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User currently offlineTRVYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1369 posts, RR: 10
Posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1160 times:

After coming to Canada, I have never watched any live Cricket match. But still it is my favorite game to watch.
Hope this thread updates my cricketer knowledge.

My favorite batsmen (difficult to rank since they are not always in form).
Sachin, Rahul dravid, Robin Singh (India)
Richie Richardson (W.I.), Aravinda de Silva (SL)

Bowlers:
Shoaib Akhtar(Pak),Chaminda Vaas(SL), Allan Donald(S.A.)

Fielders:
Ajay Jadeja (Ind),Jonty Rhodes(S.A.)

Best Captain:

Of course "The Prince of Calcutta"

Best Commentators: Geoff Boycott and Navjot Sidhu.

Worst Players:
Javed Miandad, Andrew Flintoff

Cricket fans, your views please!

[Edited 2005-11-06 00:33:12]

[Edited 2005-11-06 00:33:41]

29 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineRichardPrice From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1156 times:

Kevin Pietersen

One of the best out there!


User currently offlineLGWspeedbird From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 459 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1151 times:

Kevin Pietersen yum yum!!!!  cheerful 

I have met the WI cricket team at work, very nice chaps!!



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User currently offlineTRVYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1369 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1145 times:

Quoting LGWspeedbird (Reply 2):
Kevin Pietersen yum yum!!!!

Here's him for you. Helen, Welcome to A.net.


Impressive record so far in ODI's.

[Edited 2005-11-06 00:45:01]

[Edited 2005-11-06 00:56:39]

User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1121 times:

Andrew Flintoff one of the worst? Whatever you say man, I thought this was our favourite batsmen not who's crap? But you had to add it in... right!?

As for me, I don't honestly know. I've always been impressed by Shane Warne, the man's a living legend. I'm quite a big fan of Chris Gayle, Rahul Dravid and obviously Freddie! All of England's Ashes heroes are high on my list though!


User currently offlineTRVYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1369 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1118 times:

Quoting EGGD (Reply 4):
Andrew Flintoff one of the worst? Whatever you say man, I thought this was our favourite batsmen not who's crap?

Sorry, it is only a personal view. I have watched him being not exactly polite with players of the opposite team that I support. You may be right, he's actually a good all rounder.


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1100 times:

The Best:-
Sachin & Wasim Akram.
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1096 times:

I like Brian Lara, good batsman...

User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1089 times:

I always loved watching Wasim Akram, he's just about the only bowler to appear in any favourites list of mine (as a batsman, I tend to the view that all bowlers are the lowest of the low  Wink )

David Gower was my favourite batsman. Not because he was the best, but because he was the most elegant, watchable player who's ever wandered out with a bat.

Interesting to suggest that Flintoff is somehow unsporting and unfriendly. Common concensus is just the opposite, as anyone who remembers him putting his arm around Brett Lee in sympathy after England won by two runs at Edgbaston would testify.



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24908 posts, RR: 56
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1084 times:

Shane Warne, brilliant cricketer and good for a lugh with the crowd  Wink


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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1083 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 9):
Shane Warne, brilliant cricketer

The very best.



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineLGWspeedbird From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 459 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1082 times:

Quoting Alessandro (Reply 7):
I like Brian Lara, good batsman...

I have met him once when he came of the BDA flight, he left his jumper and a couple of other bits and so I brought it through to him in the baggage hall, he also gave me an autograph which was very nice.  cheerful 

Quoting TRVYYZ (Reply 3):
Here's him for you. Helen, Welcome to A.net.

thanks for the picture thats made my day!!



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User currently offlineTSV From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1641 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1075 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 9):
Shane Warne, brilliant cricketer



Quoting Banco (Reply 10):
The very best.

Who strangely enough didn't get a wicket in the second innings against the West Indies at the Gabba today. (Same for McGrath as per Ninensm - "In 94 Tests together in the past 12 years and in 157 completed Test innings featuring the duo, it's the first time both players failed to take a scalp.") Lee got 5, Bracken got 4, and Watson the other one before going off with an injury.

Must mention by the way that Brett Lee hit a six in the Aussie's first innings that all (especially Ian Healy who should know having seen just about everyone at the Gabba since the 70s including Sir Viv Richards) said it was the biggest they have ever seen at the Gabba. Honestly looked like he was hitting a tee shot with a 1 Wood.

Quoting RichardPrice (Reply 1):
Kevin Pietersen

The Cricket Show - which showed during Lunch - had an interview with Pietersen. Interesting mixture of English decorum and South African arrogance. What will be interesting is when this guy hits a form hole (not that it is on the horizon at the moment but happens to the best of them) - how long and deep will it be?



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User currently offlineTRVYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1369 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1065 times:

Talking about Brett Lee, there was something about him and Shoaib as to Who bowls the fastest. So, who is the fastest bowler as of now?

Quoting Banco (Reply 8):
Interesting to suggest that Flintoff is somehow unsporting and unfriendly

May be it was just one of his bad days.

Quoting LGWspeedbird (Reply 11):
thanks for the picture thats made my day!!

You are welcome.


User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24908 posts, RR: 56
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1059 times:

Quoting TSV (Reply 12):
Must mention by the way that Brett Lee hit a six in the Aussie's first innings that all (especially Ian Healy who should know having seen just about everyone at the Gabba since the 70s including Sir Viv Richards) said it was the biggest they have ever seen at the Gabba. Honestly looked like he was hitting a tee shot with a 1 Wood.

He hit quite a few massive sixes in the Ashes series against the Engerlish as well.



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User currently offlineTSV From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1641 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1058 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 14):
He hit quite a few massive sixes in the Ashes series against the Engerlish as well.

Yeah but that was against the rather pedestrian Engerlish attack and not the fearsome Windies.



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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24908 posts, RR: 56
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1051 times:

Quoting TSV (Reply 15):
Yeah but that was against the rather pedestrian Engerlish attack and not the fearsome Windies.

Good point.



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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1045 times:

LOL. Fearsome Windies and their 380 run loss to a team beaten by the pedestrian Engerlish  Wink

User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 18, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1024 times:

Quoting TRVYYZ (Reply 13):
Talking about Brett Lee, there was something about him and Shoaib as to Who bowls the fastest. So, who is the fastest bowler as of now?

Shoaib is fastest to the bar, by all accounts.  Wink

There's very little between them. Shoaib is the only one of them who may have bowled a 100 mph ball (there's an error margin in the reading) with Lee just under.

During the Ashes Lee got up to 94/95 mph reasonably frequently, and Flintoff sent one down at 96mph during that series too, though generally neither he nor Harmison are consistently as fast. If Shane Bond of New Zealand can keep from snapping in half for more than a week, then he might get up there too.

But what is fairly obvious is that speed is not enough. Mohammed Sami is very nearly as quick as Shoaib, and has (thus far) an awful Test record. Shoaib hasn't progressed from just being quick, and neither has Lee. The best fast bowler in the world is a 36 year old 80 mph trundler in the shape of Glenn McGrath.

Quoting TSV (Reply 15):
Yeah but that was against the rather pedestrian Engerlish attack and not the fearsome Windies.

:D



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineSpringbokheavy From South Africa, joined Oct 2003, 36 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1011 times:

Johnty Rhodes by far the most awesome cricketer!!! I also think Warne is an amazing player as well!

User currently offlineTNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 19
Reply 20, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 995 times:

Warne is amazing, a great bowler and more than handy with the bat on occasions. Shame they ever let him loose after the game though.
Cheers
Bill



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User currently offlineTSV From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1641 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 987 times:

Quoting TSV (Reply 12):
The Cricket Show - which showed during Lunch - had an interview with Pietersen.

Forgot to mention that in this interview he talked about his season over here with Sydney Uni. They won that year for the first time in ages (and said he fell in love with Sydney and tries to get back there as often as possible). Great - that eliminates the chance that he won't be any good in "Australian" conditions next time the Ashes come around over here because he hasn't experienced them before.

Quoting Banco (Reply 18):
:D

Bugger! I thought you might fall for that one hook line and sinker and lay it on thick and fast but obviously it was too obvious. (Thinks to self - "Must try different bait next time!").



"I told you I was ill ..." Spike Milligan
User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 22, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 976 times:

Quoting TSV (Reply 21):
he talked about his season over here with Sydney Uni.

Was he at Sydney or University of NSW? Just wondered because I played against the latter a couple of times - before KP played of course.

Quoting TSV (Reply 21):
"Must try different bait next time!").

Indeed, though I did notice Chris Gayle smacking Glenn McGrath for a couple of sixes the other day. Something he didn't manage against England, though of course at that time he was facing an attack that offered rather more than the underarm lobs we have come to associate with the Australian team.



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offline9V-SPJ From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 749 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 969 times:

Best Captain - SR Waugh
Best Bowler - GM McGrath
Best Batsmen - SR Tendulkar
Best Fielder - Jonty Rhodes
Best Wicket keeper - Ian Healy

9V-SPJ


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 24, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 955 times:

Quoting 9V-SPJ (Reply 23):
Best Captain - SR Waugh

What about Clive Llyod.

regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
25 Post contains images TSV : I can't be sure I wasn't watching or listening as well as I should have as I was probably concentrating on listening to his accent. What over here or
26 Post contains images HAWK21M : Wales don't play cricket regds MEL
27 Banco : In England. They toured over here a couple of times. A good decade or more ago though.
28 DLPMMM : You guys are wayyy off, Buddy Holly was by far the best Cricket player of all time.
29 Post contains images Banco : Now you're being really silly. It's a well known fact that Holly was susceptible to the short delivery, and had difficulty coping with leg-spin.
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