One of the best cricket batsman that Pakistan has produced, former captain Inzamam Ul-Haq had a great career and was known for his ability as a player of fast bowling, particularly off the back foot.
Inzamam did receive criticism for his weight, and in 1997 during a Shara Cup match between Pakistan and India, one spectator Shiv Kumar Thind yelled offensive names with a megaphone, calling him different kinds of potatoes. Inzaman went after Thind with a bat but thankfully was restrained by security.
Jason Gillespie is a former Australian cricketer who got his nickname ‘Dizzy’ from his Australian cricket teammates, the nickname was inspired by American jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.
Gillespie was a towering presence who threatened batsmen with his pace and bounce, and is regarded as one of the finest fast bowlers that Australia has produced. Gillespie took 259 Test wickets, and this number would have been many more if his career hadn’t been plagued with injuries.
Gillespie was no slouch with the bat and was often sent in as a night-watchmen, and in his final test match for Australia he scored a sensational double century.
Jason Gillespie was the first international Test cricket fast bowler to bowl with his sunglasses
Former Indian pacer Ajit Agarkar hails from Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) and was infamously known as ‘Bombay Duck’. This nickname was bestowed upon him after his seven consecutive ducks (scoring zero with the bat) against Australia.
The funniest part was when Agarkar raised his bat to the crowd after finally scoring a run against Australia, after his 7 ducks.
Warne took 708 wickets in a 15-year Test career as the world’s greatest leg-spinner. He had a solid physical build, also possessing a great pair of hands and powerful wrists. Warne was incredibly accurate with amazing control over his leg break. With a great cricketing brain, he would have been captain of the Australian cricket team if he hadn’t had his off field dramas.
Warne’s most famous ball is the ‘Ball of the Century’, his first ball in Ashes cricket to Mike Gatting in 1993.
Ian Botham’s physique earned him the nickname ‘Beefy’.
Despite the unflattering nickname, Botham is regarded as one of England’s greatest all-rounders.
Botham was one of the few cricket players that could score a century and take a 5 wicket haul in the same Test match, a feat that he achieved on 5 occasions. Botham’s most memorable one was against Australia in the third Ashes Test in 1981, when he took 6 wickets and scored 149 runs.
Botham is also known for his ongoing efforts in raising money for leukaemia research through his long-distance walks. Botham received his knighthood in 2007 from the Queen for his services to sport and charity.
Shoaib Akhtar was a legend of fast bowling with his extremely fast pace, ability to outswing the new ball, and reverse the old ball. Akhtar was one of the fastest bowlers that international cricketing fans have ever seen.
Fans called Akhtar his famous nickname ‘Rawalpindi Express’ because of his origin in Rawalpindi, Pakistan and his blistering fast pace.
The most memorable highlight in Akhtar’s career was his back to back fast Yorkers in the test match against India at Kolkata in 1999 that knocked the stumps of Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar
The Rawalpindi Express has the fastest delivery recorded in cricket, clocked at an unthinkable 161.3 km/h, this was bowled in Pakistan’s match against England in ICC Cricket World Cup 2003
Due to his thin legs, McGrath was nickname Pigeon by his NSW teammate Brad McNamara.
McGrath is one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time with 563 wickets from 124 Tests. McGrath had an impressive bowling average, only conceding 21.64 runs for every wicket he took over his 14 year career.
Rather than rely on trying to bowl at top speed, McGrath’s weapons of choice was his accuracy and creating bounce. The Aussie great bowled successfully in all conditions and on all surfaces, and he was known for being able to trouble even the best batsmen in the world.
Former English Test captain Andrew Flintoff got his nickname ‘Freddie’ because his surname was similar to that of Fred Flintstone from the cartoon series The Flintstones. The press and media also liked the nickname because it was also a wisecrack at Flintoff’s issues with his fluctuating weight when he first emerged in international cricketing.
Flintoff is one the greatest English Test cricketers and cemented his legendary status with his outstanding performance with the ball and bat in the 2005 Ashes series, in England’s famous two-run victory over Australia.