The game of cricket has evolved with time. It is entirely different from what it was a decade ago, considering the technique to play the game. Former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq has named the three players from different eras who according to him changed the game of cricket and has given it a brand ‘new style’.
The first and foremost name he took, was of the West Indies legend Vivian Richards. He entered the game in 1974 and went on to play 121 Tests, scoring 8540 runs at an average of 50.23. In ODIs, Richards scored 6721 runs at an average of 47 with the strike rate of 90.20.
Former Pakistan cricketer opines the changes which sir Vivian Richards brought in the game during his era.
Inzamam-Ul-Haq Names Three Batters From Different Eras:
“Years ago it was Viv Richards, who changed the game. At that time batsmen used to play fast bowlers on the backfoot but he showed everyone how to play them off the front foot. He taught everyone that fast bowlers can be attacked. He was an ever great player,” said Inzamam.
According to Inzamam, the second cricketer is: Sri Lanka allrounder Sanath Jayasuriya, who has given the game a new style with his batting.
In 1989, he marked the entry in the game and dedicated almost a decade to this cricketing career. He scored 6973 runs in 110 Tests and 13430 runs in 445 ODIs.
“The second change was brought in by Sanath Jayasuriya. He decided to attack the fast bowlers in the first 15 overs. Before his arrival, the ones who used hit the ball in the air were not considered as proper batsmen but he changed the perception by hitting the fast bowlers over the infield in the first 15 overs,” added Inzamam.
Moreover, Inzamam picked former South Africa captain AB de Villiers as the third cricketer who changed cricket. De Villiers very early ended his career in international cricket but he has kept on impressing one and all with his remarkable batting in the league matches.
“The third player who changed cricket was AB de Villiers. He changed cricket for the third time. I would credit the fast-paced cricket that you see in ODIs and T20s today to de Villiers. Previously batsmen used to hit the straight bat. De Villiers came in, started to hit the paddle sweeps, reverse sweeps,” said Inzamam.
De Villiers, who represented South Africa in 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is, scored 8765, 9577 and 1673 runs respectively.