Top 10 All Time Greatest Batsman in Cricket | Best Batsman in Cricket History
The game of cricket has always favored batsman from the time the game received international recognition.
There was a time when the fast paced bowlers ruled the game for nearly two decades. The West Indies team's bowler single-handedly mauled the entire opposition. Thereafter rules of the game have changed which more suited the batsman.
If we go through the history of cricket, then the game has given us many great batsman.
Below is my list of most successful batsman in cricket.
10) Jacques Kallis (South Africa)
Since he first made his debut in 1995 against England till now, has been at the fore-front of South African cricket. Regarded as one of the greatest all-rounder. Made more than 23,000 runs in International cricket.
9) Sunil Gavaskar (India)
Sunil Gavaskar will be ever known for his approach against the fast bowlers of West Indies. His way of fearless cricket has amazed every cricket lover.
8) Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka)
Sri Lankan team at the outset of 1996 cricket world cup were an unfancied team. But Sanath Jayasuriya had different plans to take over world cricket. The way he played throughout the tournament took every one by surprise which eventually led Sri Lanka winning the world cup.
7) Virender Sehwag (India)
Bowlers throughout the cricketing fraternity are still devising techniques to get Virender Sehway out. Has twice made a triple century in test cricket. In a typical one day game, if Sehwag plays for at least 20 overs then the ratio of India winning the match is very high.
6) Adam Gilchrist (Australia)
Adam Gilchrist has dominated all forms of cricket in his entire career. Be it test cricket, one day or the latest kid on the block the T20 style of cricket. In his entire career as an Australian cricketer he was well-respected by his opponents because he played the game like a gentleman (as it should be).
Gilchrist is known for walking out, when he knows that he is out even if the umpire has not given him out. One situation that comes to my mind is the match between Australia and South Africa was taking place in the 2007 World cup. Australian team was struggling to get runs and an appeal was made against Gilchrist. Contrary to the umpire's decision, Adam Gilchrist walked because he knew that he was out.
Despite of all this, Australians won the game and went on to win the world cup, courtesy Adam Gilchrist's fiery century in the finals.
5) Ricky Ponting (Australia)
Ricky Ponting seems to me the only one who can catch-up Sachin Tendulkar as far as highest run scores in concerned. A good fielder and an excellent captain.
4) 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 because of his extra-ordinary record of hitting six sixes in an over in a first-class cricket match. He was the first player to do so.
3) Brian Lara (West Indies)
His remarkable record of 501 not out and 400 not out in first class and test cricket respectively will not be broken for many years to come. His career is decorated by 34 centuries and 48 half centuries.
2) Sir Donald Bradman (Australia)
The list wouldn't have any meaning if I don't include Sir Donald Bradman's name. Every body knows his contribution to the game of cricket.
1) Sachin Tendulkar (India)
The greatest batsman, the heartthrob of the cricketing fraternity. It's no question that someone else gets the number one position.
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