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Ian Botham

A crusader on and off the field

Jun 16, 2007: The news of Botham's knighthood is wonderfully appropriate and shamefully overdue

Andrew Miller

Shane Warne

A genius in wrist and mind

Jan 5, 2007: Warne could make the batsmen feel inferior, his craft went way beyond deceit

Sambit Bal

Shivnarine Chanderpaul

Turn again Tiger

Nov 20, 2006: With the same understated tenacity that characterises his playing career, Shivnarine Chanderpaul unobtrusively slid into his 100th Test match at Multan Cricket Stadium

Vaneisa Baksh

Clyde Walcott

The power of three

Aug 27, 2006: A moving homage to Clyde Walcott, one of the legends of the game

Vaneisa Baksh

Muttiah Muralitharan

Another pitstop for the Milestone Man

Mar 11, 2006: Murali is cricket's Milestone Man, a prolific oddity in the world of cricket statistics, one who threatens to set records that will stand for generations to come

Charlie Austin

Chaminda Vaas

The silent achiever

Dec 13, 2005: The simple ability to land the ball with the precision of a playing card is the most fundamental characteristic that binds together the word's greatest wicket-takers, and it has been Chaminda Vaas's greatest attribute

Charlie Austin

Brian Lara

The Lara odyssey

Nov 26, 2005: Lara may have just broken Border's record, but to measure his greatness one must turn to many other greats

Vaneisa Baksh

Anil Kumble

The 100-per-cent cricketer

Jan 1, 2005: He may be a master of his craft but Anil's greatness lies in his ability to always see himself as a student

Rahul Dravid

'The best batsman I've bowled to'

Sep 1, 2002: There's Steve Waugh and Brian Lara. And then, a notch above, there's Sachin Tendulkar

Allan Donald

Shane Warne

The man who became legspin

No bowler exemplifies the art of the legbreak as much as Shane Warne does; no bowler ever will

Gideon Haigh

The man who needs no introduction

He went from Wild Thing to nothing to everything a fast bowler should be

Gideon Haigh

Greg Chappell

The gold standard

Chappell had talent, elegance and technique to burn, but more formidable was the discipline he imposed on himself - one more severe than those of any of his contemporaries

Gideon Haigh

The lonely colossus

Solitary and often moody, Hammond was England's giant in the age of Bradman, and his figures bear testament to a career of mammoth achievements

David Frith

One hundred per cent Australian

The martial air of his name extended to the field, where he was as ruthless and relentless as he was self-effacing off of it

Gideon Haigh

The bonafide great who never was

Apartheid prevented Barry Richards from becoming a batting superstar, the next Bradman, even

Telford Vice

The original transformer

Imran was at the heart of shaping modern-day Pakistan cricket, and all we love about the team and their play can be traced back to him

Osman Samiuddin

Hero, headliner, heartthrob

Perhaps cricket's first pin-up, Miller's game was marked by flair, devil-may-care insouciance, and awareness always that it was all just a game

David Frith

Ian Botham

Nothing by half

Botham had bucketloads of self-belief to go with his tremendous talent. Even when age slowed him down he could will wickets into falling with the force of his personality

Mike Selvey

Sunil Gavaskar

The gift of pride

To a country starved of self-respect, Gavaskar was a godsend

Harsha Bhogle

The poor boy who came to walk among kings

Bradman was cricket's first modern hero, a man who transcended his game, embodied the modern Australian journey, and became a symbol of mastery over fate

Gideon Haigh
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Trott suffers moment of defeat

This was Jonathan Trott's lowest moment. The moment when the truth could no longer be concealed. The moment when hope vanished for his international future

The legspinner who never bowled

Greg Loveridge broke a knuckle in his first Test for New Zealand and never played another five-dayer. He's now among the country's wealthiest people

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