In cricket History we have seen many players who are brother in relation. There are many players in International Cricket Teams who served and entertain the world with their class cricket skills. Some of players are from one family and entertain the world. Two or more brothers playing cricket from a given team is always a matter of great interest for the spectators to watch. And for the brothers duo, it seems as a matter of great pride and enthusiasm. Today we will discuss about the best brothers of cricket history.
1. Steve Waugh and Mark Waugh (Australia): Steve Waugh and Mark Waugh were the most amazing brothers as their partnership on field helps Australia to win many matches. The twin brother of Steve, Mark Waugh was one of the world’s most elegant and gifted strokemakers.
Steve Waugh is the ultimate evolved cricketer. Thrown to the wolves at 20, he flailed at all bowling, sent down bouncers at Viv Richards, and tasted Ashes defeat. Then he helped win a World Cup and made 393 runs before losing his wicket in England in 1989. Australia has won the record of 15 out of 16 consecutive tests led by him.
Mark Waugh’s game was characterized by an ability to drive, cut, pull and loft the ball so effortlessly that it could make him look disdainful of the talents of bowlers. Waugh made his name as a middle-order player for New South Wales in the late 1980s, twice winning the Sheffield Shield Cricketer of the Year titles as he built and maintained a first-class average in excess of fifty. To complement his batting skills, he offered handy part-time bowling as a medium pacer cum offspinner and a remarkable penchant for spectacular saves and catches – he had few rivals to match his freakish brilliance in the field. His many highlights included a world-record partnership of 464 for the fifth wicket with Steve for New South Wales against Western Australia in 1990-91.
2. Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan (India): The younger brother Irfan has established first himself in Indian Cricket Team. Yusuf got entry late in Indian team but is a best all-rounder. They have always been close whether it is in field or else. Let’s discuss about them elaborately.
Irfan got entry in the India Team as a pace bowler, later he learnt batting and established himself as a perfect all- rounder. Irfan is considered as one of the fine seam bowler of India. Irfan Khan Pathan was considered by many, with reason, as the most talented swing and seam bowler to appear from India since Kapil Dev. When he made his Test debut in Australia in 2003-04, it was with the energy of a 19 year old, but a composed nous that was striking even for one who had been specifically readied for the purpose via the A-team and age-group channels. His instinct is not merely what to bowl to who and when, but also to keep learning new tricks. He played a big part in the Test series wins on their revival tour of Pakistan.
Yusuf Pathan first made his mark as a hard-hitting batsman and offspinner for the Baroda Under-16 team in the ×Vijay Merchant Trophy in 1999-2000. His ability to score runs quickly, he had the highest strike rate in the 2006-07 Ranji Trophy and impressive performances in the Deodhar Trophy. Yusuf’s impressive showing for the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League in 2008 – 435 runs with four fifties at a strike-rate of 179 – earned him an ODI call-up for the tri-series in Bangladesh and the Asia Cup in Pakistan.
3. Andy Flower and Grant Flower (Zimbabwe):Best ever known cricketers in Zimbabwe history is Flower brother. Andy and Grant were the true and devoted cricketers Zimbabwe has ever got. Both these talented batsman brother have shown their talents in cricket. Andy was basically a wicket-keeper batsman while younger Brother Grant was fierce opener for Zimbabwe.
Andy Flower was for a long time Zimbabwe’s only batsman of true Test quality in all conditions. For a period of about two years from the start of 2000 he was so phenomenally consistent that he has no rival as the best player in Zimbabwe’s history.
The younger brother of Andy Flower, Grant was an experienced top-order batsman who began his career as an opener. Grant had the stubborn temperament needed to play long innings, but was also a powerful hitter when required. He was also a brilliant fielder anywhere close to the wicket, and a handy left-arm spinner at one-day level, although his bowling action was questioned occasionally.
Greg Chappell was the outstanding Australian batsman of his generation. Though he had an appetite for big scores, it was his calm brow and courtly manner that bowlers found just as disheartening. He made a century in his first and final Tests, and 22 more in between, although perhaps the outstanding batting of his career left no trace on the record-books. He won 21 of his 48 Tests and lost only 13.
Ian Chappell, a dauntless batsman partial to the hook and pull. He never lost a series. Some of his personal bests as a batsman, meanwhile, were in partnership with his brother Greg, notably at The Oval in August 1972, and at Wellington in March 1974.
5. David Hussey and Mike Hussey (Australia): If you forget about the Hussey brothers then you will do a terrible mistake. Both brothers rose late in cricket compared to other Aussie counterparts, they have been seen consistent in their performance in Australian cricket. Mike is known for his smashing and furious batting on field while David is known as a good all-rounder in cricket.
David Hussey has been forced to pile up mountains of runs in Australia before gaining the confidence of the national selectors. Despite his crash-and-bash style, Hussey is desperate not to be pigeon-holed as a Twenty20 player, although that appears to be where his international future lies. Still, he has been a standout first-class player in county cricket and for Victoria. An aggressive batsman with a strong bottom-hand technique, Hussey hit a breathtaking, breakthrough 212 not out at nearly a run a ball in 2003-04, which was his first full-time season at first-class level.
Being a batsman Mike has scored well at many occasions. Mike Hussey maintained the intensity and was soon living in a statistical world occupied by few others. After two years in the Test side his average rose to 86.18. In just 166 days he become the fastest player to 1000 Test runs, but he was reluctant to dwell on the records because he knew the sky-high ride wouldn’t last.