Finishing is a skill that all the batsmen won’t possess. It needs some real talent if a batsman wants to become a great finisher. The game has seen several finishers playing the game and among them Micheal Beven stood out when it came to consistency in finishing an innings or a match. Here are the five greatest finishers of all time.
Lance Klusner aka. Kulu will be always remembered for his heroics in the 1999 World Cup which had an anti-climax when a collapse with Alan Donald led South Africa out of the tournament even after levelling Aussie’s first innings score. Power along with innovation are his biggest strengths. He was an absolute nightmare for oppositions with the finishing cameos he played. Klusener was at his best with 8-10 overs remaining when he walked out.
Even an Indian cricket fan will accept that Miandad is one of the greatest Finishers to have played the game. He Was very Dependable when it comes to finishing, which is evident from his last ball six against Chetan Shama to win the match when six runs was needed of the last ball in the finals of 1986 Austral-Asia Cup in Sharjah. He was a complete player in all regards. He was not only as cool as ice, but one of the best agitators of the opposition, and had such an ability to have a mental hold over them. He could play any shot in the book, and was explosive if needed to be.
AB de Villiers:
AB de Villiers at the moment is on par with MS Dhoni in terms of consistency in the limited overs game. He is vastly becoming one of the best finishers in the world at the moment and he is the only one who could challenge MS Dhoni in terms of finishing the innings. De Villiers, sometimes tend to choke in crucial situations, which is the only criteria that separates him from Dhoni.
MS Dhoni is second to none as a finisher in ODI’s as he is on par with the greatest finisher of all time Michael Beven. Dhoni is a special type of player who has the knack of maintaining his cool under tight situations as he likes to take the matches to the final overs and finish it off in style. His best finish for India came in the World Cup final 2011 when he scored 91 not out to lead India to a World Cup victory after 28 years.
Simply, the Best in Business. Aussie left hander Beven, in his playing days, made it a habit of finish off innings or matches in favour of Australia quite consistently. It is also safer to say that Beven is the one who redefined the art of finishing matches successfully. He is the unsung hero of the legendary Aussie team of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.