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The man who needs no introduction
The man who needs no introduction

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

The gold standard
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

The lonely colossus
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

One hundred per cent Australian
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

The bonafide great who never was
The bonafide great who never was

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

The original transformer
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

Hero, headliner, heartthrob
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

Nothing by half
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

The gift of pride
The gift of pride

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

The poor boy who came to walk among kings
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

Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace

In the late 1800s, one man was synonymous with cricket, and enchanted all who came to see him bat. Truly was he nearly as big as the game

Cheeky, chatty, charitable
Cheeky, chatty, charitable

To know Murali was to love him (and occasionally to wish he would be quiet)

'I could never plan against him'
'I could never plan against him'

Virender Sehwag takes his hat off to a bowler he was never quite able to figure out how to play comfortably

The epitome of fast bowling
The epitome of fast bowling

Swing and cut, speed and bounce, and smarts above all - Maco had everything except height, and even that lack he turned into an asset

A captain's dream, a coach's nightmare
A captain's dream, a coach's nightmare

Murali's ability to take on the largest workloads and produce results, and his desire to constantly improve himself were fundamental to the sort of bowler he was

Fearless Stan
Fearless Stan

McCabe at the crease was the personification of batting with haste yet no hate. On his birth centenary, we remember the batting genius

The consummate professional
The consummate professional

He was New Zealand's greatest bowler and the first Test cricketer to be knighted while still active, but at home Richard Hadlee didn't get the adulation his stature demanded

The head and spine of England's batting
The head and spine of England's batting

Even as those around him struggled, Hutton batted on as if on the flattest pitch in the world

Left-arm explorer
Left-arm explorer

Wasim Akram was a triumph of the imagination. He broadened the scope of what could be done in his art with talent and hard work and left fast bowling unrecognisable from what it was before him

A giant of his generation
A giant of his generation

Alec Bedser was an impressive figure of a man, and his feats with the ball were befittingly large