Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Brutal batting, brutal bowling

Picked up from the Grauniad's weekly trawl of internet sport wonders are these videos of two equally violent characters from the gentle game.

In between some fairly bizarre on- and off-field behaviour, Shahid Afridi is a combative leggie and absurdly destructive batsman.

Boom-Boom may enjoy eating cricket balls as if they were apples, but he's equally fond of swatting them like flies, as this 37-ball century indicates.

Meanwhile, the great Malcolm Marshall terrorised batsmen of all colours throughout the 80's, but his control and mastery of swing should not be forgotten among the sheer pace and hostility.

Marshall succumbed to cancer over a decade ago, but he's guaranteed to be remembered as a fast-bowling great.