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    The CW50 - No.7

    Two in one day - who said I don't spoil you lot? We continue our countdown with the one and only Lion of Lahore...


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    Imran Khan | Cricket Players and Officials | Cricinfo.com
    Nominated by 92% of voters - highest ranking no.3

    Imran Khan Niazi is a tall, dark and handsome Pakistani aristocrat of immense personal wealth, status and charm who mixes in the highest circles, is an active charity worker, a political activist, has a degree in Political Science from Oxford University and is currently the Chancellor of the University of Bradford. In short, he is the kind of man who makes most others feel utterly inferior in every way even without acknowledging the rather significant fact that he somehow found the time to be the greatest cricketer his country has ever produced, and both one of the finest fast bowlers and one of the finest all rounders in the history of the game. Imran was still a teenager when he made his Test debut for Pakistan in 1971 while doubling as a moderate medium pacer for Worcestershire in the County Championship. While he was considered the outstanding Oxford cricketer of his generation, Imran's early years in international cricket produced few achievements of note, and it was not until a matchwinning 12-wicket haul against Australia in 1976 that he truly announced himself, after which Imran was a key all round performer for two years of World Series cricket, further establishing his reputation among cricket's elite players.

    By the turn of the 1980s, Imran had moved into cricket's stratosphere and he stayed there. A change of action had increased his speed tremendously and as a bowler alone he achieved greatness, comfortably sitting alongside Marshall and Hadlee as one of the top three of his generation, and ergo among the greatest of all time. Imran averaged sub-20 with the ball for a barely-believable eight consecutive series in the 1980s - the high watermark coming in a six-Test series against India which yielded 40 wickets at less than 14 on slow, hard dustbowls. During that series he also averaged 61 with the bat and followed Ian Botham as only the second man to score a century and take ten wickets in a single Test. Imran's ability with the bat made him a genuine all rounder - indeed, he played for some time as a specialist batsman for Pakistan when he was unable to bowl due to injury. The numbers have been quoted on many occasions but still bear repeating - his last 10 years of international cricket spanned 51 Tests and in these matches Imran averaged 50 with the bat and 19 with the ball. On top of all that, Imran was an outstanding captain who marshalled Pakistan's talented but previously disorganised troops into the one outfit in world cricket who could compete with the all conquering West Indians on an even keel. Imran's Test immortality was already well and truly assured by the end of his career, but he also went out on the highest possible note in his limited overs career by captaining Pakistan to World Cup glory in Australia in 1992, taking the final wicket with his last delivery in international cricket. As the greatest figure in his country's sporting history, it seemed only appropriate that he should leave the game by giving them their greatest ever moment.


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    Had him at number 4, think he should have made the top 5 at least.

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    About right.

    The Aussies have fixed this vote though.
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    Great read again Sean

    Had Imran at 13, not exactly sure why so low though
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pothas View Post
    Had him at number 4, think he should have made the top 5 at least.
    I had him at number 4 myself actually - the highest ranked cricketer of my lifetime.

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    Too high IMO.

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    9th on my list. Can't quibble over a couple of places tho.
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    No Imran in my 25 at all...

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    First time I've had the highest ranking for a player. I had Imran at 3.

    Like Sean, the highest ranked player in my lifetime.

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    Had him at 5. Can't quibble with any of the placings. So long as Bradman, Grace and Sobers are the top three I'll be happy.

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    Had him at 14, but should have had him higher.
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    My favourite cricketer of all time bar Don Bradman.

    Probably deserves to be higher than Warne, Tendulkar at least. In my book higher than Grace and Hobbs (but that's just personal preference)

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    Yea as a cricketer, I would definitely rank him above both Warne and Tendy. I am surprised others do not. But as I said before, at this level, it's all personal preference and I don't have a problem with this.

    This means one of my favorite players (Trueman) is in the top six? So cool. Can't wait.
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    Yeah if I had done it Imran would have easily been top 5.

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