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Is Mohammad Irfan the tallest cricketer?

Last updated on: December 26, 2012 15:36 IST

Is Mohammad Irfan the tallest cricketer?

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Mostly sportspersons merely need skills to succeed but sometimes physical attributes can add the extra spice to their career.

Rediff.com presents the list of the tall gentlemen from the cricketing arena.

Mohammad Irfan

Height: 7 feet 1 inches

Country: Pakistan

Mohammad Irfan, towering at seven-feet-one-inches, was expected to grab a few eyeballs on his debut tour to India. But his successful outing in the first Twenty20 has made him the centre of attraction. Though there have been a few confusions about his height but the PCB confirms his height as seven feet one inches.

Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez called him the surprise package of their team and the 30-year-old has managed to live up to the expectations.


Photographs: BCCI

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Joel Garner

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Height: 6 feet 8 inches

Country: West Indies

Joel Garner made his debut for the West Indies in the 1977 home series against Pakistan.

He used his height to get more lift. Garner was known for his bouncers and toe crunching yorkers.

Garner played in 58 Tests between 1977 and 1987and took 259 wickets. He was one of the most effective Test bowlers of all time. Garner retired from international cricket in 1987.


Photographs: Adrian Murrell/Getty Images

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Bruce Reid

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Height: 6 feet 8 inches

Country: Australia

Bruce Reid along with Joel Garner was one of the tallest players ever to have played international cricket. Reid represented Australia from 1985 to 1992.

He achieved bounce from his great height. But he was rarely fully fit. Injuries therefore limited his international appearances and he finally reitred in 1992.


Photographs: Getty Images

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Tony Greig

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Height: 6 feet 7 inches

Country: England

TonyGreig is one of the finest all-rounders. He was captain of England from 1975 to 1977.

Greig became a commentator following the end of his playing career.


Photographs: Adrian Murrell/Getty Images

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Curtly Ambrose

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Height: 6 feet 7 inches

Country: West Indies

As a fast bowler, Curtly Ambrose took 405 Test wickets. He usually topped the ICC Player Rankings and was rated the best bowler in the world.

His great height allowed him to make the ball bounce unusually high and therefore making it difficult for the batsmen to face him.


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Chris Tremlett

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Height: 6 feet 7 inches

Country: England

The 6ft 7in fast bowler has the menace to match his size and become England's key strike bowler. The tall fast-medium bowler is able to extract bounce on most surfaces.

He made his One-day International debut in 2005, and two years later played his first Test.


Photographs: Tom Shaw/Getty Images

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Steven Finn

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Height: 6 feet 7 inches

Country: England

Steven Finn used to play basketball until he made his Test debut in 2010 against Bangladesh.

He tasted success in quick time as he was named Best Emerging Player at the 2010 ICC Awards.

The very next year Finn became the youngest Englishman to reach 50 Test wickets.


Photographs: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

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