(2/5) GRAHAM GOOCH
Graham Gooch was the most prolific run scorer top-class cricket has ever seen. After he retired in 1997, the statistician Robert Brooke calculated that he had scored 22,211 runs in List A cricket which, added to his 44,846 first-class runs, put him ahead of Jack Hobbs. It was an amazing achievement, especially for a man who gave the impression that he was constantly on the brink of walking out in disgust. Gooch was an uninhibited belter of a cricket ball. Armed with one of the game’s heaviest bats, he could always wallop it when he chose, but the inhibitions grew. He played 118 tests for England, scored 8900 runs with an average of 42.58 and 20 centuries against his name. His highest score was 333 against India at Lords which he himself terms as his best innings. Gooch was seen as a player, who would achieve great things for the English cricket but he had his share of torrid times as well. After retirement, his career took a surprise turn: earmarked as English cricket’s supremo, he was bombed out as coach and selector and became a broadcaster, with a sly wit that surprised those who had seen only his poker face and his broad bat.He returned to coaching as Essex batting coach, working closely with Alastair Cook. His success earned him a consultancy role for England before he was made full-time batting coach for the national side in February 2012.
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