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MAK Pataudi

A princely state

Aug 21, 2010: Pataudi brought to Indian cricket a dash of hauteur and a touch of heroism

Mukul Kesavan

Barry Richards

Past perfect

Jul 21, 2010: Talent, skill, cricketing smarts and a ferocious will to achieve: the world's most romanticised player had it all

Trevor Chesterfield

Eric Hollies

The smiling spoilsport

Jun 5, 2010: He may be remembered for one delivery, but there was rather more to the Falstaff-like Warwickshire leggie born 98 years ago today

Michael Billington

Martin McCague

Mine's a pint - or 72

May 29, 2010: To everyone else he was "the rat who joined the sinking ship" but to one impressionable teenager he was a six-foot-tall lamb in need of protecting

Rob Smyth

Farokh Engineer

First and dearest

May 15, 2010: A Parsee from Bombay who captured the imagination of an eight-year-old in Lancashire

Michael Henderson

Chris Tavare

Piece de resistance

Mar 21, 2010: An Englishman who made an art out of obduracy

Gideon Haigh

Ian Botham

Beefy to the max

Nov 9, 2009: In the 80s in England, Ian Botham transcended cricket alone - he represented the spirit of achievement in all areas of life

Alan Tyers

Rohan Kanhai

A flashing blade, a canny mind

Oct 15, 2009: He may have seemed a trigger-happy dasher, but he also had the sharpest of cricketing brains

Rajan Bala

Andrew Flintoff

The promise of Fred

Aug 14, 2009: Flintoff did for British cricket what Botham did, invigorating and replenishing. He brought fresh hope for the game's future

Rob Steen

Andy Roberts

Hard and fast

May 30, 2009: Take no prisoners, show no mercy. So what if you've got to wear pink on occasion?

Fazeer Mohammed

Angus Fraser

Portrait of the workman as artist

May 11, 2009: To one teenager at least, Fraser made relentless application and sweaty doggedness glamorous. Almost

Andrew Miller

Michael Kasprowicz

Swing with a smile

Apr 28, 2009: Meeting one's heroes can often be a disappointment but not for this loyal Queenslander

Peter English

Allan Border

The artful stodger

Apr 13, 2009: In a team of strugglers and second-stringers, one man stood upright and unsmiling against the tide

Malcolm Knox

Andy Flower

Baggage claim

Apr 2, 2009: An emblem for a nation, he came to be defined by one stark imageā€¦ and for one boy growing up in Zimbabwe at the time, an item of cricket kit

Dan Nicholl

Gundappa Viswanath

The best-loved player

Mar 5, 2009: The wristy little genius was also among the most universally adored of players

Ramachandra Guha

Wes Hall

From fire to friendship

Feb 10, 2009: On facing one of the all-time great West Indian fast men and living to tell the tale

Tony Cozier

Ray Lindwall

My own private legend

Jan 14, 2009: The greatest of fast bowlers, the nicest of men

David Frith

Kris Srikkanth

Insouciant and insane

Nov 25, 2008: The ball may have gone for six, it may have gone to hand - King Kris cared not a bit

Ruchir Joshi

Graeme Hick

The shy and retiring run machine

Nov 11, 2008: Sure he may not have done full justice to his talent, but it is time now to celebrate his achievement, not missed opportunity

Simon Hattenstone

John Snow

The vicar's son, the rebel and the poet

Oct 7, 2008: His style and charisma were natural and irresistible to a ten-year-old back in the 1960s

Alan Lee
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