Sreesanth said, "Next ball he was beaten and I said, 'is this the King Charles Lara? Who is this impostor, moving around nervously? I should have kept my mouth shut for the next ball - mind you, it was a length ball - Lara just pulled it over the church beyond the boundary! He is a true legend."
I saw Merv Dillon with his children in Port-of-Spain a couple of Sundays back. He was buying food at a takeout. That man is huge and gets a lot more flack than he deserves.
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What is most fascinating is watching footage from 1973 (his first tour of England and presumably the first time he would have bowled in front of cameras) and comparing it to 1976 and 1980. The calibre of the footage changes more than the calibre of the bowling-action.
Strange, so he did. Maybe I'm mistaken then, because the only game that might (and this is a tiny possibility) have been televised in 1973 would have been this one against his countrymen. And there was certainly no TV in West Indies in 1974, so it wouldn't have been that.
Possibly it was just earlier on in '76 then.
Marshall, Ambrose and Holding. In that order IMO.
Ambrose though could be potentially have the 'McGraths' in that he is underrated in that he never did anything too dramatic apart from seldom bowling a bad ball and hitting a bugger of a length repeatedly.
Many will already know this, so I hope Im not accused of name dropping, but I netted with the West Indies as a young quick in the early 1990s. All the quicks were there but only Marshall stood out. Swinging the ball both ways and that whippy action.
It is entirely possible that I rank him #1 based on a few hours in the same net as him as an impressionable young teen.
Only 1 of the 3 I mention would make it into the WI attack I wouldnt want to bat against though.
Clarke, Patterson, Ambrose and Croft would be an attack to get a migrane rather than face.
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The other guy who could be seriously unpleasant in his younger days was Holding. If accounts of the India game at Sabina Park are to be believed, he was quite prepared to send down a few beamers along witht the usual barrage of short stuff..
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