I was thinking about the way in which some players can strongly resemble players of another era or country and the kinds of parallels you can draw between the careers, styles, and abilities of otherwise unconnected players.
I thought it might be interesting to suggest some instances of this and that it might generate some good conversation to see whether people agree with the comparisons or not.
I've thought of two examples.
Imran Khan and Keith Miller:
- Both the premier all-rounders of their era.
- Both top-notch right hand quicks, and potentially explosive lower-order bats.
- Both the pin-up boys of their generation of players, in terms of appeal to the opposite sex.
- Both made an impact in the broader game of life, beyond cricket: Miller as a war hero and Khan as a politician.
Darren Gough and Merv Hughes:
- Both carried their countries pace attacks in the absence of a genuine great.
- Both probably most respected and famed for their competitive combativeness and their heart
- As a consequence, both probably underrated in terms of actual abilty.
- Both have starred in reality TV shows: - dancing with stars for gough and celebrity makeover for merv
Another example is Hadlee and Muralitharan, but I don't think it counts as they have in common that they were the sole world class players in their teams, and carried their attacks, and both held the record for most dismissals, but they are completely different kinds of player.
Anyone else got any other ones?