25 November, 2020

The Bull Run

An on and off player for more than 13 summers, punctuated by controversies and visits to the surgeon's table, Cairns is 'guilty' of not quite fulfilling the potential he has.

The Bull Run
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Quite easily, the most charismatic player in the New Zealand side, Chris Cairns’ story has been one of start-zoom-stutter-stop and then recovery—to repeat the same. His undeniable talent that has seen him score over 2,800 runs and take 197 wickets in Test cricket and more than 3,600 runs and 154 wickets in one-dayers surely puts him in the world class category.

An on and off player for more than 13 summers, punctuated by controversies and visits to the surgeon’s table, Cairns is ‘guilty’ of not quite fulfilling the potential he has.

The best of Cairns came out during the 2000-01 season. One he will cherish most, unless of course he helps New Zealand win the World Cup this year. On the Kiwis tour to Zimbabwe, he scored his third Test century with 124 but in the process suffered an injury. Yet he held on to play a significant role in the icc knockout tournament in Kenya soon after.

Hampered by his right knee injury he bowled off a reduced run-up in the final against India and was instrumental in tying down Sachin Tendulkar and Saurav Ganguly. Going in to...

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