The history of cricket dates back to centuries ago, to be precise 16th Century. The game of cricket that originated in Southern England today has gained widespread popularity across the globe. Australia, England, the Indian subcontinent, west-indies, and southern Africa are some parts of the world where there is a frenzy about cricket matches. Cricket lovers wait for the matches of their favorite teams to watch their favorite players play. Cricket is now not only the game but has become a phenomenon worldwide. Cricket, since its early days, has witnessed several players that have their names written in the golden letters in history. Here is our list of the 15 best cricketers of all time in the world.
Being often regarded as the “God” of Indian Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar is an Indian cricket player who is considered as one of the best batsmen of all time in the world. He also has the record of highest runs in both ODIs and test formats, with over 34000 runs in his name. The government of India also honored Tendulkar with its highest civilian award, “Bharat Ratna,” in the year 2013 for his contribution to cricket. He also has scored a double century in an ODI match.
If we are to name the best batting wicketkeeper in the history of cricket, then the name of Adam Gilchrist definitely tops the list. Gilchrist was an aggressive left-hand batsman who was known to successfully and aggressively tackle the frontline bowling attack of probably all the ace teams in the world.
Everyone knows that no one equates Chris Gayle when it comes to power in the gameplay. It can be assertively said that no player can hit the bowl as Chris Gayle can. Chris Gayle is a cricket sensation whose batting showcases extraordinary aggression in his matches.
Inzamam-ul-Haq is a Pakistani cricket player who probably is one of the best players of all time, not only in Pakistan but the entire world. He had a major contribution to Pakistan’s victory in the 1992 World Cup. Having 129 half-centuries and 35 centuries on his name in his career, Inzamam has brought laurel to his country several times.
Steve Wall is touted to be one of the greatest captains and all-rounders in Australian cricket history. Wall represented Australia for 20 years and brought pride and various records to his name as well as the country. In his test cricket career, Steve Wall has scored more than ten thousand runs with an extraordinary average of 51.06
Having been named as Master due to his brilliance in Batting, Jack Hobbs was an English cricket player who played for England in 61 Test matches between the time period of 1908 and 1930. Hobbs has an average of 56.95 in test cricket which in itself shows his extraordinariness in batting.
Wally Hammond is regarded as one of England’s premium batsmen as he has more than fifty thousand runs on his name in his entire career. Not only that, but Hammond also has scored 7000 runs in his Test cricket career with an outstanding average of 58.5.
Shaun Pollock is a former South African cricket player and now a cricket commentator who is considered as one of the best all-rounders of all time that the South African team has ever had. Pollock was more of a bowling all-rounder whose magical deliveries had shaken all of the best cricketers of his time. He took 421 wickets in test matches with an average of 23.11.
Mohammad Javed Miandad is a former Pakistani cricketer and now a cricket commentator who was known for his brilliance in captaincy and batting skills. He has always been touted to be one of the best cricketers of all time. He was a right-handed batsman on the Pakistani cricket team.
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Glenn McGrath is a former Australian cricket player who is considered to be one of the best bowlers in Australian cricket history as well as the world. McGrath has played international cricket for 14 years and holds the record of most wickets in the history of cricket World Cup so far. He bowls with a medium-fast pace.
Sanath Jayasuriya is a former Sri-Lankan cricket player who is considered one of the greatest attacking openers that the world has ever seen. Jayasuriya is also touted to be one of the finest all-rounders of all time due to his aggressive batting and spin bowling skills. Having played over 400 matches in ODI, Jayasuriya was also once the captain of the national cricket team of Sri-Lanka.
Ricky Thomas Ponting is a legend that the Australian Cricket team was blessed with. This is because Australia won two consecutive cricket World Cups under his captaincy. He is considered to be one of the most stylish and classy batsmen and has dominated over all the best bowlers. Ponting has scored 27000 plus runs and 71 centuries in his entire career.
The history of Indian cricket would be incomplete without having a mention of Kapil Dev. Under the captaincy of Kapil Dev, India won its first-ever cricket World Cup in the year 1983. He is a gifted batsman who also has phenomenal bowling skills. Kapil was a genuine all-rounder that India has had in its cricket history.
Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards is a West-Indies cricket player who is regarded as one of the best batsmen of all time. He averages 47 plus in ODI with a phenomenal striking rate (SR) of more than 90. In the year 2000, Richards was chosen as one of the five best cricketers of the Century.
Our very own Mr. Dependable, Rahul Dravid, is an Indian player who is said to have the best defense techniques in the world of cricket, hence the name “Dependable”. Dravid is also known as the “wall” in the Indian cricket team. Dravid has a record of scoring thirteen thousand plus runs in test cricket with a remarkable average of 52.31. In his entire career, he has scored 51s for an astonishing 194 times. Now that is something praise-worthy.
Sir Donald George Bradman was an Australian cricket player who was given the name “The Don” due to his remarkable batting skills in the field. He is considered one of the best cricketers and the greatest batsman of all time in the history of cricket. He has an unbeatable average of approximately 100 in test cricket. This is the record that none of the modern cricket players can even come close to.
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