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Gooch, with a side of chips

Feb 7, 2015: The most English of English batsmen turned an eight-year-old into a lifelong fan of the game

Daniel Brigham

The outlaw I adored

Jan 19, 2015: Harold Larwood was a great who was made out to be a villain - the perfect replacement for Robin Hood in the eyes of a young ten-year-old

Nicholas Hogg

Love before first sight

Nov 29, 2014: First-class batsman Yere Goud caught a 13-year-old's attention with his unusual name and news-making runs

Karthik Krishnaswamy

Top dog of the underdogs

Oct 31, 2014: Jack Russell brought brazen, cartoonish villainy to the game, and a neatness to the keeper's art that was matched by his meticulous scruffiness in other regards

Scott Oliver

Automaton, man, inspiration

Sep 19, 2014: Twenty years on, Shivnarine Chanderpaul continues to be understated, underestimated. And that doesn't bother him. What's not to like?

Brydon Coverdale

Geoff Boycott

Never another like Geoffrey

May 6, 2014: Boycott represented a peak moment in the evolution of the game - the natural conclusion of a long era

Jon Hotten

They broke the mould after Sir Garry

Feb 27, 2014: Even today - and not just to those of a certain vintage - Garry Sobers remains above every other claimant to the title of cricket's greatest allrounder

V Ramnarayan

The responsible Mr Wog

Jun 13, 2013: Steve Waugh always fulfilled his duties, and managed to never be crushed by them: he was the kind of man any bookish 11-year-old would aspire to be

SB Tang

The idol who went too soon

Apr 10, 2013: Raman Lamba was a feisty strokeplayer, a stern mentor who brooked no passengers, and a hero to a generation of Indian cricketers

Aakash Chopra

Bryce McGain

The leggie who was one of us

Jan 16, 2013: It's hard not to admire the story and spirit of a club spinner who believed he would one day make it to the big leagues - and briefly did

Jarrod Kimber

The bowler who wiped the smile off batsmen's faces

Nov 19, 2012: Waqar Younis made a young English fan believe that the opposition could be dismissed in the space of balls, not days

Alex Bowden

That languid, Gower summer

Oct 4, 2012: In 1985, at the height of his powers, David Gower was flawless, influential, and a lesson to eight-year-olds on what style meant

Ed Smith

Les Favell

Attack and revel

Sep 6, 2012: Les Favell didn't play for numbers or records but to entertain; and he lived his life that way as well

Ashley Mallett

Younis Khan

Howard Roark via Atticus Finch

Aug 3, 2012: Not lovable on first sight, Younis Khan grows on you with his determination and commitment

Saad Shafqat

Peter Willey

Saved for the best

Oct 15, 2011: Few have been bred tougher than Peter Willey, who specialised in fronting up to West Indies head-on

Mike Dickson

Douglas Jardine

An irresistible force

May 12, 2011: Douglas Jardine's desire to win back the Ashes at all costs brought him the urn, and vilification in England and Australia

Christopher Douglas

The most underestimated batsman of his era

Apr 24, 2011: Derek Randall played the game as we thought we would if we were in his shoes, only with 2000 times more natural ability

Marcus Berkmann

Lala Amarnath

The commoner's colossus

Mar 28, 2011: A Lahore urchin, Lala Amarnath grew to walk with princes, but never lost sight of his roots

KN Prabhu

Allan Lamb

Lambie and I

Dec 16, 2010: 'Twas a bond that brooked neither stats nor sense

Lawrence Booth

Zaheer Abbas

The art of Z

Nov 29, 2010: Watching Zaheer Abbas bat from the other end was a study in the art of elegant batsmanship. And a lesson in running yourself out

Alastair Hignell
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For 30 minutes, everything else took a backseat, as the world watched in awe and fear, a fired-up Pakistan fast bowler mercilessly bullying an Australian batsman

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As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before

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The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to

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This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves

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