Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Heroes & Villains

5 players I wish I'd seen live: -

1. Keith Miller
2. Tom Graveney
3. Frank Wooley
4. Wes Hall
5. Colin Bland


5 players I'm glad to have seen live: -

1. Clive Lloyd
2. Sachin Tendulkar
3. Shane Warne
4. Ian Botham
5. Dennis Lillee


5 innings I'm glad to have witnessed live: -

1. Aravinda de Silva's ton for Kent against Lancashire in a B&H final. (Kent lost)
2. Clive Lloyd, 132 v England at The Oval, 1972
3. Freddie Flintoff's ton at Trent Bridge against Australia, 2005.
4. Tresco's double ton against South Africa at The Oval
5. Steve Waugh scoring 150 in about two hours for Somerset in Canterbury Cricket Week, 1988.


5 cricketers I've loathed - for various reasons: -

1. Hershelle Gibbs
2. John Embuery
3. Jack Bond
4. Chappelli
5. Jonty Rhodes


If you have to have three commentators sharing the microphone at all times, as Channel 9 now seem to think, then these are the three I'd want when I finally get to the celestial test match arena: -

1. John Arlott
2. Richie Benaud
3. Mike Atherton


...and if these were the three I heard, I'd know I'd taken a wrong turn just before the Pearly Gates: -

1. Bob Willis
2. Bill Lawry
3. David Lloyd


The best catch I've ever seen live: -

1. Strauss catching Gilchrist off of Flintoff, Trent Bridge


The best/worst drop I've ever seen live: -

1. Lance Cairns dropping David Gower at Lords in the early 80's



2 comments:

Tony said...

I've got an idea for a TV show: Everybody Hates Hershelle.

Biplob Kishore Deb said...

Thank you very much for your nice article.
Here, I am sharing my opinion on the related headlines.

5 players I wish I'd seen live: - Don Bradman, Kapil Dev, Jim Laker, Richard Hadlee and Imran Khan
5 players I'm glad to have seen live: - Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Sourav Ganguly Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan
5 cricketers I've loathed - for various reasons: - Michael Bevan, Robin Singh, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Sanath Jayasuria, Hansie Cronjie
If you have to have three commentators sharing the microphone at all times, as Channel 9 now seem to think, then these are the three I'd want when I finally get to the celestial test match arena: - Harsha Bhogle, Richie Benaud and Nasser Hussain
The best catch I've ever seen live: - Yuvraj Singh took a flying catch of Jack Kallis or Gibbs (I am not sure) at a crucial stage of the match and that catch led his side to win the match.