Cricket is considered to be a gentleman’s game and the historians suggest that the game has roots in the Southern England since 16th century. The game that later became so popular that it even became the national game of England. It is one of the most popular sports in the world and people from India, South Africa, Australia, West Indies, Sri Lanka and Pakistan can be seen going crazy for cricket tournaments and players. Let us take a glimpse on some of the most popular top 10 famous Cricket Legends of all time in the history of the cricket world:
10 Adam Gilchrist (14th Nov 1971, Bellingen, Australia)
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Adam Craig Gilchrist; is the former record breaking wicket keeper, left handed batsman from Australia. He is often recognized as one of the most explosive batsmen and greatest wicket keeping batsman in the history of cricket. Mostly playing as the vice captain; Adam played as captain whenever his regular captains Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting were not playing in the matches. And the innings he played scoring 149 off 104 balls in the world cup final against Srilanka 2007 world cup surely made the Australian team world champion.
9 Shoaib Akhtar (13th Aug 1971, Rawalpindi, Punjab)
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This fast bowler was nicknamed as Rawalpindi Express as a tribute to his hometown and also owing to his speed as he was popular for being the fastest bowler of all time. Shoaib’s career was full of twists and controversies where bans were imposed and lifted from him. The speed that he showed on ground was just a reflection of the controversies he was having on and off ground but no matter what happened; this man was never away from the lime light whenever Pakistani cricket was talked about in his career.
8 Chris Gayle (21st Sept 1979, Kingston, Jamaica)
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This 36 year old Jamaican cricketer is probably the fiercest enemy of the bowlers worldwide. One of the only 5 players in the world who have scored double centuries in ODI; Chris is known for his hard hitting aggressive batting styles. He is the first cricketer who hit the six off the very first ball of a test cricket in 2012; the first ever batsman to score a double century in the world cup 2015. It is almost impossible to imagine the very famous and glamorous IPL without him and his best performance in IPL was the highest from any batsman when he scored 175 not out and that too with a century coming off only 30 balls. So bowlers beware!
7 Anil Kumble (17th October 1970, Bangaluru, India)
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Anil Kumble is one of the most recognized Cricket Legends of Indian Cricket. He was a right arm leg spin bowler who relied more on his accuracy and pace rather than the turn of the ball. He is still the third highest wicket taker (619) in the history of test cricket only behind Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne.
This 6ft 2 inch bowler was often termed as Jumbo and is one of the 2 bowlers (other is Jim Laker) ever in the history to take 10 wickets in one inning when he dismissed all 10 batsmen from Pakistan in 1999. His popularity can be only estimated by the fact that he has received the Padma Shri from Indian government for his notable contribution in the Indian Cricket team.
6 Steve Waugh (2nd June 1965, Canterbury, Australia)
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Stephen Rodger Waugh was a former captain of Australian Cricket team whose only philosophy on the ground was to win by hook or crook. No matter how much he was accused as being cold blooded, manipulative and scientific captain; his records and victory charts have brought to him a prominent place in the Australian Cricket history. It was under his captaincy; that Australian team tasted the fruit of victory in 1999 World Cup and also their record sixteen consecutive test wins. Taking a look at all this; we can easily say that he was rightly awarded; Order of Australia, Australian Sports Medal and one of Australian Living Treasures.
5 Rahul Dravid (11th Jan 1973, Indore, India)
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Rahul was a true cricket prodigy as he started playing quite early in the age of 12. He has been Indian Cricket Team’s captain and was also one of the greatest batsmen in the history of the world cricket and Cricket Legends. Known as “The Wall” for his defensive way of playing; Rahul has been awarded Player of the year and Test Player of the year award in the inaugural ceremony of ICC awards in the year of 2004. Often seen with a calm and cool temperament; it was not his records but his cute smile that made his lady fans go crazy about him.
4 Javed Miandad (12 June 1957, Karachi, Pakistan)
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The international cricket career of this Pakistani cricketer was from 1975 to 1996 during which he managed to become the leading run scorer in test cricket and Cricket Legends from Pakistan. Most famous inning from Miandad was the match with India in 1986 where he hit a six at the last ball when 4 runs were required; making him the national hero. For it he also received President’s pride of Performance award.
Javed holds the record of the youngest player to hit a double century which is a 35 year old record and ESPN has declared him as the greatest batsman Pakistan has ever produced.
3 Glenn McGrath (9th Feb 1970, Dubbo, Australia)
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This 45 year old former Australian Cricketer is the fourth highest wicket taker in test cricket history. Glenn has the record of being the highest wicket taker in Cricket World Cup. His consistent line and length made him one of the most effective and dangerous bowlers in cricketing history. He was man of the tournament in his last tournament which was cricket world cup 2007 and needless to say that his performance played a vital role in making Australia the world champions.
2 Wasim Akram (3rd June 1966, Lahore Pakistan)
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49 year old Cricket Legends Wasim was one of the most proficient players from Pakistan and is also tagged as the finest and founders of the reverse swing bowling. The first bowler in ODI to bag 500 wickets; Wasim was the only Pakistani cricketer to secure a place in the All time test world XI released on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Wisden’s Cricketer’s Almanack.
When his records were not talked about; the looks and style statement of this player was the talk of the town between the cricket fans.
1 Brian Lara (2nd May 1969, Santa Cruz, Trinidad and Tobago)
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This 49 year old Cricket Legends in his cricketing career was the synonym of the cricket. Records so much in his account; maybe he himself will have a hard time recollecting them. His 400 not out against England in 2004 is highest ever by any batsman in test cricket till date. He also shares the record of securing highest number of runs in a single over of test match with George Bailey (28 runs in an over).
Other than records; Lara has been awarded with Wisden leading cricketer in the world award consecutively in the years 1994 and 1995. Often known as ‘the Prince’; Brian was declared the toughest opponent by highest wicket taker in both format; Muttiah Muralitharan. Legends of Lara!
So this was the first edition of 10 Famous Cricket Legends of All Time and very soon the next edition will be brought to you so don’t you dare get disappointed with your favorite player’s name missing from the list. It is in the other one for sure; coz we know the Cricket Legends that are impossible to go unnoticed.