Highly talented, but were never appreciatedCricket has no dearth of superstars, players who’ve established themselves with the appreciation of fans and experts alike. The statistical feats of these players serve as milestones for others to surpass, and each of their great performances become part of cricketing folklore.Yet, there are other cricketers, highly talented, but not as much appreciated, stereotyped for their style of play. Their contributions go unnoticed in comparisons to their more illustrious contemporaries. Here is a list of ten players, who constructed great careers, but never managed to be appreciated enough.
#1 Alec Stewart
In a career spanning fourteen years, Alec Stewart played over 130 Tests, scoring close to 8500 runs at an average close to 40. He played 51 Tests as a specialist batsman, scoring nine centuries at an average close to 47.
To put things into perspective, Michael Atherton, one of England’s modern greats, scored at an average 10 units below Stewart in the same period. As a wicketkeeper-batsman, he averaged around 35, which is more than many of his contemporaries.
Yet, he never managed to attain similar status, despite donning the roles of wicketkeeper and captain, apart from opening the batting. He tops the list of most dismissals by an English wicketkeeper in ODIs and comes third in the same list in Tests.