Cricket - All Time Legends
Cricket is one of the most intriguing form of sports, with action that can turn in any of the combatants' favor with just about every bowl. With a following of well over a billion people across the globe, the game has produced its share of legends who have cemented their legacies with their talent, skill and sheer determination.
Here's a look at the best of the best in terms of each aspect of the game.
Sir Donald Bradman - Batting
Sir Donald George Bradman, undoubtedly the greatest batsman of all time, was Born in August 27, 1908, in Cootamundra, New South Wales. Nicknamed The Don, he batted Right-handed, and occasionally bowling Leg breaks. During his career Bradman played for Australia on the international level, and New South Wales and South Australia on the domestic level. His debut test match for Australia was against England at Brisbane, Nov 30-Dec 5, 1928.
Bradman scored 6996 runs in 52 Tests, at an amazing average of 99.94, with 94 hundreds and 29 fifties, and a best of 334.
Garry Sobers - All Round
Sir Garfield St Aubrun Sobers, one of the pioneers of West Indian cricket, and the greatest all rounder of all time, was born on July 28, 1936, in Chelsea Road, Bay Land, St Michael, Barbados. Apart from representing West Indies on the international level, he aslo played for Barbados, Nottinghamshire and South Australia.
Garry Sobers, a very gifted all-rounder, batted left-handed and bowled left-arm fast-medium and slow left-arm orthodox.
He scored 8032 runs in 93 Tests at an average of 57.78, 26 hundreds and 30 fifties, his highest being 365 not out. He took 235 wickets at a strike rate of 91.9, with best figures of 6/73.
Wasim Akram - Pace Bowling
Arguably the best left arm pace bowler of all time, Wasim Akram was a true master at seam and swing bowling. Born on June 3, 1966, in Lahore, Punjab, Wasim learned and quickly mastered the art of reverse swing from Imran Khan, becoming one of the deadliest fast bowlers of all time. Apart from representing Pakistan, Wasim also played for Hampshire, Lahore, Lancashire, Pakistan Automobiles Corporation and Pakistan International Airlines.
He took 502 wickets in 356 ODIs and 414 wickets in 104 Tests. An equally gifted batsman, he scored 2898 Test match runs and 3717 ODI runs. He evon scored a test triple century with 357 not out.
Adam Gilchrist - Wicket Keeping
Adam Craig Gilchrist, born November 14, 1971, in Bellingen, New South Wales, is by far the best wicketkeeper batsman of all time. Gilly, as his teammates refer to him, played for Australia, Deccan Chargers, ICC World XI, New South Wales and Western Australia.
He scored 5570 runs in 96 Tests with a best of 204* and took 379 catches and 37 stumpings. In 287 ODIs played he scored 9619 runs with a best of 172, with 417 catches and 55 stumpings.
Shane Warne - Spin Bowing
Aussie Leg spinner Shane Keith Warne was born on September 13, 1969, in Ferntree Gully, Victoria. Truly a spin wizard, Warne could get the ball to spin from way outside leg stump to bowl out a batsman from behind his legs. A useful right-batsman, Warne represented Australia, Hampshire, ICC World XI, Rajasthan Royals and Victoria.
He took a record 708 wickets in 145 Tests, and 293 wickets in 194 ODIs.
Jonty Rhodes - Fielding
Jonathan Neil Rhodes was born on July 27, 1969, in Pietermaritzberg, Nata. Although a dependable right-handed middle order batsman, Jonty is best known for his athletic abilities in the field. He has represented Ireland, South Africa, Gloucestershire, KwaZulu-Natal and Natal.
Beginning from the diving run-out of Inzamam-ul-Haq during the 1992 World Cup, Rhodes cemented himself in the backward point position in the SA lineup. One of the quickest runners between wickets, he scored 2532 Test runs and 5935 ODI runs.
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