Top 10 Best Batsmen of All Time

10. Wally Hammond

Walter Reginald Hammond was an English Cricketer played for his side for nearly 2 Decades. Hammond is also the captain of the England Cricket team. Wally Hammond was an all-rounder who can bat, bowl, and field. He made a debut in the year 1927 and retired in 1947. Hammond had a batting average of 58.45 and a bowling average of 37.8. Made 22 Test centuries, which was a record and later surpassed it. Hammond was made the captain of England in 1938. After retirement, he moved to South Africa and continued to work as a sports administrator. Later, he was passed away in the year 1965.

9. Sanath Jayasuriya

Sanath Teran Jayasuriya was the Srilankan Cricketer and the former captain for the Srilankan Team. Known for his match-winning all-round performance in the ODI cricket. We cricket fans know Jayasuriya for his powerful hard-hitting in the matches. The only player to score over 10000 runs and 300 wickets in ODI cricket. Named as the most valued player in the 1996 world cup. Wisden Cricketer’s Almanac named him as one of the five most valuable cricketers in 1997. After his cricketing career, he worked as Selection chairmen for the Srilankan Cricket. The team won T20 WC during his tenure as a selector. Also made his debut in politics and served as a minister in various departments in the Srilankan government.

8. Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli, regarded as the best batsman in the modern age of cricket, is an Indian cricketer and the current captain Indian cricket team.
He made debut for the National cricket team in the year 2008. Kohli is known for his aggressive cricket playing. Broke many records in the cricket within a short period. Also playing for the team as the most consistent player who is playing at present, Also the member squad of the 2011 Cricket world cup and U-19 CWC. Kohli holds the record to score 8,000, 9,000, 10,000, and 11,000 runs in ODI cricket with fewer innings. Awarded with Padma Shri in 2017, which is the fourth highest civilian award.

7. Brian Lara

Brian Charles Lara is the former West Indian cricketer and considered one of the greatest cricketers. Played for his team for nearly 17 years in Test and ODI cricket. Made the highest individual test score of 400* in 2004, which is unbeaten by many players. Also, hold the highest score in a single over in a Test match, which is 28 runs. Lara’s score of 153* is rated as the second-highest batting performance after Sir Donald Bradman. Awarded with the “Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World” in 1994 and 1995. Lara was appointed as an honorary member of “Order of Australia.” Lara received Lifetime membership of the MCC. Also, placed his name in the “ICC hall of fame” in the year 2012.

6. Jacques Kallis

Jaques Henry Kallis is one of the greatest all-rounders in the Cricket game played for the South African team played for 18 years. He is the only cricketer who scored 10000 runs and took over 250 wickets in Test and ODI cricket. Kallis has been considered as modern cricket legend along with Sachin, Ponting. He is the fourth cricketer and first South African player who scored 13000 runs in Test cricket. Also, Kallis is one of the few batsmen who scored Century in his last Test match. Holds with the most man of the matches in Test with 23. Made his retirement and working as a batting consultant for the South African Team.

5. Ricky Ponting

Ricky Thomas Ponting, also known as Punter, was a Former Australian Cricketer. Ponting had been considered as the most successful captain in International cricket with a more winning ratio. As captain, Ricky was the golden era for the team of Australia who won the Two Cricket WC in a row and won two ICC Champions Trophy for the team continuously. One of the 4 players who scored 13000 Test runs. Ponting is the only player involved in 100 test victories in cricket history. Also marked as most ODI Victory Captain in history who has 262 wins. Ponting after his retirement, currently working as an assistant coach for the Australian Cricket Men’s Team. Named as the “Cricketer of Decade 2000” and named in “ICC hall of fame” in 2018.

4. Garfield Sobers

Garfield St Aubrun Sobers is a West Indian cricketer who played for his team for nearly 2 decades. Sobers is an aggressive player known for his batting, bowling, and fielding also considered one of the greatest all-rounders in cricket. Garfield Sobers is also the first batsmen to hit six 6’s in an over in first-class cricket, which is a rare feat. Sobers had also led the West Indies team as a captain. He has the fifth-highest batting average in Test with over 5,000 runs. Queen Elizabeth II knighted sobers for his services towards the game. In 1998, Garfield was named as one of the National heroes of Barbados. Mr. Garfield Sobers had also named in the “ICC Hall of fame.”

3. Viv Richards

Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in cricket history who represented West Indies in international platforms. Played for the West Indies national team for over 17 years for Test and ODI Cricket. Through his consistent batting, he took 20 Man of the Match awards. Apart from batting, Richards can also bowl, who took 5 wickets in ODI two-times. Named as the 3rd greatest test batsmen of all time after Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar by Wisden and one of the greatest ODI batsmen. Viv Richards was voted as one of the five cricketers of the Century. After he retired from the cricket, he continued as an occasional commentator and also the team mentor. Placed in “ICC Hall of fame” in the year 2009.

2. Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket, also known as the God of Cricket. Sachin Tendulkar has played for the National Indian Cricket team for about 24 years. Recorded as the highest run-scorer in both the Test and ODI cricket. Also, the only player to score 30000 runs in International cricket. The first player to score a double century in ODI Cricket and to play 200 Test matches. The government of India awarded Sachin the highest civilian Indian award, which is “Bharata-Ratna.” He was also the first person of sports to be awarded the rank of “Group captain” by the IAF. In 2010, the famous Time magazine included Sachin as one of the “Most Influential People in the World.” In 2019, his name was placed in the ICC Cricket Hall of fame.

1. Donald Bradman

Donald Bradman is the greatest cricketer who lived in the 20th Century ever with no argument. Sir Donald Bradman is known for his highest test average, which is 99.94, also the most outstanding achievement in any major sports of the ball. Played over for the 2 decades for the Australian Men’s cricket team. Made his debut in the year 1928 and made his retirement in 1948. Following his retirement, he worked as also Administrator, Selector, and writer for over 3 decades. In 1997, Australian PM mentioned him as the “Greatest living Australian.” On his centenary birth year, Royal Australian Mint had released a $5 gold coin with his image. Also named into the “ICC Hame of fame” in 2009.

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