The game of cricket began in the late 16th century, originating in southeast England, it became the country’s national sport in the 18th century and has developed globally in the 19th and 20th centuries. Cricket is the world’s second most popular spectator sport after association football. Governance is by the International Cricket Council (ICC) which has over one hundred members although only ten play Test cricket.
These 10 test playing nations include Pakistan, India, Australia, South Africa, England, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, West Indies Zimbabwe and New Zealand. All these tests playing nations have several players which can be rated as the best of the best based on their batting, bowling and fielding capabilities during the game.
Being an avid female spectator of the game I have come to my own conclusion that I can come with 10 players from each nation as the best without any undue argument from the male spectators. My 10 hands down contain a mix of all-rounders, batsmen, and bowlers.
One of Pakistan’s modern batting greats, Younis Khan is the kind of man who responds best to adversity. A Test average of over 50, a triple-hundred, a famous double-hundred against India in India, and a brilliant rearguard partnership to clinch Pakistan’s 3-0 Test whitewash over England, leave no doubt about his quality and class. He is also one of the most successful fielders for Pakistan and can bowl respectable slow-medium. As a captain, Younis has enjoyed success in leading Pakistan to the world T/20 title in 2009.
No bowler in history won India more Test matches than Anil Kumble, and there probably hasn’t been a harder trier either. Kumble traded the legspinner’s proverbial yo-yo for a spear, as the ball hacked through the air rather than hanging in it and came off the pitch with a kick rather than a kink. The method provided his stunning success, particularly on Indian soil, where his deliveries burst like packets of water upon the feeblest hint of a crack, and more than one modern-day batsman remarked that there was no more difficult challenge in cricket than handling Kumble on a wearing surface.
Ricky Ponting of Australia is regarded as the most uncompromising player of his generation. Ponting grew to become one of Australia’s most successful run-maker and only sits below Bradman in the country’s overall ratings. It takes an extremely critical eye to diminish his run-scoring achievements, which seem to collect new records in every series. Like spotting a celebrity, it’s necessary to look twice when analyzing Ponting, first as the archetypal modern batsman, then as the country’s 42nd Test captain.
South African Jonty Rhodes can be considered one of the greatest all-rounder of all time. This legend might have begun with the diving run-out of Inzamam-ul-Haq during the 1992 World Cup but it would never have grown as it did without genuine substance. Rhodes worked harder than anyone else in a team of hard workers, frequently delaying the team bus at the end of practice for one more round of reflex catches hit from ten meters or less. Nobody has ever fielded better in the key one-day position of backward point, where he leapt like a salmon, threw off balance, and stopped singles by reputation alone. He laboured just as hard over his batting which needed, and underwent, a complete technical overhaul in 1997 – whereupon he averaged 50 for the rest of his Test career until he gave it up to concentrate on one-day cricket in 2000.
It is said that If ever a defense appeared to be impenetrable it was that of Yorkshireman Geoff Boycott when his mind was set on staying in. The features of his forward stroke were the distance he thrust forward behind a big left pad, how low his head was as he searched for signs of movement from the ball, and its balance and compactness. Add a sharp-edged thigh-pad protecting the top of his leg and there wasn’t a chink of daylight to be seen. If he hadn’t made himself unavailable for 30 Tests in his prime – because, it was thought he felt that he, rather than Mike Denness, should have succeeded Ray Illingworth as captain – he would surely have become the first Englishman to make 10,000 Test runs. He returned triumphantly in 1977, scoring a century in his comeback Test and another – his 100th in first-class cricket – in front of his adoring home crowd at Headingley. As an opening batsman, he saw his first task as scoring heavily enough to protect his teams against defeat, and in Test cricket and the County Championship – the matches that counted in the first-class averages – he was as sparing with the attacking strokes as, in retirement, he is strident in his opinions on the game. How valuable he was to England is shown by the fact that only 20 of his 108 Tests ended in defeat, mainly when he failed. His most productive strokes, off the back foot through the covers (his speciality) and the on-drive, were majestic in their power and placement. But he was not the man to press home an advantage. A loner, and an insatiable net-player, he was short of friends inside the game; indeed there were many who heartily disliked him because of his self-centeredness. But he had charm and responded warmly to those who offered friendship. After his retirement, he became a trenchant commentator.
As soon Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara broke into the side at the age of 22, while a law student, it was apparent that he was destined for more than just batting stardom. The left-handers that had preceded him, like Arjuna Ranatunga and Asanka Gurusinha, had been pugnacious battlers but Sangakkara was cut from more graceful cloth, easing into strokes with the elegance often associated with those that play with the ‘other’ hand. The cut and the pull came naturally to him and with growing confidence, he became a more assured front-foot player as well.
Bangladesh – Shakib Al Hasan became the third cricketer in Test history to score a century and take 10 wickets as he steered Bangladesh to a 162-run win over Zimbabwe on Friday’s last day of the second Test in Khulna.
Shakib claimed 5-44 in the second innings to help bowl out Zimbabwe for 151, clinch the three-match series 2-0 and send Zimbabwe to the bottom of the Test rankings. Shakib, who hit 137 in the first innings, joined England’s Ian Botham and Pakistan’s Imran Khan to take 10 wickets and score a century in a test. Botham and Imran both accomplished the feat in 1980 Tests against India.
1980 saw a spectacular sight in cricket where a great West Indian bowler – any of several suspects – roared on by a partisan Caribbean crowd, a short ball rearing, the batsman fending and edging, and behind the stumps. There was a lithe athlete leaping and plunging behind the wicket to take another one-handed blinder. Jeff Dujon was the gymnastic hub of those all-conquering Windies sides, a man who never participated in a losing series and whose tally of victims has been exceeded only by Ian Healy and Rod Marsh. If his keeping was never adequately tested against spin bowling (just five of his 270 victims were stumped) then there was a scant opportunity. No-one could have been more riveting to watch standing back. He could bat too, elegantly, sufficiently well to make five Test centuries. The largest of them, 139, came in the opening match against Australia at Perth in 1984-85 and helped rescue his side from 186 for 6.
Henry Olonga was the first black cricketer to play for Zimbabwe, and it is entirely appropriate that his debut should be the occasion of Zimbabwe’s first Test victory, against Pakistan in 1994/95; it was also appropriate that he should play a major part in Zimbabwe’s next two Test victories.
Henry’s bowling was the main factor in Zimbabwe’s victory. India needed only 206 to win, but in a devastating opening spell, he removed India’s first four batsmen, including Tendulkar, caught in the gully fending off a fierce lifter. The Indian took his revenge in the final, though, singling out Henry for particular attention, and his six overs cost 50 runs.
Corey Anderson of New Zealand has always been known for his powerful striking, but he took it to a new level on New Year’s Day 2014 when he set what was then the world record for the fastest ODI hundred with a 36-ball blitzkrieg against West Indies in Queenstown. It came at a time, a few months after he scored a century in his second Test, that Anderson was suggesting he was ready to fulfill the potential spotted in him as a teenager.
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