Five most talked Father – Son combo in cricket
The game cricket has witnessed many incidents, records and players throughout its history. All of which are celebrated by the respective fans. In this context the dominance of inheritance is a major thing to consider or celebrate.
There any many instances in the game that the players from same family had represented their respective nations. Among the players who played the game from same family, the father-son duo is the most talked one.
But in the history of this duo some of them were successful and some of them were unsuccessful. Let’s see five most talked father-son duo in the history of the game.
1. Sunil Gavaskar – Rohan Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar is the one of the finest batsmen in the history of Indian cricket who represented the country in 1970s and 1980s. He was the first batsman to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket. He played 125 Tests and scored 10,122 runs with an average of over 51.
In ODI cricket, he scored 3092 runs in 108 matches with an average of 35 which is below par compared to his Test career. Now he is continuing his passion for cricket as a commentator.
His son Rohan Gavaskar was a middle order left handed batsman and an occasional slow left arm orthodox bowler. But his cricket career is no way near to that of his father. Even though he had a pretty good first class record of 6938 runs in 117 matches with an average of 44, his international career was not successful.
He played only 11 ODIs for India. He scored only 151 runs in those games with an average nearly 11.
2. Chris Broad – Stuart Broad
Chris Broad is a left handed batsman and right arm medium fast bowler. He had a quiet decent career for England as he played 25 Test matches and scored 1661 runs including six centuries. His ODI career was also a decent one as he had an average of 40.
He was well known for this hat-trick centuries in 1986/87 Ashes series. He is now serving as a match referee.
Chris Broad’s son Stuart Broad is a well-known fast bowler in the current generation. He is the one of the leading seam bowlers for England at present. He played 118 Tests so far with 417 wickets and 121 matches with 178 wickets.
He holds the record for the youngest bowler to take 400 Test wickets.
3. Marsh family of Australia
Marsh family has a unique place in the history of Aussie cricket. Geoffrey Robert Marsh is a former cricketer, coach and selector of Australia. He played 50 Test matches and 117 ODIs for Australia as an opening batsman.
Marsh coached Australia to win the ICC Cricket world cup in 1999 for the second time. He had a decent career in both formats with an average of 33 in Tests and 38 in ODIs.
His sons Mitchell Marsh and Shaun Marsh are the present leading cricketers in team Australia. Shaun Marsh, the left handed opening batsman has a decent career in Tests with 2068 runs and in ODIs with 2184 runs with an average of 37 and 39 in respected formats. Mitchell Marsh the right handed seam bowling all-rounder also occupies an important role in the Australian cricket team.
4. Shivnarine Chanderpaul – Tagenarine Chanderpaul
Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the West Indian middle order left handed batsman is well known for his cross batting stance. He is the third international player to have a career span over two decades following Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya.
And he is the first Indo-Caribbean player to play 100 Tests. He scored 11,867 runs in 164 Tests with an average of 51 and 8778 runs in 268 ODIs with an average of 41.
His son Tagenarine Chanderpaul is a left handed opening batsman. He was the part of the West Indies U19 in 2014 U19 Cricket World cup. Even though he didn’t do anything special so far he has a unique record with his father as they are the first father-son duo to hit fifties in the same match.
5. Amaranth Family in India
Lala Amaranth was the first captain of India in post-independence era. He was the first ever Indian batsman to score century in Tests that too in his debut match. He played only 24 Test matches with 878 runs as India didn’t play enough matches on that time due to the World War.
During this time he scored more than 10,000 first class runs. His sons Surrender & Mahinder Amaranth also became Test players for the country. His grandson Dig Vijay is a current first class player.
Surrender Amaranth was one of the finest batsmen at his time. Mahinder Amaranth was a quick bowling all-rounder for the team. He played at no.3 position for India at his time. He played 69 Tests scoring 4,378 runs in an batting average of 42.50, with 11 hundreds and 24 fifties, and claimed 32 wickets at a bowling average of 55.68 apiece.
In 85 One Day Internationals, he scored 1,924 runs at an average of 30.53 and a highest score of 102 not out and claimed 46 wickets at 42.84 apiece.