10 former greats who would have failed to meet the demands of T20 cricket
Cricket in its very first form of Test matches was a game of patience and classical stoke making. Cricketers used to spend hours on the pitch without bothering to score at a healthy rate. Then came the One Day format which brought rush in the game. Results were produced at the end of every match rather than the Tests where most of the times players had to walk out without having a winner.The ODI Cricket introduced several advancements in the game. Batsmen started taking more risks and emphasized on scoring quickly. But since the advent of T20 Cricket, the mindset of the batsmen has taken an enormous turn. Batsmen like Chris Gayle and Glenn Maxwell think of smashing every ball to the boundary. A whole new generation now days prefers to play in the shortest format.There have been certain legends of the game that proved their mettle in the tests or the ODIs. If those players were to play in the T20 cricket, may be they won’t have been as effective. Here are 10 players who would have struggled in this format:
#1 VVS Laxman
Termed as ‘Very Very Special Laxman’, he proved to be India’s saviour on a number of occasions. He had expertise in bailing India out of trouble and taking them to victories. The famous Kolkata test of 2001 is the highlight of his career when India won the test even after being enforced to follow on, all because of his heroic innings of 281 runs.
Even though he was a master-class in the Tests with his majestic wrists, he was never known for his power hitting. Despite playing 134 Tests, he played just 86 ODIs for India. He had a strike rate of 71.23 in the ODIs and he was always seen as a Test specialist.
He never played international T20 cricket for India. He did play 25 T20s in the IPL for the Hyderabad team but never flourished. He managed a strike rate of 114.71 in the T20s which is way below what modern batsmen possess.
#2 Marvan Atapattu
The former Sri Lankan captain was known for his classical strokes. His cover drives were a treat to watch. With over 14000 international runs, he is certainly one of the best cricketers that Sri Lanka has produced.
Over the course of his 268 ODIs, he had a strike rate of 67.72 which does not make him an ideal pick for the shortest format. He played 2 international T20s in which he could score just 5 runs.
He started his Test Career with 5 ducks in his first 6 innings. Even after such a horrible beginning, he went on to become one of the most prolific run-getters for Sri Lanka. Marvan also scored 6 double centuries in Test Cricket.
#3 Mark Taylor
The rise in the dominance of Australia in the Test Cricket is hugely credited to the captaincy of Mark Taylor after he took over from Allan Border. But he was not so effective in the ODI Cricket and hence he did not remain the captain in the ODIs for too long.
The left-handed batsman had a more than impressive career in the Test Cricket. He played 104 Test matches for Australia scoring 7525 runs at an average of 43.49. His highest score was 334*.
When it comes to ODIs, the numbers are not as good. In 113 ODIs, he managed to score just one century and batted at a strike rate of 59.46. He surely would have had a tough time in the modern era.
#4 Nasser Hussain
One of the most renowned commentators of today, Nasser Hussain was an aggressive and an able captain of the England Cricket team. He took the English Cricket to new heights when they won 4 consecutive Test series and reached to number 3 in the rankings.
Nasser played 96 Tests for England scoring 5764 runs at an average of 37.18. His ODI performances were always questioned because of his inability to score big. His solitary century in 88 ODIs came against India in 2002 in the historic Natwest Trophy final.
#5 Steve Waugh
One of the greatest captains in the Cricket history, Steve Waugh led the Australian side in its golden era. He had the likes of Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Ricky Ponting who made the Australian side invincible.
He had an amazing Test record being one of the very few who have scored over 10000 runs. He had an overwhelming average of 51.06 and scored 32 centuries which make him a true legend.
But in the ODIs, despite playing 325 matches, he could score only 3 hundreds and had a strike rate of 75.91. Certainly he liked spending time at the crease rather than scoring quickly like the modern T20 batsmen do.
#6 Shivnarine Chanderpaul
He possessed the weirdest stances in Cricket. He would stand way outside the leg stump and just as the bowler was about to deliver the ball, he would walk across and cover the stump. Even with such complicated technique, he scored close to 21000 international runs and became the second highest run-scorer for West Indies after Brian Lara.
He used to frustrate the bowlers with his stubbornness at the crease. He would drop the anchor and simply refuse to get out. He single-handedly guided the West Indian batting line-up for a number of years.
He played 164 Tests and scored 11867 runs at an average of 51.37 with 30 centuries. Even in the ODIs, the numbers are good. He averaged 41.60 in 268 ODIs. But his strike rate was never such to make him a decent pick in the T20s. He played 22 T20s for West Indies and his strike rate was 98.84 which is well below par.
#7 Michael Vaughan
The highest point in the career of the former English skipper came in 2005 when he led the side to an Ashes victory after 18 years defeating Australia 2-1. He was famous for his skilled captaincy.
He made a name for himself mostly in Test Cricket which is the premier format of the game for the Englishmen. He played 82 Tests and scored 5719 runs at an average of 41.44. With the success in the captaincy, he holds an important name in the English Cricket history.
In the ODIs though, he could not replicate the performances of Test Cricket. He played 86 ODIs and did not score a single century. His strike rate was 68.39. He also played 2 T20Is for England and scored 27 runs in 2 innings.
#8 Geoffrey Boycott
With a hat on his head, he has a unique style of his own. He is currently one of the most respected commentators all over the world. He played for England with a career spanning from 1964 to 1982.
He was a hugely prolific run scorer of his time and scored 8114 runs at an average of 47.72 in 108 Test matches with 22 hundreds and 42 half centuries. Quite astonishing numbers he ended up with.
He did not play too much of the ODI Cricket. He had a strike rate of 53.56 in 36 ODIs with just one century accounting to his name. Occupying the crease and spending time were his strengths, certainly not what T20 demands.
#9 Justin Langer
The stylish left-handed batsman from Australia was a treat to watch when he got going. His bat used to swing in a lovely arc to hit the ball towards the cover fence. Along with Matthew Hayden, he formed a formidable opening combination for Australia.
He played 105 Tests for Australia and scored 7696 runs at a staggering average of 45.27. He scored 23 hundreds and 30 fifties in Tests.
His expertise though was limited to Test Cricket only as he could play only 8 ODIs for Australia in which he scored 160 runs at an average of 32.
#10 Sunil Gavaskar
The batting maestro from India is the reason for many players taking up Cricket as their profession. Indian Cricket history is flooded with the stories of him facing the tall and fiery fast bowlers from West Indies.
He was the first man in the history to reach 10000 runs in Test Cricket. He played 125 Tests for India where he scored 10122 runs at a colossal average of 51.12. He scored 34 hundreds which was a record for many years for the highest number of centuries in Test Cricket which was later surpassed by Sachin Tendulkar.
He has just one century in the 108 ODIs. He had a strike rate of 62.26 in the ODIs. A unique thing happened in ODI Cricket when he batted the whole innings against England in the 1975 World Cup and scored just 36 runs off 174 balls which is a strict NO in T20 Cricket.