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The Greatest Cricketers of the Modern Era

Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 9, 2008

Here are a list of some of the greatest players to grace the game of cricket. The players selected have been chosen by their quality and records.

The Following Cricketers are the Best of the Modern Era:-

GREATEST CRICKETERS:

01) Shane Warne
02) Sachin Tendulkar
03) Muttiah Muralitharan
04) Brian Lara
05) Wasim Akram
06) Glenn McGrath
07) Ricky Ponting
08) Jacques Kallis
09) Curtly Ambrose
10) Waqar Younis
11) Adam Gilchrist
12) Courtney Walsh
13) Steve Waugh
14) Inzamam-ul-Haq
15) Rahul Dravid
16) Sourav Ganguly
17) Mohammad Yousuf
18) Allan Donald
19) Andy Flower
20) Shaun Pollock
21) Matthew Hayden
22) Aravinda de Silva
23) Anil Kumble
24) Sanath Jayasuriya
25) Michael Bevan

Notable Exclusions:-

01) Chaminda Vaas
02) Chris Cairns
03) Gary Kirsten
04) Mohammed Azharuddin
05) Saeed Anwar
06) Stephen Fleming
07) Nathan Astle
08) Jonty Rhodes
09) Alec Stewart
10) Marvan Atapattu
11) Mark Waugh

GREATEST CRICKETERS (individually):

  • Greatest Batsman: Sachin Tendulkar
  • Greatest ODI Batsman: Sachin Tendulkar
  • Greatest Test Batsman: Brian Lara
  • Greatest Bowler: Muttiah Muralitharan
  • Greatest ODI Bowler: Wasim Akram
  • Greatest Test Bowler: Shane Warne n Muttiah Muralidaran
  • Greatest Fielder: Jonty Rhodes
  • Greatest All-Rounder: Jacques Kallis
  • Greatest ODI Captain: Ricky Ponting
  • Greatest Test Captain: Steve Waugh
  • Greatest ODI Batting Pair: Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly
  • Greatest Test Batting Pair: Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting
  • Greatest ODI Bowling Pair: Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis
  • Greatest Test Bowling Pair: Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh/Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne

    GREATEST CRICKETERS BY TEAM:

  • Australia: Shane Warne
  • Bangladesh: Mohammed Rafique
  • England: Alec Stewart
  • India: Sachin Tendulkar
  • New Zealand: Stephen Fleming
  • Pakistan: Wasim Akram
  • South Africa: Jacques Kallis
  • Sri Lanka: Muttiah Muralidaran
  • West Indies: Brian Lara
  • Zimbabwe: Andy Flower

    If you are not happy with the selection of the cricketers then feel free to express your opinion by leaving a comment on this post/article.

    Players in Quest of Achieving Greatness:
    01) Michael Clarke
    02) Mike Hussey
    03) Virender Sehwag
    04) Shivnarine Chanderpaul
    05) Graeme Smith
    06) Brett Lee
    07) Kumar Sangakkara
    08) Kevin Pietersen
    09) Andrew Flintoff
    10) Chris Gayle
    11) Andrew Symonds
    12) Makhaya Ntini
    13) Ramnaresh Sarwan
    14) Mahela Jayawardene
    15) Herschelle Gibbs

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    The Greatest Cricketers of the Modern Era

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 9, 2008

    Here are a list of some of the greatest players to grace the game of cricket. The players selected have been chosen by their quality and records.

    The Following Cricketers are the Best of the Modern Era:-

    GREATEST CRICKETERS:

    01) Shane Warne
    02) Sachin Tendulkar
    03) Muttiah Muralitharan
    04) Brian Lara
    05) Wasim Akram
    06) Glenn McGrath
    07) Ricky Ponting
    08) Jacques Kallis
    09) Curtly Ambrose
    10) Waqar Younis
    11) Adam Gilchrist
    12) Courtney Walsh
    13) Steve Waugh
    14) Inzamam-ul-Haq
    15) Rahul Dravid
    16) Sourav Ganguly
    17) Mohammad Yousuf
    18) Allan Donald
    19) Andy Flower
    20) Shaun Pollock
    21) Matthew Hayden
    22) Aravinda de Silva
    23) Anil Kumble
    24) Sanath Jayasuriya
    25) Michael Bevan

    Notable Exclusions:-

    01) Chaminda Vaas
    02) Chris Cairns
    03) Gary Kirsten
    04) Mohammed Azharuddin
    05) Saeed Anwar
    06) Stephen Fleming
    07) Nathan Astle
    08) Jonty Rhodes
    09) Alec Stewart
    10) Marvan Atapattu
    11) Mark Waugh

    GREATEST CRICKETERS (individually):

  • Greatest Batsman: Sachin Tendulkar
  • Greatest ODI Batsman: Sachin Tendulkar
  • Greatest Test Batsman: Brian Lara
  • Greatest Bowler: Muttiah Muralitharan
  • Greatest ODI Bowler: Wasim Akram
  • Greatest Test Bowler: Shane Warne n Muttiah Muralidaran
  • Greatest Fielder: Jonty Rhodes
  • Greatest All-Rounder: Jacques Kallis
  • Greatest ODI Captain: Ricky Ponting
  • Greatest Test Captain: Steve Waugh
  • Greatest ODI Batting Pair: Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly
  • Greatest Test Batting Pair: Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting
  • Greatest ODI Bowling Pair: Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis
  • Greatest Test Bowling Pair: Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh/Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne

    GREATEST CRICKETERS BY TEAM:

  • Australia: Shane Warne
  • Bangladesh: Mohammed Rafique
  • England: Alec Stewart
  • India: Sachin Tendulkar
  • New Zealand: Stephen Fleming
  • Pakistan: Wasim Akram
  • South Africa: Jacques Kallis
  • Sri Lanka: Muttiah Muralidaran
  • West Indies: Brian Lara
  • Zimbabwe: Andy Flower

    If you are not happy with the selection of the cricketers then feel free to express your opinion by leaving a comment on this post/article.

    Players in Quest of Achieving Greatness:
    01) Michael Clarke
    02) Mike Hussey
    03) Virender Sehwag
    04) Shivnarine Chanderpaul
    05) Graeme Smith
    06) Brett Lee
    07) Kumar Sangakkara
    08) Kevin Pietersen
    09) Andrew Flintoff
    10) Chris Gayle
    11) Andrew Symonds
    12) Makhaya Ntini
    13) Ramnaresh Sarwan
    14) Mahela Jayawardene
    15) Herschelle Gibbs

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    Player Profile(#37)…Shivnarine Chanderpaul(West Indies)

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 7, 2008

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    Shivnarine ‘Shiv’ Chanderpaul (born 16 August 1974 in Unity Village, Demerara-Mahaica, Guyana) is a cricketer, and former captain of the West Indies cricket team. He is the first Indo-Caribbean in the West Indies team to play 100 Tests for the West Indies and has captained them in 14 Tests and 16 One Day Internationals. Chanderpaul is currently ranked as the number one batsman in the world in the current ICC test rankings.

    Career:

    A West Indian cricketer of East Indian origin, the left-handed Chanderpaul is known for his doggedness and ability to stick on the wicket for long hours. He is infamous in the cricketing world for his very unorthodox front-on batting stance, although he shifts his body into a more conventional position when he plays the ball, thus making him a prolific scorer on both sides of the wicket. His stance allows him to get most of his runs behind the wicket. Chanderpaul is renowned for playing left arm spin bowlers by getting his pad outside the line of off-stump, and hiding his bat behind the pad, in imitation of a shot, but without the risk of edging the ball.

    Chanderpaul’s first notable impact on Test cricket was as being the last batting partner of Brian Lara when Lara broke Gary Sobers’ record of 365 not out in the fifth and final Test against England in 1993-94. Lara went on to make 375 before he was caught off Andrew Caddick’s bowling, sharing a 219-run stand with Chanderpaul, who was left not out on 75.

    Chanderpaul made his first Test century in his 19th Test match – after having scored 15 half-centuries in the preceding 18 matches. In the third of a five-Test series against India in 1996-97, he made 137* at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados. He also featured with his Guyanese counterpart, and current West Indian vice captain Ramnaresh Sarwan, making 104 in chasing a world record 418 to win in the fourth innings of the final Test match versus Australia in 2002-03.

    Chanderpaul’s best first class score is 303* versus Jamaica for Guyana, and, despite his reputation as a dogged batsman, he has also made the fourth fastest century in Test cricket, scoring three figures in just 67 balls at the GCC Ground Bourda, Guyana, also in the 2002-03 series against Australia.

    He was named captain of the West Indies in the first Test versus South Africa in March 2005 in Guyana, after seven senior players including captain Brian Lara were dropped in a sponsorship row. He emulated Graham Dowling to become only the second player to make a double century on debut as a Test captain, scoring an unbeaten 200 and making a sporting declaration in the first Test. It was announced that Lara would return to the team for the second Test, but Chanderpaul would retain the captaincy for the rest of the series. He was named to the squad of 20 for the World XI to face Australia in the Super Test in October 2005, but when the squad was cut to 14 names in August his name was not mentioned.

    Chanderpaul remains one of the most recognisable faces in all of the West Indies, particularly his native Guyana, and he has come a long way from his first 50 in his first Test versus England in 1993-94 at Bourda to his current status as a former captain.

    In April 2006, Chanderpaul resigned as West Indies captain in order to concentrate on his batting. He captained a weak West Indies team, and his record was not a successful one. In fourteen Tests he won one and lost ten with three draws. In sixteen One-Day Internationals, he won two and lost fourteen. Later in the month the captaincy was restored to veteran batsman Brian Lara.

    Chanderpaul has recently reached the milestone of 100 Test caps, the 8th West Indian to do so and the first of East Indian descent.At the conclusion of the 2008 Australian tour of the West Indies, Chanderpaul will appear in the All Star line up for the 2008 Hong Kong Sixes on November 8th,2008. The Hong Kong Sixes was formed in 1992, and has become an annual fixture, attracting greats such as Brian Charles Lara, , Sachin Tendulkar, Steve and Mark Waugh, Sir Viv Richards, Andrew Flintoff, Adam Gilchrist and Wasim Akram and now Shivnarine Chanderpaul adding his name to the fixtures.

    Trivia:
    Some of his quirkier traits include having “baseball-style” tape under his eyes, which he started wearing after a successful run scoring spree in the United States,[citation needed] and using a bail from the stumps to “mark his guard”. He is known for immense concentration at the crease which he can maintain for extended periods of time, drawing comparisons to batting greats such as Lara and Bradman. Chanderpaul is one of the few players to have gone 1000 minutes in Test cricket without conceding his wicket. He has done this four times, and is the only player to have done so more than once. However despite his extended stays at the wicket, he also has the ability to ‘shift gears’ particularly in the one day game where he has scored some of the fastest centuries to date. He also bats very well with the tail, often refusing to remain not out at the end of the innings trying to add as many runs as possible without exposing the tail to the strike.

    Links to more information on Shivnarine Chanderpaul:

  • Cricinfo.com profile on Shivnarine Chanderpaul
  • Shiv Chanderpaul interview on Yahoo.com
  • Cricinfo.com 2006: Chanderpaul resigns as captain
  • Shiv Chanderpaul Fan Site
  • Shiv Chanderpaul info on Cricketarchive.com
  • Cricketweb.net stat profile on Shiv Chanderpaul

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    *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.org and owners of pictures and videos used.

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    Player Profile(#37)…Shivnarine Chanderpaul(West Indies)

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 7, 2008

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    Shivnarine ‘Shiv’ Chanderpaul (born 16 August 1974 in Unity Village, Demerara-Mahaica, Guyana) is a cricketer, and former captain of the West Indies cricket team. He is the first Indo-Caribbean in the West Indies team to play 100 Tests for the West Indies and has captained them in 14 Tests and 16 One Day Internationals. Chanderpaul is currently ranked as the number one batsman in the world in the current ICC test rankings.

    Career:

    A West Indian cricketer of East Indian origin, the left-handed Chanderpaul is known for his doggedness and ability to stick on the wicket for long hours. He is infamous in the cricketing world for his very unorthodox front-on batting stance, although he shifts his body into a more conventional position when he plays the ball, thus making him a prolific scorer on both sides of the wicket. His stance allows him to get most of his runs behind the wicket. Chanderpaul is renowned for playing left arm spin bowlers by getting his pad outside the line of off-stump, and hiding his bat behind the pad, in imitation of a shot, but without the risk of edging the ball.

    Chanderpaul’s first notable impact on Test cricket was as being the last batting partner of Brian Lara when Lara broke Gary Sobers’ record of 365 not out in the fifth and final Test against England in 1993-94. Lara went on to make 375 before he was caught off Andrew Caddick’s bowling, sharing a 219-run stand with Chanderpaul, who was left not out on 75.

    Chanderpaul made his first Test century in his 19th Test match – after having scored 15 half-centuries in the preceding 18 matches. In the third of a five-Test series against India in 1996-97, he made 137* at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados. He also featured with his Guyanese counterpart, and current West Indian vice captain Ramnaresh Sarwan, making 104 in chasing a world record 418 to win in the fourth innings of the final Test match versus Australia in 2002-03.

    Chanderpaul’s best first class score is 303* versus Jamaica for Guyana, and, despite his reputation as a dogged batsman, he has also made the fourth fastest century in Test cricket, scoring three figures in just 67 balls at the GCC Ground Bourda, Guyana, also in the 2002-03 series against Australia.

    He was named captain of the West Indies in the first Test versus South Africa in March 2005 in Guyana, after seven senior players including captain Brian Lara were dropped in a sponsorship row. He emulated Graham Dowling to become only the second player to make a double century on debut as a Test captain, scoring an unbeaten 200 and making a sporting declaration in the first Test. It was announced that Lara would return to the team for the second Test, but Chanderpaul would retain the captaincy for the rest of the series. He was named to the squad of 20 for the World XI to face Australia in the Super Test in October 2005, but when the squad was cut to 14 names in August his name was not mentioned.

    Chanderpaul remains one of the most recognisable faces in all of the West Indies, particularly his native Guyana, and he has come a long way from his first 50 in his first Test versus England in 1993-94 at Bourda to his current status as a former captain.

    In April 2006, Chanderpaul resigned as West Indies captain in order to concentrate on his batting. He captained a weak West Indies team, and his record was not a successful one. In fourteen Tests he won one and lost ten with three draws. In sixteen One-Day Internationals, he won two and lost fourteen. Later in the month the captaincy was restored to veteran batsman Brian Lara.

    Chanderpaul has recently reached the milestone of 100 Test caps, the 8th West Indian to do so and the first of East Indian descent.At the conclusion of the 2008 Australian tour of the West Indies, Chanderpaul will appear in the All Star line up for the 2008 Hong Kong Sixes on November 8th,2008. The Hong Kong Sixes was formed in 1992, and has become an annual fixture, attracting greats such as Brian Charles Lara, , Sachin Tendulkar, Steve and Mark Waugh, Sir Viv Richards, Andrew Flintoff, Adam Gilchrist and Wasim Akram and now Shivnarine Chanderpaul adding his name to the fixtures.

    Trivia:
    Some of his quirkier traits include having “baseball-style” tape under his eyes, which he started wearing after a successful run scoring spree in the United States,[citation needed] and using a bail from the stumps to “mark his guard”. He is known for immense concentration at the crease which he can maintain for extended periods of time, drawing comparisons to batting greats such as Lara and Bradman. Chanderpaul is one of the few players to have gone 1000 minutes in Test cricket without conceding his wicket. He has done this four times, and is the only player to have done so more than once. However despite his extended stays at the wicket, he also has the ability to ‘shift gears’ particularly in the one day game where he has scored some of the fastest centuries to date. He also bats very well with the tail, often refusing to remain not out at the end of the innings trying to add as many runs as possible without exposing the tail to the strike.

    Links to more information on Shivnarine Chanderpaul:

  • Cricinfo.com profile on Shivnarine Chanderpaul
  • Shiv Chanderpaul interview on Yahoo.com
  • Cricinfo.com 2006: Chanderpaul resigns as captain
  • Shiv Chanderpaul Fan Site
  • Shiv Chanderpaul info on Cricketarchive.com
  • Cricketweb.net stat profile on Shiv Chanderpaul

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    *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.org and owners of pictures and videos used.

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    The Top 10 Highest Runscorers of All Time (In Tests)…

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 2, 2008

    Here is a list of the top 10 runscorers of all time in cricket, as of 2nd December 08:

    1. Sachin Tendulkar (India)
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    Span: 1989-2008
    No# of Tests: 154
    Runs Scored: 12273
    Highest Score: 248*
    Average: 54.30
    100’s: 40
    50’s: 51

    2. Brian Lara (ICC/WI)
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    Span: 1990-2006
    No# of Tests: 131
    Runs Scored: 11953
    Highest Score: 400*
    Average: 52.88
    100’s: 34
    50’s: 48

    3. Allan Border (Aus)
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    Span: 1978-1994
    No# of Tests: 156
    Runs Scored: 11174
    Highest Score: 205
    Average: 50.56
    100’s: 27
    50’s: 63

    4. Steve Waugh (Aus)

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    Span: 1985-2004
    No# of Tests: 168
    Runs Scored: 10927
    Highest Score: 200
    Average: 51.06
    100’s: 32
    50’s: 50

    5. Ricky Ponting (Aus)
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    Span: 1995-2008
    No# of Tests: 125
    Runs Scored: 10465
    Highest Score: 257
    Average: 57.18
    100’s: 36
    50’s: 42

    6. Rahul Dravid (ICC/India)

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    Span: 1996-2008
    No# of Tests: 129
    Runs Scored: 10366
    Highest Score: 270
    Average: 52.61
    100’s: 25
    50’s: 53

    7. Sunil Gavaskar (India)
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    Span: 1971-1987
    No# of Tests: 125
    Runs Scored: 10122
    Highest Score: 236*
    Average: 51.12
    100’s: 34
    50’s: 45

    8. Jacques Kallis (ICC/SA)
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    Span: 1995-2008
    No# of Tests: 125
    Runs Scored: 9801
    Highest Score: 189*
    Average: 55.06
    100’s: 30
    50’s: 48

    9. Graham Gooch (Eng)
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    Span: 1975-1995
    No# of Tests: 118
    Runs Scored: 8900
    Highest Score: 333
    Average: 42.58
    100’s: 20
    50’s: 46

    10. Javed Miandad (Pak)
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    Span: 1976-1993
    No# of Tests: 124
    Runs Scored: 8832
    Highest Score: 280*
    Average: 52.57
    100’s: 23
    50’s: 43

    *Acknowledgements to Cricinfo.com and owners of pictures used.

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    The Top 10 Highest Runscorers of All Time (In Tests)…

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 2, 2008

    Here is a list of the top 10 runscorers of all time in cricket, as of 2nd December 08:

    1. Sachin Tendulkar (India)
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    Span: 1989-2008
    No# of Tests: 154
    Runs Scored: 12273
    Highest Score: 248*
    Average: 54.30
    100’s: 40
    50’s: 51

    2. Brian Lara (ICC/WI)
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    Span: 1990-2006
    No# of Tests: 131
    Runs Scored: 11953
    Highest Score: 400*
    Average: 52.88
    100’s: 34
    50’s: 48

    3. Allan Border (Aus)
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    Span: 1978-1994
    No# of Tests: 156
    Runs Scored: 11174
    Highest Score: 205
    Average: 50.56
    100’s: 27
    50’s: 63

    4. Steve Waugh (Aus)

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    Span: 1985-2004
    No# of Tests: 168
    Runs Scored: 10927
    Highest Score: 200
    Average: 51.06
    100’s: 32
    50’s: 50

    5. Ricky Ponting (Aus)
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    Span: 1995-2008
    No# of Tests: 125
    Runs Scored: 10465
    Highest Score: 257
    Average: 57.18
    100’s: 36
    50’s: 42

    6. Rahul Dravid (ICC/India)

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    Span: 1996-2008
    No# of Tests: 129
    Runs Scored: 10366
    Highest Score: 270
    Average: 52.61
    100’s: 25
    50’s: 53

    7. Sunil Gavaskar (India)
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    Span: 1971-1987
    No# of Tests: 125
    Runs Scored: 10122
    Highest Score: 236*
    Average: 51.12
    100’s: 34
    50’s: 45

    8. Jacques Kallis (ICC/SA)
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    Span: 1995-2008
    No# of Tests: 125
    Runs Scored: 9801
    Highest Score: 189*
    Average: 55.06
    100’s: 30
    50’s: 48

    9. Graham Gooch (Eng)
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    Span: 1975-1995
    No# of Tests: 118
    Runs Scored: 8900
    Highest Score: 333
    Average: 42.58
    100’s: 20
    50’s: 46

    10. Javed Miandad (Pak)
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    Span: 1976-1993
    No# of Tests: 124
    Runs Scored: 8832
    Highest Score: 280*
    Average: 52.57
    100’s: 23
    50’s: 43

    *Acknowledgements to Cricinfo.com and owners of pictures used.

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    Player Profile(#4)…Brian Lara(West Indies)

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on February 12, 2008

    Brian Lara

    Brian Lara

    Born in a family that had the same number of children as a fielded cricket team (11), it wasn’t very long until Brian Charles Lara took to the bat and was bitten by cricketing game bug. Right from the onset it was evident he was a very talented sportsman, apart from the game of cricket he also played for Trinidad’s junior soccer and table tennis teams. At 6 years of age he was introduced to the finer techniques of the game when his father and one of his older sisters enrolled him at the Harvard Coaching Clinic and it was perhaps attending these classes that helped his passion for the game grow which made him choose cricket as his main and primary focus.

    His great cricketing career really started to grow when at the tender age of 14 he made a positively astonishing 745 runs at an average of 126.16 in the schoolboy’s league (for Fatima College). This brilliant and Don Bradman-esqe like performance from the youngster earned him a call-up to the Trinidad National U16 team. The following year he stepped up and was selected in the Trinidad side to play in the West Indian U19 tournament and through his successes there he gained selection for the West Indies U19 side, which was very well earned. The year of 1987 was a season where he achieved yet another great milestone, by getting 498 runs and beating the record of 480 by fellow West Indian Carl Hooper in the West Indies Youth Championships. He also was captain for the Trinidad and Tobago side during this tournament which ultimately won this tournament due to his heroic innings of 116. His long-awaited Senior First-Class debut was made in January of 1988 when he played for Trinidad and Tobago in the Red Stripe Cup against Leeward Islands. His following match against a Barbados side was where he made a very credible 92 against a legendary bowling attack of Joel Garner and Malcolm Marshall. In the same year he was the head-honcho of the West Indies side that participated in the Bicentennial Youth World Cup in Australia where his side carved a road to the semi-finals, and later that season he captained the West Indies U23 XI against a touring Indian team, where his remarkable innings of 182 enhanced his growing reputation even more.

    Eventually his superb performances earned him a call-up to the senior West Indies side but due to the death of his father he put that stage of his cricketing career temporarily on hold, as one can imagine losing one of their parents’ can be devastating and is an unfortunate occasion where the game of cricket has to temporarily take a back seat. 1989 was when he began his resurgence when he captained a West Indies B team to Zimbabwe and scored an encouraging 145 during the tour to the Southern African country.

    In 1990 Brian Lara was made Captain of the senior Trinidad and Tobago team at the tender age of 20, and he showed his class and maturity by leading the side to the one-day Geddes Grant Shield. This was another milestone as now he was the youngest ever captain for the side, which surely prepared him for his belated Test debut against Pakistan. On this occasion he scored 44 and 5 in his innings. His ODI debut however came a month prior against the same opposition and he scored 11 on this occasion. The 1992 World Cup in New Zealand/Australia saw him perform to an exceptional standard, averaging 47.57 during the tournament with a highest score of 88 retired hurt. In January of 1993 saw a performance by him that typified his reputation and class. In Australia he scored a maiden century (277) in his 5th ever test and this performance was one that would eventually lead a West Indies comeback in the series against the Australians to win the series 2-1.

    Brian Lara’s career contained many highlights, including several major records. He holds both records for the highest innings score in Test and first-class, with scores of 400n.o (against a touring England side in 2004) and 501 for Warwickshire vs Durham in 1994, respectively. In the latter he hit 308 of those runs in boundaries (10 sixes and 62 fours). He is also the only man in history to reclaim a World Record innings score. In 1994 he scored a then world record 375 against England (in turn beating Sir Garfield Sobers record of 365) which he held for nearly 10 years until 2003 when Matthew Hayden scored a hard-hitting 380 against an inexperienced Zimbabwe side (he was eventually out to Trevor Gripper), and he reclaimed the record the following year with that brilliant innings of 400 n.o. He is the only batsman in international Test history to achieve the Holy Grail of test cricket (breaking the 400 mark). On 16th Dec 2006 he was the first player from the West Indies to achieve the milestone of 10,000 ODI runs. Sachin Tendulkar and himself are the only batsmen to score as many runs in both ODI and Test forms of cricket.

    The dead-rubber game against England in the 2007 Cricket World Cup in the West Indies on April 21st was to be his swansong in ODI cricket. In his last innings he was involved in a bad mix-up at the crease with Marlon Samuels and was run out for 18, with England prevailing to win the match by one wicket. During the post-match interview he asked his fans “Did I entertain?” and the answer was a very loud “YES!” I’m sure he was humbled by this show of respect by his fans. He showed his respect and acknowledgement to his fans by doing a lap of honour around the ground, where he met some of those fans. It was said that this was going to be the last time he was going to have an active role in cricket however on 23rd July 2007 he signed with the Indian Cricket League to play for the Mumbai Champs, of whom he is currently the captain of.

    To find out more statistics and highlights of his career click HERE
    Brian Lara

    Brian Lara

    Brian Lara

    *Acknowledgements to Cricinfo.com, Google.com, Wikipedia.com.

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    Player Profile(#4)…Brian Lara(West Indies)

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on February 11, 2008

    Brian Lara

    Brian Lara

    Born in a family that had the same number of children as a fielded cricket team (11), it wasn’t very long until Brian Charles Lara took to the bat and was bitten by cricketing game bug. Right from the onset it was evident he was a very talented sportsman, apart from the game of cricket he also played for Trinidad’s junior soccer and table tennis teams. At 6 years of age he was introduced to the finer techniques of the game when his father and one of his older sisters enrolled him at the Harvard Coaching Clinic and it was perhaps attending these classes that helped his passion for the game grow which made him choose cricket as his main and primary focus.

    His great cricketing career really started to grow when at the tender age of 14 he made a positively astonishing 745 runs at an average of 126.16 in the schoolboy’s league (for Fatima College). This brilliant and Don Bradman-esqe like performance from the youngster earned him a call-up to the Trinidad National U16 team. The following year he stepped up and was selected in the Trinidad side to play in the West Indian U19 tournament and through his successes there he gained selection for the West Indies U19 side, which was very well earned. The year of 1987 was a season where he achieved yet another great milestone, by getting 498 runs and beating the record of 480 by fellow West Indian Carl Hooper in the West Indies Youth Championships. He also was captain for the Trinidad and Tobago side during this tournament which ultimately won this tournament due to his heroic innings of 116. His long-awaited Senior First-Class debut was made in January of 1988 when he played for Trinidad and Tobago in the Red Stripe Cup against Leeward Islands. His following match against a Barbados side was where he made a very credible 92 against a legendary bowling attack of Joel Garner and Malcolm Marshall. In the same year he was the head-honcho of the West Indies side that participated in the Bicentennial Youth World Cup in Australia where his side carved a road to the semi-finals, and later that season he captained the West Indies U23 XI against a touring Indian team, where his remarkable innings of 182 enhanced his growing reputation even more.

    Eventually his superb performances earned him a call-up to the senior West Indies side but due to the death of his father he put that stage of his cricketing career temporarily on hold, as one can imagine losing one of their parents’ can be devastating and is an unfortunate occasion where the game of cricket has to temporarily take a back seat. 1989 was when he began his resurgence when he captained a West Indies B team to Zimbabwe and scored an encouraging 145 during the tour to the Southern African country.

    In 1990 Brian Lara was made Captain of the senior Trinidad and Tobago team at the tender age of 20, and he showed his class and maturity by leading the side to the one-day Geddes Grant Shield. This was another milestone as now he was the youngest ever captain for the side, which surely prepared him for his belated Test debut against Pakistan. On this occasion he scored 44 and 5 in his innings. His ODI debut however came a month prior against the same opposition and he scored 11 on this occasion. The 1992 World Cup in New Zealand/Australia saw him perform to an exceptional standard, averaging 47.57 during the tournament with a highest score of 88 retired hurt. In January of 1993 saw a performance by him that typified his reputation and class. In Australia he scored a maiden century (277) in his 5th ever test and this performance was one that would eventually lead a West Indies comeback in the series against the Australians to win the series 2-1.

    Brian Lara’s career contained many highlights, including several major records. He holds both records for the highest innings score in Test and first-class, with scores of 400n.o (against a touring England side in 2004) and 501 for Warwickshire vs Durham in 1994, respectively. In the latter he hit 308 of those runs in boundaries (10 sixes and 62 fours). He is also the only man in history to reclaim a World Record innings score. In 1994 he scored a then world record 375 against England (in turn beating Sir Garfield Sobers record of 365) which he held for nearly 10 years until 2003 when Matthew Hayden scored a hard-hitting 380 against an inexperienced Zimbabwe side (he was eventually out to Trevor Gripper), and he reclaimed the record the following year with that brilliant innings of 400 n.o. He is the only batsman in international Test history to achieve the Holy Grail of test cricket (breaking the 400 mark). On 16th Dec 2006 he was the first player from the West Indies to achieve the milestone of 10,000 ODI runs. Sachin Tendulkar and himself are the only batsmen to score as many runs in both ODI and Test forms of cricket.

    The dead-rubber game against England in the 2007 Cricket World Cup in the West Indies on April 21st was to be his swansong in ODI cricket. In his last innings he was involved in a bad mix-up at the crease with Marlon Samuels and was run out for 18, with England prevailing to win the match by one wicket. During the post-match interview he asked his fans “Did I entertain?” and the answer was a very loud “YES!” I’m sure he was humbled by this show of respect by his fans. He showed his respect and acknowledgement to his fans by doing a lap of honour around the ground, where he met some of those fans. It was said that this was going to be the last time he was going to have an active role in cricket however on 23rd July 2007 he signed with the Indian Cricket League to play for the Mumbai Champs, of whom he is currently the captain of.

    To find out more statistics and highlights of his career click HERE
    Brian Lara

    Brian Lara

    Brian Lara

    *Acknowledgements to Cricinfo.com, Google.com, Wikipedia.com.

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    Miscellanious

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on February 11, 2008

    Hi everyone,
    Due to his legendary status and all the amazing feats that he achieved in his career, my next player profile on Brian Lara (West Indies) will take longer than expected to do, however It will be done within the next three days, my other articles will still be done as planned.

    Cheers:)
    Rob

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    Miscellanious

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on February 10, 2008

    Hi everyone,
    Due to his legendary status and all the amazing feats that he achieved in his career, my next player profile on Brian Lara (West Indies) will take longer than expected to do, however It will be done within the next three days, my other articles will still be done as planned.

    Cheers:)
    Rob

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