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Old 16th October 2017, 12:35   #41
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APologies for being a bit slow over the last week but life and work got in the way. The final 2 shall be announced later.
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Old 16th October 2017, 22:41   #42
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2. Shahid Afridi

Batting Bowling
Matches: 98 Matches: 98
Runs: 1405 Wickets: 97
HS: 54* BBM: 4/11
Avg: 18.01 Avg: 24.35
SR: 150.75 Econ: 6.61
100s: 0 SR: 22.1
50s: 4 4w: 3
4s: 102 5w: 0
6s: 73

What can be said or written about Shahid Afridi that hasn't already filled up countless articles and arguments, blogs and commentary stints? Boom Boom may be the single most fitting sporting epitaph since the "Sugar" in Sugar Ray Leonard. So I think I will simply list the great moments in a great career.

There was the surprisingly mature 54 at a meagre SR (by his standards) of 135 in the 2009 world T20 final, which bolstered a bowling performance delivering a wicket at 20 runs in the first innings.

There was the almost complete Afridi performance against New Zealand at Christchurch in 2010, featuring a four, a six, a brilliant run out and then a destructive 4/14.

There were the celebrations, the million dollar smile, the almost patented celebration, there was the art of hitting sixes out of the gravitation pull of the Earth, theer was the otherworldly strike rate, still rarely matched...and always, always there was the anticipation that anything could happen.

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Old 16th October 2017, 22:54   #43
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No. 1 Chris Gayle


Matches: 52
Runs: 1577
HS: 117
Avg: 35.04
SR: 145.34
100s: 2
50s: 13
4s: 134
6s: 103

There he is, the "World Boss" or "Gayleforce" to some. He stands tall, powerful, chews a little on his gum, his eyes betray no emotion and then he unleashes. He rarely looks like he hits the ball hard. He doesn't have to. Chris Gayle hits sixes like most of us could only dream. Even his greatest contemporaries can rarely do it as good. Or as cool.

In only his third T20 innings he decimates the England bowling line up, one that includes James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Gayle has arrived in the T20 arena. A single innings later, he hits one of the most brutal, one of the most sadistic centuries seen in world cricket. That too against Pollock, Ntini, Morkel and Philander. The first ever world T20 has come alive.

That came in a losing effort. Gayle will not be left in the same situation again. World T20 2016...he shreds England again. 100 runs, 48 balls, 5 fours and 11 sixes. Willey is left distraught, Topley learns international cricket the hard way and Stokes feels the wrath of yet another West Indian. World Boss. How apt.

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