Cricket is a sport loved by many all over the world. Many tournaments and leagues are held throughout the year, be it domestic or international. The history of cricket dates back to the 16th century and is believed to have originated in England. Through the years it has developed. The advent of cricket as we know it today started in the 19th century, with the founding of the International Cricket Council (ICC). There are three forms of cricket that are played today- Test, One Day International (ODI), and Twenty 20 (T20). Out of all three forms, T20 is the most popular.
No matter the form, cricket teams of all countries participate in it. Throughout the years, many cricketers have come and gone, but a few have left a lasting impression on people. Their performance and contribution to cricket are considered to be unmatched. Their cricketers achieve legendary status, by the grace of their fans. But what makes a cricketer the best? More than anything, it’s the contribution towards their cricket team and their performance on the field. Their top-ranking performance along with a great track record makes them the best. Over the years many cricketers have been called ‘the best and rightfully so. Let’s take a look at a few of the best cricketers the world has seen.
- Sachin Tendulkar: Sachin Tendulkar has had a glorious career over the years. He is lovingly known as the God of Cricket in India. His ability to score a mammoth amount of runs is what made him immensely popular. He holds multiple records, including the highest centuries scored by a batsman. An era of cricket is defined by him, which shows just how legendary his cricketing stent has been.
- Brian Lara: Brian Lara is undoubtedly one of the best batsmen the world of cricket has seen. Brian Lara was a trailblazer, breaking records set by Sir Viv Richards, who is yet another great batsman. It is believed that Lara was the one who filled Richards’ shoes, which is evident in his record-breaking batting performance during his career. Brian Lara broke almost all of Sir Viv Richards’ records and also holds the record for being the highest-scoring individual in Test cricket.
- Shane Warne: Shane Warne is considered to be one of the best cricketers to come out of Australia. The bowler is extremely famous and is known for his right-handed leg break. He boasts a record of 600 wickets, coming second only to Muttiah Muralitharan. During his career, he was considered a vital and indispensable part of the Australian cricket team.
- Jacques Kallis: The South African all-rounder is one of the most hard-hitting cricketers the world has seen. He has immensely contributed to the South African cricket team by way of his skillful bowling and fielding, along with his batting prowess. He has scored more than 13,000 runs in Test cricket and 11,000+ runs in ODIs. He was one of the best all-rounders in the world during his career.