Cricket is not just a game, but has acquired the status of a religion in some parts of the world. There are some big names in the sport of cricket who have been revered for their great batting skills and techniques, which made them invincible on the field.
Here is the list of top 10 greatest batsmen ever:
10. Allan Border
The stylish Australian captain is considered as one of the greatest batsmen ever. He led the Australian team in the seventies, and this was the time when Australia dominated the global cricket scenario. This great middle order batsman had a wide range of shots and also excelled in fielding. Also, he is the player to have played the maximum number of test matches as a captain.
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9. Rahul Dravid
The Indian batsman Rahul Dravid is the next person on the list. His patience and dependability earned the titles of “The Wall” and “Mr Dependable” and made him the best defensive batsman ever. Test cricket was his forte and he had an amazing test average of 53, while that for ODI was 40.
8. Javed Miandad
The next name on the list of top 10 greatest batsmen in the history of cricket is that of the leading Pakistani cricketer, Javed Miandad. He has made 23 centuries in test matches and 8 of them in ODIs. His last ball six in a 1986 match against India has become a historic and unforgettable moment in the world cricket history.
7. Jacques Kallis
Jacques Kallis is not only one of the best batsmen ever, but also among the best all rounders in the cricketing history. This South African batsman is the only cricketer to have scored more than 11000 runs and bagged 250 wickets in his career. He had an amazing career, which lasted for two decades, beginning from 1995.
6. Brian Lara
The West Indian batting specialist, Brian Lara makes it next on this list. He has many records in his name, including the highest individual score of 400 runs in test cricket and that of 500 runs in first class cricket. He has made 34 and 10 centuries in test matches and ODIs respectively.
5. Garfield Sobers
Another classy West Indian player to feature in the list of top 10 greatest batsmen in the cricketing history is Garfield Sobers, who is acclaimed for his stylish and elegant technique. This legendary player has been an inspiration for many, making 26 centuries in 93 test matches and reaching a great average of 57.78 in this format of the game.
4. Ricky Ponting
After Allan Border, we have another Australian skipper on this list-Ricky Ponting, who holds the record for being the most successful captain in the history of the country. He has made 41 test centuries and 30 ODI centuries during his illustrious career.
3. Vivian Richards
Vivian Richards is unarguably the greatest batsman produced by West Indies, who has been the source of awe and fear for fast bowlers, in particular. He made it among the five Cricketers of the Century 2000, selected by a panel of experts consisting of 100 members.
2. Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendular, the legendary Indian cricketer, has rightly earned the title of the “God of Cricket”. This gifted batsman holds many a record to his credit, such as maximum numbers of runs and maximum number of centuries in both the formats for the game, along with greatest number of Man of the Match titles in ODIs. He scored 18426 ODI runs and 15921 test runs during his glorious career.
1. Sir Donald Bradman
Unquestionably, the greatest batsman in the history of cricket is none other than Don Bradman, who holds the most incredible batting average of 99.94, a figure which no one has even managed to come close to. He made 29 test centuries in 80 innings during his career.
Some other batsmen who are considered among the greatest in the world are Steve Waugh, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Ian Botham, Graham Gooch and Sanath Jayasurya. All of these players have attained a legendary status in the cricketing world.