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Blunders... Nothing more than blunders

Kapil Dev

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 131 184 15 5248 163 31.05 8 27 61 64 0
ODIs 225 198 39 3783 175* 23.79 3979 95.07 1 14 71 0
First-class 275 384 39 11356 193 32.91 18 56 192 0
List A 310 270 47 5481 175* 24.57 2 23 99 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 131 227 27740 12867 434 9/83 11/146 29.64 2.78 63.9 17 23 2
ODIs 225 221 11202 6945 253 5/43 5/43 27.45 3.71 44.2 3 1 0
First-class 275 48853 22626 835 9/83 27.09 2.77 58.5 39 3
List A 310 14947 9161 335 5/43 5/43 27.34 3.67 44.6 3 2 0

Imran Khan

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 88 126 25 3807 136 37.69 6 18 55 28 0
ODIs 175 151 40 3709 102* 33.41 5105 72.65 1 19 36 0
First-class 382 582 99 17771 170 36.79 30 93 117 0
List A 425 384 80 10100 114* 33.22 5 66 84 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 88 142 19458 8258 362 8/58 14/116 22.81 2.54 53.7 17 23 6
ODIs 175 153 7461 4844 182 6/14 6/14 26.61 3.89 40.9 3 1 0
First-class 382 65224 28726 1287 8/34 22.32 2.64 50.6 70 13
List A 425 19122 11312 507 6/14 6/14 22.31 3.54 37.7 12 6 0

I am not here to degrade Indian legend by showing such stats but I feel being a sports loving person, it'd be on equality. Honestly if these stats were vice versa i.e. Kapil Dev having stats of Imran Khan and Imran Khan having stats of Kapil Dev, I'd had taken it as this is what sports is all about, means showing sportsmen spirit. But right now when ICC (should I call it International Cricket Council or Indian Cricket Council????), announced the list of all time eleven on the eve of the 2000th test match of international cricket, they made some great blunders, like one I just mentioned above. No doubt Dev has been a great skipper and led his team to famous victory at the 1983 Cricket World Cup, but ignoring these criteria's while announcing an all time 11 that too when international/global cricket is celebrating 2000th test, ignoring not only Imran Khan but also Gary Sobers, Vivian Richards, Richard Headley etc, than personally I think there's some mistake in it, ok the team must have to be limited to 11 players but you can't ignore players like I mentioned up above and also Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose! Plus how can we ignore Great Hanif Muhammad, who was given the title of little master by the Queen Elizabeth herself, plus Javed Miandad (know many will crack jokes on him), but the kind of ton innings he played in tough situations, were all match winning scores. So I must say ICC showed biased ness.

Why am I saying like that?

Economically I must admit Kapil Dev is way too much better than Imran Khan in any format of the game, but apart from Economy rate, Strike rates and Averages are also given importance. Mind you both of them were bowling all-rounders means their major was bowling, rest the readers are quite capable of understanding who's better!



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