Top 10 finishers of all time in white-ball cricket
One needs specific skills to relish in the role of a 'finisher', whose job involves taking stock of the situation and adjusting his/her game as per the demands.
Updated - Mar 21, 2020 7:26 pm
Cricket is a very unique game. For, no game tests your versatility as it does. When it comes to batting, each and every position throws up a different challenge to batsmen.
While in Test cricket, batting at the top of the order against a new ball in swinging conditions, is probably one of the hardest challenges, the reverse is true for white-ball cricket where the most difficult place to bat, has got to be the backend of an innings.
One needs specific skills to relish in the role of a ‘finisher’, whose job involves taking stock of the situation and adjusting his/her game as per the demands. Not many people can do that, which is why these select groups of individuals in the below-mentioned list occupy a special place in the uppermost echelon of white-ball batsmanship.
Here’s a look:
10. Javed Miandad
He was an epitome of what you would call a quintessential street fighter. Wasn’t he? In an ever chaotic world of Pakistan cricket, Miandad- courtesy his street-smartness-, Miandad- courtesy his steely mindset and street-smartness- bright a sense of calm, every time the Men in Green found themselves in a usual position of bottling a run-chase.
Miandad was a clam among the storm; a lion-hearted batsman, who always thrived when the chips were down. And, the numbers vindicate that too. In 47 successful run-chases that Pakistan achieved during Miandad’s career, the right-hander was at the helm of most of them, scoring 1403 runs at an average of 61.00 which also included 11 half-centuries and one three-figure score.
That hundred- as many of you would have guessed it right- came in the 1986 Austral-Asia Cup final against India in Sharjah, where he stroked a last-ball six off Chetan Sharma to etch his name in the uppermost echelons of Indo-Pak rivalry.