Best Cricketers of All Time For Every Country
If anyone thinks of the best batting wicket-keeper, certainly the name of Adam Gilchrist comes to mind.
who destroyed the front line bowling attack of all the best teams.
If anyone thinks of the best batting wicket-keeper,
certainly the name of Adam Gilchrist comes to mind.
who destroyed the front line bowling attack of all the best teams.
24Chris Gayle24.chris-gayle-Royal-Challengers-Bangalore-wallpapersWhen it comes to power, no player on this planet can hit the ball as hard as Gayle. He is a sensation whose batting is filled with extraordinary aggression.
23Steve Waugh23.WAUGHGETTY_2235509bSteve Waugh is one of the greatest captains and all-rounders of Australian cricket.
He has represented Australia for 20 years and he has scored 10,000+ runs in Test cricket with a remarkable average of 51.06 (32 hundreds & 50 fifties).
22Rahul Dravid22.dravid_2162550bRahul Dravid has the best defensive technique in the world of cricket. He is also known as
Dravid has scored 13,000+ runs in test cricket with an astonishing average of 52.31. He has passed a score of 50 runs 194 times in his career.
21Inzamam Ul Haq21.2bc68438-7989-47ab-b67c-0a45f5519a95
HiResInzamam is considered to be one of the greatest players of all time. He played an important role for Pakistan in their 1992 world cup victory. Inzamam has scored 129 half centuries and 35 centuries in his career.
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of the premier batsmen of England as he scored over 50,000
runs in his first-class career and 7,000+ runs in test cricket with an amazing average of 58.45.
18Shaun Pollock18.D5A1DC89-0CD5-68A4-C410CBF77F3A9DA4South Africa has produced two of the greatest all-rounders of all time. One is Pollock and the other is Jacque Kallis. Pollock was more of a bowling all-rounder, whose magical deliveries troubled all the great players. He took 421 wickets in test matches with an amazing average of 23.11.
17Javed Miadad17.Javed_Miandad_Picture_1_fpfvuMiadad is one of the toughest cricketers of all time
and his attitude has made him a standout in the sport.
16Glenn Donald McGrath16.530910-glenn-mcgrathMcGrath is considered
the top bowler of Australian and world cricket. He bowls with a mediums fast pace and holds the record of most wickets in World Cup.
15Sanath Jaysuriya15.r133013_444738Sanath is one of the greatest attacking openers of world cricket. He is considered one of the finest all-rounders of all time, due to his aggressive batting and spin bowling. He has played over 400 matches in ODI.
14Ricky Ponting14.Rickey-pontingAustralia has won two consecutive world cups under his captaincy.
He is one of the most stylish and classy batsmen and has dominated over all the best bowlers. Punter has scored 27,000+ runs and 71 centuries in his prolific career.
13Brian Lara13.lara-honourBrian Lara is one of the paramount ODI and test batsmen of all times. Lara scored the highest 400 runs in an inning of test cricket and has dominated the best bowlers in the world.
12Wasim Akram12.Wasim-AkramPeople remember Wasim Akram as the “King of Swing”
. A very destructive Pakistani bowler, who’s bowling created serious problems for batsmen, he also scored 257 runs in an inning of Test match.
11Shane Warne11.ShaneWarne_2321737Shane Warne is the greatest leg spinner of all time,
and dodged the batsmen for 708 times in Test Cricket.
Best Is Always Best
10Muttiah Muralitharan10.72808643_p88_38830bMuthiah the “king of swing” is undoubtedly one of the greatest off-spinners of all time. He took exactly 800 wickets in his test career, a record which seems to be unbreakable after the introduction of T20 edition.
9Jacques Kallis9.jacques-kallis_1160668If we talk about the best all rounders, no one can beat the elegance and class of Jacque Kallis. He has scored over 24,000 runs with 500+ wickets in his career. His class is matchless.
8Dennis Lillee8.DENNIS_LILLEEDennis Lillee is renowned as one of the most lethal bowlers of all time.
7Ian Botham6a0120a735b61b970b0133f5075970970b-800wiIan was the best all-rounder of the 1970’s,
and probably one of the best all-rounders England ever has produced.
6Imran Khan6.imran_khan-ssImran Khan led Pakistan towards 1992 world cup glory with his outstanding leadership and cricketing skills. He is considered one of the top notch bowling all-rounders.
5Kapil Dev5.Kapil-dev-1Under the Captaincy of Kepil-Dev India won their first World Cup title in the year 1983. He was a gifted batsman along
with phenomenal bowling skills. In short
, we have created two polls
, where you can vote for the greatest batsman and greatest bowler of all time
the fielders and more importantly the wicketkeeper play very important jobs in the team.
See our discussion about who is the greatest ever fielder.
An Economists View
In 2011, a list of the top Test batsmen who ever lived was compiled by Griffith University’s Dr Nicholas Rohde. Using data up until December 2011, the top of the list was Sachin Tendulkar, only just above Donald Bradman. See more.
cricket setWisden’s Greatest Ever Player
In the early 2000’s, Wisden released a list of the all-time top 100 greatest Test players, using a unique rating system. The highest ranked batsman was Donald Bradman, a clear leader above Sachin Tendulkar. In the bowling stakes, Muttiah Muralitharan won ahead of Richard Hadlee. There are many other top lists of cricketers, and more of them will be discussed here in the future.
Highest Test Run Scorers
The aim of a cricket batsman is to make as many runs as possible, so what better way to rank the best batters than by listing the total runs scored.
The greatest cricket batsman (vote) may come from this list, though there are other considerations such as the number of matches played (and batting average) and the conditions played under and the quality of the opposition.
The highest test run scorer is the Indian player Tendulkar, though the other commonly nominated greatest batsman, Bradman, is not even in the top 10!
Player Played Matches Inns Runs Highest Ave 100 50 duck1 Sachin Tendulkar
(India) 1989 + 177 290 14692 248* 56.94 51 59 142
Ricky Ponting (Aus) 1995-2010 152 259 12363 257 53.51 39 56 143
Rahul Dravid (India) 1996 + 153 265 12314 270 52.4 32 60 84
Brian Lara (WI) 1990-2006 131 232 11953 400* 52.88 34 48 175
Jacques Kallis (SA) 1995 + 145 246 11947 201* 57.43 40 54 106
Alan Border (Aus) 1978-1994 156 265 11174 205 50.56 27 63 117
Steve Waugh (Aus) 1985-2004 168 260 10927 200 51.06 32 50 228
Sanil Gavaskar (India) 1971-1987 125 214 10122 236* 51.12 34 45 129
Mahela Jayawardene (SL) 1997 + 119 196 9630 374 52.62 28 38 1110
S Chanderpaul (WI) 1994 + 133 227 9367 203* 49.04 23 55 13
Greatest Test Averages
As the list above of top Test run scorers did not include what many consider to be the greatest batsman ever, here is a list that does have him on top. Below are the top test batting averages for players who have batted for 10 or more innings in Test matches. Now the highest run scorer does not make the list, though he would not be far off the top 10 with a
current average of 56.94 (July 2011).
Player Played Matches Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 ducksDG Bradman
Best Is Best
(Aus) 1928-1948 52 80 10 6996 334 99.94 29 13 7CS
Dempster (NZ) 1930-1933 10 15 4 723 136 65.72 2 5 0SG
Barnes (Aus) 1938-1948 13 19 2 1072 234 63.05 3 5 1
Taslim Arif (Pak) 1980-1980 6 10 2 501 210* 62.62 1 2 1
IJL Trott (Eng) 2009 + 21 34 4 1867 226 62.23 6 6 1
RG Pollock (SA) 1963-1970 23 41 4 2256 274 60.97 7 11 1
GA Headley (WI) 1930-1954 22 40 4 2190 270* 60.83 10 5 2
H Sutcliffe (Eng) 1924-1935 54 84 9 4555 194 60.73 16 23 2
E Paynter (Eng) 1931-1939 20 31 5 1540 243 59.23 4 7 3
KF Barrington (Eng) 1955-1968 82 131 15 6806 256 58.67 20 35 5
ED Weekes (WI) 1948-1958 48 81 5 4455 207 58.61 15 19 6
KS Duleepsinhji (Eng) 1929-1931 12 19 2 995 173 58.52 3 5 0
WR Hammond (Eng) 1927-1947 85 140 16 7249 336* 58.45 22 24
4Highest Wicket Takers
The goal of a cricket bowler is to take as many wickets as possible with minimal runs taken, so what better way to rank the best test bowlers than by listing the total number of wickets taken. The greatest ever cricket bowler (vote) will probably come from this list,
though there are other considerations such as the number of matches played and the conditions played under and the quality of the opposition.
Muralitharan is the greatest, though he has had the advantage over Warne of playing more often on spin-friendly wickets.