Cricket is a very popular game around the globe and so are the athletes that play this game. Here we take a look at the top 10 most popular cricketers of all time. The list includes the name of many cricket legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Muttiah Muralitharan, Shahid Afridi and Brian Lara etc.
1. Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar is an Indian cricketer who is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. The little master, Sachin Tendulkar has almost achieved all the records that can be possibly made in the game of cricket. Sachin is the only player in the history of cricket to score 100 international centuries and is the highest run scorer in both ODI and Test cricket. Tendulkar is also the first and only player to score 200 runs in a ODI match. At the end of this year he will also play his 200th Test match which also a record itself.
“Top 10 Most Popular Cricketers All Time”
2. Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi is one of the most popular cricketers around the globe. Shahid Afridi also known as Boom Boom Afridi, is famous for his aggressive batting style and also holds the record for the fastest ODI century. Sahid Afridi is also the record holder for hitting the highest number of sixes in International cricket.
3. Sir Don Bradman
Sir Donald Bradman is at the third position on our list of top 10 most popular cricketers of all time. Bradman was an Australian cricketer and is regarded as the greatest Test batsman in the history of cricket. His test batting average is 99.94 which shows his level of excellence. In 2009, he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
4. Imran Khan
Imran Kan is a former Pakistan national cricket team captain and perhaps the most successful one as he won the first and only World Cup the history of his country in 1992. Imran is also quite famous for his social work (Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre) and now being a successful politician. Imran Khan is still considered as one of the best all-rounders in cricket history.In December 2012, Global Post ranked him third in a list of the top nine world leaders.
5. 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 to receive the ICC ODI Player of the Year award. In 2011, the TIME magazine added him in 100 most influential people in world.
6. Brian Lara
Brian Lara is a classic batsman from West Indies who is on 6th spot list of top 10 popular cricketer of all time. Brian Lara is most famous for his record individual score of 400 runs not out against England in one innings. Lara was a classic player and also holds the record for scoring most runs off one over in a Test match with 28 runs.
7. Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting is an former cricketer and the captain of the Australian national cricket team. He was an right-handed specialist middle order batsman. Ricky Ponting is the leading run scorer in both Test and One Day Internationals for Australia. Australia has also won 2 World Cup titles under his captaincy. He is known as the one who build one of the most successful Australian team ever.
8. Shane Warne
Shane Warne is also an former Australian international cricketer who is widely regarded as one of the greatest bowlers in the history of the game and he is also a cricket commentator. Shane Warne played 145 test matches in his test career of almost 15 years and took 708 wickets which are the second highest behind Muttiah Muralitharan.
9. Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle is among the most aggressive and fun to watch players in the cricket history. The West Indian player is not only famous for his big sixes while batting but also for his Gangnam Dance at the ground. He holds the record for hitting a six of the very first ball of a Test match and also scored the fastest century across all formats of the game on just 30 balls in the Indian Premier League.
Muttiah Muralitharan is a former cricketer from the Sri Lankan national cricket team. For many people, he is among the greatest to ever spin a ball. Muralitharan has taken 800 Test wickets in 133 matches and 534 one-day international wickets and both records stand till this day.
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