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    Top five characters in cricket history

    1. Viv Richards
    Easy pick. The greatest character in cricket history. All people should be obligated to read that little piece on him at cricinfo because it sums him up quite nicely. The best thing I can say to describe Viv was the when I saw clips of him running out the Chappell's in the first world cup, he looked small, not even 6'0 (which he is). Then when I saw clips of him batting he looked about 6'4 and more muscular. That doesn't happen with hype, it comes with confidence and believability, and Viv was believable at the crease.

    Everything from walking slowly, the chest out, swining arms, arrogent smirk when he chews the chewing gum, that glance.... and no helmet. The man is enough pride for any team. Viv's one of the very greatest because he had no fear, and when you take that away you have somebody who could come in at 3-30 and not care, he would take the game away from you. Imran Khan felt you needed a helmet bowling to him. It's not normally the batsman who intimidate, it's the bowler who had first chance to strike, but as a bowler you knew that Viv, with his eye, was not afraid and he's kill you. The walk to the crease in itself was an event.

    The best character cricket ever had.

    2. Shane Warne
    Forget the scandels for a second because I remember back in 1993, during the Ashes, when the cricket world was captivated by him. I believe he was the first cricketer to get a multi-million dollar sponsorship. One of the great things about the episode of Warne in ESPN's legends of cricket was how they showed adds with Warne from the early 90s. You'd see Warne bowling a chainsaw down a pitch or bowling a ball Ian Botham can't pick or whatever. Warne was just in the spotlight and his magic brought intrigue into cricket. People who don't follow or know anything about cricket know him. Arguabky cricket biggest celebrity. Tim de Lisle said it best when he said he's just a captivating cricketer to look at and to listen to.

    3. Ian Botham
    A legend that will never die. He'll always be England favorite imperfect hero. When C4 did their top 100 sporting moments of the 20th century, Botham's Ashes was top 10, showing it's impact on English sporting history. Very much like Warne in his scandels, but also a great character that most love. He's someone you want to keep in the spotlight because people know and recognise him, and will listen to him.

    4. Keith Miller
    Closest thing to a hollywood star in cricket with flare and style. More of a charactmatic cricket who didn't greatly care about winning. Just as likely to try and hit six after six before getting stumped than trying to play a great knock. Probably could have been one of the five best cricketers ever had he wanted to, but Keith wasn't about success, he was about fun. The crowds loved him and his style, the slicked back hair, the powerful presence... liked to party as well.

    5. Tony Greig
    Love the bloke. Got unfairly criticised for being racist anytime he'd antagonise the West Indies, but he did the same to all countries. One of my favorite Greggy stories was how he psyched out the Aussies one day. He started a bouncer war, first day of the 74/75 Ashes, by bowling the most ferocious bouncers to Lillee. Lillee being a madman was always going to respond in kind. And when he did Greggy loved the ball going so short, so whenever he hit a four, he'd signall four just to annoy Lillee. Lillee bowled shorter and shorter and Greggy just punished him. For me, the number one antagonist in cricket and he's just somebody you look at with a cheeky grin.


    There's others, but for now that's enough.

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    Coming to think of it, I really should have slotted WG Grace somewhere in there. Probably at number 3.

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    Merv?
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    AA, Dave Md, David Boon, Jack Mc Namara, Fardin Qayyumi

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    Chris Harris.
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    I don't know enough about legends from the past, so I'll go with the current crop.

    Kevin Pietersen
    Shane Warne
    Graeme Smith
    Shoaib Akhtar
    Mahendra Singh Dhoni

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    Doug Walters would have to be up there.
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    Only a bunch of convicts having been beaten 3-0 and gone 9 tests without a win and won just 1 in 11 against England could go into the home series saying they will win. England will win in Australia again this winter as they are a better side which they have shown this summer. 3-0 doesn't lie girls.

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    Merv?
    I'm thinking on more of a celebrity level, which I should have mentioned. Merv was a character, but did his character greatly contribute to the game? Maybe. Did his celebrity intrigue the public? Not really.

    I'm talking about the characters that the public recognise, even without knowing much about cricket. You know, drawing power mixed with celebrity mixed with individuallity, mixed with showmanship, mixed with intrigue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francis
    I'm thinking on more of a celebrity level, which I should have mentioned. Merv was a character, but did his character greatly contribute to the game? Maybe. Did his celebrity intrigue the public? Not really.

    I'm talking about the characters that the public recognise, even without knowing much about cricket. You know, drawing power mixed with celebrity mixed with individuallity, mixed with showmanship, mixed with intrigue.
    Imran Khan. Even when I was just about 5 and didn't know anything about cricket, the first Pakistani (and one of the first cricketers) I ever knew was Imran Khan. So much publicity post-cricket in politics and the like. He's certainly a character on the 'celebrity' level.

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    1 Sir Don Bradman - Anyone who did not have Sir Don in their top 5 list needs their head examined. (or they do not know anything cricket !! )

    2 Dr. W.G.Grace - this man was the reason Cricket developed such a high profile in England . He was a "Tiger Woods" of cricket in his era (just by his profile at the time or a "Muhammad Ali" ).

    3 Sir Learie Constantine

    4 Sunil Gavaskar

    5 Sachin Tendulkar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francis
    Coming to think of it, I really should have slotted WG Grace somewhere in there. Probably at number 3.
    I would put him No.1
    You know it makes sense.

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