Former England captain turned cricket pundit has paid his tribute to Graham Thorpe as one of the most underrated player, who slips off people’s mind. Thorpe, a Surrey legend, played 100 Tests and 82 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) for England and succeeded in both the formats for his national team.
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Thorpe scored over 6700 runs in the longest format of the game at an average of 44.66. His Test career was laced with 16 centuries and 39 half-centuries. In the ODIs, he had a brilliant average of over 37 with the help of 21 half-centuries, but has never got the credit that he deserved.
Nasser Hussain: Graham Thorpe doesn’t gets mentioned enough, people reel off the list of England greats
Nasser Hussain feels whenever there is a discussion about England greats Graham Thorpe has never been mentioned enough. He was a man for crisis situation and battle, reckoned Hussain, besides saying that he was one of the best players he played with.
“He is the one that doesn’t get mentioned enough. When people reel off the list of England greats, he seems to slip people’s minds. But he was a man for a crisis, for a battle. ‘He used to get “difficult” runs in a very quiet and unassuming way. He was one of the very best players I played with,” Nasser Hussain said.
“That’s what came out of the very first Virtual Test I did with Rob Key; it’s nice to remember these players that we sometimes forget, because “my era”, the 1990s, was pigeonholed as a bad time for English cricket,” he added.
Playing for Surrey, Thorpe scored over 21000 runs, maintaining a staggering average of over 45.