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10 great cricketers who were terrible at running between the wickets

A look at some great cricketers who were not as good between the wickets.

Top 5 / Top 10 23 Oct 2017, 20:32 IST


In life, as in sport, everyone has some sort of failing and even the greatest of sportspersons are not immune to those. The same holds true for cricketers. All the great cricketers of the past have had certain shortcomings in their game that became apparent as their careers progressed.

However, this article is related to a very specific failing and seems a bit surprising that it had taken hold of some of the finest cricketers in the game.

It relates to running between the wickets and terrible running is not merely restricted to running fast. Judging when to run, when not to run, communicating with the partner and not being in two minds are some of the important aspects of running between the wickets.

So, the great players who were terrible at running were not exactly slow runners but lacked some of the qualities that go into the making of a good runner. More importantly, this is an exercise to demonstrate that some of the great cricketers of the past could have made even more runs or won even more games for their nations had they been a bit better at running.

#10 Mark Waugh

Mark Waugh
Mark Waugh

Former Australian batsman Mark Waugh was one of the most majestic batsmen to watch in international cricket and in a career that lasted around 14 years, he became one of Australia's most important batsmen in both formats of the game. He was devastating as an opener in one-dayers and an equally sublime presence in the middle order in Test cricket. In total, he scored 38 international centuries and 97 half-centuries to become one of Australia's renowned match winners during the 1990s.

However, he was a pretty poor when it came to running between the wickets and used to be involved in run outs quite often. In his one day international career he was run out as many as 32 times, which is the 5th highest ever in the history of one-day cricket. 

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