Opinion: Top Eight Strike Rotators between the wickets in cricket history
Cricket is not about hitting sixes and fours only. Rotating the strike and ability to run fast between the wickets has become crucial in the modern day cricket.
Let us showcase you some of the masters who won millions of hearts by their running and art of rotating the strike:
Mohammad Kaif is widely known for his unbelievable innings which he played in 2002 NatWest Trophy Final. His sensible innings of 86* guided India to one of the glorious victories away from home. Kaif was always clear about his targets and knew how to build the innings in pressure situations.
The primary reason of some of his fine knocks was his ability to rotate the strikes. He was always ready to sacrifice his wicket while attempting for a quick single, but that did not happen in most of the cases. His fast running and mental strength on the field were unmatchable during his time.
When it comes to fielding, Jonty Rhodes’ name could be seen on the top of the list. However, his batting calibre cannot be ignored as he has played some important innings for his team in critical situations. Jonty was one of the fittest cricketers of all time as he was always eager to run more singles rather than hitting a boundary.
Due to his magical fielding and excellent running between the wickets, one cannot refuse to call him one of the finest athletes of the game.
Brendon McCullum was one of the most complete cricketers of all time as he was known for his aggressive batting, sharp fielding, and calm captaincy. His attacking approach towards his teammates has helped New Zealand to win some of the big games in his era.
Apart from hitting over the top, the Baz has always remained quick between the wickets. His fast running even towards the end of his career was exceptional as compared to many other greats. His batting approach in the limited overs format has always kept him in every cricket fans’ mind.
AB De Villiers
AB De Villiers would be on every cricket fans’ list when it comes to favourite cricketers. He is no less than a superman while fielding and batting. The Protea guy loves to accelerate his innings in a calm manner until he is set out in the middle. He always looks for a tight run in which he usually gets success.
De Villiers is one of the fastest runners when it comes to running between the wickets. His remarkable ability to change the bowler’s mind makes him one of the best batsmen of this generation.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of the famous names in the world cricket today. His wicket keeping ability has always put him on the top as compared to others. On the other hand, he is also undoubtedly one of the best modern day finishers in limited overs cricket.
In the past few years, Dhoni has changed his game and now loves to rotate the strike. He likes to build his innings and give himself last few overs to smash things off. His fitness and strength also make him the fastest runner in the team.
When India did not have MS Dhoni, Robin Singh used to finish matches for his team. He was a brilliant runner between the wickets who had guided India to some phenomenal victories in ODIs. His energy on the field was incomparable as he used to run hard on almost every delivery.
He had proved himself to be one of the best all-rounders in the 90s when Indian team was desperate to have an all-rounder in the side.
Michael Bevan was an asset to the Australian team in the 90s. He was not like modern day finishers who like to send each ball out into the crowd. He used to remain calm and liked to rotate strikes. The Australian finisher was heavily dependent on singles and was capable of converting singles into double due to his fast running.
Bevan had made victories possible for his team on various occasions when there was no hope. His cricketing mind had made him one of the best ODI finishers of all time.
One of the active players of this generation; Jean-Paul Duminy is also known for his strike rotating skills. His calmness on the pitch especially in the first few overs makes him a sensible cricketer. He likes to hit the ball in the gaps for single and wait for the oddball to hit a boundary.
Duminy is quick between the wickets which always makes him a great choice for an ODI line-up. The South African left-hander is a good example for all the young cricketers who believe in building significant partnerships.
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