In the game of Cricket there have been many players who have proved their worth by scoring big hits and have succeeded in becoming the best batsmen in the world. We all know that batting plays an important role and thus it is considered a batsman’s game. With time, cricket has given birth to a number of batsmen who loved to use their willow with vigor. There have been a number of remarkable batsmen who have a lot of commitment, courage and strength of mind.
Let’s have a look at the top 10 batsmen who showed a unique amalgam of flair and character, passion and steel.
Sir Don Bradman: One of the greatest batsmen of all times, he is well-known in the world of cricket. When in form, Bradman played according to the best of his abilities and was a threat to the opponent team. Taking his wicket was considered a big feat for the bowler. His batting average of 99.94 shows why he is considered a great batsman. With 29 centuries from 80 innings, a batsman of his caliber doesn’t need an introduction. His incredible average in his test career is also termed as the seven wonders in the history of cricket.
Sachin Tendulkar: Considered as the God of cricket, Tendulkar is one of the top batsmen. Tendulkar holds records for ‘Most Centuries’ and ‘Most Runs’ in both Test and ODI format of the game. A batting legend, Tendulkar also achieved the world record of ‘Most Man of the Match Awards in ODI’ in the history of cricket. Master blaster has scored 15,921 runs in Tests and 18426 runs in One-Day Internationals. The likes of Tendulkar are a rarity and he is definitely a legend!
Viv Richards: Considered as the greatest batsman in ODIs, Viv Richards was also the top batsman of the West Indies cricket team. He displayed aggressive yet consistent batting. As a batsman, he was most feared by bowlers. Right-handed batsman, Viv Richards gave a new meaning to “swagger” and was also considered a destructive batsman. He had his own aura and style of playing. An average of more than 50 in test and 47 in ODI proves his worth. Sir Viv Richards was nominated one of the five Cricketers of the Century by a 100-member team of experts in year 2000 together with Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Jack Hobbs and Shane Warne.
Garfield Sobers: He is known as the unsurpassed all-rounder in the history of cricket. He was one of a kind when it came to batting and was one of the best batsmen that the world witnessed. Sir Garfield Sobers played graceful shots and had a great pair of hands that spoke of his greatness on-field. He has a batting average of 57.78 in test cricket with a top score of 365 runs. A batsman for the West Indies cricket team, he has achieved 26 centuries in 93 test matches that he played.
Jacques Kallis: He is a great batsman and a talented all-rounder. Indeed, he is one of the top batsmen in the history of cricket. He has an average of above 45 in ODI and over 55 in test cricket. Kallis is also the only cricketer to achieve more than 11,000 runs as well as 250 wickets in both test cricket and ODI cricket.
Ricky Ponting: The most successful Australian skipper, Ricky Ponting is one of the best batsmen of all times. He is also the highest scorer of his time. With his conventional and high-quality strikes, right-handed batsman Ponting has scored 30 ODI and 41 Test Tons in his playing career. Popularly known as Punter, Ponting played knocks with poise, particularly pulling and hooking.
Brian Lara: A cricket legend and a former West Indian international cricket player, Brian Lara is well-known to everyone around the world. Notable for his long inning in test cricket, Brian Lara has a record of scoring the highest individual runs in test cricket (400) and 501 runs in first class cricket. He has a number of records to his name, which include 34 Tests and One-Day Internationals. He also topped the Test batting rankings a number of times. Classical batting style aided his records. Surely, he is one of the best batsmen.
Wally Hammond: Another talented cricketer was English player Wally Hammond. He is regarded as the best batsman ever in the English squad. He has an average of 58.45 and achieved 7249 runs. Right-handed batsman Wally Hammond was known for the beauty of his driving through the off-side even though he was great at playing any kind of shot. He amassed 22 tons in his 85 test match career.
Javed Miandad: Pakistan’s foremost run scorer in Test cricket, Miandad is indeed the best batsman Pakistan ever created. He has centuries in 23 tests and 8 ODIs. He is well-known around the world for his momentous last ball sixer shot in the match against India in 1986 where four runs were vital for victory. Winning an international game in that way for the first time indeed made him popular and one of the best batsman of his era.
Rahul Dravid: The true test of a man’s character is in the face of adversity and no one understands that adage better than ‘The Wall’ Rahul Dravid. He is a player with endurance and good defence. He has played a number of critical innings in test cricket and ODIs. His valor with the willow showed that he deserves to make it to the top ten batsmen of all times. He has an average of almost 53 in test cricket and almost 40 in ODI.
The above list of top ten batsmen in the world of cricket has given a higher edge to batting and cricket as a game. Besides these legends, there are modern-day cricket players like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla who have sufficed under rigid conditions and displayed great batting skills. Keeping in mind their performance chart, they could make it to the list of greatest batsmen of all times successively.