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10 Famous Cricketers Who Played In Spectacles
10 Famous Cricketers Who Played In Spectacles
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10 Famous Cricketers Who Played In Spectacles

In cricket, weak eyesight is not a big issue like other sports. The game has witnessed several cricketers wearing glasses during the game for better viewing and sighting of the ball. Not only batsman but bowlers also wore glasses when in the field. However, some, later in their career, shift to contact lenses.

The recent name in this list of spectacle-wearing player is Australia’s bowler Jack Leach. His teammate Ben Stokes had also teased him for cleaning his glasses again and again while they build a last-wicket exceptional 76 runs partnership, in which Leach scored only one run, against Australia at Leeds.

Here, in this article, we have named 10 bowlers who played in spectacles:

Narendra Hirwani:

10 Famous Cricketers Who Played In Spectacles

Narendra Hirwani is mainly remembered for his performance on his Test debut against West Indies in Madras. In the under-prepared wicket, he clean bowled Sir Vivian Richards with a googly which bowler failed to do. He went on to pick eight wickets in the first match.

Wearing glasses and hand bands, he gained instant fame with his Test debut. He continued to be the leading wicket-taker in the next series against New Zealand at home. But he failed to repeat his stint in foreign lands, which is why he was dropped from the team. He was replaced in the team with the rise of Anil Kumble.

Hirwani played a total of 17 Tests and 18 ODIs for India. Though being dropped from the national team, didn’t stop him from notching wickets in domestic cricket. He snared 732 wickets in the 21-year first-class career in India.

World Cup, Adam gilchrist, Six Batsmen Who Scored Century In World Cup's Grand-Finale
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Six Batsmen Who Slammed A Century In World Cup Finals

Every cricketer’s dream is to contribute his best to help them lift the World Cup trophy. He always wants to be part of the winning cause. In this regard, a batsman who registers a three-digit score in the grand-finale gets immense pleasure. His century can change the whole scenario for the team.

It builds confidence in the team and also guides them to victory. But sometimes, his effort might even go in vain. Here, in this article, we have discussed the players six batsmen who scored a century in world cup’s grand-finale

Mahela Jayawardene vs India: 103 runs

Mahela Jayawardene,
Mahela Jayawardene. Image Credit: Getty Images.

In the World Cup 2011, India had early success in the grand-finale against Sri Lanka as the opening partners Upul Tharanga, and Tillakaratne Dilshan lost their wicket within 16 overs.

But Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene took the command of the game. They both build pressure on India’s side and added 60 runs before Sangakkara lost his wicket in 28th over. However, Jayawardene continued the innings and smacked the bowlers. He went on to register a century but lost his wicket soon after that. He scored 103 runs off 88 balls, striking thirteen fours. His innings led the Islanders to set up the target of 275 runs.

However, Jayawardene’s innings went into vain as India lifted the trophy after MS Dhoni hit the winning six.

Sir VIvian Richards. Mandatory Credit: Adrian Murrell/Allsport UK
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5 Most Feared West Indies Batsmen During 1970s And 80s

Cricket in the Carribean was like a religion during the 1970s & the ’80s and Cricketers were worshipped like gods. Although the fans are still passionate about the sport, the ’70s & ’80s were the golden years of the West Indies Cricket.

The West Indian side dominated every team they played against whether they were playing at home or away. West Indian fast bowlers were the most feared due to their pace, swing and aggressive bowling. They dominated the best batting line-ups on any sort of wicket.

In comparison, their batting too was quite strong. Their batsmen took the opposition bowlers head-on and would hammer any bowling attack on their day. These batsmen showed great footwork on any kind of wicket.

The West Indian batsmen showed fine temperament and footwork even while playing spinners in the sub-continent. They were equally good while facing the English bowlers in swinging conditions. These batsmen played a very important role in making West Indies one of the greatest sides during that period. We take a look at five such West Indies batsmen of that era who had a big impact on their team.

# 1 Clive Lloyd

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Clive Lloyd led the team from the front with his smart tactics and determined approach. Lloyd was a key figure in the batting line-up and smashed the bowling attacks with his powerful cuts and effortless cover drives. Lloyd took apart the best bowling line-ups with his aggressive stroke-play and powerful punches.

The left-hander was strong on the back foot as well as on the front foot. Lloyd had this tendency to shuffle across the stumps which made it all the more difficult for the bowlers to bowl at him.

Lloyd would find gaps in the field quite easily with his wonderful footwork. The southpaw was sharp while playing the pull shots on fast wickets. Lloyd looked comfortable while playing the spinners on sub-continent wickets and used the crease well while playing attacking shots against them. The left-hander was a towering personality in International Cricket. He scored 7515 runs in 110 tests. He led West Indies to two World Cup titles in 1975 and 1979.

Steven Smith. Credits: Cricket Australia Twitter
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Steven Smith – Only Batsman To Score 10 Consecutive Fifties Against Any Team

Australia’s talismanic batsman Steven Smith is in the form of his life. Smith completed his 10 consecutive fifty against England to become the only batsman to score 10 straight half-centuries in Test format. Smith went past the record of former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq and former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd. The right-hander last 10 innings score read as 239, 76, 102*, 83, 144, 142, 92, 211, 82,  80.

Inzamam had scored nine successive fifties against England from 2001-2006 whereas Lloyd had also scored as many half-centuries against England. Thus, England has been on the receiving end.

Steven Smith, Ashes 2019
Steven Smith (Image Credit: Google)

Smith is on fire.

On the other hand, Jacques Kallis and Kumar Sangakkara had scored eight straight fifties against Pakistan and Bangladesh respectively.

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Meanwhile, Steven Smith is on a roll. The right-hander has scored 751 runs thus far in the six innings at an unbelievable average of 150.20. The right-hander was dismissed for 80 runs by Chris Woakes.

England bowlers have not been able to crack the code of getting him out throughout the series. The right-hander also had the rub of the green on his side as he was dropped by Joe Root when he was on 63 runs.

Test batting rankings, Steven Smith
Steven Smith. (Image Credit: Google)

On the other hand, Australia is currently 201-8 and they are in arrears by 93 runs. England had managed to post a score of 294 after Australian skipper Tim Paine won the toss and elected to bowl first. Mitchell Marsh who was making a Test comeback was the pick of the tourists’ bowlers as he scalped a five-wicket haul whereas Jos Buttler top-scored with 70 runs.

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Australia has already retained the Ashes as they lead the series by 2-1. The visitors have been the better side and would also like to clinch the series. Smith has scored three centuries and as many fifties in the series. In fact, he hasn’t been dismissed before 50 runs in the series.

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ICC Cricket World Cup: Top 10 Highest Knocks In Cricket World Cup Final History

The ongoing 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup is the 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup (CWC). Only the final match of this tournament is left to be played. The host side England will face New Zealand in the final of 2019 CWC on 14th July at Lord’s (London).

Before this 2019 CWC final, here we are briefly discussing the top ten highest knocks in the CWC final history.

10. Collis King (West Indies) – 86 vs England in 1979

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Collis King (Image Credit: Google)

When the West Indies batting was in deep trouble in 1979 CWC final against England, Collis King played one of the crucial roles for the Caribbean side to win that match. Coming to bat at no.6 when West Indies were struggling on 99/4, Collis King provided a crucial 139-run partnership along with Sir Viv Richards for the fifth wicket.

King played a quick knock of 86 runs off 66 balls (10 fours and 3 sixes) which helped West Indies to manage the first innings total of 286/9 (60 overs). England failed to chase that target as they were all out on 194 runs (51 overs). The Caribbean side won that match by 92 runs.

Clive Lloyd, Virat Kohli
Clive Lloyd. Credits: AFP
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ICC World Cup 2019: India, Australia Are Standout Performers – Clive Lloyd

Sir Clive Lloyd showers words of praise of India and Australia for their approach in the tournament. Further, he went on to reveal his four semifinalists of the tournament as well. Despite Windies ending their campaign in the league stage, Clive Lloyd wants to follow the tournament completely.

The former Windies Great Clive Lloyd believes that the Indian National Cricket Team has been sensational in the tournament so far. He feels that they have learnt the conditions pretty well alongside the Australian team in the tournament. He believes that is the key for any side to win the cup.

They have been the stand-out teams –

Speaking of the same, the former Windies skipper Clive Lloyd, who helped Windies team to win the title Twice during 1975 and 1979 quoted that the England team will join the Indian team, Australians and New Zealand in the semifinals of the tournament.

Clive Lloyd
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”Australia are already assured of a place in the semi-finals and India are likely to join them. They have been the two stand-out teams for me at this World Cup. They have understood the conditions better than any of the others and have strolled through. That is the key here,” Clive Lloyd wrote in his column.

Australia has a lot of old guards – Clive Lloyd

Defending Champions Australia were the first to book a final-four spot and will be battling for the top position with India and New Zealand as the league phase draws to a close. On the other hand, India faced only one defeat in the tournament so far.

New Zealand, Australia, Statistical highlights,Clive Llyod
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”Australia have a lot of the old guard still going strong and that includes Mitchell Starc. He is one of the best around right now, knows these conditions and is swinging the ball perfectly. It will be tough for any side to face him, while Alex Carey – the wicket-keeper – could well turn out to be the star of this World Cup,” he added.

Well, it would be interesting to see how things would pan out for both the teams in the remaining part of the tournament. For now, both the teams would be looking to finish the league stage on top.