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6 Greatest Cricketers of All Times from Across the World

15 January, 2020

The last decade has been magnificent for cricket despite some low moments. The year 2019 was the perfect icing on the cake with a successful World Cup, outstanding team and individual performances and thrilling cricket action across the world.

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England went on to win its first World Cup title after one of the most mesmerizing cricket world cup finals. 


As 2020 kicks in, why not start a new decade by recounting commemorating some of the greatest cricketers in the last decade and beyond? Here you go.

1.    Sachin Tendulkar (India)

You cannot talk about greatness in cricket without mentioning the mercurial Sachin Tendulkar. The former Indian cricketer and captain rates highly as one of the best batsmen to ever hold a bat in both Tests, and ODIs.


Looking at his records, it is hard to argue against this with the most Man of the Match Awards in ODI cricket history, 15,921 runs in test cricket and 18,426 runs in ODI’s with a batting average of 53.78. The numbers cannot even put into perspective the influence Tendulkar had on India’s and the international’s cricket. Tendulkar is still part of the latest cricket news as batsmen across the world try to break his many records.


2.    Sir Donald George Bradman(Australia)

There’s always a big debate over who between Sir Donald George Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar is the greatest. One thing you cannot deny is that both cricketers were magnificent in their own way.


The Australian international cricketer has received accolades as the greatest batsman of all time due to his career Test batting average of 99.94 and 6,996. It is hard to argue against such numbers and “the Don” surely deserves his place as one of the greatest cricketers in history. He topped a BBC Asian Network Vote for The Greatest Cricketer of All Time.


3.    Sir Garfield Sobers (West Indies)

To say that Sir Garfield Sobers was an amazing batsman would be an understatement. It was one of the most impressive players to ever step on the turf with beautiful, natural classy, and dedicated play.


The all-rounder displayed greatness when batting bowling and fielding over and over again and it belied belief. Sobers was one of the best hard-hitting batsmen cricket had seen with a batting average of 57.78 in test cricket.


4.    Ricky Ponting (Australia)

He might not feature in every list of the greatest cricketers you read but Ricky Ponting deserves more recognition. The top-order batsman was an Australian former cricket team captain and ranked as one of the best batsmen of the game.


His prowess and leadership saw him lead Australia to two World Cup victories. In his playing career, Punter, as his teammates called him, became Australia’s highest run scorer in ODIs and Tests. To appreciate his quality, you have to consider he played along with greats such as Steve Waugh, Shane Warne, Brett Lee, and Adam Gilchrist.

His twin centuries in his 100th Test match stands out as one of the greatest achievements. He also played the highest number of ODIs as captain and boasts the highest number of wins as captain in ODIs.


5.    Sir Vivian Richards (West Indies)

The former West Indies right-handed batsman ranks among the greatest batsmen of all time. He achieved 20 Man of the Match awards in ODI format and was a popular figure in cricket due to his affable personality. His style and grace on and off the pitch.


He captained 50 tests and never lost a test series. Richards scored 8,540 runs in 121 Test matches averaging 50.23 including 24 centuries. In ODIS, he scored 7,000 runs in One Day Internationals. He as a natural leader as captain of West Indies winning won 27 of 50 Test matches and losing only 8.


6.    Brian Lara (West indies)

The former international stands out as one of the best cricketers of all time. He has appeared in almost every list of the greatest batsmen of all time renowned for his long inning in test cricket. He is one of the best left-handed batsman of all time with his record numbers supporting his case.


Brian Lara holds the record for the highest individual runs (400) in test cricket and in first-class cricket (501). He played 131 test cricket matches, 299 ODI matches, and 261 first-class matches all along breaking records.


Final Thoughts

Of course, there are many other greats worth mention from Jack Hobbs, Jacques Kallis, Sanath Jaysuriya Virat Kohli,Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Glenn Donald McGrath, to Imran Khan. These greats have made cricket so much more interesting.



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