Famous all-rounder of New Zealand cricket team: Christopher Lance Cairns
Christopher Lance Cairns, an ONZM, is an ex all-rounder of the New Zealand International cricket team, the Black Caps. He played in Test and ODIs for the NZ team along with starring for the Canterbury New Zealand domestic championship side.
Cairns holds the honor of captaining the Black Caps over seven occasions and was referred by the renowned Shane Warne as the best all-rounder existing in the world. He exited the world of his Test career with a bowling average of 29.40 and a batting average of 35.52. He was also selected as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2000. As a batsman, Cairns was quite a fearsome player as he hit sixes in a successive manner. On the other hand, when it comes to his earlier days, he was referred to as a reliable fast-medium bowler.
As a bowler, Cairns experienced his career-best feat in a Test in 1998 against West Indies with a 7/27. He is also recognized as his team’s 3rd highest wicket-taker during Tests. Cairns retired from his Test team in 2004 and in 2006, he announced his retired from One Day Internationals. Cairns scored 22 fifties and 5 centuries in the test cricket. In One Day International cricket, Chris scored 26 fifties and 4 hundreds. As for bowling, Chris claimed 218 wickets in test and 201 wickets in One Day International cricket.
This gem of a player was also part of the ICC World XI that played in the matches for World Cricket Tsunami Appeal. Later, he joined the Indian Cricket League and at present, is hired as a captain for the Chandigarh Lions.
Chris Cairns is always going to be remembered for his absolutely memorable innings over the time. He was an excellent all rounder with immense batting and bowling potential. He was lucrative with his centuries and was usually on a wicket fest against the opponents.