May 12, 2014

The 10 Most Popular Cricketers

Here we present you the list of “10 Most Popular Cricketers” of all times. These cricketers have taken the meaning of the game to new heights. Their excellence in Test, ODI and T20 has been recognized by whole world with brilliant batting, bowling and fielding skills. Please feel free to leave a comment.

10. Brett Lee

The heart of Australia, also known by his nickname ‘Binga’ is a former Australian Cricketer. He made a legacy with a batting average of 20 in test cricket, also being the second fastest bowler ever recognized in the history with an amazing record of highest 7th wicket partnership for Australia in ODIs since 2005–06 with 123 with Mike Hussey.

9. Muttiah Muralitharan

The Sri Lankan cricket Legend, Muttiah Muralidaran is an off-spin bowler and is also known as the Greatest Test Match Bowler ever. He also holds the record of taking the highest number of wickets in the history of cricket ever with 800 wickets in test and 534 in ODI.

8. Lasith Malinga

Also known by a great name ‘Slinga Malinga’ due to his rare round arm action known as sling action. He also holds the record of taking two hat-tricks in World Cup, three in ODIs and the one and single bowler ever to take four consecutive wickets in any form of International cricket.

7. Chris Gayle

Also well famous for his great, huge and eye-catching sixes is West Indies Cricketer. Well known for his record of centuries, holding the record of two triple centuries at test level, Scoring 317 against South Africa in 2005 and 333 against Sri Lanka in 2010. He was also the main contributor to the West Indies’ victory in T20.

6. Shahid Afridi

Shahid Afridi is a Pakistani cricketer, more famous as ‘Boom Boom Afridi’ around the World and as ‘LALA’ among his team. He holds the record of the fastest ODI century, just in 37 balls against SriLanka and then scoring amazing 32 runs in an over in his 2nd match. Afridi also holds the record of maximum sixes, which is 323 and the longest six in ODI.

5. Wasim Akram

Wasim Akram is a great fast bowler cricketer from Pakistan with great bowling ability which also helped him in achieving the title “King of Swing”. He was the first ever bowler to reach the score of 500 wickets in World Cup. He also holds the record of 800 wickets in List A Cricket. He also holds the record of taking four hat-tricks in international cricket.

4. M S Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, one of the best wicket-keeper batsmen is also the greatest captain of Indian cricket team. His amazing batting, fielding and bowling skills took India to number one level in ICC ranking for the first time in test cricket. He has also one ‘ODI Player Of The Year’ award twice for two consecutive years. His name can also be seen in the ‘100 most influential people” list of 2011 Time magazine.

3. Shoaib Akhtar

Also known as the ‘Pindi Express’ and ‘The Terrorist Of Cricket’, Shoaib Akhtar is one of the most feared bowler in the history of International Cricket. The Pakistan-born fast bowler captured eight wickets in Asian Cricket Championship in 1999 against India. Shoaib is also known as one of only three bowlers to have ever broken the 100 mph barrier in cricket history, with an astonishing speed of 101.3mph, during the 2003 World Cup against England.

2. Brain Lara

Brain Lara is a West International cricket player. Most famous for his unbeatable record of 400 runs against England in 2004. He is also known as one of the greatest batsmen of all time due to his ability to top the Test batting rankings on multiple occasions.

1. Sachin Tendulkar

Also known as the ‘Master Blaster’ and ‘Little Master’ is an Indian Cricketer and is widely considered as one of the greatest cricketers in history due to his astonishing bating skills. He is the first cricketer to ever score two centuries in ODI cricket and also holds the record of playing highest amount of matches in ODI and Test cricket. He retired from test matches after playing 200 test matches.