Hey I wanted to be first with the Precam jokes.
the greatest quicks ever are 1.ambrose 2.marshall 2.walsh 4.mcgrath and 5.Garner.in that order
Dream Team since 1970-2012 1.Boycott 2.Gavaskar 3.Dravid 4.Tendulkar 5.Richards 6.Botham 7.Knott(WK) 8.Warne 9.Snow 10.Marshall 11.Muralitharan 12th man Lara
Dream Team 1870-1970 1.Hobbs 2.Hutton 3.Bradman (C) 4.Hammond 5.Barrington 6.Sobers 7.Ames(WK) 8.Laker 9.Larwood 10.Trueman 11.Barnes 12th man Sutcliffe
AT India XI
01. Sunil Gavaskar 02. Vijay Merchant. 03. Virat Kohli 04. Sachin Tendulkar 05. Rahul Dravid. 06. Vinoo Mankad 07. Kapil Dev 08. Amar Singh 09. Syed Kirmani 10. Zaheer Khan 11. Bhagwat Chandrasekhar
And smalishah's avatar is the most classy one by far Jan certainly echoes the sentiments of CW
Yeah we don't crap in the first world; most of us would actually have no idea what that was emanating from Ajmal's backside. Why isn't it roses and rainbows like what happens here? PEWS's retort to Ganeshran on Daemon's picture depicting Ajmal's excreta
3. 'Direct' Stat's like Average or Strike Rate
4. 'Indirect' Stat's like Longevity
Obviously if you value 'Longevity' then this will increase the 'Greatness' of Courtney Walsh. And of course, if 'Greatness' is valued more than 'Best' then Walsh will climb the rankings and appear in the Top 5.
Personally, I prefer 'Best' and 'Direct' Stat's, but there is no right or wrong here.
Courtney Walsh is terribly under-appreciated. Brilliant quick bowler.
Walsh always did dirty work for his more illustrious colleagues. While Ambrose and Marshall bowled most of there balls up to the batsmen to get wickets, Walsh was made to intimidate batsmen by bowling persistently short at them.
Member of the Sanga fan club. (Ugh! it took me so long to become a real fan of his)
I always remember him as a very accurate off stump type bowler, bowling in to the wind while Ambrose bowled with it. Always seemed to have one of the best personalities as well. Seemed like a happy guy.
Simpson^ | Hayden | Bradman | Chappell^ | Ponting | Border* | Gilchrist+ | Davidson3 | Warne4^ | Lillee1 | McGrath2
Greenidge | Hunte | Richards^ | Headley* | Lara^ | Sobers5^ | Walcott+ | Marshall1 | Ambrose2 | Holding3 | Garner4
Richards^ | Smith*^ | Amla | Pollock | Kallis5^ | Nourse | Cameron+ | Procter3 | Steyn1 | Tayfield4 | Donald2
Hobbs | Hutton*^ | Hammond^ | Compton | Barrington | Botham5^ | Knott | Trueman1 | Laker4 | Larwood2 | Barnes3
Look Walsh was alright but there's a reason he lived in Ambrose's shadow. I remember a tight series in 96/97 when an injury to Ambrose gave us the break we were looking for. All of a sudden the series was busted wide open. No pressure and with Walsh leading the attack - well lets just say he looked all alone and badly out numbered. Same with Bishop.
Walsh did the dirty work bcos he wasn't good enough to be the lead man. Can't help but feel he was made to look good associated with a group of glamour fast bowlers. Longevity is admirable but lets not parlay it into greatness.
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