Hey I just thought I could write about this Guy—>Supposed to be the best Wicket Keeper batsman that England has ever Produced.Alec James Stewart’s Blood is not new to Cricket the Cricket Gene was in his Blood when he was born–>(He is the son of Former English test CricketerMicky Stewart.)Notable thing is both Father and Son were Good Opening batsmen. But that epic Gloves of the England Wicket keeping did not come to him immediately he was playing in the team just as an Opening Player since the exeprienced Jack Russel was keeping the Vigil over the Batsman behind the timber,but as years passed by Jack Russel decided to Pin up his Gloves (this happend around the year 1998) and that made Stewart as the unchallenged/unquestioned Wicket Keeper of the English Cricket team.But Stewart has also worn the wicket keeping gloves during some of the Matches where Russel was rested.(So it doesn’t mean that he first had his Glovework with the Quilt only on 1998)
When did Stewart Unviel himself to the Globe:
Stewart had a very Good Start to his career and he impressed the selectors and they had good faith on him.But on 4th June the stage was set for Stewart to Perform and it happened against the Mighty Pakistani Attack which included the W’s and Waquar Stewart scored 190 in this test at Edbgaston but it resulted in a draw.(This was stewart’s Highest Individual score in tests).Alec Stewart from his very young age had Leadership Qualities and he was appointed as the Vice Captain of the English side when Graham Gooch was leading the side.After sometime(i.e after Artherton era) the Captaincy was Handed to Alec Stewart and he led the English side during the 1999 World Cup and due to his Captaincy records Alecs’ captaincy was rifled and it fell in the Hands of Nasser Hussain.He has a Unique record he is the Only batsman to have his average<40.00 with 8000 or more runs scored in Tests.
I can still remember the breathtaking knock he played against the South Africans in Old Trafford and the SuperSonic innings he played against the West Indies during the England tour of West Indies in late 1994.(I think he scored some 140 odd runs I don’t exactly remember).
On the Whole stewart was considered as a Powerpack in the English Side in both ODI’s and Tests—>He really is a rare pearl in the Ocean called Cricket.
I am Great fan of a Saeed Anwar of Pakistan-One of the Greatest Opening Batsman that the Cricket Database has ever had.Many People thought that he may not shine when Marshall sent him to the Pavilion in his Debut(A Brilliant catch by Hooper I remember that match) but that was proved to be false Anwar started exposing himself to the Outside world with a Quickie 42(32) against their Archrivals India and a nitid star named Saeed Anwar was Exposed Galaxy called cricket -He is not an very Aggressive batsman like his partner Afridi but can demolish even the strongest of Attacks in the World with his Perfect timing and lustrous drive through the Offside and Onside(which happens to be his Trademark shot) and as days passed Anwar made his Javelin spear go deep inside the land called Cricket with his effortless batting style and sheer timing which made him one of the Prolific top order batsman in the World,and later in the year 1997 he punished the Indian Bowlers for their poor Bowling he took the risk by Banging Kumble Outside the Ground-And plundered runs of his over by hitting Hat trick of Sixes and scored a record 194(The Highest ever Individual score in a ODI )-I still cannot forget that match which made me cry after India lost.I think for India Dravid scored some runs which pushed India to a respectable score.
The Great Man was Pushed deep inside the earth:
Anwar experienced a sudden and severe psychic trauma when his daughter died of a fire Accident in the year 2001 after this particular Incident there was a Slump in his form and had some poor run during the year 2002 and 2003.But see that is why people say Form is Temporary Class is Permanent–Anwar Proved that with a Century against the Indians in the 2003 World cup(But I was not sad on that day beacuse India Won the Match with Sachin’s Masterclass taking Shoaib Akthar to cleaners )
So as a true lover of Cricket I love Batsman who scores freely and with Aggression I think next to THE MASTER Blaster Sachin and specialist Brian Lara there is no other Opening Batsman who would come to your mind other than Anwar/Jayasuriya(Both were equally venomous in their Game)
I would like to dedicate This Post to Saeed Anwar who celebrated his Birthday Yesterday