A player is judged on his merits. But for fans sometimes the aura of a cricketer or his popularity gets in the way of those merits.
There have been players who have been built up greater than they are. Let’s take a look:
1. Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)
A maverick of sorts, there was never a dull moment when he batted or bowled. But the man was not as consistent as his team would have wanted. His fan following however projected him as a great player.
2. Yusuf Pathan (India)
A big hitter, part of the side that lifted the 2007 World T20 and was in the 2011 World Cup winning squad. But failures at international level prevented him from being a regular in the side.
3. Geoffrey Boycott
Stats show him to be legend in every way. But a closer look shows how more often than not he would play for himself than the team. In fact he was even dropped from slow scoring and once his partner had to run him out so that a quicker scorer could come out to bat.
4. Shane Watson
Australia’s answer to the prayers of an all-rounder, Watson however was not as good at Test level as he was in ODIs. He was a good player without a doubt, but certainly not in the great category.
5. Matthew Wade
More hype surrounds him than anything else. At best he is ordinary, talented but certainly not what one would call a big deal at the top level.
6. Mohammad Amir
Still early in his career to call him a potent force. Yes, the comeback has been good but this needs ot be maintained for the next 65-8 years at least if he is to make a name for himself.
7. Srinivas Venkataraghavan
Part of India’s famous spin quartet. Venkat was good, but not exceptional. He was an asset no doubt, but maybe a little too much built up in comparison to his bowling partners.
8. Chris Cairns
New Zealand’s best all-rounder since Richard Hadlee. But cairns more often than not flattered to deceive and his record is nothing to write home about. However, his name is still widely held in regard over cricketing circles.
9. Graeme Hick
No doubt about his talent, but the man just faded awayt. While in English cricket he is rated very highly, on the world stage his importance does not amount to much.
News credit : Indiatimes