Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Michael Bevan: Before the word finisher became famous, the definition of a finisher was given.

 The role of finisher in cricket is one of the most challenging.  The first thing to do is to be selfless and do haphazard slogging.  There are some champions like Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Mike Hussey who find their own method in every madness.  The same can be said for very few players.  Today we are going to talk about a finisher who was not flat but a helpful pitch to the bowlers and Michael Bevan played this role instinctively when there was no 60-meter boundary.

 Bevan was the Australian player who defined the word finisher before the word finisher became famous.  Like today's heroes, his game was not based on muscle power, but entirely on mind power.  How to bridge the gap, how to keep the scoreboard moving, whether the wicket is 8 or 9, Bevan never seems to be under pressure.  This left-handed batsman is the image of work and composed as it is called in English.

 Original finisher

 He played several masterclass innings in his career.  One such innings was in 1996 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.  Chasing 173 in 43 overs against the West Indies, the home team lost 7 wickets for 74 runs.  Bev, who was batting in the sixth position, batted calmly and without any confusion and dragged the match to the final over.  Need 7 runs in 1 over, 1 wicket left.  From there the equation is reached with 1 ball remaining 4 runs down.  In such a situation usually any batsman thinks of slogging the ball side leg.  But this is the same distance between mass and class.

 Bev won the losing match against the Kangaroos by hitting the ground down and this was not the peak of his career.  But that was the first step to success.  In that innings, Bev scored 78 off 88 balls, batting 150 minutes.  It involved only 6 boundaries.  Roner Harper was the bowler for Jenny.

 Some other amazing Knox

 Bevan's memorable innings is also remembered for his encounter against New Zealand, apart from Sydney's Last Ball Four chapter.  Chasing 246 in Melbourne in 2002, Ozzy lost six of his 84 batsmen.  From there, Bev made a memorable 102 * off 95 balls.  So 2 years later, despite losing 135/8 wickets in a 204-run chase against England, Australia were confident the match could be won.  Bev, who is battling a groin injury, led the team across the finish line by standing like a warrior.


 Bevan had the guru mantra in Ranchez that he was setting small-small targets.  Rather than panic at seeing a big picture, he believed in reaching the destination by setting small goals.  Today, Virat Kohli has become a chase master by playing calculative cricket in the same way.  Bevan's over-the-counter consistency is his biggest success.  Bev, now 51, scored 6912 runs in 196 innings of 232 ODIs at an average of 53.58.  During this time 6 centuries and 46 fifties.  None of the retired ODI cricketers have more than an average of two.

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