Chris Cairnsindia Updated: Jan 29, 2003 23:50 IST
Chris Carins' talent has never been doubted, however, it has only been the last few years that he has begun to fulfil his loads of potential. Son of former New Zealand star Lance, Cairns is now one of the top 3 all-rounders in the world, with his big hitting and tight bowling. His Test career began way back in 1989/90 against the Australians in Perth. Since then he has gone on to play 54 Tests. He has scored 2830 runs at an average of 32.90, with 4 centuries and 20 fifties. He has also taken 194 wickets at an average of 28.91 and a strike rate of 53.2, with 12 five wicket hauls and 1 10 wicket match.
Carins is New Zealand's most valuable player not just because of his deeds in the Test arena, but also in the One-Day game. He scored a brilliant century to guide New Zealand home in the ICC Knockout Final, and has played many other magnificent innings for his country in pressure situations. He has a batting record of 3370 runs at just under 30, with 4 centuries and 16 fifties at a strike rate of 80. His bowling in the One-Dayers is perhaps more important than his batting, with his ability to fool top batsmen with his brilliantly disguised slower ball at the death. He has taken 138 wickets at 33, with 2 4 wicket innings and 1 5 wicket haul.
Cairns' stats do his immense talent very little justice. The Australian tour is his first since major knee surgery, and by his standards he had a disappointing Test series. Will look to silence his critics in the VB series with plenty of wickets and runs. Chris Cairns still has much to offer to New Zealand cricket in the future, and his experience will be invaluable whilst NZ prepare for 2003 World Cup.
First Published: Jan 24, 2003 18:20 IST