Best Cricket Player??
October 7, 2006 7:42am CST
Mine is Brett Lee
1 Nov 06
my favourite player is imran khan. He was smart, handsome, tall, reserved,and he dazzled the world with his amazing talent, he gave cricket another name, he made cricket popular with his personal looks and talent, he is and always will be remembered by cricket fans worldwide. Imran khan, an unbelievably talented all rounder who’s name has been mentioned several times in Guinness World Record as one of the best all rounders (person who can bat as well as ball) in the history of cricket and has reached the top like no one else. He was born in Lahore, Pakistan into a family of six. He entered the world on November 25,1952, the only boy and seventh member of his family. Hisparents gave him the name Imran Khan Niazi and truly loved him since he is the only boy in their family. Imran was part of a well-educated family. His parents believed that their children should get the best of education, and become something. Imran's parents have believed this and followed through with it, and that is why Imran's sisters are so successful today. His older sister Robina is an alumnus of the LSE and has a senior position in the United Nations in New York; his other sister Aleema has a master's degree in business administration and runs a successful business; Uzma is a highly qualified surgeon is working in a Lahore hospital; while his other sister Rani is a University graduate who coordinates charity work. When it was time for Imran to go attend a college, he went to the prestigious public school in Lahore, the Aitchison College. There he was by far the best player on his team, being a very fine batsmen. He was still though quite far from becoming the best in the world. As Imran grew older, his interests went from being a batsmen to being a fast bowler. When sixteen, Imran made his debut for Lahore. Imran's cousins Javed Burki, and Majid Khan were a great part of cricket therefore when he made his test debut people thought that he made it because his family was on the Pakistan's Cricket Team. (Nepotism) Later, Imran had to put cricket to the side and focus more on his studies. Undoubtedly he was back again at the age of eighteen. He played admirably which resulted in him moving to England as he was chosen to play for a private school there.As the year 1971 approached, he made his test debut while visiting England.During this tour, he was fined many times by the management because he was looked upon by his peers as being a very snobby and wild player. Also on this tour, Imran did not play as well. Because of his "not so good" bowling, Pakistan was coasted to settle for a draw. This was the only test match on the tour. When Imran was twenty-one, he was admitted in the Oxford University. For three years he studied economics and politics. In 1974 Pakistan toured England and therefore he was selected because of his form for Oxford University and his experience with speaking English. He had not succeeded to make a big mark because all three of his tests were drawn. In 1976 Imran returned to Pakistan after being away for four years. During the 1976-77 season, Imran got a place in the Pakistan cricket team. He had impressed the team with his fantastic bowling. Later he moved to play with Sussex. The biggest reason for Imran to do this was because of his love affairs with the nightlife of London. He was quite angry at Worcester (a team he played for before he played for Sussex), because of the racism he found there. During the time he had been playing for other teams, Imran had become quite a big star.Everyone was able to see that this guy had talent and played very well. At this point, not only was he playing well, but had basically become a superstar. Imran continued to play for Sussex, because he enjoyed it there. At this point he had become the "father" of the reverse swing. His most famous partner was Sarfaraz Nawaz, in which the partners could make a lot of runs.Soon after, under the orders of the top official, Imran came back to Pakistan to play test cricket for the series against India. During this match, Imran hit two sixes and a four with only seven balls remaining. Because of Imran's huge success, one could easily say that Imran was one of the most adored cricketer through the land at this point. During the early 80's Imran was not only at his cricketing peak, but had quite a few relations with women. He had a relationship with Susannah Costantine,ex-model Marie Helving, and artist Emma Sargeant. Some of his relations ended simply because of difference in culture and because of the busy and traveling life of Imran. He brought some of his relationships back home to Pakistan in which he was frowned upon because he was an individual of Muslim faith. When Imran was thirty, he became the captain of the Pakistan cricket team. He lead them to a victory against England in their second test match. During the years of his captaincy, Imran had broken his shin. Even though this was so, Imran continued to bowl, whether there was pain or not. Because of his injury, Imran was able to put bowling to the side and concentrate more on his batting. Imran improved his batting greatly which led him to his first century in a one day match. In 1987, Imran decided to retire from cricket. Javed Miandad took his place. Because Pakistan's best captain was gone; the team was in somewhat of crisis .President of Pakistan Zia ul Haq asked him Personally to come back, therefore he was back as a captain in 1988.In later interviews he mentioned that personally his passion for the game was no more in 1987, he was already recognized around the globe. 1992 was the year of the World Cup Cricket competition, the most prestigious cricket event, Pakistan’s start was not good and lost couple of games and was looking to be kicked out in early stages he later told that during that time the manager of cricket team came to him and asked him that should I buy the tickets to go back home imran replied angrily that don’t come to me again and remember you are not out until you are really out. The Tiger was absolutely correct,he gathered his team gave them a lecture inspired the spirits of the young team with his charisma, and the team replied with going into final. In the final at the age of 39, Imran showed no signs of his age scoring highest runs for his team. And then with his prolific captaincy he smacked the opponents, took the last wicket for his team and made history by winning the First and sole World Cup for his motherland. He ended his career with an outstanding score of 3807 runs and 362 wickets in only test matches. During his career, Imran had turned the Pakistan cricket stars into the stars they are today. The day that Imran retired was a very big day. So big that the President of that time, Zia personally tried to stop him from retiring. Imran said that he wanted to retire at the highest point of his popularity so that people would be able to remember him forever.4 He wanted his name to be in all hearts and be recognized for all his accomplishments. Imran had officially ended his career as a cricketer and is truly remembered by all. When Imran won the world cup, he had raised twenty five million dollars to build a cancer hospital in memory of his mother. About ten years ago when Imran's mother had cancer; Imran was desperately looking for some place to take her, but none of the hospital's in Pakistan had the right facilities to treat her. When Imran took her to an outside country, it was too late; she had lost her battle against cancer. Eversince then, Imran has wanted to build a cancer hospital. Today he has a internationally recognized hospital standing in Lahore, Pakistan. It is named after his mother Shawkat Khanam .It is the only hospital of Pakistan that does not charge anything to patients who cannot afford the treatment and most of its patients are children. It is completely dependent on donations and needs at least 400 Million Pak Rupees to run. Although it is difficult to raise but he is carrying on some how. In 1995, Imran decided to settle down and marry. He married Jemima Goldsmith who is the daughter of a Imran Khan with his wife jemim billionaire. She was Jewish and converted to Islam by choice just before the two got married. Their wedding took place in Paris. When they came back to London, they threw a party which was more for the public. On November 18th 1996, Imran and Jemima were the proud parent's of a baby boy. The named him Suleiman Isa. On April 10th, 1999 Jemima gave birth to yet another baby boy. They have named him Kassim. Today, Imran has entered the world of politics and has set up his own party Tehreek-a-Insaf (Campaign for Justice). The party is struggling and in the two elections it participated in, it could get none seat in the first and won a single seat in the next election that seat was of Imran himself. So he himself has become Member National Assembly He continues to fundraise for his hospital. He does this by taking tours with popular stars. Some stars donate their money to Imran's hospital.
1 Nov 06
Don Bradman Sir Donald George Bradman, AC (August 27, 1908 — February 25, 2001), often called The Don, was an Australian cricketer who is universally regarded as the greatest batsman of all time, and is one of Australia's most popular sporting heroes. His Test batting average of 99.94 is by some measures the greatest statistical performance of all time in any major sport. By way of comparison, the second, third and fourth best Test averages are 60.97, 60.83, and 60.73. This disparity between the best and the second best exceeds that in other sports, and suggests that Bradman may be considered the greatest athlete of all time. Donald Bradman Australia 1928-1948 Avg. 99.94
5 Nov 06
Stephen Rodger Waugh Born June 2, 1965, Canterbury, Sydney, New South Wales Major teams Australia, Ireland, Kent, New South Wales, Somerset Playing role Lower middle order batsman Batting style Right-hand bat Bowling style Right-arm medium Relations Brother - DP Waugh, Twin brother - ME Waugh Statsguru Test player, ODI player Batting and fielding averages class mat inns no runs hs ave bf sr 100 50 4s 6s ct st Tests 168 260 46 10927 200 51.06 22461 48.64 32 50 1175 20 112 0 ODIs 325 288 58 7569 120* 32.90 9971 75.91 3 45 530 68 111 0 First-class 356 551 88 24052 216* 51.94 79 97 273 0 List A 436 393 81 11764 140* 37.70 13 67 150 0 Bowling averages class mat balls runs wkts bbi bbm ave econ sr 4 5 10 Tests 168 7805 3445 92 5/28 8/169 37.44 2.64 84.83 4 3 0 ODIs 325 8883 6761 195 4/33 4/33 34.67 4.56 45.55 3 0 0 First-class 356 17428 8155 249 6/51 32.75 2.80 69.99 5 0 List A 436 11245 8607 257 4/32 4/32 33.49 4.59 43.75 4 0 0 Career statistics Statsguru Tests filter | Statsguru One-Day Internationals filter Test debut Australia v India at Melbourne - Dec 26-30, 1985 scorecard Last Test Australia v India at Sydney - Jan 2-6, 2004 scorecard ODI debut Australia v New Zealand at Melbourne - Jan 9, 1986 scorecard Last ODI Australia v South Africa at Perth - Feb 3, 2002 scorecard First-class span 1984/85 - 2003/04 List A span 1984/85 - 2003/04