the 70s and the 80s, a cricket pitch was like the Wild West and the fast bowlers were the
outlaws who ruled the land. Batsmen were the dumb herd too timid to put up a fight. But Viv Richard had other ideas. Fearless, flamboyant and full of grace – he stamped his authority by scoring runs at will against the toughest bowling attacks around the globe. And his batting prowess didn’t require high quality bats that modern batsmen yield today. He would chew a chewing gum and blow the bowlers out of the park – literally and figuratively. Number 2 – Wasim Akram T20 batsmen stand tall today like butchers with their bats like meat cleavers. However, when Wasim Akram had the ball in his hand, it was the batsmen who were making a constant effort to avert brain damage. How many batsmen can hit sixes at will when the ball moves with the mind of its own… like this! Take that Newton! Einstein! Physics! Yes science! Be it
cloudy or sunny conditions; new ball or old ball; the cricket ball was the Stormbreaker and our Wasim Akram was Thor. It was the sheer amount of variety he had perfected that allowed him to take 500
wickets in ODI cricket and that with a short run-up of medium pacers. Perhaps the biggest tool in his arsenal *no pun intended* was the reverse swing. Important Notice: For those of you who do not know “what is reverse swing”, please listen carefully. Reverse Swing is a late movement in the ball’s apparent trajectory in air just before a batsman can play it thereby leaving them off guard. Thank you for your attention. Besides being a magician with the ball in his hand, he was also a decent striker of the ball with the bat. Before Ariel, Wasim Akram used an old-fashioned bat for his laundry. Number 3 – Sir Ian Botham Who was the
first English athlete to become a tabloid darling? David Beckham? Andy Murray? Actually it was Sir Ian Botham – arguably the most flamboyant British
sports personality of his era. Take that you fans of sports that
haven’t changed. Botham was a champion all-rounder who could change the course of a game in a heartbeat. In fact, in the 1992 World Cup, he would
open the batting for England as a pinch-hitter and then would open bowling as a fast bowler. WHATTTT???!! He scored over 7,000 runs in international cricket and amassed 383 Test match wickets and 145 wickets in ODIs. Do you know how many current bowlers can boast this claim? Ah..Let me guess.. A grand total of ZERO! Number 4 – Kapil Dev Arguably the greatest Indian fast bowler and one of the best all-rounders to ever grace the game, Kapil Dev had it all. In his era, he was somewhat overshadowed by Imran Khan, Sir Richard Hadley and Sir Ian Botham, but he was no slouch. Kapil Dev has a total of 400 Test wickets, 253 ODI wickets and almost 8,000 international runs. Add an ODI batting strike rate of 95 to that record in an era when fast bowlers dominated and he becomes an obvious choice for this list. He was also one of the most successful captains for India delivering their first World Cup win in 1983. Talent and leadership – Sounds like the hiring criteria of multinational companies. Number 5 – Curtly Ambrose Since we are nerds, one more question: How does
the fielding captain scare the life out of an opening batsman? The answer is pretty simple: You give the ball to a 6 ft. 7-inch fast bowler who can give the batsmen a heart attack with a simple stare. Are you thinking about Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson? Well we are talking about the menacing Curtly Ambrose. His tall frame allowed him to extract lethal pace and bounce. Balls which seemed to be full in length would bounce in batsmen’s faces. *Hehe* He had the uncanny accuracy to bowl on a line and length that gave batsmen absolutely nothing and allowed him to end his ODI career with 225 wickets and an economy rate of 3.48. With these attributes, a fast bowler like Ambrose could wreak havoc in the shorter version of the game. So that’s our list. Do you agree or disagree with it? Let us know in the comments below. Share, like and subscribe to our
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