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A Quick Look At The Best Batsmen And Bowlers In World Cricket

The bails came off in a fit of sulking mood between the best top order batsman in the world, Kevin Pietersen and the much loved former England head coach Peter Moores. Like two school boys arguing about their childish differences, the two giants of an awakening sport square up to each other from across different continents.

Their obvious disagreement exploding into a full blown disciplinary action but the Mumbai atrocities were not to blame. There were some confiding misgivings and comedy of blood dripping errors to give media spotlight a platform for this bizarre puzzlement.

With all the facts emerging from the latest rift in cricketing partnership between Kevin Petersen, the world’s most exciting batsman and Peter Moores the coach who is a relative unknown household name to non cricket fans, his remarks seemed to have masterminded the enforced resignation of Petersen’s captaincy who having fallen on his sword was perhaps the villain of the peace.

It has become increasingly obvious that the two men do not get along very well with each other and the situation requires some nimble restructuring. Moores account is evidently unflattering to the likes of the ECB. He perhaps just wanted someone to be an ally with him and that was not forthcoming from the board of directors.

Petersen however, places himself into a different category. He is evidently a tremendous match winning cricketer with remarkable agility and speed between the wickets.

The result has left Peter Moores in a state of unhappiness, belittled by Kevin Pietersen and sacked by the ECB. His position as former England head coach could be a subject of discussion to be done away with although the situation has not deterred others from pushing their CV to succeed him.

Although Petersen has esteemed himself among the greats, there is a growing list of competitors to be the world’s best batsman. These include Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Jacques Kallis. These are currently playing top class cricket. However Brian Lara is head and shoulder above them all with his magnificent individualism thirst for runs. Lara currently holds the highest world record test innings.

Herschel Gibbs, Ravi Shastri, Yuvraj Singh and the legendary Garfield Sobers are the big hitters of six sixes in one single over. What really makes a batsman great has to be his temperament and all-round ability to play the game exceptionally well.

Not much has been said about the best match winning bowler, Muttiha Muralitharan who has showed his dominancy in world Cricket and has become the best bowler in the world taking over from Shane Warne’s record. Muttai will probably take plenty more wickets before he retires.

The list of good bowlers is growing fast. Medium pace men are taking the crowd to an exhilarating place, especially Shoaib Akhtar of Pakistan who has sent down the fastest delivery ever recorded in cricket: A 161.3 Kph or 100.2 mph thunderbolt, followed by Shane Bond of New Zealand: 153.4 Kph / 95.3 mph, and Makhaya Ntini, South Africa is close by, these are the cricketers waiting for a miracle.

Kevin Eaton
 

Keavin Eaton lives with his wife and two boys in New Orleans, LA. He has a bachelor’s degree in Phys Ed from the University of New Orleans and a Master’s degree in Kinesiology from the Louisiana State University. As an athlete, Kevin competed in many sports including wrestling, rowing, speed skating and bobsleigh before finding skeleton. Opinions expressed by Kevin on Play Famously are his own.

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