When world cricket’s finest captains are discussed, Ian Chappell’s name is invariably among the front runners.
The South Australian born right hand batsman captained Australia in 30 Tests between 1971 and 1975 and while he was in charge Australia didn’t lose a series. Ian Chappell made his Test debut against Pakistan in Melbourne in 1964 and played his final Test against England on the same ground 16 years later. He scored 5,345 runs at 42.42 in his 75 Test appearances, including 14 centuries, with a highest score of 196 against Pakistan in Adelaide in 1972.
In Tests, his leg spinners returned him 20 wickets and his safe slips hands 105 catches.
In the 262 first class matches he played for South Australia, Ian Chappell scored 19,680 runs, including 59 centuries, at 48.35, took 176 wickets and held 312 catches.
With his playing days behind him, the 1976 Wisden Cricketer of the Year focused on a new career as a cricket commentator with the Nine Network and several overseas broadcasters and as a cricket writer. He has excelled at both.
He was nicknamed Whispering Death by the umpires, the first part of the epithet came from his silent approach to the crease and the second, came from the end result of his run up. Never has cricket seen a combination of prodigious skill, athleticism and pure ruthlessness from a bowler.
Basically a sprinter, Holding was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1954. He used skills acquired from running 400 meter races which went on to have an effect on his run up.
Because of his height, he was able to generate large amounts of bounce and zip off the pitch. Along with Garner, Roberts, Croft and Marshall, he formed a fearsome pace battery which terrorized batting lineups in the 70s and the 80s. Although he played only 60 Tests, he ended up picking 249 wickets at an average of 23.68 with 13 five wicket hauls and 2 ten wicket hauls. He holds the record for the best bowling figures in a match by a West Indian, 14/149 against England in 1976 at the Kennington Oval in London. He also has the record for scoring the maximum number of sixes (36) for a batsman with a run tally less than 1000.
In May 2013, Holding received an Honorary Degree and Life Time Achievement Award at the University of East London for his immeasurable contribution towards sport.
Currently, Holding is a widely respected commentator and critic who is known for his distinctive Jamaican accent and acerbic views.
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