‘Can’t believe what I was seeing’: Legendary all-rounder worried about technical aspect after England’s aggressive approach to Test cricket

Not everyone has been completely impressed by England’s aggressive brand of Test cricket, which has seen them storm to four consecutive wins, including a record chase. India Recently in Edgbaston. Legendary all-rounder Gary Sobers is still trying to wrap his head around the batsmen trying to smash every ball in Test cricket.

Read also: Distinguished former player asks Virat Kohli to return to first-class cricket

Having managed to clinch a Test victory in their last 17 matches, England have set themselves on a different, exciting path under the captaincy of Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum, who is himself known for his big hitting abilities. .

It saw them complete a 3-0 clean sweep of reigning World Test world champions New Zealand 3-0 and then beat India in Covid to delay the fifth Test at Edgbaston.

West Indies star Sobers, speaking at the launch of a foundation in his name, which has been set up to support underprivileged young cricketers, said: “I can’t believe what I was seeing in Tests .

“Shining bats and guys trying to hit fours and sixes with every ball,” added Sobers, widely regarded as one of cricket’s greatest all-rounders and the first man to hit six sixes in a first-class over. While batting for Malcolm Nash of Glamorgan. Nottinghamshire at Swansea in 1968.

“It’s good from the spectators’ point of view – pushing it down the wicket, instead of dull and boring cricket.”

But Sobers, widely regarded as one of cricket’s greatest all-rounders, was also renowned for being a radically correct, if extremely handsome, left-handed batsman.

Read also: ‘Thought they would consider me for the Birmingham Test…’

“I worry about the technical side of the game, though, as it suffers,” he said.

Sobers paid tribute to the former England captain, the world’s top-order Test batsman, saying, “That’s why I enjoy watching Joe Root, he’s a good player.”

‘Boys Days’

Sobers also praised England’s James Anderson, the most successful fast bowler in Test history.

“I’m also a big fan of James Anderson. He’s getting better and faster. He runs like he’s just 20. He’s turning 40 soon — I can’t believe it!,” Said Sobers, who enjoyed a 20-year international career for the West Indies from 1954–1974 before being knighted for his services to cricket in 1975.

Sir Gary Sobers Foundation aims to change the life path of youth all over the world. It now plans to raise £50 million ($59 million) to help talented youth. The Foundation will have five hubs, in the UK, West Indies, India, Australia and South Africa.

The initiative has been launched in collaboration with Bravia Capital, a private investment firm based in New York, which was founded in 2000 by Bharat Bhise.

Speaking to the audience during the foundation’s launch in London, Sobers said, “It’s wonderful to be here – it feels like what you’ve done in life has been successful, and people have liked and loved you.” County Hall on Monday.

“I want to feel that it’s not just what I did on the field, but how I distanced myself, and what I did for my family and country. Hopefully it can help others follow my path.” .

Sobers, who turned 86 on 28 July, recalled the time an unprepared 19-year-old began to be accepted by the side as he made his way to the West Indies.

“I was called a cheater. I had just arrived, and was looking around at the conditions and wondering what am I doing here? But I took this catch at second slip and I couldn’t believe it. Larry Constantine (an outstanding West Indies all-rounder of the 1920s and 1930s) saw this and said: “It’s impossible!”

“Cricket has given me everything. My father died when I was young, and although I had family around me, they all had to go to work.”

Sobers, who was joined by several former internationals in West Indies’ Gordon Greenidge, Brian Lara and Joel Garner, India’s Farokh Engineer and South Africa’s Mike Proctor as well as England’s Allan Lamb and John Lever, said: “Jr. Cricket development has always been close to my heart.

“After my retirement, I spent seven years coaching in Australia and elsewhere, and I loved it as much as playing. It was very rewarding and took me back to my ‘boy days’, as we say in Barbados.”

with AFP inputs

Get all the latest updates cricket news, cricket pictures, cricket videos And cricket score Here