Bowler‘The Steyn Gun’ could be just the latest nuclear-tipped arrow that South Africa has drawn from their seemingly bottomless quiver of classy fast bowlers. The trouble, for opposing batsmen, is that he is rather more than that. Pure pace is one thing, pinpoint pure pace distinctly another. Pinpoint pure pace poison-tipped with aggression still another. Add the regularity with which Steyn moves the ball away from right-handers, and the way his deliveries skid at batsmen - a lack of height isn't all bad - and the danger he poses is obvious. Steyn has grown into a bowler who has a firm grip on all of the tenets of...
Top-order batsmanShikhar Dhawan stunned all observers, and Australia, when he stroked his way to the fastest Test century by a debutant (187 off 174 balls). That debut, in Mohali in 2012-13, came to Dhawan in his ninth year of first-class cricket after he had been written off by almost everybody, not least because India's opening combination had been fixed to the most prolific combination in their Test history: Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. He stands upright in his stance, is a bit stiff with his hands when he pushes forward, and is partial to the cover-drive. Those who played domestic cricket with him say...
AllrounderDarren Julius Garvey Sammy has names invoking images of great leadership, and in October 2010 he became the first cricketer from St Lucia to be named West Indies captain. Rather fittingly, in what was a highlight of his career, he went on to lead West Indies to their first world title since the 1979 World Cup with a stirring victory over hosts Sri Lanka in the 2012 World Twenty20 final. He is a right-handed batsman and a fast-medium bowler. Sammy has a reputation for bowling long spells and his medium-fast pace bowling is used to support strike bowlers. He aims to do this by bowling dot balls...