But mostly them.
Graeme made me scream happily, 255 times, for every 29.96 squirms – the most successful English spinner in the history of test cricket.
In the year 2000 (I was a fan of his county numbers) and I rang “Test Match Special”. I asked Sir Geoffrey Boycott if the young lad, who had scored a few first class hundreds and had a few score of first class wickets, would get a go …. “do you watch cricket” was the surly reply.
Eight years (and 255 wickets) later Sir Geoff could have eaten his words, but I’m sure it was me that was wrong.
Now Graeme has retired – and as England’s most successful test spin bowler in history. I freely admit that he is the type of cricketer that I always wanted to be – sarcasm and all. The confidence with which he gave the press exactly what they wanted but not quite the sound-bite that they were expecting, was lovely.
Graeme, thank you.
Boycott – don’t be so quick to judge.