Crio’s Question: Slow burners?

Can a Pakistani playing in Abu Dhabi have an Indian Summer?….Younis Khan and the phenomenon of the belatedly recognized.

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Last week we lambasted the profilers who collect accolades and headlines, possibly before performances merit…”The Big (no) Show” spectacle.

This week we’ll counterbalance to applaud those who’ve eventually earned their stripes with excellence and longevity. Those whose talents become only manifest in the twilight of their career.

It has been a real joy to watch the Pakistan batting in the last month and await some grudging acknowledgement that they are pretty bloody good. Younis got the wrap here early in the year (https://www.footyalmanac.com.au/crios-question-rating-the-under-rated/) but there are so many others who are somehow bypassed, plaudits long overdue, before an exclamation mark on their talents reveals all to the sceptics or ignoramuses.

Who else has finished with a flourish, peaking late to shake preconceived judgements?

Comments

  1. Crio,
    If we are talking cricket, and without wanting to sound overly parochial, I reckon Michael Hussey is an excellent example of someone who did plenty of hard yards at the lower levels before getting is change at a – relatively – late age and really grabbing it with both hands.

  2. Watto.

  3. Reckless won his maiden at start 34, then went on to win Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide Cups followed by runner up in the Melbourne Cup.
    There is still hope for Five Grand Boys, or whatever the Knackery nag is called.
    David Steele debuted for England at #3 aged 33, and knocked back everything Lillee and Thommo threw at him in 1975. Played 8 Tests against Australia and West Indies (Roberts, Holding, Daniel) only averaging 42. Got dropped for a tour of India because he allegedly couldn’t play spin!! Guts and a straight bat counted for nothing. One of my heroes.

  4. Cliffy Young

  5. Any number of Australian fast bowlers fit that bill: Hughes, McDermott, Alderman, Clark, Lee, Harris at their best towards the end of their test careers. And then there’s Mitch.

    Thinking tennis, Capriati’s second coming was better than her first and Kimiko Date-Krumm making the semis of the US Open at 43 is rather impressive. A 12 year break from tennis, she had.

  6. Crio as a tipster/punter? Due soon.

  7. Malcolm Ashwood says

    Boof Lehmann also started international cricket rather late as a regular at Shield games I had been lucky enough to witness what a incredible player he was , glad the majority of cricket fans got the chance

  8. David Zampatti says

    Clarrie Grimmett. ‘Nuff said.

  9. James Podsiadly. Shown the door after trying out with several AFL clubs. Looked destined to finish his career in the VFL. Took his chance at Geelong aged 28. Now a Premiership player with over 100 games in the bank. Still playing a strong leadership role at Adelaide. Might have a vintage year or two left in him yet.

    Cheers, Burkie

  10. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Chris Rogers

    Jack Iverson

    Ken Hinkley

  11. Mitch Robertson will prove all the doubters wrong after suffering a head knock when tackling a goal post and waking up as Michael Voss

  12. Bob Holland

    Sam Soliman

    The Two Macs

    Glen!

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