Jeff Thomson, Australian legend and the most frightening fast bowler in the history of cricket, has turned 67 today.Thomson was one of the fastest bowlers to have played Test cricket and legendary batsmen like Vivian Richards and Sunil Gavaskar consider him to be the fastest they have faced. Even Michael Holding, who is himself considered to be an extremely fast bowler, believes that Thomson is the fastest he ever saw.Thomson was a fearsome bowlers for the batsmen of the 1970s not only because of his speed but also because of his unusual action. Former South Africa batsman Barry Richards said that the thing with Thomson’s bowling was that he used to hide the ball and till the last moment the batsman didn’t know the trajectory of the ball.In the 51 Test matches he played for Australia, Thomson managed a massive 200 wickets with an average of 28.00.Thomson made his debut against Pakistan at Melbourne in 1972 but he was hampered by a broken bone in his foot, something he hid from the selectors and failed to make an impact. On being recalled in 1974-75, Thomson formed a lethal opening partnership with Dennis Lillee and Wisden wrote, “It was easy to believe they were the fastest pair ever to have coincided in a cricket team.”Thomson played his last Test against England from August 15-20, 1985 where he finished with just one wicket and England won the match by an innings and 118 runs.WEST INDIES LEGEND TURNS 43Former West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul also celebrated his birthday today – he turned 43. One of the most elegant batsmen in the Caribbean islands, Chanderpaul was a run-machine from 1994 until his retirement in 2015. The southpaw finished with 11867 Test and 8778 ODI runs in a glittering career.advertisementHappy Birthday to the 7th highest run-scorer in Test cricket history, a man with 11,867 runs for the West Indies, Shivnarine Chanderpaul! pic.twitter.com/BxU8VQkNWk- ICC (@ICC) August 16, 2017
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