Played and popular in all its three formats; One Day Internationals (ODIs), Test and T20 (Twenty -Twenty); cricket is a game with millions of fans worldwide. A game whose history goes centuries ago; cricket has given numerous moments of joys to its fans. And all that like any other game has been made possible due to some of the players who have been devoted their life to this game and the game in return; has provided them with fame that is timeless. So here is another list enlisting some other gems and jewels of Cricket who are so great that without mentioning them; no discussion about cricket can ever be completed. Here is list of top 10 Famous Cricketers of All Time
10 Mahendra Singh Dhoni (7th July 1981, Ranchi India)
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34 year old Dhoni is a member of Indian cricket team since 2004. Indian team’s wicket keeper captain in ODIs and T20; he is also known as one of the greatest finishers in the limited over cricket. He holds the record for being the most match winning Indian captain in ODIs and Tests. He holds the record of only captain to win all the 3 trophies (World Cup, World T20 and Champions Trophy) in the limited year format.
Now this man might be the youngest and the still playing player in the list of Famous Cricketers ; but his fame can be guessed by the fact the he has received Padma shri, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and has been given honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel by Indian Army. He found place amongst “the most influential people in the world” by Time’s 100 list in the year 2011.
9 Ricky Ponting (19th Dec 1974, Launceston, Australia)
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Not only did this 40 year old former Australian captain helped Australia being world champions in 2003 and 2007 but he was also a member of winning squad in 1999 World Cup. Known for leading Australia in both ODIs and Test cricket in its golden era; Ponting holds the record of highest run scorer from Australia after a long career of over 160 tests and 370 ODIs.
Not just Australian but one of the most successful captains all over the world ever; while registering 48 victories in 77 tests over the span of about 6 years. Ponting said goodbye to the ODIs and test cricket in the year 2012 but is still way famous than most of the present players.
8 Dennis Lillee (18th July 1949, Subiaco, Western Australia)
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Story of this former Australian cricketer is somewhat you can vouch for being inspirational. He made a heroic comeback once his career was considered to be ended and not only that he also was regarded as “outstanding fast bowler of his generation”. There was even a time in 1984 when he held the record of being the highest wicket taker in test cricket at that time.
His tuning with wicket keeper Rod Marsh where they made a record of 95 dismissals while Lilllee being the bowler and Marsh as wicketkeeper. Other than being responsible for the Aluminum Bat Controversy; Lille was one of the renowned players ever in Australian cricket history and is still popular in the hearts of fans of that era.
7 Muttiah Muralitharan (17th April 1972, Kandy, Dominion of Ceylon)
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Now as far as bowling is considered; this man’s contribution in cricket is incredible. He holds the record for being the highest wicket taker in both the formats of cricket; ODIs and test cricket. Playing 5 world cups from 1996 to 2011; he is second to McGrath with 67 world cup wickets in his account. With an average of around 6 wickets per test; Muralitharan is the best in test cricket. In test cricket; he has taken 5 wickets in an inning for a record 67 times.
6 Shane Warne (13th September 1969, Upper Ferntree Fully, Australia)
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A leg spin Australian bowler who is often regarded as one of the greatest bowlers in the history of the cricket. He is the second highest wicket taker in the test cricket (708 wickets); and played his last test in 2007 against England. With 3,154 runs in test cricket; Warne amazingly holds the record of most runs in Test cricket without a century. No matter how much he was defamed for his behavior off ground including sexual indiscretions, involvement with bookmakers etc.; he was still famous amongst his fans who love him for his magical spin.
5 Imran Khan (25th November 1952, Lahore, Pakistan)
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This current Pakistani politician and social worker; Imran is termed as Pakistan’s most successful captain. Pakistan’s victory in 1992 cricket world cup was recorded under the captaincy of Imran Khan. His style and looks made him popular amongst youth and fans from other age groups. And even 2 decades after his retirement is looked upon with honor and respect. You might find it interesting that Imran was brought back to lead the team from retirement on the request of then President of Pakistan; Zia Ul Haq.
4 Kapil Dev (6th Jan 1969, Chandigarh, India)
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The captain of the 1983 world cup winning Indian Cricket team; he has been named Indian cricketer of the century by Wisden in 2002. With more than 400 wickets and 5000 runs; he shows his excellence in test cricket. Also all round performances in ODIs made him one of the finest all-rounders, cricket fans have ever seen. And you would not dare to forget the inning he played in the 1983 world cup final; where he scored 175 runs leading India to be the world champions.
3 Sir Vivian Richards (7th march 1952, St. Johns, Antigua and Barbuda)
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This former West Indian Cricketer is one of the greatest batsmen in the history of the world and Well known as Famous Cricketers of World. Wisden Cricketers Almanack has not only judged but also regarded Richards as playing best ODI innings of all time. He was chosen as the greatest ODI batsman of all time in year 2002 and in test cricket he was given 3rd place after Sir Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar. He was great as a captain too since he won 27 out of 50 matches and lost only 8.
2 Sachin Tendulkar (24th April 1973, Mumbai, India)
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There are high chances that you are a cricket fan since you are reading this; and it is impossible you are unaware of this God of Cricket and comes in Top of List Famous Cricketers of India. It must be a dare remembering all his records since this man’s career is flooded with too many of the records. Sachin is the first batsman ever to score a double century. He has scored 100 centuries and is the youngest and only sportsperson to win Bharat Ratna which is the highest civilian award in India. There are no counts of the hearts broken and eyes that have shed the tears when he gave his final speech in 2013 after retiring from Test Cricket after playing his final and 200th test match in his home ground Wankhede Stadium.
1 Sir Don Bradman (27th August 1908, Cootamundra, Australia)
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What you can say about a batsman that has performed well enough to keep Sachin at the second position. But when you look at this greatest test batsman of all time; you will know why Sachin “The God” is second to him. “The Don” has a test batting average of 99.94 and is actually the greatest accomplishment of any sportsperson in any of the sports. He had a huge fan base that was attracted to his matches and that too in record numbers. His legend can only be understood by the fact that in 2001 Australian Prime Minister John Howard; called him “Greatest Living Australian”. He has been knighted for his unparallel and unmatched contribution to the cricket world.
So these were the Famous Cricketers ever witnessed by the world and without any doubt these gentlemen have done so many wonders in the ground that their name in the history has been made eternal. Their immortal names will always be remembered for giving the present day cricket its reputed form.