Chris or Christopher Lance Cairns is a cricketer from New Zealand who is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm fast-medium bowler. He is the son of former New Zealand cricketer Lance Cairns.
Cairns played in the Canterbury New Zealand domestic championship team as well as the one-day and Test side of the New Zealand international cricket team the Black Caps. He was also the skipper of Black Caps on seven occasions when the regular captain Stephen Fleming was not available.
Shane Warne the Australian leg spinner has labeled him as the best all-rounder in the world. Cairns has recorded some of the most memorable innings for New Zealand. In the final of the 2000 ICC KnockOut trophy he scored an unbeaten 102 against India in Kenya. In 2004 he scored 158 runs from only 172 balls in a Test against South Africa. In 2000 in a test at Wellington Cairns launched many sixes off the bowling of Shane Warne in the adjacent street of the stadium.
Cairns is the former holder of the maximum sixes in Tests (87 sixes) which has been surpassed by Adam Gilchrist. Cairns is also the former holder of the New Zealand record for the quickest century in one day internationals in 75 balls which has been surpassed by Craig McMillan.
Chris Cairns was one of the most destructive batsmen capable of hitting big sixes and clearing the ground with ease. The characteristic and effectiveness of his shots was that he could hit it straight to any of the bowlers in the world. while bowling he had to cut down on his pace later on in his career as he suffered through a lot of injuries. The well disguised slower ball which he bowled regularly has got him many wickets in International Cricket specially in the ODI’s where the batsmen are looking to score quick runs.