90s was not just an era, that was whole childhood for most of the Indians as India is a country with full of young people now. People in India though, started taking utmost interest in cricket after 1983 world cup victory but 1990-2000 was a period when they started worshiping not just theirs but,even overseas cricketers. Without any second thought, cricket today has changed and is very different from how it was that time. The introduction of T20 format and various T20 leagues has made it more excitable but we were not lucky enough to witness a certain set of players playing this exciting format. Most of them dominated world cricket in 90s era but retired before IPL or any T20 league started. Here are 5 cricketers from nostalgic 90s whom we would have loved to see playing in T20 leagues.
1. Brian Lara
Brian Charles Lara, the charismatic left handed batsman from West Indies was people’s favourite during his playing days. However, Indians know him more for his rivalry with Sachin and Ponting, much like the fab 4 rivalry in modern era. Lara was a reckoned striker of the ball, particularly against spin. His coming down the wicket and hitting over the head was a common sight against spinners but he was equally dominating against fast bowlers too and that’s why he had over 10000 runs in both formats. Lara retired in 2007 and played a handful of T20 games in Indian Cricket League but that wasn’t considered as the league wasn’t approved by BCCI. He would’ve been the first pick of cricket fans.
2. Wasim Akram
The real king of swing, Wasim Akram was a nightmare for any quality of batsman. His banana swing, that too both ways was always difficult to counter. He later discovered reverse swing which made him an even lethal bowler. With over 500 wickets in ODI cricket and close to 1000 wickets in International cricket, the legend would surely have been people’s pick. In this much stereotyped batting friendly era, it would’ve been interesting to see how Akram would’ve gone about his business.
3. Ajay Jadeja
A legend in making, but was cut short by match fixing allegations although he came out clean, Ajay Jadeja was a dynamic cricketer in whatever department he would’ve contributed. Although, not a renound test batsman, Jadeja was very good in ODI cricket where he could tong the ball in the latter parts of the inning. None belonging from 90s era or the era after that can forget how he bashed legendary Waqar Yunus in a World cup game in 1996. Jadeja was a dynamic fielder as well who always used to add few runs with his fielding. With an experience of 196 ODIs, and with such skillls, Jadeja would’ve been a player to watch out for.
4. Vinod Kambli
He might not be a popular opinion but you can’t doubt what values his addition in T20 leagues would’ve brought to the table. Vinod Kambli who was always perceived as the childhood friend of Sachin Tendulkar, played a handful of 100 ODI games but he was never short of passion for the game. His crying face after losing 1996 WC semifinal is always printed on people’s minds. Kambli was more sort of an entertainer in his playing days. A player with a lot of potential would’ve been intriguing to watch playing T20 cricket.
5. Michael Bevan
The best finisher of that era, Australian legend Michael Bevan is dearly missed in T20 format. Bevan who maintained a higher batting average than the likes of Sachin, Lara or anyone in that tough, bowling friendly 90s era would surely have come handy in T20s with such experience of finishing tight games. Bevan scored 6912 runs with a massive average of 53 and helped Australia win lot’s of anyone’s games,he would’ve been an obvious pick for all the T20 franchises.