Top Seven Best Cricketer Of All Time: Identifying the best cricket players of all time is not a small task. But, every time a cricketer comes in a while, which changes the game forever. This type of cricketer performs beyond imagination and takes the parameters to the next level. He sets or meets new standards and dimensions for future generations. But, then some players are set to measure and record that can never be equal. Here is a list of 7 of the greatest cricket players of all time, whose accomplishments and legacy will be cherished forever.
Top Seven Best Cricketer Of All Time
1. Donald Bradman
Sir Donald Bradman, also known as Dawn, is considered by most of the experts as the greatest batsman. His average batting average in Test cricket is a startling 99.94, an achievement which is unmatched in any significant game. Bradmanesque is the synonym of extraordinary excellence, not only in the cricket world but also in other areas. He is considered a symbol of excellence in cricket.
With the Wisden rating of 1349, right-handed batsmen are the top Test batsmen who have notched number two, Sachin Tendulkar out with 349 points. Don has made 29 Test Cricket Centuries and 117 First Class Cricket Centuries. His top score in test cricket is 334. Apart from Ned Kelly, there is no other Australian who has more autobiographies written on them.
2. Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar is considered among the best batsmen of all time. Right-handed Indian batsmen are the highest run scorers in international cricket. Interestingly, Legend had debuted his cricket at the age of 16. Apart from this, referred to as “master blaster” or “god of cricket,” Tendulkar is the only cricketer who has scored 100 international hundreds. There are dozens of such records which have not been equal in cricket so far on their name.
Sachin is the first cricketer to score 200 runs in one-day internationals (ODI). He is the leading run scorer in both Tests and One Day Cricket formats. And yet no other player has completed more than 30,000 runs in international cricket. Behind the master blaster Don Bradman, Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack has also been ranked as the second highest Test batsman.
Tendulkar has scored 51 centuries in Test cricket and 49 centuries in one-day international cricket. His batting averages are 53.78 and 44.83, which are respectively in both formats of the game. He has played 200 Tests and 463 ODIs and is one of the most consistent performers in the game. Tendulkar has scored more than 1000 runs in Odyssey 7 times in a year. He also records the highest runs in a calendar year.
3. Viv Richards
Sir Vivian Richards is a right-handed batsman of East Indies who is also considered among the greatest batsmen of all time. Wisden Cricketers ‘Almanack’ was not recognized by the well-known Richards as one of the most excellent ODI innings ever played. Wisden also knew him as the best ODI batsman and the three best Test batsmen of all time.
Richards has won the first 20 men of the match award in ODI format. He is also among the 5 Wisden Cricketers of the Century. They played 187 one-day and 121 test matches with an average of 47 and 50.23 respectively. His highest score is 189 not out, and 291 is in ODI and Test cricket. Richards was also a prolific bowler who took 118 wickets in ODIs with two 5-wicket hauls.
4. Michael Bevan
Michael Bevan is a former left-arm Australian cricketer who is considered as one of the most consistent performances in the ODI format. At 53.58 Bevan, a retired player is the world record holder for the highest batting average in ODIs. He is part of two World Cup winning Australian teams. Referred as the famous ‘finisher,’ Bevan played an instrumental role in many matches to take his team to victory. There is almost no other batsman in batting performance and helping his team win. Bevan is also considered the world’s best-limited overs batsman.
5. Brian Lara
Brian Lara is the ideal example of the excellence meeting style on the cricket pitch. Former West Indian left-handed batsman is considered to be one of the greatest batsmen of all time. He thinks the record of the highest runs in a first-class match. Lara did not score 501 runs in 1994, which has only been dismissed for 500 runs in the history of first-class cricket. He also holds a record for the highest score in a Test inning, not 400 runs out in 2004.
Lara had played Wisden’s second-highest batting performance in Test cricket when he scored 153 against Australia in Barbados. He played in 299 one-day, 131 Tests, 429 list A, and 261 first-class cricket matches. Their batting averages of 40.48 in ODIs and 52.88 in Test cricket are impressive. He scored 19 and 34 centuries in both formats respectively. According to Wisden’s highest-ranked bowler Muralitharan, Lara is the most challenging opponent in his career. Lara got Wisden Leading Cricketer in the world for two consecutive years.
6. Sydney Barnes
Sydney Barnes is an English right-handed cricketer who is considered as one of the greatest bowlers of all time. Medium fast bowler holds fast records for 150 wickets in Test cricket. 2008 ICC Best-ever Test Championship ratings Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack gave him the position of one of the players in his six veterans of the Wisden century in 1963. Barnes was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009.
Barnes played 27 Test matches and bowled at an average of only 16.43 and took 189 wickets. His first-class cricket performance is also impressive. In his 133 first-class matches he took 71 9 wickets, and his average was 17.09. He took seven 10-leggie and twenty-four-four wickets for 103 in Test cricket with 9 of the best bowling figures of 9. John Arlott, (May 1963) in his article in the Cricketer claimed that Barnes was considered as “the greatest bowler who ever lived by his players during the match.”
7. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli is an existing right-handed Indian batsman who is considered to be one of the best batsmen in the world. He often ranks number 1 on the list of ESPN’s most famous athletes. They played 208 one-day and 66 Test matches with batting averages of 58.10 and 53.40, respectively. In the career spanning only a decade, he has already made 35 ODIs and 21 Test hundreds.
Kohli won many ICC Awards, including World Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2016. Other batsmen did not average more than 50 in ODIs, Tests and T20I formats of the game. It is believed that if the kind of performance they continue, it is going to break many records set by Legends like Sachin Tendulkar.