In the year 1993, in the sharjah stadium there used be a lot of crowd of arabia for getting seats to watch cricket matches. If asked a spectator- who is the player of pakistan that many of you are visiting to see like the most? An arabic man replied- 'i came to see the batting of rameez raja, his square glance and straight drives!'
Then he was asked- do you know sachin tendulkar?
The reply came as- no, we don't know about sachin tendulkar!
So there used to be an advertisement at that time during in between overs and it was about suitings and shirtings of Dinesh/Vimal! There were many cricketeers former captains who entertained to be in that advertisement! Like sunil gavaskar, vivian richards and so there was this guy called 'allan border'. There was no steve waugh at that time!
Allan border the left handed batsman was called the finest left handed batsman in cricket history who never gave away his wicket! But if you ask me that have i watched any of his matches?
No, hardly once perhaps only in a documentary. Neither my grandmother has watched allan border test matches!
Yeah but what about sir donald bradman, have you watched his matches?
And the reply came- whats the fuss, i have seen his matches, my great great grandfather had seen him play matches! Many people said the same things!
What about mark taylor then?
I know about allan border, he scored 27 hundreds in 156 matches. 44 times not out in 265 innings. Whenever he used to bat at the least moment he used to defend the delivery from getting out! And used to push through gaps for taking singles golf shots btw! And from a distance it used to seem a reckless shot with bat raised high at the back and again towards the front for playing it square!