5 of the most famous pairs of cricketing brothers ever
Here are 5 of the most well known pairs of brothers in the world of cricket. Hope you enjoy:
1) The Pathans (India)
Elder: Yusuf Pathan
Yusuf and Irfan Pathan form the first pair in the list. Statistically, they are somewhat the best pair to have in the set, but they unfortunately posses a streak of inconsistency. On one hand, Irfan, a strike bowler and a dangerous low-order batsman, and on the other hand, Yusuf, devastating with the bat, and a decent off-spinner. Together they made the most expensive pair in the auctions 2011, ranging at $4 million. Both of them have been outstanding for India when in form, but will need to work on consistency.
2) The Morkels (South Africa)
Elder: Albie Morkel
The Morkels are easily the bargain for money pair of IPL cricket, coming at a total of about $975,000 Albie has been playing for CSK in almost every single game, and has been brilliant for them, causing them to extend his contract to 6 years. Morne, on the other hand, had an uneventful first couple of years in IPL cricket, but then made his claim to fame as he took the Purple Cap in IPL 5 with 25 wickets. Both Morne and Albie are skilled bowlers, but Albie is a more powerful batsman, who can strike the ball freely and give a little push to his team in the end, while Morne cannot bat as well, but is on the rankings in the World’s best ODI bowlers.
3) The Husseys (Australia)
Elder: Micheal Hussey
The Husseys are quiet the opposite of the Morkels. The Morkels, on one hand, are a bowler and a bowling all-rounder, whereas the Husseys have a batsman and a batting all-rounder. David is one of the World’s best T20 batsmen, along with a bit of useful off-spin. Dave is also a good ODI batsman, along with good captaincy skills that helped the Kings XI Punjab stay on the competition despite Adam Gilchrist’s injury that kept him out of the tournament. Despite all this, David still dosen’t completely overshadow Micheal. Mike is a very established batsman in all 3 formats of the game, and has saved Australia from many tight spots. They were a good value for money, coming at $1.825 million.
The Marshes (Australia)
Elder: Shaun Marsh
The second Australian pair. What a surprise. Anyway, The Marshes are very similar to the Husseys; one batsman, and one batting all-rounder. Shaun was the leading Orange Cap winner in IPL 2008, and came very close in 2011, but other then that he hasn’t really been the Shaun Marsh we have come to know and love. Mitchelle, on the other hand, did not have a very interesting first couple of IPLs, but his good all-round shows in Pune’s otherwise dismal campaign for 2011 were very nice to watch. Like the Husseys, Shaun and Mitch have risen to Australia’s call whenever necessary, and have done well. Both of them are devastating in the T20 format of the game, but as devastating as he is in T20s Shaun needs to gain a foot hold in the longer formats of the game if he wishes to be a regular member of the Australian side like the Husseys are. Mitch, I feel, is being given too little opportunity, which could also be due to untimely injuries.
5) The McCullums (New Zealand)
Elder: Brendon McCullum
Both Brendon and Nathan McCullum have been pivotal in New Zealand’s success in many cases. Brendon, on one hand, a power-packed wicket keeper batsman who is about as predictable as a bag of fireworks with a badly lit wick; you just never know when he might go off. Nathan, on the other hand, is a good off-spinner, and a good low-order batsman. Brendon has been playing IPL right from game 1 and has been exploding and defusing. Both of them were handed contracts in 2011, and Brendon made good use of his, finishing as Kochi’s highest run getter while Nathan got only 1 game for Pune where he went wicketless with the ball and did not impact with the bat. However, Nathan’s great performances have mostly been in the ODI format, so that’s probably why he wasn’t given many games, especially with T20 specialists such as Mitchelle Marsh and Alfonso Thomas present in the PWI side.