Cricket is the second most popular game in the world. The bat and ball game involves two teams with 11 members each. They usually go head to head on a 22-yard long pitch. Each team is given an opportunity bat in an attempt to score runs while the opponent fields. Every round is known as innings. A number of revered players have emerged from this amazing sport. They have helped their teams to win various tournaments and gain international recognition. From India to Australia, here are the top 10 most renowned Cricketers of all time.
10. Jacques Kallis
He was born Jacques Henry Kallis on 16th October 1975. The former South African cricket star is renowned as one the best players of all time with 13,000 runs and 250 wickets to his name. This includes test match and one day cricket. In 2008, Kallis was officially declared the leading cricketer in the world. Throughout his career, he managed to score 24,000 runs alongside 500 wickets. He officially retired in 2013 after a test against India in Durban.
9. Muttiah Muralitharan
Muttiah Muralithran is a Professional cricketer from Sri Lanka who is renowned locally and internationally. The prolific star was officially awarded the greatest Test Match Bowler of all time in 2002 by Wisden Cricketers Almanack. On 3 December 2007, he surpassed the highest wicket-taker in cricket record holder Shane Warne. Muttiah retired in 2010 after recording his 800th wicket. He is surely one of the greatest off-spinners in the history of the sport.
8. Sir Ian Botham
He is officially referred to as Sir Ian Terence Botham. The 59 years old is a former England test cricketer and team captain. He is currently a commentator and is very common in most matches. With 383 wickets and 14 centuries, Ian is surely a genuine all rounder. He has held a number of world records including the most wickets taken by an English bowler. He was surpassed by James Anderson on 17th April 2020. He is generally acknowledged in England as the greatest all rounder in test cricket.
7. Dennis Lillee
He was born Dennis Keith Lille on 18th July 1949 in Subiaco, Australia. He is renowned as the outstanding fast bowler of his generation. As a quick bowler, a number of stress fractures almost terminated his career. With his never say never spirit, he worked extra hard to return to international cricket. He retired in 1984 with a world record of 355 test wickets. He is currently on of the greatest Australian sportsmen of all time.
6. Imran Khan
Imran Khan is acknowledged in Pakistan and globally for leading his national team towards the 1992 world cup victory. His revered leadership skills and talent contributed a lot to the team’s success. Khan was born on 25th November 1952; he is currently a politician. He enjoyed a successful career in cricket after playing for two decades in the late 20th century. Apart from politics, he is also a cricket commentator and a philanthropist.
5. Kapil Dev
As a right arm pace bowler, Kapil Dev was India’s key strike bowler in his entire career. He was born on 6th January 1959. As the captain of his national team, they won the 1983 Cricket World Cup. In 2002, Wisden named him the Indian Cricketer of the Century. He is also recognized as one of the greatest all-rounders of all time. Kapil Dev also coached India’s national cricket team from October 1999 to August 2000.
4. Sir Vivian Richard
Also referred to as the king of sixes, Sir Vivian Richards is a retired West Indian cricketer. The 63 years old is renowned as the greatest batsmen of all time. In 2000, a 100-member panel of experts voted him of the cricketers of the century. Two years later, Wisden declared him one of the greatest One Day International (ODI) batsmen of all time. He is remembered for batting and destructive skills.
3. Sir Garfield Sobers
Gary sobers is acknowledged globally as the greatest all-rounder of all time. He was born on 28th July 1936 in Barbados. He played for West Indies from 1954 to 1974. He began his career at the age of 16 after joining his national cricket team. He joined the West Indies in 1954 as a bowler before being promoted to batting order. His highest individual score in innings record was broken in 1994 by Brian Lara with his 375 scores.
2. Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar was born on 24th April 1974 in Bombay, India. He is revered as the greatest batsman of all time. He is also one of the greatest cricketers of all time. He began his career at a tender age of eleven. Sachin made his official debut in Test Cricket on 15 November 1989 against rivals Pakistan. He played for his national team for twenty-four years before his retirement. Throughout his career, he managed to score hundred 100s with more than 34,000 runs.
1. Sir Don Bradman
Sir Don Bradman takes the top spot as the greatest batsman of all time. His career in test batting averaged 99.94. He is always acknowledged in major sport events for his great contributions to the sport. According the Australian folklore, he practiced with a golf ball and cricket stamp. Sir Don Bradman set many records in the history of the sport, some still stands.