I believe that cricket 96 or Super International Cricket (Snes) is the best cricket game ever made. I would ratie it 9/10, the gameplay is by far better than cricket 97,98,99,00,02,04 and 05.
Realistic edges, overthrows and byes! I mean have you ever seen an overthrow in one later games (2002 or 2005). Edges are just like real life, swing outside of off-stump and pray that u hit it, the occasional edge may carry to the slips or even to the keeper.
Bowl inswingers, ouswingers, cutter and bouncers and watch the batsman duck and weave. Spinners bowl arm balls, flippers of-spin and leg-spin. Careful with ur fielding dont want overthrows!
Batsman can play shots, come down pitch and loft over mid off, or wait late cut down to third man, pich a quick single and look at for the overthrows. Fielders have control over appealing and must appeal for lbws and close run outs, third upmires called upon when the decision is too tight.
Place your own field have four slips, and a gully and hope for edge or play defensive and tempt the batsman to take a risky shot. Fielders have thier own skills, speed, accuracy and strength and place them carefully and to keep the batsman on their toes.
More stuff but that can only be experienced if you play it. I have the snes version if u want to i can give it you just email me firstname.lastname@example.org
It really is the best game, what it lacks is all those graphs, manhatten worm, spider and statistics like that, and of course the graphics which are decent, tats why 9/10 and not 10/10!