Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Hobbes - the run machine

There are some things that you look and feel, is there a limit, and here is a cricketing career that makes you feel the same, Sir John Berry Hobbs aka Sir Jack Hobbes. The least talked about member of the Wisden's best five of the 20Th century(along with Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Garfield sobers, Shane Warne, Sir Vivian Richards) is one of the most productive batsman of my grandfather's age, my dad's age and my age.

He was the first cricketer to be knighted back in 1953. Playing for England and Surrey he made as many as 61760 runs, ohhh myyy gaawwwddd, this guy must have run the whole continent twice to take all these runs. As a part time bowler he has the best figures of 7/56 as well. Created in 1932, he must have been the biggest motivation for superman. And now some statistics to solidify the thought of his greatness.

First-class Batting

Matches played :834

Innings :1325

Not outs :107

Runs :61760

Highest Score :316*

Average :50.70

Centuries :199

Half Centuries :273

Catches :342

After serving cricket for a long long time, the oldest centurian of test cricket (46 years old), also known as "The Master" departed in 1963 leaving behind a prolific cricketing career and unbelievable numbers. These are the legends of the game!

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1 comment:

abhi said...

and the runs just this guy haven't made it to ears of many diehard cricket fans...but his achievements will always be something to look upto.
Donno, what could have been the level of opposition, but still to reach this feat is not at all ordinary.