Fantasy Cricket – Amazing Cricketing coincidences

Cricket and daily fantasy cricket has a way of surprising everyone and over the years there have been cases when things are just too much of a coincidence.

Here is a look back at the quirkiest of the cricket coincidences for the fantasy cricket lovers of 11wickets.com. Have a look:.

The curious case of first ODI double ton and first World Cup 200

Sachin Tendulkar scored 200* on 24 February 2010. During the 2015 World Cup, Chris Gayle hit 215 on the same day. It was exactly 5 years gap.

The margin of 153 runs ODI victory by 3 Indian batsmen

Sachin Tendulkar (200*), Rohit Sharma (264) and Virender Sehwag (219) set world records and India won every match by 153 runs.

Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar both had 22 ODI hundreds at the age of 26

Kohli was quicker in scoring the hundred runs with 143 innings while Tendulkar had taken 206 innings to scored these 22 OD hundreds.

Similarities between Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman

  • Both made their debut in 1996.
  • Dravid & Laxman, both involved in 300 run partnerships against Australia twice.
  • Both played international cricket for 16 years.
  • Dravid & Laxman, both involved in highest run partnership for 5th wicket for India in Tests.
  • Both scored their last Test century at Kolkata in the same match against West Indies.
  • Dravid & Laxman, both helped India in winning the historical Kolkata Test.
  • Both took their first Test wicket in the same match against West Indies.
  • Dravid & Laxman, both played their last Test series against Australia.
  • Both players’ last overseas Test series is in Australia.

The curious case of Alec Stewart

Alec Stewart, the former English cricketer and former captain of the England cricket team, was born on April 8, 1963 (8-4-63). It is the exact tally of runs he finished his Test career with, 8463!

Enormous coincidence of MS Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s first Test and ODI hundred both came in his 5th match. Both the scores were of 148 and both were scored against Pakistan. Cool coincidence indeed for Captain Cool!

The tale of 111 runs

South Africa needed 111 runs to win at exactly 11:11 on the 11th day of the 11th month in 2011. The scoreboard read 11:11 11/11/11. It’s the cricket’s biggest maths ever. Damn coincidence.

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Fantasy Cricket- Cricketers with Long Names

There have been many Cricketers with interesting and confusing names, and in some cases too long. Try to remember; haven’t you come across while making your online fantasy cricket team, Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman? Okay, he is our very own V.V.S Laxman. Did your tongue twist while pronouncing it?

In the words of Shakespeare, “”What’s in a name?” Here we list out five such international players who have the longest names for our fantasy cricket fans.

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UWMBCA Welegedara

Uda Walawwe Mahim Bandaralage Chanaka Asanga Welegedara or simply Chanaka Welegedara is the longest name in the cricketing world. The left arm fast bowler made his Test debut in 2007 and has become a sort of a regular member of the Sri Lankan Test squad in recent years. The 35-year-old’s career never really took off but he has been a prominent name in Sri Lanka’s domestic circuit.

WPUJC Vaas

Chaminda Vaas, the legendary left-arm fast bowler, was famous for his swing bowling and ability to snap quick wickets. With over 750 wickets in his international career, he is the second most successful bowler after Muttiah Muralitharan to have played for Sri Lanka. But, there were one more thing he was remembered for more often. It was for his unusually long name. He has five initials to his name ‘WPUJC’ which transcribes to Warnakulasuriya Patabendige Ushantha Joseph Chaminda Vaas.

MKGCP Lakshita

Mataramba Kanaththa Gamage Chamila Premanath Lakshitha more famously known as Chamila Garnage was a right-arm medium pacer who played for Sri Lanka in 2 Tests and 7 ODIs in 2002. After making his debut in July 2002 against Bangladesh in Colombo, Gamage could never really seals a permanent spot in the squad and last played at Melbourne against Australia in 2003. His time with the national team might not be memorable but his name surely is remembered whenever people discuss about the long name.

HMRKB Herath

Sri Lanka’s spin bowling weapon Rangana Herath also has five initials which read in full as – Herath Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara Herath. Herath currently is Sri Lanka’s premier spinner. The left-arm spinner has been carrying the burden of leading the bowling attack ever since the retirement of the Muttiah Muralitharan. His has been very impressive and has built a great reputation by being Sri Lanka’s all-season performer.

PADLR Sandakan

Lakshana Sandakan who full name goes by Paththamperuma Arachchige Don Lakshan Rangiku Sandakan is left-arm wrist-spinner who made his debut against Australia in the first Test in 2016. Dubbed as mystery spinner, the chinaman is very capable of bowling accurately and has a well-disguised googly. His consistent match-winning performances in domestic cricket have made him one of the best future spin bowling prospect of the nation.

Hence, we get that mostly long name players to come from Sri Lanka. Good!

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Fantasy Cricket – Cricketers & Their Edible Names

What do you think what makes cricket interesting for fantasy cricket lovers? Is it just the scorecard or a good match, a winning team or an exciting fantasy cricket game? Nope! There are too many things that make the game overall exciting and interesting.

While selecting your online fantasy cricket team, have you ever come across any cricketer whose name or surname is some kind of food name? Perhaps yes, perhaps no! Wouldn’t knowing about them be interesting?

Here is a list of all edible cricketers, oops, cricketers with names which invoke images of food items. Know about those cricketers and start making your daily fantasy cricket team for the upcoming exciting matches at 11wickets.com :

Graham Onions

The 36 year old English cricketer, Graham Onions played for Lancashire and England as a right arm fast-medium bowler and a right-hand tail-end batsman. A sizzling cricketer who can probably bring tears to the eye!

Phil Mustard

Another English cricketer of 36 years old, Phil Mustard most recently played for Gloucestershire and has also represented England. Mustard is a left-handed batsman and wicketkeeper, has been compared, by Shane Warne no less, to Australia’s Adam Gilchrist.

Julian Wiener

Julien Mark Wiener is a former Australian cricketer who played in six Tests and seven ODIs from 1979 to 1980. A right-handed opening batsman and a very occasional off spin bowler, Wiener is also synonymous with a type of frankfurter. It is a seasoned smoked sausage made of beef and pork.

Allan Lamb

Allan Joseph Lamb is a former England cricketer and captain who played for the first-class teams of Western Province and Northamptonshire. Lamb is yummy food option for the Sundays.

Clive Rice

Clive is a former South African international cricketer. An all-rounder, he was the captain for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club from 1979 to 1987.

Kola Burger

We can put this name into this list purely on the basis of merit. Can you imagine a list consisting of high run-scores without Sir Don Bradman? We guess you answer will be no. This Namibian cricketer is an automatic choice for this list. And notice his name, there is Kola, there is Burger. What else do we need for a party?

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Fantasy Cricket Record – Bizarre Facts, Figures & Incidents

International cricket has survived 138 years approximately now. It has too many memories, records and facts in its name. While people will never stop crazing on this sport, they will also not stop playing the online fantasy cricket games, which allows them to take an active part in the sport of cricket online.

The long duration of international cricket has led to the peculiar happening and great records. Let us explore those, and who knows, the facts, records and incidents might help us in playing Indian fantasy cricket and understand a team or player we are intending to include in our team.

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Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar has the status of a demi-god in the cricket world. There is hardly anything we don’t know about him. But, one thing about him is likely unknown. Over 99% of the cricketers to earn ODI caps have not scored even half as many runs as Sachin has.

Longest surname of a Fijian cricketer

A first-class Fijian cricketer has the longest surname ever. The cricketer is IL Bula, the easy short form of a name Ilikena Lasarusa Talebulamaineiilikenamainavaleniveivakabulaimainakulalakebalau. And don’t think we made this up. You can search Google and see that the name translates to “returned alive from Nankula hospital at Lakeba island in the Lau group.” Wondering how to pronounce it? We haven’t even tried!

Paranormal Laker

You may know that Jim Laker of the English team took 19 wickets against Australia during the Old Trafford Test of 1956. But, a lesser-known fact is that Laker recorded 10 wickets for 20 runs from 63 balls over the two innings during one stage, with an average of 2 and a strike rate of 6.3.

Cricket and the pharaoh

John Traicos has something fascinating for us. He is the player to have been born in one nation, Egypt and playing for two others. He played test cricket for Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Oldest test debutant

England’s James Southerton was 49 years and 119 days old at the time of his Test debut. He debuted against Australia in 1877 during the first-ever test match and was the oldest test debutant ever.

Unluckiest bowler

The award of unluckiest bowler goes to Mushtaq Ahmed of Pakistan. Bowling to Symcox, Ahmed bowled a ball which passed between middle and off stump without dislodging a bail.

Brian Close and ‘2’

Brian Close of English Cricket team has an amazing connection with number 2. He played 22 tests in his career of 27 years. During this span, he missed the scope of playing in exactly 222 tests.

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Fantasy Cricket – Lesser Known Facts of Cricket

Cricket has been an integral part of human emotions. Today, the internet-based cricket games offered by 11wickets.com, the best platform for these games, are trending a lot amongst the cricket lovers. Daily fantasy cricket games are a rage and the mode of entertainment for cricket fans around the world.

Today let’s talk about the lesser-known facts about the cricket and then focus on the forming the fantasy cricket playing XI team.

There are ten ways a batsman can get out in cricket: Bowled, Caught, Run Out and Leg before Wicket. Handling the ball, Stumped, Hit the ball twice, Obstructing the field, Timed out and Hit Wicket.

First laws of cricket were written in 1774

In ancient cricket, the batsman would bat in front of a tree stump, hence the term “stumps”. As the game developed it was at times played in front of a wicket-gate – which led to the term “wickets”.

Early bowlers would bowl the ball under arm and cricket records tell tales of great under arm lob bowlers. Over arm bowling was at first illegal. It was introduced to cricket by a Kent cricketer, John Willes. He, in fact, got this move from his sister, Christina who found her skirts were getting in the way when she tried to bowl under-arm!

The first international cricket match was held between the US and Canada in 1844. This epic event and match were played in New York and Canada won by 23 runs.

In 1868 an Englishman called Charles Lawrence based in Australia create a team of aborigines and took them to England. This was the first Australian tour to England, and each player wore a cap of a dissimilar colour so that the spectators could spot them. The team played 47 matches against a number of local teams of which they won 14, lost 14 and drew the rest. Despite playing cricket the aborigines showcased a number of sole sports including the backwards race, cricket ball dodging and boomerang throwing.

While he merely played 12 tests with limited success, Alfred ‘Tich’ Freeman is perhaps the greatest first-class bowler ever. A short leg-spin googly bowler, he took 3,776 first-class wickets, second only to Wilfred Rhodes and is the lone bowler to take 300 wickets in 1928 during a single season. He took over 200 wickets in the next seven seasons and remains the only man to take all 10 wickets in an innings thrice and 17 wickets in a match twice.

The greatest all-rounder

One of the greatest all-rounders in the true sense is CB Fry. He captained England at cricket; played for England in football he equalled the world long-jump record. Away from the sport he was presented the Kingship of Albania, he embodied India at the League of Nations, and Hitler consulted with him when he was budding the Youth Program in Germany.

Sir Donald George Bradman has to surely be the greatest batsman of all time. In his last test innings at the Oval in 1948 he needed 4 runs to end with an average of 100. He was bowled by Eric Hollies for a duck. His test average of 99.94 and the first-class average of 95.14 are both world records. His 974 runs in a single test series is also a record. He scored two triple centuries and 12 double centuries in test cricket and was previously left stranded on 299.

Montague Druitt was a fast bowler who played for Winchester College, Incogniti and Dorset, he was a playing member of the MCC as well. In 1888 he drowned himself in the Thames River. Druitt was alleged of being Jack the Ripper!

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Fantasy Cricket Recap – Most 90 Runs Scorer in Test

Setting up some records are part of any sport. Cricket is no different from others. The major milestones in cricket are 50 runs, 100 runs. 5 wickets, 200 runs, etc. In addition to the cricketers, these achievements of them are boon to all those who play daily fantasy cricket games.

In fantasy cricket, these scores increase the points in the 11wickets.com scoreboard, which is the best online fantasy cricket platform of India. Today, let us take a look at the players who scored the maximum 90 runs and missed out 100 runs.

Steve Waugh

The former Australian international cricketer and twin brother of cricketer Mark Waugh, Steve Waugh holds the maximum record of 10 times scoring 90 runs but missing century. In 260 innings, he has made 10927 runs of 51.06 average.

Rahul Dravid

The wall for Men in Blue, Rahul Dravid is the second cricketer in this list and shares the record with Waugh. He has record of 10 times scoring 90 runs but missing century, as well. He has played 286 innings and made 13288 runs of 52.31 average.

Sachin Tendulkar

Little master of Indian cricket team, Sachin Tendulkar is the third in the list. He has scored 90 runs 10 times along with Waugh and Dravid. He has played 329 innings and made 15921 runs of 53.78 average.

Michael Slater

A combative and wholehearted Australian cricketer, Michael Slater is the fourth in this list. He has scored 90 runs 9 times. He has played 131 innings and made 5312 runs of 42.83 average.

Alvin Kallicharran

The West Indies former cricketer of Indo-Guyanese ethnicity who played from 1972 to 1981, Alvin Kallicharran is the fifth of this list. He has scored 90 runs 8 times. He has played 109 innings and made 4399 runs of 44.43 average.

AB de Villiers

The South African cricketer with overflowing talent and the temperament to back it up, AB de Villiers is the sixth of this list. He has scored 90 runs 8 times. He has played 191 innings and made 8765 runs of 50.66 average.

Inzamam-ul-Haq

The symbiosis of strength and subtlety for Pakistan team, Inzamam-ul-Haq is the seventh in the list. He has scored 90 runs 8 times. He has played 200 innings and made 8830 runs of 49.60 average.

Matthew Hayden

One of the strongest and boldest Australian cricketers, Matthew Hayden is the eighth in this list. He has scored 90 runs 7 times. He has played 184 innings and made 8625 runs of 50.73 average.

Alastair Cook

The former skipper of England, Alastair Cook is the ninth in this list. He has scored 90 runs 7 times. He has played 291 innings and made 12472 runs of 45.35 average.

Clem Hill

The Australian left-handed batsman who played between 1896 and 1912, Clem Hill Cook is the tenth in this list. He has scored 90 runs 6 times. He has He has played 89 innings and made 3412 runs of 39.21 average.

*Records have been compiled as on June 26, 2019

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Fantasy Cricket Recap – Fastest 50 ODI Wickets

Though cricket as a sport is regarded as batting powerhouse, the different bowlers of numerous ICC cricket teams have been equally exceptional with their bowling performance. Good bowling and a good number of wickets taken in a cricket game offer good points at online fantasy games.

Let’s dig into the list of bowlers taking reaching the mark of 50 wickets the quickest. Read on and join India’s best and trusted fantasy cricket platform – 11wickets.com :

Ajantha Mendis – Sri Lankan Cricket Team

Ajantha Mendis of Sri Lankan Cricket Team scored the fastest 50 Wickets records in just 19 matches of his career. He scored his record against Zimbabwe at Dhaka on 12 Jan 2009. In 84 innings, he has taken 152 wickets with an average of 21.86 and economy 4.80.

Ajit Agarkar – Indian Cricket Team

Ajit Agarkar of Indian Cricket Team is the second in this list. He scored the fastest 50 Wickets records in just 23 matches of his career. He scored his record against Zimbabwe at Harare on 30 Sep 1998. In 188 innings, he has taken 288 wickets with an average of 27.85 and economy 5.09.

Mitchell McClenaghan – New Zealand Cricket Team

Mitchell McClenaghan of New Zealand Cricket Team is the third in this list. He scored the fastest 50 Wickets records in just 23 matches of his career. He scored his record against South Africa at Mount Maunganui on 24 Oct 2014. In 45 innings, he has taken 82 wickets with an average of 28.20 and economy 5.94.

Dennis Lillee – Australian Cricket Team

Dennis Lillee of Australian Cricket Team is the fourth in this list. He scored the fastest 50 Wickets records in 24 matches of his career. He scored his record against India at Sydney on 18 Dec 1980. In 63 innings, he has taken 103 wickets with an average of 20.82 and economy 3.58.

Hasan Ali – Pakistan Cricket Team

Hasan Ali of Pakistan Cricket Team is the fifth in this list. He scored the fastest 50 Wickets records in 24 matches of his career. He scored his record against Sri Lanka at Abu Dhabi on 18 Oct 2017. In 37 innings, he has taken 71 wickets with an average of 22.18 and economy 5.20.

*Records have been compiled as on June 26, 2019

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Fantasy Cricket Record: History of One Day cricket

ODI is a popular format when playing online fantasy cricket games! The limited over’s cricket, also renowned as one-day cricket. And in a little different context as List A cricket; is a edition of the sport of cricket in which a game is generally completed in one day. While Test and first-class matches can last up to five days to complete.

The name reflects the rule that in the daily fantasy cricket match each team bowls a set highest number of over’s. As a rule between 20 and 50, even though shorter and longer forms of maximum over’s cricket have been played.

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A history to remember

A one day match is named so because each match is planned for finishing point in a single day. One day cricket entertainment has evolved from its first phase around the era of World Series cricket of the 1970s. And it is now the mainly watched and most exhilarating form of the game. In the late 1970s, Kerry Packer recognized the contender World Series Cricket (WSC) contest. The worldwide one-day game is a twentieth-century development. The first ODI was played on 5 January 1971 between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

A One Day International (ODI) is a form of Limited over’s cricket, in which a rigid number of over’s, as a rule 50, but in the past 40, 45 or 60 over’s, are played involving two teams with international grade. The Cricket World Cup is played in this configuration. One Day International games are also called “Limited Overs Internationals (LOI)”, because they are limited overs cricket matches among national sides, and if the weather mess about they are not always completed in one day.

Significant one-day matches, international and domestic, frequently have two days set away. The second day being a “reserve” day to allow more chance of the game being concluded. If a result is not achievable on first day (for illustration if play is not permitted or broken up by rain).

Numerous of the aspects of One Day International cricket that are now routine. With coloured uniforms, contests played at hours of darkness under floodlights with a white ball and gloomy sight screens. And, for small screen broadcasts, various camera angles, special effect microphones to arrest sounds from the players on the arena, and on-screen graphics. Teams currently play 50 over’s each.

Rules

In One day International’s, each squad find to bat only a rigid number of over’s. In the early years of ODI cricket, the figure of overs was in general 60 overs per side but nowadays it has been consistently set at 50 overs.

Basically affirmed the game works as follows:

A One Day International is challenged by 2 teams of 11 players each.

The skipper of the squad winning the toss opts to either bat or bowl first.

The side batting first place the target score in a single innings. The innings end until the batting is “all out” (i.e., 10 of the 11 batting troupe are “out”) or all of the first side’s selected overs are spent.

Every bowler is confined to bowl a maximum of 10 overs. It is less in the case of rain-decreased matches. And in any occurrence in general no more than one fifth or 20% of the total overs per innings.

The side batting second strives to score further than the target score in order to win the match. In the same way, the side bowling second tries to bowl out the second team for not as much of as the target score in order to win.

A tie

If the amounts of runs scored by both teams are equal as soon as the second team misplace all of its wickets or drain all its overs, then the match is declared as a ‘tie’ (despite of the number of wickets gone by either team).

Wherever a number of overs are gone astray, for instance, due to rough weather environment, then the number of overs may be condensed. Where the number of overs obtainable for the side batting second is of necessity different from the number of overs faced by the squad that batted first, the result may be firmed by the Duckworth Lewis Method.

The floodlights would be placed in such a move that it would not hinder with fielding side and captains would be permitted a cloth on meadow must the ball become wet.

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Fantasy Cricket: All-time Strongest ODI all-rounders

ODI cricket has evolved over the years and has been entertaining for us. No matter how many formats are to come in future, ODI format will still be adored. Well, not just in the real matches, ODI is much adored in the India fantasy cricket matches as well.

The all-rounders are a rare thing in international cricket and can win the games with both the bat and ball. They are priceless for any team. They mostly play the combined role of batsman, bowler and fielder. In fantasy cricket as well, we can choose up to 3 all-rounders.

Bury your attention here to explore a few greatest all-rounders in the history of cricket. And the next time you make your fantasy cricket league at India’s best platform, 11wickets.com, ensure to select a team comprising the best all-rounder of today’s era.

Sir Viv Richards

Sir Viv Richards, the outgoing West Indies right-handed batsman, played between the years 1975 – 1991. In a total of 187 matches, he made 6721 runs, took 118 wickets and 100 catches. Richards’ highest ODI score is 189* with an average of 47.00.

Kapil Dev

Kapil Dev was the greatest pace bowler India has produced and greatest fast-bowling all-rounder. He played between the years 1978 – 1994. In a total of 225 matches, he made 3783 runs, took 253 wickets and 71 catches. Kapil Dev’s highest ODI score is 175* with an average of 23.79.

Allan Border

This former Australian skipper and all-rounder, Allan Border played ODI between the years 1979 – 1994. In a total of 273 matches, he made 6524 runs, took 73 wickets and 127 catches. Border’s highest ODI score is 127* with an average of 30.62.

Saleem Malik

Saleem Malik, the gifted all-rounder of Pakistan played between the years 1982 – 1999. In a total of 283 matches, he made 7170 runs, took 89 wickets and 81 catches. Malik’s highest ODI score is 102 with an average of 32.88.

Arjuna Ranatunga

Arjuna Ranatunga is a stockily-built left-handed former batsman and all-rounder who led Sri Lanka to their greatest cricketing success, the 1996 World Cup. Often he was regarded as the captain cool by his teammates and the Sri Lankan cricket fans. He played between the years 1982 – 1999. In a total of 269 matches, he made 7456 runs, took 79 wickets and 63 catches. Ranatunga’s highest ODI score is 131* with an average of 35.84.

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Fantasy Cricket: Greatest Test Cricket Bowlers of All-Time

A warm hello to all the ardent cricket lover and fantasy cricket league gamers of 11wickets.com! The debate about who are the greatest Test bowlers of all time can be endless. That is because greatness does not decide by pure statistics only. The truth is, great bowlers require to exhibit potential dominating over great batting line-ups in all conditions.

They need to put up steady performances over a long time. And have that x-factor that terrifies batsmen every single time he bowls and his potential to increase your online fantasy cricket scoreboard for you.

Hence, there is a pool of players who deserve among the best. One can debate which one is better than the other but very few can claim against their place in greatness. Let’s now look at the greatest Test bowlers of all time and play daily fantasy cricket.

Richard Hadlee

Hadlee is synonymous with New Zealand’s rise as an ambitious cricket nation. Although his early years were fairly unremarkable, his single-handed exploits in taking out solid batting line-ups of top teams helped set up his credentials as a one man-wrecker.

Amazingly, he was dominating over opponents irrespective of being part of a pretty unimpressive bowling line-up. His amazing performance against Australia in consecutive home and away series wins is one such focus on that continues to be etched in all New Zealand fan’s mind.

His 9 for 52 remains to be the best bowling figures on Australian soil. He led that performance by adding six more wickets in the second innings. It’s not a much to suggest that Australia has never been reeled just like Hadlee shook them on home soil.

Additionally, Hadlee made an even less likely win against India in India in the Mumbai Test. Hadlee was the first bowler to go beyond the 400 wickets mark in cricket history. His career average of over 22 is proof of this great fast bowler’s successes.

Muttiah Muralitharan

Muralitharan beat all the odds and emerged as the greatest spin bowler of all time. In an eventful eighteen years cricket career, his story is one of strength. His prominence over opposing batsmen was almost enchanting. The truth is, his exploits were so amazing that a threatened section of the cricket world began tossing questions about the legitimacy of his bowling.

People taunted and harassed him by detractors for being a “chucker.” Yet, nothing broke this amazing bowler’s resolve. His 800 career Test wickets at an average of 22.7 continue to be a record even today.

Glen McGrath

Glen McGrath was simply a medium-fast bowler whose bowling speed clocked around the 135 kph tag. He was the height of discipline. His potential to find a vulnerability in the rival batsman’s mental prowess and then to methodically exploit that drawback with his exact bowling was what he was renowned for. McGrath proved that the most successful bowler is one that has the ability to persistently bowl the right length and line in any state.

McGrath’s approach almost always included bowling just out of the off-stump in the corridor of uncertainness. His cricket career record of 563 wickets at an average of just over 21 is even more amazing when you look that he was just a medium-fast bowler with no other techniques except precision and swing. Glen McGrath’s knack for picking out wickets and harassing batsmen renowned.

Wasim Akram

Akram was an expert of both conventional and reverse swing. All-time greats such as Tendulkar, Laxman, and Gooch are among Akram’s biggest fans and are on record proclaiming him as the toughest bowler they faced. Akram’s average in the sub-continent is better than his entire cricket career average. In a cricket career of over 19 years, Akram has picked up 414 wickets at an average of 23.6.

Besides Waqar Yunus, Akram formed the most deadly opening bowling combos. His ability to make use of the conditions both with the new and old ball made him so unique. To emerge as the best bowler from a nation that has produced greats such as Imran Khan, Shoaib Akhtar and Waqar Yunus speaks volumes of Akram’s adventures with the ball. There is no question about the greatness of this leftie.

Malcolm Marshall

People regarded Marshall to bowl ferociously and his bouncers were unbelievable. As part of the famous West Indies quartet consisting of Andy Roberts, Joel Garner, and Michael Holding, Marshall was the quickest and most effective. He was the only fast bowler who crashed Sunil Gavaskar as well.

His outstanding Test bowling average of 20.94 is the best of anyone who’s taken more than 200 wickets. He could be remembered for any number of performances but what he shines for is his on the whole dominance, over opposing batsmen, that he maintained during his playing career.

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