The Master of bating: Jack Hobbs
England is bound to produce cricket legends, after cricket is its national game. The country has produced some really amazing crickets. One of them is Sir John Berry. He is called “The Master” of batting due to its outstanding performance with the bat. One reason he being called the master of batting is his batting average of 56.95. Very few cricketers have ever come close or surpassed this remarkable batting average. The right hand opening batsman has created many unbeatable records.
John Berry Hobbs was born on the 16th of December in 1882. He is the eldest among his 12 siblings and was born to a slater, John Cooper Hobbs and Flora Matlida Berry, a house wife. Hobbs did not have a privileged background, he was brought up in a rundown area of Cambridge. He spent most of his life in poverty, however his senior who loved cricket changed his life. He turned his childhood passion cricket into his profession. Sir John died at the age of 81 on 21st December 1963.
In April 1903, John was summoned by Surrey cricket club for trail and his excellent performance got him the very basic job. In the first season with Surrey, he scored 480 runs at an average of 34.29. He also took 19 wickets. In the next season his bating improved which attracted attention and got him a temporary place in Cambridgeshire team. His batting attracted a lot of attention and many praised him for scoring 192 runs from just 129 balls in two matches that took place between Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. He made a total of 696 runs in 13 innings with an excellent average of 58.00.
John played his debut Test match on the first of January in 1908 against MCC team at Melbourne Cricket Ground. He opened the England batting on the second day and in just 182 minutes he scored 83 runs. His good performance got him the spot in the team for the remaining tour. In the fourth match of the series, John manages to make 57 runs despite the fact that the pitch was badly affected by the rain. The last test match played by John was on the 16th of August in 1930 against Australia. By that time Hob had joined a private team that was run by Maharajkumar of Viziangram and he had become very popular with the crowd. He scored 593 runs during his time with the Mahrajakumar’s team.
Hobbs played 61 Test matches and he scored 5,410 runs with a batting average of 56.94. During his test career he made 15 centuries and 28 half centuries. His top score in the Test cricket was 211. He did some bowling as well, he bowled 376 runs and took just one wicket. He had a bowling average of 165.00. His best in the bowling was 1 wicket while giving 19 runs. By stumping or caching he managed to get 17 players out in his Test match career.