The world of cricket has seen some of extraordinary talents that are duly registered in the annals of history. Some are alive in the hearts of the die-hard fans as legends but others are unfortunately forgotten. Players suffer the journey of lost names due to the lack of opportunities after a certain age or perhaps because of unjust acknowledgement of their talents.
Talking about these players, the first name that pops up my mind, is Roger Twose of New Zealand. He may be unfamiliar to many for he had a relatively small career, but he made a significant impact on the world cricket. Roger Twose was a big hitter of the ball, he was known with a slogan “Twose By name, nature by sixes”. He had an average of 38.81 in 87 ODIs he played, and 25.12 in the 27 innings of test cricket of his career. His highest score was 103 in ODIs and 94 in 5 day format game.
Another who represented Black Caps on the highest forum of cricket, the right arm quickie Geoff Allot was legendary. Geoff Allot was not known to the world until he destroyed some of the batting line ups (including Pakistan’s batting line up) in World Cup 1999. His toe crushers were truly unmatchable; he had a beautiful smooth bowling action, which was such a treat to watch. He played only 31 One Day Internationals and 10 test matches. He could not have a five wicket-haul in his career, but, his statistics do not really show the potential this bowler had. Marked a nice economy rate of 4.79 in ODIs that somewhat is the proof of his capabilities as well.
Nicky Boje presented the Proteas in the international arena and proved made his presence feel to the world, but could not get his name in the golden books of legends. A fine all-rounder, he could bowl his slow left arm and was a rightly capable batsman down the order. At situations, he has batted one down for his team and proved his worth. Nicky Boje made his debut in 1995 against Zimbabwe at Harare. He hunted 100 batsmen in the test career and 96 batsmen in limited overs cricket. His batting average in both the formats was nearly 25, which is quite respectable for a bowling all-rounder. He shortened his career when he once dived to stop the ball and twisted his ankle badly. He was out from the team for quite some time. His highest score in 50 overs cricket is 129 that is quite amazing for a bowling all-rounder.
Another amazingly talented cricketer who was unable to make the impact of which he was completely capable of was Mohammad Zahid. Zahid represented Pakistan in just 5 test matches and 11 One Day Internationals. Experts say that he might be the fastest bowler of all time. But, sadly, when he played international cricket, his speed could not be measured due to unavailability of speed guns. He took 7/66 in an innings of test match and 11/130 in the whole match. He frightened the batsmen with his rapid pace and accuracy. Due to some flaws in his action, he suffered worse back injury and could not make his career worth noticing. If Mohammad Zahid was handled with care and appreciation, he may have proven himself as one of the finest quick bowlers the world has ever witnessed.