Cricket is a very old and popular game around the world especially in Asia.This is the reason due to which Asia has produced some of the most talented and famous cricketers of all time. These players are known because of their unique style and capabilities. Following is the list of top 10 most popular Asian cricketers in the world.
1. Shahid Afridi
No doubt he is one of the most popular cricketers around the globe in the history of cricket. Shahid Afridi also known as Boom Boom Afridi is known for his aggressive batting style and holds the record for the fastest ODI century. Afridi also holds the record of hitting highest number of sixes and also the longest six ever in the history of One Day Internationals. He is currently at No.3 position in top 10 highest wicket takers in T20 cricket and has also taken 348 wickets after playing 354 ODI’s.
2. Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar also known as Little Master, is a former Indian cricketer and is considered as one of the greatest batsman ever in the history of cricket. There is hardly any batting record in cricket that Sachin Tendulkar has not achieved. He holds the record for scoring most runs and also most centuries in Test and ODI’s. He has scored a total 100 centuries in Test and ODI’s. He is played the highest number of Test and ODI’s and is the first ever player to score a double century in a ODI game.
3. Imran Khan
Imran Kan is a former Pakistani cricketer and the most successful captain under whom supervision Pakistan had won the 1992 World Cup. He is also a famous social worker (Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital Research Centre) and a successful politician. He was a right handed batsman and a fast bowler and is known as one of the very best all-rounders in cricket history.In December 2012, Global Post ranked him third in a list of the top nine world leaders and according to Asia Society, Khan was voted as Asia’s Person of the Year 2012.
4. Wasim Akram
Perhaps known as the greatest fast bowler ever Waim Akram is at No.4 on our list. He is also called the “King of Swing”. If we look at his achievements than he was the first ever bowler to take 500 wickets in ODIs and he has 4 hat-tricks in International cricket. He had hit 12 sixes which are the most by any batsman in one test innings and he was declared as the best bowler in ODI of all time in 2002.
5. Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev is a former Indian cricketer. He was the captain of the Indian cricket team that won the 1983 Cricket World Cup. He is the only players in the history of cricket who has taken more than 400 wickets and scored more than 5,000 runs in Tests.In 2010, Kapil Dev was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
6. M S Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the most successful Indian cricket team captain ever in all three forms of the game. Under his captaincy India has won the World Cup, ICC Twenty20 World Cup and many other major tournaments. Dhoni is the first ever Indian player who achieve the ICC ODI Player of the Year award. He received many more awards like the ‘Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna’ award and the Padma Shri award. In 2011, the TIME magazine added him in 100 most influential people in world.
7. Muttiah Muralitharan
Muttiah Muralitharan was only aged 20 when he bowled for the first time for Sri Lankan cricket team. For many people, he is among the greatest off-spin bowlers. He is the highest wicket taker in Test and One Day cricket with 800 Test wickets in 133 matches and 534 one-day international wickets, both records stand till this day.
8. Waqar Younis
Waqar Younis is also a former Pakistani right arm fast bowler in cricket and widely regarded as one of the greatest in-swing fast bowler of all time. He is a former bowling coach for Pakistani cricket team and also a regular commentator for cricket matches. He is the third highest wicket taker ever in ODI’s with 416 wickets in 262 matches.
9. Sanath Jayasuriya
Sanath Jayasuriya is a former Sri Lankan cricketer. He retired from test cricket in December 2007 and from limited overs cricket in 2011. Jayasuriya was an all-rounder who took 323 wickets which makes him the 10th highest wicket taker bowler in ODIs till now. Sri Lanka Cricket appointed him as the chairman of cricket selecting committee in January 2013.
10. Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble is a former international cricketer and captain of the Indian cricket team.He is a right-arm leg spin bowler who took 619 wickets in Test cricket which is the third highest ever till today. In addition to many trophies he has won in the ground, Kumble has also been awarded the Padma Shri which is the India’s fourth highest civilian honor.In 2012, Kumble was appointed as the chairman of International Cricket Council (ICC)’s cricket committee.
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