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Victor Trumper

The man who was the Golden Age

Nov 7, 2009: How Victor Trumper came to be the embodiment of cricket's Golden Age, and an emblem for values his countryment still hold dear

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Wasim Akram

The wonder that was Waz

Oct 17, 2009: Despite struggling against injury and illness for much of his career,Akram went on to bring about a seminal change in the way cricket was played

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Warwick Armstrong

A giant of his time

Sep 19, 2009: A colossus, both as a player and a personality, he was a barracker's delight and Australia's MVP

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Ranji

A prince among batsmen

Aug 24, 2009: Over a century ago, the English game was transformed by an Indian who went on to become the most popular cricketer in the Empire

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Richie Benaud

The wise old king

Aug 1, 2009: If we don't remember him as an elite legspinner, a thinking captain or one of cricket's true professionals, it's because of the phenomenal work he has done as a commentator, writer and observer

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Muttiah Muralitharan

Out of our comfort zone

Jul 18, 2009: The most prolific Test bowler of them all has made a case for tackling cricket by one's own lights, and forced a generation of players and cricket watchers to reassess their conceptions of the game

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Javed Miandad

Agent provocateur

Jul 4, 2009: He was the main event both on and off the field - sledging, jesting, fighting, winning, and getting up people's noses most of all

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Jack Hobbs

For love (and money)

Jun 20, 2009: A "professional who batted just like an amateur", he was perceived as businesslike, but was actually a brilliant, spontaneous, original player

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Un-Indian idol

May 30, 2009: Kapil Dev bowled fast at a time when his country didn't produce fast bowlers; his spirit lives on through the style and aggression of modern Indian teams

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George Headley

The great black hope

The Atlas of West Indian cricket was a colossus among modest talents

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Man and superman

Off the field he may have been an awkward hero, on it Garry Sobers was "evolution's ultimate specimen"

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