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One of the few unfortunate men who still watches Test Cricket on TV.

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Wayne Daniels worked extremely hard to get himself back in the WI team in 1983. But it was always likely that with so many young fast bowlers emerging; he would soon lose his place and that’s precisely what happened.

The unsung heroes of the great 1980s West Indies team

Colin Croft, Lawrence Rowe and Sylvester Clarke all had the potentials to become great cricketers unless their internationals careers were not halted for various reasons. Here I have tried to focus on players who had a pretty decent run with the Windies team in the 1980s.

The unsung heroes of the great 1980s West Indies team

Collis King is among my all time favorite cricketers. I have seen the video of his WC 1979 innings many times in YouTube. The power of this man was amazing. I have never seen anyone dominate a partnership with Viv in this manner.
The problem was that they couldn’t fit a role for him even in the ODI team. Specially after Richards and Gomes started sharing the 5th bowler job.

The unsung heroes of the great 1980s West Indies team

Gomes’s record against Australia is most impressive; 6 of his 9 hundreds came against the Aussies.

The unsung heroes of the great 1980s West Indies team

Interestingly among all the WI batsmen at the time I enjoyed watching Gomes most; partly because i myself was a left hander whose batting was mostly based on pushes and nudges.

The unsung heroes of the great 1980s West Indies team

Thanks for all the comments.
The 1984-85 series was a big one for the Windies as it was Lloyd’s last. Also they wanted to beat the Aussies in Australia to silence any doubters.

The unsung heroes of the great 1980s West Indies team

things got hardly better in the 2nd ODI. The poor display by our boyz completely spoiled my Saturday morning.

Overaggression gifts New Zealand easy win

Congratulations to all the people of the city. Here, we pride ourselves for Dhaka (or Dacca) being the home ground for two different test playing nations; Pakistan between 1955-1969 and Bangladesh from 2000.

Manuka Oval’s Test debut 95 years in the making

My Aussie five would be
Bradman
Miller
Lillee
Warne
Gilchrist

Both O’Reilly and Grimmet comes very close but Warney just beats them. Lillee gets the nod over McGrath because of his greater charisma. McGrath was more of a ‘just doing his own job’ type character.

Of course Trumper would always deserves consideration in any Aussie dream team with all those stories about him. McCabe is another to consider.

Who are the five greatest West Indian cricketers of all time?

Whenever i think of WI cricket five things come into my mind first:
Sir Frank Worrell and the great WI team he led.
Lord Beginner’s ‘cricket, lovely cricket’,
CLR James’ ‘Beyond the Boundary’
The voice of Tony Cozier
And finally,
Micheal Holding running up to the wicket.

Who are the five greatest West Indian cricketers of all time?

If we talk about the influence on WI cricket, then it is very difficult to ignore Sir Frank Worrell.

Who are the five greatest West Indian cricketers of all time?

Nice article. Enjoyed reading that. i grew up in the early 80’s as WI were destroying everyone facing them.
Although i have seen very little of Sir Gary, I can’t argue about his place at the top. I think he is the greatest all rounder the game has ever seen.

Who are the five greatest West Indian cricketers of all time?

RIP ‘Blinks’.

Billy 'Blinks' Watson dies, aged 87

Actually, I also thought about forming a nightmare Indian XI; but after looking at the list, I saw too many options, mostly coming from South India. I did select 4, who would score 10 (scale 0-10) in degree of difficulty in pronunciation,.
Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan (as you mentioned)
Laxman Sivaramakrishnan (himself a commentator now)
Pochiah Krishnamurthy (WK)
Venkataraman Subramanya

Cricket commentators' dream India XI

Nice Article. Vishy was a great favorite of mine, Along with Pras and Chandra played a big part in Mysore((karnataka) becoming a major force in Ranji Trophy.
Amol was unlucky to come into the fore at a time when India had a world class batting line up.

A look at the ten highest scores on first-class debut

The Aussies made the mistake of going in to the match with only two front-line seamers Lillee and Pascoe. A 3rd seamer would have stopped the Indian recovery on the 1st day.

The MCG thriller of 1981

I remember the 1981 test clearly; I followed the test over radio. On the first day as Vishy reached his hundred, the Indian commentator reminded everyone that India never loses a test when Vishy scores a ton.
I was supporting the Aussies and got worried when they lost 3 wickets late on the 4th day. On the final day Hughes and nightwatchman Yardley were out cheaply to leave Australia at five for very little. Still, as i left for school i felt confident that Border, Walters and Marsh would see Australia through. Kapil however had other ideas.

MCG 1985: The one that got away from India

1985-86 was a vital season for Aussie cricket. if I remember correctly they didn’t win a single test series between early 1984(against Pak) till late 1987 (against NZ). During this period there were lots of changes. In the 1985-86 season Hughes, Reid, Marsh and Waugh (Steve) all made their test debuts; while the likes of Boon, Mathews Jones and McDermottt developed as international cricketers. Most importantly, Allan Border started to emerge as a true leader.

MCG 1985: The one that got away from India

Thanks for the comments.

MCG 1985: The one that got away from India

I certainly would have loved to see both Scotland and Ireland in the WC.

Rewind to 1999: When Scotland faced Australia in their first ODI

i certainly remember the 1999 WC match between the Tigers and the Scots. back in the 1997, we easily defeated them in the SF of the ICC trophy. but we always knew that facing them in Edinburgh would be tough. The tigers batted first an there was an early collapse with a number of ducks. the ball was moving; but nevertheless we managed to reach a fighting total and then prevail in a a close finish to record our 1st WC win.

Rewind to 1999: When Scotland faced Australia in their first ODI

Obviously our selectors have entirely different views. The tigers have gone in the 1st test against WI (started on 22nd) with 4 front line spinners plus two part time ones. Shakib has returned from injury while offie Nayeem Hasan is making his debut. Mustafiz is the only seam bowler but not sure how much bowling he would do.
Bangladesh batted on the 1st day and already there are talks of ball turning and keeping a shade low.

Bangladesh needs to produce faster pitches

As for the soil structure; Chittagong and Sylhet which lies in the eastern part of the country; have different soil structure from the other parts. Chittagong pitches in the 1980’s and early 1990’s certainly had good bounce. Not surprisingly, some of the finest strike-makers in the Dhaka league at the time had their roots in Chittagong.

Bangladesh needs to produce faster pitches

Thanks for the comments. Well, quick pitches are certainly not impossible in this part of the world.
I remember, back in Jan 1989, an absolutely green top at the Dhaka Stadium (the old one) for a league match. (Late) Ziaul Islam Masud was the fastest bowler of the country at the time; but the truth was he was only slightly quicker than Mudassar Nazar. He troubled the opposition opener ArunLal (from India) with his short pitched deliveries. He even hit his helmet once.

Bangladesh needs to produce faster pitches

Collis King would have been the ultimate T-20 cricketer. Was a useful medium pacer and could give the ball some good thump. At Lord’s in the 1979 WC final, he made Viv Richards play the 2nd fiddle to him during his stay at the wicket.

The best Twenty20 first XI who never played