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Massive cricket and Rugby Union fan. Aspiring journalist and looking to contribute more to this sports forum.

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Deano was a charachter. He was a gun batsman and one of Australia’s greatest ODI batsman of all time. He definitely could have had a longer career. His 200 I think it was, scored against India in Madras is definitely one of the Top 10 innings of all time. Geez, Chatfield was horrid with the bat. Kind of like Chris Martin. Akram is the greatest left arm bowler I have seen. He had every delivery type. Bowled so well on dead pitches in the subcontinent. There are arguments from many Pakistani cricket fans that if Pakistan’s fielding standards were better, then Akram could have finished with maybe 100 or even 200 more wickets in Tests and maybe ODIs. Great bowler though and that hatrick he took was just mesmerising.

RIchard Hadlee: An underrated genius and an all-time great fast bowler

Cheers Geoff. Yeah, I think it does depend on generational gaps and perspective related to different generations. Also, Hadlee, didn’t seem too flamboyant and he just got on with the job. Right about the batting aspect. He definitely could have averaged mid 30s at least with the potential he had. He did score 1000 runs and he picked up 100 wickets in the one County season for Nottinghamshire, which indicates his bowling and batting talent. Great player nonetheless, and if NZ had a player like him in the squad, they would reach another level.

RIchard Hadlee: An underrated genius and an all-time great fast bowler

His action was easy so easy to imitate. It is close to an ideal fast bowling action. Amazing player. He is an absolute icon.

RIchard Hadlee: An underrated genius and an all-time great fast bowler

Yeah, John Bracewell. The Uncle of Doug and he had a brother I think as well. He was a good coach for New Zealand as well. Wow, Rafiqul, that’s really fascinating to hear. Sorry I got your name wrong. And Rafiqul, do you see upcoming talents coming from Bangladesh at this point?

RIchard Hadlee: An underrated genius and an all-time great fast bowler

That’s great to hear man. I know I am not alone when it comes be being fascinated by most aspects of the game. The history and all the unforgettable events that have happened, especially over the last 40 years and all. Who’s your favourite player Paul and what’s your favourite match that you have seen till date?

RIchard Hadlee: An underrated genius and an all-time great fast bowler

badmanners that’s an interesting story. Gee Paddles got a little greedy ayee.

RIchard Hadlee: An underrated genius and an all-time great fast bowler

Thank you so much for the feedback Riccardo. I appreciate the feedback and that’s an interesting point you made about Hadlee not being popular with his team-mates. I really cannot blame him for being selfish in that regard as he worked his backside off for the team.

Imran Khan certainly was the best all-rounder out of those four great all-rounders. He was the better leader as well and his record against the Windies during their prime was simply phenomenal. To average around 20 against the Windies back then is some achievement. I do agree that Hadlee was the better all-rounder as opposed to Botham. Botham was great as well, but Hadlee’s bowling is in a league of its own.

As for underrated players, yeah Glen Turner was masssively underrated. He averaged mid-40s in both Tests and ODIs, kind of like another NZ player named Ross Taylor. Turner had that record against such lethal bowlers and if I am not mistaken he was the leading run-scorer in the 1975/79 World Cup.

RIchard Hadlee: An underrated genius and an all-time great fast bowler

Thanks a lot for your feedback Paul. I always see you comment on most cricket articles on Roar. Big fan mate? Yeah, the rivalry between him and Aussies was intense. I remember a section of the Melbourne crowd or one of the crowds chanting ‘Hadlee is a wanker’. As a bowler he is one of the greatest of all-time and apparently in 2002, the ICC ranked him the 2nd greatest bowler. Apparently, there were a few ego issues in the team back then. Few players had issues with Hadlee as someone in the comment section has stated. Ether way, Hadlee was a gun. He is in my top 5 bowlers of all time.

True about NZ being strong back then. If Hadlee was in the current team, I reckon the team would be lethal.

RIchard Hadlee: An underrated genius and an all-time great fast bowler

http://www.pakpassion.net/ppforum/showthread.php?271746-Is-Richard-Hadlee-underrated

RIchard Hadlee: An underrated genius and an all-time great fast bowler

Yeah, the eras perspective and the fact he wasn’t as flashy or flamboyant as other bowlers is a part of the reason why I would say kind of underrated. This forum that I used for the article indicates some of the reasons why I feel he is underrated.

RIchard Hadlee: An underrated genius and an all-time great fast bowler

Truer words haven’t been spoken.

RIchard Hadlee: An underrated genius and an all-time great fast bowler

Yeah that series was really controversial Paul. I saw footage of West Indian pacer Colin Croft barging the umpire while running into bowl. The Windies were furious at the umpiring during that series. Some good cricket was played but it was a very hostile series.

RIchard Hadlee: An underrated genius and an all-time great fast bowler

Thank you so much Irantha. I appreciate the feedback. He sure did. He had a wonderful action and his discipline while bowling was amazing.

RIchard Hadlee: An underrated genius and an all-time great fast bowler

Wow, that’s an amazing fact Rafique. It just shows how valuable he was to the team. I think he is one of only a few players to score a 1000 runs and take 100 wickets in a county season.

RIchard Hadlee: An underrated genius and an all-time great fast bowler

Thank you so much Rafique. I really appreciate the feedback. And yes you are right. New Zealand lost the series to India, 2-1 in India in 1989. I made an error, and that Test match they won in India was a historic one.

RIchard Hadlee: An underrated genius and an all-time great fast bowler

Cheers for feedback Carlin. He had it all . Hadlee was just that good of a bowler and at times single-handedly won NZ games. The complete fast bowler with all the skills in his repertoire. A legend. 100%, just like you said, he is NZs greatest cricketer.

RIchard Hadlee: An underrated genius and an all-time great fast bowler

What ever you said was true about Hadlee. He was our only world class bowler during that time. No disrespect to the other bowlers but Hadlee was in a class of his own. The other bowlers worked around Paddles and his combination with Ewen Chatfield was instrumental in NZ winning series in Australia and England.

RIchard Hadlee: An underrated genius and an all-time great fast bowler

His record against Australia is phenomenal. 23 Test, 130 wickets, average 20.56, 14 5fers and 3 10 wicket hauls.

RIchard Hadlee: An underrated genius and an all-time great fast bowler

Ahahaha. Thank you so much for your kind words bhanji.

Analysis of the Blackcaps heading into this year's ICC World Cup

Yeah, it looks like it Kopa. Quality player in the making.

Patrick James Cummins: A star in challenging times

Yeah, right now would be way too early for him. He is finally getting some continuous cricket after so many injury setbacks.

Patrick James Cummins: A star in challenging times

Hey Paul. Thanks for your feedback. Yeah, he has natural leadership skills and I do see Pat becoming captain one day. He is just that good. In that disappointing series against India, he was the shinging light.

Patrick James Cummins: A star in challenging times

True, sometimes with Williamson, I feel he does get a bit too laid back, expecting things to happen. One fine example of that is the 1st Test against Sri Lanka. There were arguments going around, stating that he could have been more proactive with his field placings. Sri Lanka did do really well that day, but then again, it did seem Williamson is a bit too conservative at times with his captaincy. It is worth noting that Williamson, did show a bit more aggression in the 2nd Test at Christchurch against the Sri Lankan’s. His record though as captain in ODIs stands at 50 games, 26 wins, 22 losses and 2 N/R.

Analysis of the Blackcaps heading into this year's ICC World Cup

Yeah, true. Even thought the formats are different, Seifert looked really good in the T20 series against India. There are arguments going around that he could be used as a bit of a dasher at the World Cup. Him and Guppy opening, and Seifert would try and go bonkers in the first 10 overs when the power play is on. It could be a thing worth trying during the World Cup.

Analysis of the Blackcaps heading into this year's ICC World Cup

Rababa has been a bit down on performance in the last couple of Test matches. Cummins though. He is an inspiration for the team. I can’t wait to see what he does in England.

Cummins first Aussie ICC top Test bowler since McGrath