5 players in Cricket 07 who are not that great in real life
There are quite a few surprises in Cricket 07's ratings.
Player skills in sporting video games are at times skewed compared to their real life counterparts. The last instalment in the cricket series of EA Sports, Cricket 07, has been around for quite some time, and it hasn’t escaped these discernible glitches.
Released in 2006, Cricket 07 has survived the changing dynamics of the game thanks to mods and patches released by third-party developers.
EA is licensed only for four of the eighteen teams in Cricket 07 - South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and England. All other teams have generic players, but with similar stats and skills compared to players in real life.
Here, we look at five players whose ratings are way higher than they probably deserve.
#5 Steve Harmison
Steve Harmison is remembered for his vital role in securing England’s victory in 2005 Ashes, which also saw him being selected as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year. He has taken 76 wickets in 58 ODIs, at an economy rate of 5.13 runs per over.
Compared to ‘Harmy’, as he is called by his teammates, Ajit Agarkar, the Indian bowler has had a better international cricket career. He has taken 288 wickets in 191 ODIs, at an economy rate of 5.07 runs per over.
The former England fast bowler suffered from inconsistency after the 2005 Ashes. An example is the opening ball of the 2006 Ashes, dubbed by many as ‘the worst ball in history’.
In Cricket 07, Harmison has a rating of 92 for bowling accuracy and 90 for bowling discipline, which is a surprise considering his career statistics. Ajit Agarkar or A Agercker (name in Cricket 07) has a rating of 80 for bowling accuracy.
In spite of the difference in career statistics, Agarkar is ranked lower than Harmison.