7 worst patches for legendary cricketers in Tests
Even the gods of cricket went through times when they failed to meet their own high standards.
"Form is temporary, class is permanent" is easily one of the most widely used cliches in cricket. However, it does get a little concerning when the best players in the team suffer a dip in form as it often becomes the deciding factor in terms of results.
It is difficult to find a cricketer who has not gone through a bad patch in his career. Even the legends of the game have had times when they looked like a pale shadow of themselves and struggled to do what they do best. However, they managed to emerge from it and finished off with great careers.
Here are some of the worst patches for legendary cricketers:
7. Shane Warne
Iconic Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne is one of the greatest bowlers to have ever played the game. With a tally of 708 wickets in Tests, Warne is the second highest wicket-taker in the longest format of the game behind 800-man Muttiah Muralitharan. After struggling a bit in his first couple of years, the leggie had a relatively smooth journey in his career.
However, just like any other great bowler, Warne did have a few bad patches here and there. Perhaps the most prominent one came about in 1998/99 season when the Aussie great struggled for a brief period of time. The usually prolific bowler could manage just 4 wickets in as many Tests at a poor average of 94.50.