In the history of cricket, there were quite a few players who left their mark in the history of this sport. Let’s take a look at those who were worthy of the Top 5 list…
Sir Don Bradman – Australia
Australian Sir Don Bradman, aka ‘The Don’, is considered the best cricket player ever having achieved an average of 99.94 runs in Test cricket. Anyone who’s played cricket will know how challenging it can be to get near 50 runs let alone 100.
Another giant of the game – Sachin Tendulkar – had a lot of respect for Sir Don, saying on the 110th anniversary of his birthday: “It’s been 20 years since I met the inspirational Sir Don Bradman but that special memory is so vivid. I still recall his amazing wit, warmth, and wisdom.”
Sachin Tendulkar – India
The Indian, who was full of admiration for Sir Don, is probably his strongest competition for the title of most-skilled batsman ever. He can’t compete with Bradman’s average but he has more career runs than anyone, with 18,426 in one day internationals (ODIs) and 15,921 in Test matches. Tendulkar played 200 Test matches and 463 ODIs in his 24-year senior career.
He once said: “I am not the god of cricket. I make mistakes, God doesn’t.”
Brian Lara – West Indies
Lara was so good they made a computer game for him. He’s even got the record for most runs in a first class cricket game, with 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham at Edgbaston in 1994.
Lara also broke the record for the highest Test match score, with 400 not out, for the Windies against England in Antigua, also in 1994.
He had problems in England. He initially found it difficult to settle and admitted as he was set to fly home to Trinidad, “It’s all happening so fast. This is scary, it’s very scary.”
His style will never be forgotten though and he’ll be remembered as one of the best ever batsmen. Lara’s brilliance even earned him honorary citizenship in Australia!
Muttiah Muralitharan – Sri Lanka
With a name like his, he was always going to be hard to forget, but it was his wicket-taking prowess that won him the respect of peers and fans alike.
‘Murali’ notched 800 Test wickets and 534 wickets in ODIs, with 1337 wickets in international cricket.
He took a record 67 five-wicket hauls in Test cricket and he even has the record for 10-wicket hauls in Tests, with 22.
Shane Warne – Australia
Former spin king Warne is one of the most recognisable names in cricket. The Australians are known for their confidence and sledging and Warne was no different, coming on to the scene with all the belief in the world and the talent to back it up.
In June 1993, Australia played England in the Ashes, with the first Test at Old Trafford and Warne, sporting big blonde hair and a gold necklace, bowled Mike Gatting with a genius first ball, which was dubbed the ‘Ball of the Century’. Australia went on to win the Ashes.
Warne has impressive personal records of 37 five-wicket hauls and ten 10-wicket hauls in his glittering career.
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