West Indian batting storm surprisingly ejected Australia from the previous World T20 in Sri Lanka 2012. They have done so again after Darren Sammy pulled off a remarkable heist in Mirpur, T20 world cup Bangladesh 2014.
West Indies now have two wins from three matches and are in a strong possibility to reach the semis. Meanwhile Australians are teetering on the brink of elimination right after their second successive defeat.
With a defeat under each of Australia and West Indies’ belts, on Friday the two teams meet in the World T20 knowing another loss here will seriously hinder their every chances of concluding it to the semi-finals. The Baggy Greens gesticulated their attacking intent from the very beginning with openers Aaron Finch and David Warner putting on 33 for the opening partnership in just 22 balls. However Finch, Warner, Shane Watson and George Bailey had all just departed before the halfway journey to the innings. Glenn Maxwell came up with his typical smashing type, with three sixes in 45 from 22 balls, but he went back to the pavilion in the 12th over only at 100. Brad Hodge kept the score moving, with 35 from 26 and Brad Haddin made a very late flurry with 15 from 7 balls.
In their reply, Chris Gayle gave West Indies a dazzling start to their chase of 179 but they spluttered half way and Australia were firm favorites. Marlon Samuels went cheaply, but Bravo extracted out 27 from 12 balls before Sammy hit Mitchell Starc’s 2nd last over of the innings for 19 and then back-to-back sixes off Faulkner clinched the victory. This time it was West Indies’ highest successful chase in T20, replacing the 170 they chased against the same opposition at Oval in World T20 2009.
Anyway the memorable event happened exactly after the match when Chris Gayle celebrated West Indies’ T20 win with seriously aggressive Gangnam Style. It was something like winning a war. Mostly it was a kind of war environment because of the counter comments of both the captains. Though Gayle was reported with this type of celebration a few more times, this time it came with such aggression that nobody could believe without watching live. You can watch it here.
Australian team was shattered by the loss, and this left them winless from their first two games. Even victories in their remaining two matches against India and Bangladesh may not be enough to progress to the semi-finals. On the other hand West Indies now have every chance to advance to the semi-finals and maybe defending their title, won in Sri Lanka 2012 where Gayle monstered Australia in the semi-final with 75 off 41 balls. Australia now can certainly fly home wondering how on earth they can win this elusive trophy ever. They can hope for Gayle’s retirement before the next tournament and might try another time.
West Indies will next face Pakistan on Tuesday, with Australia almost concluding their campaign against India on Sunday.
The list of top 10 bowlers with most wickets in ODI cricket history will be focused on those bowlers who took most wickets in ODI. Chronologically, they are arranged in this list. There are three players from both Sri Lanka and Pakistan in the Top 10 bowlers with most wickets in ODI. The list also consists two Aussies, one Proteas and only one Indian bowler with most wickets in ODI. Australian Brett Lee has the best strike rate of 29.4 balls per wicket while the Proteas pacer Shaun Pollock has the best economy rate of 3.67 runs per over. Chaminda Vaas has the best bowling figures with 8 wickets for just 19 runs whereas Pakistani swing master Waqar Younis took five-wickets total 13 times, which is most by any other bowler in the cricket history.
Top 10 bowlers with most wickets in ODI:
The bowlers in cricket have much responsibility to take in order to win a match. The bowling side thus play a vital role in this manner. Today, we are trying to enlist the great bowlers with most wickets in ODI. Your valuable comments will be appreciable.
So, let’s find out who is the highest wicket taker in ODI?
10. Sanath Jayasuriya (323)
Full name: Sanath Teran Jayasuriya
Born:June 30, 1969
Birth place:Matara, Sri Lanka
Current age:45 years 236 days
Major teams:Sri Lanka, Colombo Cricket Club, Dolphins, Asia XI, Mumbai Indians, Ruhuna, Khulna Royal Bengals, Marylebone Cricket Club, Somerset
Batting style:Left-handed bat
Bowling style:slow left-arm orthodox
Sanath Jayasuriya is regarded as one of the best ODI players of all-time in cricket history. With his powerful striking and match winning performances, he played as a genuine match winner for Sri Lanka well over for two decades. Jayasuriya is the only player in the history of ODI to take more than 300 wickets and score over 12,000 runs. His all-round cricket performances awarded him the most valuable player in 1996 cricket world cup and Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack named him one of five Cricketers’ of the year in 1997.
Last but not the least, Sanath Jayasuriya is at 10th place in our list of top 10 bowlers with most wickets in ODI cricket history with his stunning 323 wickets. The Sri Lankan all-rounder with his 323 wickets in 445 ODIs for Sri Lanka, was a key figure for them in all formats of cricket.
In June 2011, Jayasuriya retired from limited over cricket.
Major teams: India, Karnataka, Asia XI, Leicestershire, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Northamptonshire, Surrey
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Legbreak Googly
Playing role: Bowler
Anil Kumble is a former captain of Indian Cricket team and an efficient right-arm leg spin bowler. In test cricket, he is the 3rd leading bowlers with most wickets with 619. The other twos are Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne.
Although, Kumble was not a big turner of the ball, rather he delivered his ball with more pace and accuracy. He was awarded as the Indian Cricketer of the Year in 1993.
Anil Kumble has taken 337 ODI wickets in 271 matches. We put him at No 9 in our list of top 10 bowlers with most wickets in ODI cricket history. He may be one of the three in the leading wicket takers in Test cricket, but he is not the highest wicket taker in ODI cricket.
Major teams: Australia, Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab, New South Wales, Sydney Sixers, Otago, Wellington
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm fast
Playing role: Bowler
Bret Lee is a former Australian cricketer and he was recognized as one of the fastest bowlers in the world cricket. Lee was also famous for his athletic fielding and lower-order batting. Brett Lee finished his Test career with 310 wickets and ODI career with 380 wickets.
He is the 8th bowler with most wickets in ODI, 380 wickets in 221 ODI matches with a bowling average of 23.36.
In January 2015, Brett Lee announced his retirement from all formats of cricket and made an end to his glorious cricketing career.
Major teams: Australia, Delhi Daredevils, Middlesex, New South Wales, Worcestershire
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm fast medium
Playing role: Bowler
Glenn McGrath was a key bowler for Australia and was known throughout his career for maintaining accurate line and length in bowling. He was one of the economic as well as dangerous fast bowler at his time. He holds the record of taking highest number of Test wickets as a fast bowler. In 2007 ICC World Cup, he was awarded the Man of the Tournament for his outstanding performances with the winning team.
Glenn McGrath has seized 381 wickets in 250 ODI matches with a phenomenal 22.02 bowling average. He grabs the No 7 position in our list of Top 10 bowlers with most wickets in ODI cricket history.
Major teams: Pakistan, Deccan Chargers, Dhaka Gladiators, Fly Emirates XI, Habib Bank Limited, Asia XI, Hampshire, Karachi, ICC World XI, Melbourne Renegades, South Australia
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm legbreak Googly
Playing role: All-rounder
At the age of 16, Shahid Afridi has made his debut in international cricket. Since then, he has been an integral part of the Pakistan team. He is popularly known as “Boom Boom Afridi” for his aggressive batting style. He is the former record holder of the fastest ODI century in just 37 balls.
Shahid Afridi always considers himself a better bowler than a batsman. We put him on the 6th place in our list of Top 10 bowlers with most wickets in ODI. He is the only player in our list who has not yet retired from cricket. He picked up a total 393 wickets 391 ODI matches so far and still counting to go further ahead in this list. He has the potential to be the highest wicket taker in ODI.
Shaun Pollock is a South African retired cricketer and a prolific bowling all-rounder for the team. He played as captain of the South African side from 2000-2003. With over 400 Test wickets and 393 ODI wickets, Shaun Pollock is the leading wicket taker among the South Africans.
As a fast-medium seam bowler, Shaun Pollock has the ability to bowl a quicker ball with swing and accuracy. With 393 ODI wickets in 303 matches, Shaun Pollock stays at the No 5 spot in our list of Top 10 bowlers with most wickets in ODI cricket history.
Full name: Warnakulasuriya Patabendige Ushantha Joseph Chaminda Vaas
Born: January 27, 1974
Birth place: Mattumagala, Sri Lanka
Current age: 41 years 25 days
Major teams: Sri Lanka, Basnahira North, Asia XI, Colts Cricket Club, Deccan Chargers, Hampshire, Middlesex, Marylebone Cricket Club, Northaptonshire, Worcestershire
Bowling style: Left-arm fast medium
Batting style: left-handed bat
Playing role: Bowler
Chaminda Vaas is a former Sri Lankan cricketer who is regarded as the best fast bowler for the country. He is considered as the most penetrative and successful new-ball bowler Sri Lanka has ever produced. He was selected for the World Test and One-day XI at 2005 ICC awards.
Vaas was able to take 400 ODI wickets in his 322 matches at 27.53 bowling average. In his best ODI bowling figure, he took 8 wickets for the cost of only 19 runs. Chaminda Vaas claims the number four place in our list of Top 10 bowlers with most wickets in ODI cricket history.
Major teams: Pakistan, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, National Bank of Pakistan, Rawalpindi, Redco Pakistan Ltd, Surrey, Glamorgan, United Bank Ltd
Bowling style: Right-arm fast
Batting style: right-hand bat
Playing role: Bowler
Waqar Younis is widely regarded as the greatest fast bowler of all time in the history of cricket. Currently, he is coaching Pakistan National team. This Pakistani fast bowler is the youngest captain for Pakistan. His career lasted from 1989-2003. During this time, he played 87 Test matches and 262 ODIs.
He amused the cricket world with his incredible ability to reverse swing a ball at high speed. Together with another pacer Wasim Akram, he formed one of the most dangerous bowling attacks. He took 416 wickets in his one day career. For this contribution, undoubtedly, Waqar Younis marked his place at No 3 in the list of Top 10 bowlers with most wickets in ODI cricket history.
Major teams: Pakistan, Lahore, Pakistan Automobiles Corp, Pakistan International Airlines, Hampshire, Lancashire
Bowling style: Left-arm fast
Batting style: Left-hand bat
Playing role: All-rounder
Wasim Akram was considered as one of the greatest fast bowlers in the history of cricket. Akram holds the most wicket taker with 881 an List A cricket. He is one of the founders and mentors for the reverse swing fast bowling. During 2003 World Cup, he marked his name as the first bowler in cricket to reach 500 milestone in ODI. He is one of the five members in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. Currently, he is coaching Kolkata Knight Riders.
With 502 wickets in 356 ODI matches, the Sultan of Swing is the 2nd among the bowlers with most wickets in ODI.
Now, just scroll down to find out the highest wicket taker in ODI.
Major teams: Sri Lanka, Asia XI, Chennai Super Kings, ICC World XI, Jamaica Tallawahs, Kent, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Lancashire, Melbourne Renegades, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Tamil Union Club and Athletic Club, Wellington
Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Playing role: Bowler
This famous Sri Lankan bowling figure was rated the greatest Test match bowler ever by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack in 2002. After picking 800th test wickets on 22 July 2010, he decided to retire from Test.
He surpassed Wasim Akram’s ODI 500 wickets mark on 5 February, 2009 and became the highest wicket taker in ODI. The mesmerizing spin of Muralitharan dodged hundreds of batsmen and his ability to put pressure was just amazing.
Yes, Muttiah Muralitharan, with 534 wickets in 350 ODIs, he is the man in our list.
The list of Top 10 bowlers with most wickets in ODI cricket history is somehow glorified by all these great bowlers and their team contributions.
The most interesting thing in cricket is to see a sixer all over the boundary line. The spectators’ loves it as well as the batsman loves it. The score board runs quicker and the two guys who really hate that show should be the bowler and the umpire in a lighter sense. To hit a six is not even a piece of cake for the batsman. The bowlers keep on challenging the batsmen with new and varied deliveries. The ball moves around, turns, swings and behaves like it wants too. It is the batsman who still has to set himself in for the delivery, find the right area, control, timing and elevation to sail the ball into the stands for a sixer.
List of Top 10 Batsmen with most sixes in ODI:
It is indeed a work of art to hit a six and the cricketers we will be discussing off are the best at doing that. Here is the list of top 10 batsmen with most sixes in ODI. To these batsmen, it’s a regulation act and they seem to be a real threat for any bowling attack.
Let’s go across and find, who are the top batsmen with most sixes in ODI innings?
10. Adam Gilchrist, Australia: 149
Adam Gilchrist was Australian wicket-keeper and opening hard hitter batsman. He was supposedly one-half of one of the most destructive and dominating opening pair in cricket, the Gilchrist-Hayden duo. Gilchrist loved to thrash the bowlers and hitting fours and sixes. It was like knockdowns for him. He played as an integral part in the Golden era of Australian cricket and contributed a lot in his teams’ success. He made himself an asset for the Australian team by being one of the best wicket-keepers in cricket along with his batting exploits.
Gilly appeared in 287 ODIs for Australia during his 18 long years and scored a total 149 sixes over the fence for maximums. We have started this list with this hard hitting batsman and surely he is the one among the top 10 batsmen with most sixes in ODI.
Chris Cairns, the New Zealander marked his name as one of the batsmen with most number of sixes in ODI. With 153 blows, he is at the No 9 spot in our list of top 10 batsmen with most sixes in ODI. He was able to hit those sixers in his 215 ODI matches. He was a remarkable all-rounder for New Zealand team. But, Chris has been in news off late for all wrong reasons after he was subjected to allegations from ICC for involvement in match-fixing. Since then, it has been a real disgrace for this New Zealander.
Ricky Ponting is the former and one of the most successful Australian captains. He is a kind of batsman who currently holds the second position in term of accumulating runs in ODI after Sachin Tendulkar. Ricky Ponting led his team with aggressive batting style and with splendid performance at base. At the Golden period, he and his team virtually ruled the cricket world when other teams could just dream of beating Australia.
With his forceful batting, Ponting smashed 162 sixes in 375 ODIs from a substantial part of the 13,704 runs that he scored in ODI cricket. He grabs the 8th spot in our list of top 10 batsmen with most sixes in ODI.
Brendin McCullum, another New Zealander has emerged as a batting legend for New Zealand team. He once played triple roles of a batsman, wicket-keeper and skipper Baz was good at everything that he did. As a wicket-keeper, McCullum has one of the fastest pair of hands and with bat, he is one of the quickest. He can hit the ball with such force that the ball sometimes travels faster after the hit than what the bowler had initially bowled.
In his 234 ODI match-career, he scored 166 sixes and the counter is still ticking for more. He is the 7th batsman with most sixes in ODI in our list.
At No 6 is the six creator of the recent era of cricket, Indian skipper MS Dhoni. He is a kind of batsman who can hammer the best ball from a best bowler. He can hit a Yorker for a six with his signature helicopter shot. MS Dhoni has to have a higher place in the list of top batsmen with most sixes in ODI. Though he is currently placing in the second half of the list with 177 sixes registered to his name in 250 ODI matches that he has played so far. Anyone can expect him at the top of the list by the time he calls it a day from ODI cricket, for the rate and ease with which he has been hitting the monster blows off late.
Dhoni initially made himself a swashbuckling and ruthless hitter of the ball, eventually turned himself a self-controlled yet volcanic batsman who has complete faith and belief in himself and quite capable to launch a massive submissive attack on his opponents when other batsmen loose nerve.
It is former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly who glorifies our No 5 position in the list of top 10 batsmen with most sixes in ODI. Sourav Ganguly loved hitting the ball over the boundary as much as he loved his batting. He was also regarded as the GOD of off-side by many cricket associates. Dada was a graceful batsman who relied more on his timing than power, he would dance down the wicket and loft bowlers for six over long on and long off.
There is nothing so charming than to see him down the stump and hit a massive sixer. Sourav Ganguly has hit a total 190 sixes in his 15 years ODI career for India.
If any cricketer has played 463 ODI matches for his team and stayed at the top for 24 long years, he can’t miss out any mainstream batting record. So, here is Sachin Tendulkar, at 4th place in top batsmen with most sixes in ODI list. The 5.5′ Sachin was not among the strongest batsmen rather he was a text book batsman throughout his career and taught the world that a perfect batsman doesn’t need the strongest of frames and rashest of shots to score runs in cricket.
Tendulkar with his 18,426 ODI runs has hit 195 sixes and almost all of them are the finest, nicely timed and eye soothing sight.
Chris Gayle is the name of a thunderstorm in cricket now. He is regarded as the ‘Gayle Storm’ by his fans for his hard hitting and ruthless batting style. Although the phenomenon was developed from his T20 performances, one can simply not ignore his contribution for West Indies team. The destructive opening batsman has seen the best and the worst parts of his career and by now is mature enough not to bother by anything.
When he has his weapon in his hand, it knows only one language, the language of sixes. With 211 sixes so far, Chris Gayle is at the No 3 spot in our list of top 10 batsmen with most sixes in ODI.
Sanath Jayasuriya is the pioneer for the evolution and destructive batting style. Opening batting was redefined by this Sri Lankan opener. Jayasuriya just loved to rip apart the opponent bowlers when they were at their best. Missed line balls or even a ball with slightest width would receive the harshest treatment by this furious batsman. He would hit sixes at will and all over the ground.
There was no difference in the way he treated the spinners and pacers. He was always there to greet them in a similar fashion. He has hit as many as 270 sixes throughout his ODI career and is the second best in the list of top 10 batsmen with most sixes in ODI.
Shahid Afridi, popularly known as “Boom Boom Afridi” is the table topper in this list of top batsmen with most sixes in ODI innings. This Pakistani all-rounder in his early years of international career was a better off batsman than a bowler. For the most part of his 18 years ODI career with 389 matches, he has appeared as a biggest threat for the opponent bowlers. Afridi has the capability to swing the tide of the match on his own and in very little time. Hitting sixes is lot like a regulation for him. Afridi never takes time to get his eye in and is always right at the job.
The former record holder of fastest ODI hundred in just 37 balls, is the man we are on at top of our list. With 342 and still counting, he is the top batsman with most sixes in ODI cricket. No doubt, he is way beyond the reach of other 9 in this list of top 10 batsmen with most sixes in ODI.
A commentator is the one who provides us the running commentary of a sport event in real-time by live broadcast with media houses. The sports commentators are regarded as the backbone of any sports event. They maintain the thrill in the minds of sports fans with their voice generally in historical present tense. There are many famous cricketers who played as commentators after their retirement and choose to be sports journalists as their second career. Also there are many commentators in the field of cricket, like Harsha Bhogle, who never played cricket actively in their life, but still they have proven themselves as one of the most successful cricket commentators.
Many recently retired cricket figures like Sourav Ganguly, Adam Gilchrist and Waqar Younis are also working as guest commentators and match summarizers for multiple sports channels. After retirement from cricket, the job of commentary has proven itself as one of the best choices for the cricketers.
10 Cricketers Who Became Commentators:
Sporty Ghost has enlisted 10 cricketers who became commentators after retirement. Your constructive comments are well expected regarding the list.
1. Geoffrey Boycott
English cricketer Geoffrey Boycott was one of the most successful opening batsmen for England. In his 108 international Test matches, he made 8114 runs with 47.72 batting average. Boycott also made 1082 ODI runs in 36 matches at the average of 36.06. He also made his career at Yorkshire County from 1962-1986. Besides playing cricket, he worked as a sports commentator for Sky Sports from 1990-1998 and at BBC from 1998-2003.
Then, from 2004-05 season, he was grabbed by the Channel 4 of England. Boycott stepped into channel 5 in 2006 which he is continuing till date. Geoffrey Boycott’s appearance as a guest of BBC Test Match special from 2005 was a remarkable one.
Ian Bishop is a former West Indian cricketer. He played for the team as a powerful fast bowler from 1989-1998. In his 43 test matches, he picked up total 161 wickets with an incredible 24.27 bowling average. In ODI career, he played 84 matches, took 118 wickets at 26.50 bowling average. Beside West Indies, he also played for Trinidad and Tobago from 1986-2000. After retiring from International cricket, Ian Bishop appeared as a sports commentator of Channel 4 air in England from 2000-2004.
The next year, he moved to Sky Sports which he has been continuing till now. From 2007-2009, he also appeared in Channel 5 of England. Besides English channels, Ian Bishop also played as commentator at South Africa’s SABC Television from 2005-2008.
Jonathan Agnew is a former English cricketer and he appeared in three test matches for England National team and took four wickets. He made three appearances in ODI matches and picked up three wickets. He also played county cricket for Leicestershire from 1979-1992. During this long period, he bagged a total 666 wickets in 218 matches.
From 1990-1991, he worked as a cricket journalist for The People. He appeared as a guest commentator in BBC from 1991 till date. For BBC, Agnew worked as a cricket commentator in two spells, the one in 1999 and other one in 2006-2009.
Mike Atherton is a retired English cricketer, who was a right-handed opening batsman for England. In his Test match career, he played 115 tests and scored 7,728 runs at 37.69 batting average. He played 54 ODI matches and made 1,791 runs at 35.11 average. From 1987-2001, Mike Atherton played county cricket for Lancashire and made a brief debut for MCC from 1987-1990.
He started as a cricket journalist in Sunday Telegraph in England from 2002 to 2005. From 2004-2005, he also worked for TalkSPORT. Atherton is currently working with the Sky Sports aired in England since 2005.
He is a former Indian cricketer and currently he is the Member of Parliament from Amritsar. He played for Indian National team from 1983-1999. Sidhu appeared in 51 Tests and made 3,202 runs with a batting average of 42.13. He also made 4,413 runs in 136 ODI matches at 37.08 batting average. In his first-class career, Navjot Singh Sidhu played for Punjab from 1981-2000.
He started he commentary career with ESPN Star Sports aired in India in 1999 till 2003. Then he moved to Ten Sports in UAE in 2009. In 2010, he stepped into Indian sports channel Times and still working with them.
Dominic Cork was a part of England National side from 1995-2002. He was a right-handed batsman and medium pace bowler. Dominic Cork picked up 131 wickets in 37 test matches. His test match bowling average was 29.81. In his ODI career, he played 32 matches and took 41 wickets at 27.43 bowling average. In his county cricket career, he appeared for Staffordshire in 1989-90 season and for Derbyshire from 1990-2003. He stepped into Pakistan Television Corporation as a cricket commentator in 2009. He continued there till date.
Dominic Cork played his role as a guest commentator for Test match special of BBC aired in England from 2010 and still he is working with them. He also appeared as a cricket commentator for TalkSport since 2013 and for Sky Sports since 2011.
Simon Hughes is a former English Cricketer and sports journalist. He was nicknamed ‘The Analyst’. He was a fast medium bowler played for Middlesex from 1980-1991, Northern Transvaal from 1992-93 and for Durham from 1993-94. In his first-class career in cricket, Simon Hughes took 466 wickets in 205 matches with an amazing bowling average of 32.48 and also scored 1,775 runs. Besides playing cricket, Hughes worked as a full time sports journalist with multiple media houses. Initially, he worked as a full-time sports commentator and column writer for The Independent and the Daily Telegraph in England.
He then made his career as the commentator for Channel 4 aired in England from 1999-2005 and then in 2006, he moved to Channel 5. Simon Hughes also put his mark for Test Match special aired in England’s version of BBC from 2007 till date.
Ian Chappell is a former Australian cricketer who played for Australian national side since 1964-1980 as a successful top order batsman. His name was embossed at the ICC Hall of Fame on 9 July, 2009. He played 75 international test matches and scored 5,345 runs with an amazing batting average of 42.42. In his ODI career, he made 673 runs in 16 matches at 48.07 average.
Alongside his active cricketing career, Ian Chappell made his mark as a cricket commentator since 1980 with the media house named Nine Network broadcasting in Australia. Since 2007, he started working with ESPN star sports aired in India. Although, being a regular commentator, he also appeared as a guest commentator for Channel 5 in 2009 season of cricket.
He is a former English cricketer, a sports journalist and an author. Swanton played three matches for Middlesex in 1937-38 season and was able to make only 7 runs on board. He was more successful as a sports journalist than a cricketer in his career. He was easily recognized by his distinctive “fruity” voice. Many famous books on cricket was written by him. Among them, Elusive Victory, Cricket and the Clock Follow on etc are the remarkable ones.
In his career as a cricket commentator, he worked for BBC aired in England and worked as a Test Match special commentator from 1938-1975. He also covered various international cricket matches for BBC during 1948-1967. He was a regular writer in the Daily Telegraph in England from 1946-1975 period.
Former English first-class cricketer Mark Nicholas was a right-handed batsman and medium pace bowler. He played county cricket for Hampshire from 1978-1995. Nick was able to score 18,262 runs in 377 first class test matches with 34.39 batting average. He also took 72 wickets. In first class one day matches, he played 359 matches and scored 7,334 runs at 27.78 average.
He started his sports journalism in the Daily Telegraph published in England. He also started his career as a sports commentator in Sky Sports from 1996-1998 and then he stepped into Channel 4 in 1999. He worked there till 2005. He made a guest appearance in Nine Network aired in Australia since 2001 and Channel 5 in England since 2006.
There are many other cricketers who proved themselves as a reputed cricket commentator. Among them Sri Lankan cricketer Russel Arnold and Aravinda De Silva, Pakistani legendary pacer Wasim Akram, Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri are remarkable. Many more cricketers will be hopefully coming in this field of cricket commentary as it has proven itself as one of the beat platforms for the cricketers after retirement.
They are often considered as the pioneers for the cricket commentary as the world of cricket stands still when they put the mouthpiece close in the media boxes. We are giving them a true honor as we grew listening to them commentating matches since our very childhood.