Cricket is one of the most popular sports played and watched around the world. The sport has ruled the hearts of millions through decades, with the number of cricket watching nations on a perpetual increase. There have been cricketers around the globe who have been on the heights of fame with their amazing abilities and skills.
Here are 10 most famous cricketers of all time:
10. Imran Khan
Imran Khan, the most successful captain of Pakistan, is a gem of a cricketer. This talented all rounder and able skipper spearheaded his team to victory in the World Cup of 1992. He has been inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2010, with the glorious achievement of 3807 runs and 362 wickets in Test cricket.
9. Vivian Richards
Vivian Richards is one of the greatest cricketers of all time, with his expertise in ODI batting. He has been honored with a place among the top 5 Cricketers of the Century, besides being chosen as the Wisden greatest ODI batsman of all time. He has also been given the title of the third greatest Test batsman of all time.
8. Wasim Akram
Anotehr Pakistani cricketer to make it on the list of most popular cricketers in the history of the game is Wasim Akram, who is revered as one of the greatest fast bowlers ever. His unique ability of creating double swing in the ball has also made him one of the deadliest and most successful bowlers.
7. Shane Warne
The next name in the list of 10 famous cricketers of all time is Australian bowler, Shane Warne. He has to his credit, the glorious achievement of bagging more than 1000 international wickets, just after the Sri Lankan spinner Muralitharan. Warne has also been named as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Century.
6. Brian Lara
Brian Lara, the stylish West Indian batsman is the next to make it in the list, with his amazing records in batting history, which include the highest Test innings score of 400 not out against England in 2004. Not only this, he has also performed the amazing feat of scoring of century, a double century, a triple century, a quadruple century and a quintuple century in first class games, a record which is yet to be broken.
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5. Jacques Kallis
Undoubtedly, Jacques Kallis is the name which comes to mind when one talks of the best all rounders in the game of cricket. As of 2013, he has been the only cricketer ever to have scored more than 11000 runs and 250 wickets in both the formats of the game. He has also the title of second highest scorer of centuries in Test cricket to his credit.
4. Muttaiah Muralitharan
Muttaiah Muralitharan, the Sri Lankan Master of Spin has earned a place among the 10 most popular cricketers of all time, with his unmatched bowling figures and records. He holds the record of taking the highest number of wickets in Test matches and has also surpassed the ODI wicket record of 501 wickets by Wasim Akram. This great bowler retired from Test cricket in 2010.
3. Gary Sobers
Featuring next on the list of 10 most popular cricketers of all time is Gary Sobers, who is regarded as one of the best all rounders in the history of cricket. Although he started his career as a bowler, he came to limelight for his batting skills when he set a record of scoring 365 not out in a Test match innings against Pakistan in 1958. The record was unbroken till Brian Lara overtook him in 1994.
2. Sachin Tendulkar
The greatest Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has deservingly been called the God of Cricket. He holds countless batting records, including being the second greatest Test batsman as well as ODI batsman ever, behind Don Bradman and Vivian Richards who hold the first places in these rankings respectively.
1. Don Bradman
The top position on this list is occupied by the undisputed winner, Donald Bradman of Australia, who is regarded as the greatest batsman in the world. He holds an unbelievable record of averaging 99.94 in Test batting, a record not likely to be matched ever.
Some other great cricketers of the world include Rickey Ponting, Kapil Dev, Allan Border, Virendar Sehwag, Rahul Dravid and Adam Gilchrist. All of these cricketers have made huge contribution to the sport of cricket.