బాతాఖానీ-లక్ష్మిఫణి ఖబుర్లు– Some of my favourite cricketers


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    Neville Cardus has thus described Ali, “His cricket at times was touched with genius and imagination. There was a suppleness and a loose, easy grace which concealed power, as the feline silkiness conceals the strength of some jungle beauty of gleaming eyes and sharp fangs.”

   One of the all time greats of Indian cricket, Polly Umrigar was a heroic figure from the late forties to the early sixties, almost always shining in a losing cause.

   Alan Philip Eric Knott (born 9 April 1946 in Belvedere, Kent, England) was a Kent County Cricket Club and English cricketer, as a wicket-keeper-batsman.

He played for the England Test side between 1967 and 1981, and was Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1970. He was particularly known for his habit of conducting limbering-up exercises at any inactive moment during a match. His major strengths were the sweep and the cut.

On 6 September 2009, Alan Knott was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame

   Few cricketers have matured so gradually yet ripened so fruitfully as Richie Benaud. With little to show for his first six years in Test cricket, he blossomed as a fully fledged allrounder in South Africa in 1957-58, then flowered as a charismatic captain at home against England in 1958-59. He repossessed the Ashes, which his teams then successfully defended twice. As a legspinner, he was full of baits and traps, and he batted and fielded with verve. Yet it was his presence, as much as anything, which summoned the best from players: cool but communicative, he impressed as one to whom no event was unexpected, no contingency unplanned for. The same has applied to his journalism: terse, direct and commonsensical, and his broadcasting: mellow and authoritative.

   నాకు చాలా ఇష్టమయిన క్రికెటర్స్– పోలీ ఉమ్రీగర్, సయ్యద్ ముష్తక్ ఆలీ. రిచీ బెనౌ, అలాన్ నాట్ ల వద్దనుండి నాకు వచ్చిన ప్ర్తత్యుత్తరాలు మీతో పంచుకుంటున్నాను.

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