25 Best Cricketers of All Time

Posted by , Updated on May 25, 2014

The history of cricket started hundreds of years ago during the 16th century. The game originated in southern England but today is popular in Australasia, England, the Indian subcontinent, the West Indies and Southern Africa. Since its early days cricket has produced many legendary players so today we’re going to take a look at the 25 best cricketers of all time.

Adam Gilchrist


If anyone thinks of the best batting wicket-keeper, certainly the name of Adam Gilchrist comes to mind. He was an aggressive left hand batsman, who destroyed the front line bowling attack of all the best teams.


Chris Gayle


When 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.


Steve Waugh


Steve 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).


Rahul Dravid


Rahul Dravid has the best defensive technique in the world of cricket. He is also known as ‘The Wall’.  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.


Inzamam Ul Haq


Inzamam 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.


Jack Hobbs


Jack Hobbs has been named ‘The Master’ due to his brilliance when it comes to batting. He averages 56.95 in test cricket which is a remarkable achievement.


Wally Hammond


Wally is regarded as one 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.


Shaun Pollock


South 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.


Javed Miadad


Miadad is one of the toughest cricketers of all time and his attitude has made him a standout in the sport.


Glenn Donald McGrath


McGrath 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.


Sanath Jaysuriya


Sanath 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.


Ricky Ponting


Australia 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.


Brian Lara


Brian 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.


Wasim Akram


People 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.


Shane Warne


Shane Warne is the greatest leg spinner of all time, and dodged the batsmen for 708 times in Test Cricket. His cricketing career is considered to be the benchmark for all the leg spinners.


Muttiah Muralitharan


Muthiah 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.


Jacques Kallis


If 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.


Dennis Lillee


Dennis Lillee is renowned as one of the most lethal bowlers of all time.


Ian Botham


Ian was the best all-rounder of the 1970’s, and probably one of the best all-rounders England ever has produced.


Imran Khan


Imran 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.


Kapil Dev


Under 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, Kapil was a genuine all-rounder.


Vivians Richard


Richard is well renowned for his destructive and explosive batting skills. He averages 47+ in ODI with a SR of more than 90.


Gary Sobers


Gary Sober is one of the best all-rounders the world has ever witnessed. His temperament, class and test match batting average is above many legendary cricketers.


Sachin Tendulkar


This batting Guru has scored a hundred 100s’ in his career, a record which seems to be unbreakable. He has the highest number of runs in both ODI and Test formats, with over 34, 000 runs under his belt. He is one of two players who are able to score a double century in an ODI match.


Sir Don Bradman


Sir Don Bradman is considered the greatest batsmen of all time as he averaged approximately 100 in test cricket. None of the modern batting ‘Gurus’ are able to even come close.

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