Cricket’s first tour took place way back in 1877 between England and Australia, which Australia won by 45 runs. Since then, cricket has produced many excellent players that are still inspiration for many players. The techniques used by players like Donald Bradman, Vivian Richards are advised even now.
International Cricket Council also brought a list of greatest cricketers of all time which suddenly was a point of debate all over the world. The list placed Sachin Tendulkar at the 28th position. Great players like Brian Lara, Steve Waugh, and Allan Border didn’t even got a place in the top 20.
The list below has a fair representation of players from all the countries in which cricket is a popular sport. West Indies ruled the early days of international cricket, the list below has three West Indies players. England and Australia is represented by two players each. Whereas India, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan is represented by Sachin Tendulkar, Muthiah Muralitharan, and Imran Khan respectively.
10) Sir Garfield Sobers (West Indies)
A career spanning of twenty years which is decorated by more than 8000 runs in which he made 26 centuries and 30 half centuries. Gary Sobers as he is lovingly called was an excellent all-round player.
The left-handed batsman will always be remembered for his extra-ordinary record of hitting six sixes in an over in a first-class cricket match. He was the first player to make this happen.
9) Dr. William Gilbert Grace (England)
The opening right-handed batsman is considered as the most influential cricketer of the 19th century. Grace nicknamed as WG, The Doctor, The old man, The champion in various stages of his career as a cricketer. The doctor nickname because he was a medical practitioner apart from being a great cricketer.
8) Adam Gilchrist (Australia)
Adam Craig Gilchrist known for his gentleman’s approach in cricket. A player known for his ability to crush his opponent by the wide variety of shots that he possessed.
Cricket world cup 2007 was the last world cup that he played. He was struggling to get good scores through out the tournament until he blasted and made a match winning century in the finals against Sri Lanka.
7) Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka)
Muthiah Muralitharan the highest wicket taker in test cricket and one day internationals. I wonder that any one will break his record of 800 test wickets in test matches.
6) Brian Lara (West Indies)
The greatest test batsman, Brian Charles Lara, holds the record for highest individual run getter in test cricket. Four hundred not out against England in 2004 will certainly not be broken any time soon.
5) Sir Ian Botham (England)
A genuine all round player who debut for England in 1977 and made many records until he retired himself from international cricket in 1992.
One incident that comes to my mind about him is where a match was taking place between India and England in 2007, a TV reporter of a news channel was interviewing an old lady near the ground where the match was scheduled. The reporter asked the lady about “Who is your favorite player to look out for in today’s match”. The lady firmly replied Ian Botham. This confused the reporter, but it reiterates the popularity of Ian Botham even 15 years after his retirement.
4) Vivian Richards (West Indies)
Excellent player of fast bowling, though he played his entire career without a helmet. Made 8540 runs in which 24 were centuries and 45 were half centuries in test matches. Another 6721 runs in one day international career marks his versatality in both forms of the game.
3) Imran Khan (Pakistan)
He was retired after the 1987 cricket world cup, but was called back in 1988, which eventually led Pakistan winning the next world cup in 1992. He single handedly picked his entire team for the tournament. Players like Wasim Akram, Inzaman ul-haq were the findings of Imran Khan who went to further shine the Pakistani cricket team for many more years.
2) Sachin Tendulkar (India)
More number of people follow Sachin Tendulkar than the famous football player or for that matter any other sports icon.
Each and every record book in cricket will certainly have a mention of Sachin Tendulkar. Highest individual score of 200 in one day international. Recently also completed 100 centuries of his international cricket career.
1) Donald Bradman (Australia)
Sir Donald Bradman’s position of greatest of all time cricketers cannot be argued at all. The legacy of Don will continue to amaze and inspire budding cricketers from around the world for many centuries to come.