The Legends of cricket could use some company
February 11, 2013 in Uncategorized
If you’re an avid cricket watcher & lucky enough to have dstv, you’ll certainly enjoy the cricket doccy usually played on the espn classic channel, Legends of Cricket. Since the documentary is actually called espncricinfo’s legends of cricket, I went onto the espncricinfo’s website to see which legends I haven’t seen yet & of the 25 players listed, it looks like there are about 2 or 3 I missed.
I was actually quite surprised to find out that there are only 25 players selected given the sports rich history and also surprised by who didn’t make this prestigious list which led me to asking 3 questions:
- Who selected these 25 players
- When did they select them
- Are they going to add other players
With regards to question 1, I’ve done some research on the cricinfo website & some others but couldn’t find a panel of selectors responsible for picking the 25 cricket legends. But while watching some of the doccies I noticed that Alan Davidson, Ian Chappell & Richie Benaud had the titles of ‘legends of cricket selector’ under their names. What I also noticed about those 3 men were that they’re all Australian, None of them are not considered ‘legends’ of the game & they’re very old which brings me to question 2.
Of the 25 players listed Tendulkar is the youngest followed by Shane Warne. Also if you considering the clothing the people are wearing in the documentaries as well as Kepler Wessels still sporting some hair, I’d say that this selection took place in the mid 90’s to early 00’s. And that brings me to my final & most important question; Are they going to add other players??
I found it very weird that someone like Brian Lara didn’t or couldn’t make the list considering the amount of runs he scored & how he scored them. How could holding the world record for most runs scored in a single innings (both in test & 1st class cricket) while sporting an average over 50 after playing over 130 test matches not be considered legendary?
Muttiah Muralitharan is another one. If being the all-time leading wicket taker in both Test & ODI’s isn’t the stuff made of legends then I don’t know what is. Glen McGrath & Courtney Walsh could also be deliberated legends of the game since they’re only 2 pace bowlers with 500+ wickets behind their name.
Now I know that stats & numbers shouldn’t be the only factors that to ruminate when selecting a player into this special group. Sir Frank Worrell for example made the legendary list but scored less runs than a Hashim Amla or Michael Clarke & averaged less than them too. But his legacy will always be remembered for what he did for West Indian cricket off the field as one interviewee said he was regarded as the Nelson Mandela of cricket so it obvious that other factors were taken under consideration as well when picking a player.
I’m really curious to find out if they’re going add some of the players mentioned above & I’m even going to try and get in contact with someone on the cricinfo website to find out if they’re going to add more players. Coz surely those 25 players can’t be it. I remember back in 1996 or 1997 the National Basketball Association (NBA) in USA also honored a group of players they called the 50 greatest of all time. Kobe Bryant (considered by many experts as the greatest Laker ever played) & Tim Duncan (considered one of the greatest power forwards the game has ever seen), well those 2 guys just started their NBA careers when that group of players were assembled so they didn’t make the elite group. They’ll now easily replace a lot of the other guys in that group of 50 greatest were that group to be ‘refreshed’ or should a new list of say 60 or 80 or 100 greatest of all time be comprised.
The same could be said in cricket about Lara, Murali, McGrath, Walsh, Ponting & Kallis. I don’t know, maybe I’m just impatient. Maybe that unknown panel of legend selectors are still going to add some of these players in 10 or 20 years’ time. But why wait, coz for me & I’m sure for many others, they’re already LEGEN – don’t say it if you’re lactose & tolerant – DARY!!