Cricketers Who Went From Loser To Legend in 2017
The world of sports is one where the concept of perfecting through practice and improving on one’s previous performance is extolled. That is why the concept of form is very predominant in sports activities. 2017 is one of the most eventful years in the history of cricket as a sport. Many players went from putting up not too good or woeful performances at the beginning of the season to performance that translated into legendary accolades within the course of the season.
He stands out as the biggest name in this category. This got to the extent that he had a feeling that his test career was over when he did not put up a good performance on the tour of South Africa. He replaced James Anderson in the first test at Durban. But his performance was not convincing, and he was dropped as soon as Jonathan came back to the squad.
This placed him in the near angle. However, he was called back for the final test at Centurion. Because he has not played any match for up to 3 weeks, he put up a somewhat nervy performance at the beginning. Here, England was defeated, as he averaged just 63 in six matches. But in the second test against Sri Lanka, Woakes seized the chance. He gave his career-best performance. The next test at Lords saw him deliver and amazing performance with England at 82 against Sri Lanka’s 287, Woakes and Butler put in 138. In the game, he finished unbeaten, with 95 from 92 balls. This was actually the highest anyone has scored in one-day internationals at No. 8. He went on to do even bigger things by claiming 11 for 102 against Pakistan, seven wickets in Manchester, and five in Birmingham.
He ended up being the best bowler of the season for India. He started the season in a very average manner. But later grew in leaps and bounds. Some of the abilities he improved much on include hostility, discipline and pace. Through the season, he claimed 30 wickets and was on fire in the off-test against Bangladesh. It was against Australia that he did it on the big stage by making sure the batsman was kept uncomfortable all through. Though cricket odds never favored him, he ended as the legend of Indian cricket this season.
This is the player with one of the most significant runs of the season, with his 20th run of 79-ball 84. He has been here for long. But it was in the later parts of 2017 that he made something significant after starting on the low angle. The runs in question sent him past Graham Gooch, who played just 15 innings in 10 matches in 1990. He is now holding the record.
It was in the 2017 season that this wicket keeper assumed a legendary status. In the home season, he made contributions that are very significant when they were most needed. His twin fifties in the test against New Zealand helped India to win the game by posting enough innings. The England test was not so good for him. But the Century against Bangladesh in the one-off test was amazing. His performance against Australia later capped this up, and will make him the bookmakers’ favorite wicketkeeper in online sports betting.
He is the player that impressed the entire world towards the end of the season. The start of the season saw Ashwin dominate games. But the later parts had Jadeja. The second innings of the Chennai test announced his name with his seven wickets as India won on the final day. Against Australia too, his career best was given with 127 runs with the bat. He also took 25 wickets with the ball and was no doubt named the leading wicket-taker in the entire series. He is one of 2017 our losers to legends.
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