If cricketers had a day named after them
Published - Aug 8, 2016 4:42 pm | Updated - Aug 8, 2016 4:42 pm
Every year we celebrate many days dedicated to the leaders and heroes of our glorious past, most of them are national heroes. First Prime Ministers or Presidents. In case, of colonial countries also the freedom fighters. But what if days were to be named after the most famous cricketers – for the craft they were best at?
After observing various days and enjoying holidays for most of it, we thought of penning down this list of cricketers who would certainly have a day named after them if someone was to do it officially.
So without taking much of your time, here are the best of bests the days we think every cricket fan should be proud of celebrating. Read on to find out the cricketers and the days named after them.
1. Fast Bowlers Day – Glenn McGrath (February 9):
With 563 Test wickets and 381 ODI wickets, Glenn McGrath was the greatest fast bowler of all time thanks to the numbers he racked up. McGrath recorded 28 four-wicket hauls and 29 five-wicket hauls along with 3 ten-wicket hauls during his 14-year long Test career and ended up as the all-time highest wicket-taker among all the fast bowlers.
A man for the big occasions, McGrath always brought his “A-game” on the grandest stage. He is the highest wicket-taker in all the World Cups with 71 scalps at the lowest average recorded of 18.19 runs per wicket and has the best figures ever in a World Cup game, 7/15 against Namibia in 2003. McGrath picked up the most wickets in a World Cup, 26 in the 2007 edition from just 11 matches and was declared Man of the Tournament in his last game.
There have been bowlers faster than him, more ferocious than him, but nobody could match the consistency McGrath brought into the game. At a decent speed of 130-135 km/hr, McGrath could hit the right spots all day long in a grueling Test match, boring the batsmen and making them do something unusual. McGrath was the backbone of the world champion Australian sides from 1997 to 2007 and no other Australian fast bowler can even come close to his legacy.
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