One of the most effective all-rounder that the Island Country has produced
Posted by seshdotcom on October 31, 2008
I was thinking of writing something about this person for a very long time now I am going to do that it is none other than Chris Cairns of New Zealand.During the early 2000’s he was the favorite player for me.He can lash you out of the ground whenever he feels and also a pretty good bowler who bowls most of his deliveries around the Off Stump in a nagging length.
Cricket is not new for Chris Cairns he had the Passion for cricket running in his Blood as his Father Lance Cairns was Playing for New Zealand.Chris burst into the international arena at an very young age of 19 against the Aussies but he was out Caught Behind very cheaply of the Bowling of Merv Hughes(It was also a debut match for Tom Moody).He made his ODI debut on the year 1991 in which he didn’t bat very well but grabbed the wicket of Allan Lamb at a Crucial Juncture and the New Zealand team went on to win that Match by 10 runs.
Cairns had real break to his career when he scored a Blitzkrieg 40 in a match against England at Auckland and after that he began gradually grow as an all-rounder who best fitted the No:6 Position for New Zealand in the ODI’s and Tests—>He was one of the hardest hitter of the Quilt in that 1998-2004 period nobody can fox him when he is in his prime form.I recall the words by the Oz Great Shane Warne-Chris Cairns is the best all-rounder in the World.He scored his first ODI century against India at Pune and he was improving day by day and match by match—>And became one of the rare pearl in the Ocean of Cricket.He has also got the credit of Scripting famous wins like the ICC Champions Trophy in 2000 where he and Twose took the match away from India in a Crunch Situation and the Quick century against the proteas where he massacred the S.A Bowlers.One thing which I have noticed about Cairns is it would seem like he has just now Walked to the Pitch but he can take the game away from you in a matter of 4 or 5 Balls–>(You can never Judge this Brutal Guy 🙂 ).
To be particular to the match which I can never forget is the Match which Cairns played against Australia where he took Warne to the Cleaners 4 or 5 times in 2 overs which forced Steven Waugh to take him out of the attack.He hits through the line of the ball with sheer power and when he connects it surely it is going to be a Biggie.He is also in the top 5 of best averages by batsmen batting in No:7.
Post International Cricket Career:
He joined the Indian Cricket League and is the captain of Chandigarh Lions I am glad to see the Great Player again putting his boots and coming to the field.He was awarded ONZM by the New Zealand Govt which is the highest award in that Country.
But I would also like to tell about some of his weakness–>When India toured New Zealand before the WC 2003 I saw he struggled against some of the inswinging deliveries of Javagal Srinath but as days passed by he got Used to that kind of deliveries and he began to cash on that—>He is a Quick learner Isn’t he???