Besides Mental and Physical prowess, Cricket is a game of three aspects on the field – Batting, bowling and fielding. A cricket team is nothing but a composition of specialists in these three aspects of the game. Each of these three aspects holds equal importance in formation of a solid team.
Even with all this equality, Bowler’s, especially the tail-enders, are exploited in many ways. With a known fact that tailenders can’t score runs like the top-order, they have face the wrath of their counter-parts at times. There have been very few instances, when they have come conquering their counterparts. For instance, ex-Australian pacer Jason Gillespie once scored a double century in Tests against Bangladesh or the 75 runs that Zaheer Khan made against the same team.
On Thursday, Fox Cricket revealed of an XI all-time Worst Tailenders that the game has witnessed. Making it Public on their twitter handle, Fox Cricket named the former New Zealand stalwart Chris Martin the captain of the side. Chris Martin is famously known as the ‘PhanTom’ for his comical inability with the bat.
The next two are the legends from West Indies and Australia – Courtney Walsh and Glenn McGrath respectively. They were as Naive in batting as they were exemplary in their other skill-bowling. Both of them finished their careers with an average well below 8. Monty Panesar, the former England spinner, also makes the cut for his batting average of 4.88 after playing 50 Tests.
Surprisingly, former Indian Pacer Ajit Agarkar, who also have a Test century to his name, is also included in the XI. Ajit Agarkar was well known for his batting prowess as he also held the record of fastest 50 in ODI’s (21 balls) for some time. However, his successor Jasprit Bumrah is a definite entity in the list for the average of 2.90 in 14 Test Matches, he has played so far.
Agarkar? He has a test century! Got an odi 50 in 21 balls!
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 30, 2020
Former England pacers Phil Tufnell and Devon Malcom along with ex-Australian fast bowler Bruce Reid also made the XI for the abysmal batting performance in their careers. The Fox rounded off the XI with two Zimbabweans Pommie Mbangwa, who owns the record for the lowest batting average for anyone with 25 or more Test innings and Henry Olonga.