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Blessed with pace, swing and the ability to bowl an explosive bouncer, Malcolm Marshall was arguably the best bowler of the West Indies attack in the 1980s.

He also possessed an uncanny ability to outthink any batsman. He later developed a serious leg-cutter that made him even more cunning.

His strike rate of 46.22 was phenomenal, his average of 20.95 equally so.

In 1984, he broke his left thumb while fielding early in a Test against England but with his left hand in a plaster cast, destroyed the England batting, taking 7 for 53.

Four years later, on an Old Trafford wicket prepared specifically for spinners, he pitched the ball up and swung and cut it to such devastating effect that he took 7 for 22.

Marshall died of cancer in 1991 at the age of 41.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Malcolm Denzil Marshall

Born: April 18, 1958, Bridgetown, Barbados

Died: November 4, 1999, Bridgetown, Barbados (aged 41 years 200 days)

Bowling style: Right-arm fast

 

Test Career: West Indies (1978-1991)

 

Mat    Inns    Balls     Runs    Wkts   BBI     BBM       Ave      Econ    SR        4w     5w     10w

81      151     17584   7876     376    7/22    11/89    20.94    2.68    46.7     19      22       4 

 

Career Highlights

  • Often regarded as best West Indies fast bowler
  • Best average of any bowler over 300 Test wickets (20.94)
  • 3rd best strike rate of any bowler over 300 wickets (46.77)

Secured 376 wickets in 81 Tests                    

At the height of his career, Dale Steyn was perhaps South Africa's best-ever bowler. His extreme pace, the ability to swing the ball both ways, and accuracy made him the bane of the world’s batsmen.

He played just seven first-class matches before he was selected for South Africa and made his debut against England in 2004.

He did not have an immediate impact, but after honing his craft playing for Essex in Division 2 of the county championship and the 2005-06 domestic season, he returned a different beast.

He took 16 wickets in his second series against New Zealand but when he faced them the following season, the summer of 2007-08, he announced himself as one of the fierce fast men.

Steyn took 10 wickets in the first Test in Johannesburg. Then, shortly after lunch on the first day of the second Test in Centurion, he delivered a short ball to Craig Cumming, who missed. The ball crashed into his face and sent him to intensive care.

The flow of wickets became a gush, and in 2008, he became the fastest South African at the time, and the 15th fastest overall, to reach 100 Test wickets. That September, Steyn was named ICC Test Player of the Year after taking 86 wickets in 14 matches at an average of 18.10.

He went on to win the Test championship with the team in England in 2012 and took his 300th Test wicket the following year against New Zealand. He was only the fourth South African to rack up that many scalps. 

 

Career Statistics 

Full name: Dale Willem Steyn

Born: June 27, 1983, Phalaborwa

Major teams: South Africa, Africa XI, Botha XI, Cape Cobras, Cape Town Blitz, Deccan Chargers, Essex, Glamorgan, Gujarat Lions, Hampshire, Islamabad United, Jamaica Tallawahs, Melbourne Stars, Nelson Mandela Bay Stars, North Eastern Transvaal, Northerns, Proteas, Rest of South Africa, Royal Challengers Bangalore, South Africa A, South African Invitation XI, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Titans, Warwickshire

Playing role: Bowler

Bowling style: Right-arm fast

 

Test Career: South Africa (2004-2019)

Mat    Inns    Balls       Runs      Wkts     BBI     BBM     Ave     Econ      SR     4w     5w     10w

93      171     18608     10077    439       7/51   11/60   22.95   3.24     42.3   27      26       5 

 Career Highlights

  • Best strike rate of any bowler over 300 Test wickets (42.3)
  • 8 times selected to ICC Test Team of the Year
  • Took 439 wickets at 22.95
  • 9th most 5-wicket hauls in Tests (26)

Seen more as a support act to Muttiah Muralitharan in his early years, Rangana Herath eventually evolved into Sri Lanka’s go-to bowler.

His unrelenting accuracy and his ability to subtly vary his pace and flight have made him a potent force even overseas, where conditions don't always favour spin bowling.

On Sri Lanka's tour to South Africa in 2011-12, Herath's match haul of 9 for 128 helped the team to their first Test win in South Africa.

The following season he also had an impressive tour of Australia, bowling long spells, taking wickets and keeping the runs in check when the fast bowlers struggled

He was the leading wicket-taker in Tests in 2012, with 60 at an average of 23.61, thus proving conclusively that he had broken out of Murali's shadow, and was among the best left-arm spinners in the world.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Herath Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara Herath

Born: March 19, 1978, Kurunegala

Major teams: Sri Lanka, Hampshire, Kandurata Maroons, Kurunegala Youth Cricket Club, Moors Sports Club, Sri Lanka A, Surrey, Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club, Wayamba

Playing role: Bowler

Bowling style: Slow left-arm orthodox

 

Test Career: Sri Lanka (1999-2018)

Mat    Inns    Balls        Runs      Wkts    BBI      BBM     Ave     Econ    SR    4w     5w   10w

93         170    25993      12157      433     9/127    14/184  28.07    2.80    60.0   20      34     9 

 

Career highlights

  • Most wickets by a left-arm bowler in Test history (433)
  • Most fifers taken in 4th innings (12)
  • Oldest player to take a hat-trick in Tests
  • 1 of 3 bowlers to take 5-wicket hauls against all Test nations

Jacques Kallis was the broad-shouldered colossus of the South African team.

When fit, Chris Cairns was one of the finest allrounders in the world.

Arguably, the finest cricketer Pakistan has produced, Imran Khan, known for his searing pace and prodigious swing, made himself into an all-rounder worth a place for his batting alone.

Few players in the history of cricket have carried the fortunes of their team to quite the same extent as Richard Hadlee.

 Emerging West Indies stars Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell and Oshane Thomas will be featured in a series of films developed in part by the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

The Hero CPL has worked with Trombone Productions and Sunset+Vine to create films that tell the stories of these most exciting of Caribbean cricketers.

In each film, these talented young men travel back to their home towns to meet the people who helped them become the cricketers they are today.

“We also hear from some of the superstar cricketers who they have played with in their career, with the likes of Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Shoaib Malik giving us their thoughts on these players,” CPL said. 

Oshane Thomas visits the site of his brother’s murder, talks about how this impacted on his life and how he overcame this to become an international cricketer.

Keemo Paul grew up in a tiny fishing village on the Essequibo River. His house had no running water and no electricity. It is more than 30 miles from the nearest road. This is where he first learned to play cricket, and the film takes viewers back to visit the community that made him the man he is today, and somewhere he still calls home.

Rovman Powell takes the cameras to meet his mother who raised him and his sister on her own, sometimes working three jobs to give him the start he needed to excel at cricket.

"When documenting sports people it is their on-field talent that is usually the focus, but behind every successful athlete is a story of where they came from, the people who made their careers possible and the defining moments in their lives that give them the drive and focus to become the best in the world at what they do,” said CPL’s Head of Production, Paul Pritchett-Brown.

“It was a privilege to be able to go to where these impressive young men came from and to tell their stories."

You can watch the first of these films featuring Oshane Thomas via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=915x1fBODE0.

All three films will be available on the Caribbean Premier League YouTube and Facebook pages. They will be premiered on the following dates: Keemo Paul – May 22, 2020, Rovman Powell – June 5, 2020

The elder of two Test-playing brothers, Andy Flower was for a long time Zimbabwe's only batsman of true Test quality in all conditions. For a period of about two years from the start of 2000, he was so phenomenally consistent that he has no rival as the best player in Zimbabwe's history.

In the 55 Tests in which he kept wicket, Flower had 160 dismissals: 151 catches and nine stumpings. He did not keep wicket for eight Test matches. He had a gift of sighting the ball early, which made his anticipation better as a stumper.

He had two stints as Zimbabwe captain, leading them to their first Test victory against Pakistan in 1994-95, and then becoming the first Zimbabwean to lead a Test tour of England, in 2000. An assured player of fast bowling since his early days as an opener, Flower matured into one of the best players of spin in the world, and on the Indian tour early in 2001, he made 540 runs for twice out.

Flower was an integral member of the squad when Zimbabwe achieved Test status in 1992. He was expected to excel in both departments: wicket-keeping and batting and was handed the additional responsibility of leading the side in both the formats.

In the latter part of his career, Flower was compared with Adam Gilchrist, who many pundits acknowledged was the best wicket-keeper batsman the world had ever seen.

 

Career Statistics

Full name Andrew Flower

Born April 28, 1968, Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa

Current age 52 years 10 days

Batting style Left-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

 

Height 5 ft 10 in

Mat        Inns        NO         Runs      HS          Ave        SR           100        50           Ct           St

63           112        19           4794      232*      51.54     45.07     12           27           151        9

 

Andy Flower

Team:   Zimbabwe (1992-2002)

 

-              2nd highest batting average as a wicketkeeper (53.70)

-              3rd most centuries scored as wicket-keeper captain in Tests (3)

-              Highest score by a wicketkeeper in Tests (232*)

-              Completed 151 dismissals in 63 Tests as wicketkeeper

 

Mahendra Singh Dhoni captained India’s Test team from 2008 to 2014. He is the only captain in the history of Cricket to win all ICC trophies. Under his captaincy, India won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, the 2010 and 2016 Asia Cups, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.

A right-handed middle-order batsman and an unorthodox wicket-keeper, Dhoni made his ODI debut in December 2004 against Bangladesh and played his first Test a year later against Sri Lanka.

In Test cricket, Dhoni has done the job longer than any other Indian wicketkeeper as only Syed Kirmani with 88 Tests comes close to Dhoni’s 90. Dhoni also has a higher batting average than any other Indian wicketkeeper and has scored the most runs.

In fact, Dhoni holds the Indian record of most wicket-keeping dismissals in Tests, 294 and is the only Indian keeper to score 4000 runs and effect 200 dismissals.

Dhoni also holds the Indian record of most wicketkeeping dismissals in a Test with nine dismissals in a Melbourne Test, his last.

After taking up the Test captaincy in 2008, he led the team to series wins in New Zealand and the West Indies, and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2008, 2010 and 2013.

In 2009, Dhoni also led the Indian team to number-one position on the ICC Test rankings for the first time.

In 2013, under his captaincy, India became the first team in more than 40 years to whitewash Australia in a Test series.

 

Career Statistics 

 

Full name: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Born: July 7, 1981, Ranchi, Bihar (now Jharkhand)

Major teams: India, Air India Blue, Asia XI, Bihar, Bradman XI, Chennai Super Kings, East Zone, East Zone Under-19s, Help for Heroes XI, India A, Indian Board President's XI, International XI, Jharkhand, Rajasthan Cricket Association President's XI, Rest of India, Rising Pune Supergiants, Sehwag XI

Role: Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

 

Test Career – India (2005-2014)

Mat    Inns    NO     Runs     HS      Ave    SR      100     50      Ct       St

  90      144     16      4876    224     38.09   59.11     6      33     256      38

 

Career highlights 

  • Ranked 3rd for most runs scored by a wicketkeeper in Tests (4876)
  • Ranked 5th for most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in Tests (294)
  • Second-most wins by an Indian captain in Tests (27)
  • Most centuries playing as captain and wicketkeeper (5)
  • The joint highest number of stumpings in Tests (38)

During a Test career lasting 14 years until his retirement in 1983-84, Rod Marsh collected a then world-record tally of 355 dismissals; the combination of his concentration, athleticism and highly skilled glove-work earning him enormous admiration among spectators and fellow players alike.

Marsh was nimble-footed and his capacity to move acrobatically to intercept errant deliveries and catches was a constant feature. He was an invaluable player for both Western Australia and Australia, and the inextricability of his association with the fast bowler Dennis Lillee - the dismissal "caught Marsh bowled Lillee" was recorded 95 times in Tests - is one of the legends of the country’s cricket.

Apart from his wicket-keeping talents, he was also an excellent batsman in his own right, scoring three Test centuries, and his forceful stroke play lay at the core of many stubborn Australian lower-order performances.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Rodney William Marsh

Born: November 4, 1947, Armadale, Perth, Western Australia

Major teams: Australia, Western Australia

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Fielding position: Wicketkeeper

 

Test Career – Australia (1970-1984)  

Mat   Inns     NO     Runs      HS          Ave        100s        50s         Ct          St

96      150      13      3633      132        26.51           3          15           343        12

 

Career highlights

  • First wicketkeeper to complete 300 dismissals in Tests
  • Part of the most successful keeper/bowler combination with Dennis Lillee (95 dismissals) Ranked 4th for most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in Tests (355)
  • Scored 3623 runs at an average of 26.51

Gordon Greenidge began his Test career in 1974 against India at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. He and fellow Barbadian Desmond Haynes formed a prolific opening partnership that is considered among the best in Test cricket history.

The pair made 6,482 runs while batting together in partnerships, the third-highest total for a batting partnership in Test cricket history as of 2019.

During the fifth Test of the 1983 series between West Indies and India, Greenidge became the first and, as of 2019, the only person in Test history to be retired not out. He had to leave the match in Antigua while on 154 to visit his gravely ill daughter, who died two days later, in Barbados.

Greenidge scored two double centuries against England in the 1984 summer Test series. This series was dubbed the "Blackwash" because West Indies won by a margin of 5–0.

Greenidge scored 214 not out in the second innings of the second Test at Lord's in June 1984 and followed up with 223 in the fourth Test at Old Trafford in late July.

The 214 was achieved on the fifth and last day of the match as West Indies successfully chased 342 for victory. It remains the highest run chase at Lords.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Cuthbert Gordon Greenidge

Born: May 1, 1951, Black Bess, St Peter, Barbados

Major teams: Scotland, West Indies, Barbados, Hampshire

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium

 

Test Career – West Indies (1974-1991)

Mat        Inns        NO         Runs      HS          Ave        100s        50s                    

108        185        16        7558      226        44.72     19          19          

        

Career highlights

  • Part of the most prolific opening partnership in Test history with Desmond Haynes (6482 runs)
  • Most centuries scored by a West Indies opener in Tests (19)
  • Scored one of his 19 Test centuries on debut
  • Most runs scored by a West Indian in the opening position (7488) 
  • Averaged 45.11 as an opener compared to career average of 44.72

Blessed with a free-stroking, aggressive style best suited for limited-overs cricket, West Indian Chris Gayle has also had a solid career as a Test batsman.

His 79-ball century at Cape Town in January 2004, on the back of a South African first- innings score of 532, was typical of his no-holds-barred approach.

However, Gayle has also shown the ability to bat long periods and the hunger to make big scores. In 2009 against Australia, Gayle batted almost seven-and-a-half hours in scoring an unbeaten 165 to save the Test in Adelaide; in the very next game, though, he smashed the fifth-fastest Test century - off 70 balls - to indicate that quick-scoring remained his preferred method.

The following year he batted almost ten hours and scored 333 against Sri Lanka and Muralitharan in Galle, becoming only the fourth batsman to score two triples in Tests, thus proving again, his ability to bat long periods.

He is the most capped player for the West Indies in international cricket and is the only player to score a triplet of centuries – a triple hundred in Tests, double hundred in ODIs and a hundred in T20Is.

 

Career Statistics 

Full name: Christopher Henry Gayle 

Born: September 21, 1979, Kingston, Jamaica

Major Teams: Balkh Legends, Barisal Burners, Chattogram Challengers, Chittagong Vikings, D Ganga's XI, Dhaka Gladiators, Dolphins, Hooper XI, ICC World XI, Jacobs XI, Jacques Kallis Invitational XI, Jamaica, Jamaica Tallawahs, Jozi Stars, Karachi Kings, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Lahore Qalandars, Lions, Marylebone Cricket Club, Matabeleland Tuskers, Melbourne Renegades, Rangpur Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, RR Sarwan's XI, Somerset, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Stanford Superstars, Sydney Thunder, Vancouver Knights, West Indies Under-19s, Western Australia, Worcestershire

Playing Role: Opener

Batting Style: Left-hand bat

Bowling Style: Right-arm off-break

Test Batting Averages - West Indies (2000-2014)

Mat      Inns     NO       Runs    HS   Ave      BF       SR       100      50       

103      182      11     7214    333   42.18   11970  60.26   15       37       

 

Career highlights 

  • One of four batsmen to pass 300 more than once in Tests
  • One of five West Indians to carry bat in Tests
  • Eighth fastest century in Tests (70 balls)
  • The first player to hit all 6 balls in an over for four in Tests
  • The first player to hit the first ball of a Test match for six

Alastair Cook was never an especially elegant batsman and his career encompassed its fair share of downs as well as ups. In the end, though, his determination, his longevity, his decency, his sheer number of runs, shone through.

He is the leading run-scorer in Test matches for England, and the youngest player to complete 12,000 Test runs (the sixth overall, and the only Englishman). Cook has scored a record 33 Test centuries for England and is the first England player to take part in 50 Test victories.

Twelve of his hundreds came as England captain. His 24 Test wins in 59 Tests made him the joint second-most successful captain for England, behind Michael Vaughan, who had 26. His 22 defeats were also a record.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Alastair Nathan Cook

Born: December 25, 1984, Gloucester

Playing role: Opening batsman

Major Teams: England, Bedfordshire, England Lions, England Under-19s, Essex, Marylebone Cricket Club

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Height: 6 ft 2 in

 

Test Career

Mat    Inns   NO    Runs      HS   Ave    SR      100  50   

161    291    16      12472  294 45.35 46.95    33  57  

         

Career highlights

  • Fifth highest Test run-scorer of all time (12472)
  • Most runs scored by an opening batsman in Tests (11845)
  • Youngest player to complete 12-thousand Test runs
  • His 31 centuries as an opener is the second most in Tests
  • Scored 33 centuries overall
  • His average as an opener 44.87 lower than career average of 45.35
  • England’s most capped player (161 Tests)
  • Highest scoring left-hander in Tests

Herbert Sutcliffe was one of the most successful Test batsmen ever.

His completed batting average was 60.73, which is the highest by any English batsman and the seventh-highest worldwide behind only Don Bradman, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Adam Voges, Graeme Pollock and George Headley.

Sutcliffe’s career spanned the period between the two world wars, beginning in 1919 and ending in1939 when he was called to military service prior to the start of World War II.

The obdurate right-handed batsman scored 16 Test centuries, the first to achieve that feat, and was known for his concentration and determination, qualities that made him invaluable to his teams in adverse batting conditions. He is remembered as one of the game's finest "bad wicket batsmen".

However, his fame rests mainly in the great opening partnership he formed with Jack Hobbs for England between 1924 and 1930.

During that period across a span of 38 Test innings, the pair scored 3249 runs that included 15-century partnerships and 10 half-century stands.

The century opening partnerships was a record until it was broken by Desmond Haynes and Gordon Greenidge who had 16 but from 148 innings.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Herbert Sutcliffe

Born: November 24, 1894, Summerbridge, Harrogate, Yorkshire

Died: January 22, 1978, Cross Hills, Yorkshire (aged 83 years 59 days)

Major teams: England, Maharaj Kumar of Vizianagram's XI, Yorkshire

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium

Played for England (1924-1935)

Batting

             Mat    Inns   NO    Runs    HS     Ave    100      50          

Tests    54      84      9    4555  194    60.73      16      23     

 

Career highlights

  • First cricketer to score 16 centuries in Tests
  • Average of 61.10, the highest of any opener with a minimum 20 innings in Tests
  • Overall Test average 60.73 ranks him seventh all time
  • Scored 4522 runs from 83 Test innings as an opener
  • Scored 23 Test fifties
  • Described by Fred Truman as “a terrible man to get out”

 

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