Movers and Shapers

Gideon Haigh on cricket's most influential players

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Lamb gone, Lewis to follow: Wasim Akram is on fire

Wasim Akram

The wonder that was Waz

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

Warwick Armstrong

Warwick Armstrong

A giant of his time

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

Ranjitsinhji strides into The Oval, circa 1912

Ranji

A prince among batsmen

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

Richie Benaud

The wise old king

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

Muttiah Muralitharan

Out of our comfort zone

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

Javed Miandad acrobatically imitates the over-enthusiastic Kiran More

Javed Miandad

Agent provocateur

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

Jack Hobbs executes the pull

Jack Hobbs

For love (and money)

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

Kapil Dev in action

Un-Indian idol

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