Blessed with the ability to hit any ball in any direction, the batsmen enlisted on this page of Topyaps are long-familiar for their sportsmanship along with their contributions in making the game of cricket more gratifying.10. Sunil Gavaskar (India):
Sunil Manohar Gavaskar is the well known batting legend who first scored 10,000 runs in test cricket. This smashing cricketer was widely admired for his proficiency against fast bowlers during his ‘Sunny days’. He is also credited as one of the most successful opening batsmen in the history of Indian cricket. However, the present generation has forgotten this hero but Gavaskar will be always remembered for his technical batting throughout the history of international cricket.
A broad-shouldered personality whose towering presence applies calm in some and dread in others. Jacques Henry Kallis is an essential pillar cum modern greats of the South African cricket team, well known for his daredevlish and salvaged innings. Generally, a smooth and undemonstrative man, Kallis is counted among the greatest allrounders in the history of cricket. A claasic cricketer of burning desire !!
Scroll through the cricket history and then you’ll realize that why Stephen Rodger Waugh is considered as one of the most immensely talented player. In his capataincy, Australian cricket team has witnessed some miraculous victories. Throughout his career, Waugh was better known by his nick name ‘Iceman’ for his quality to remain cool and calm during the high-pressure matches.
One of the most successful captain of the Australian cricket team, Ricky Thomas Ponting is a terrific ambassador of international cricket. A total package of skill, courage and determination, Ponting is always seen as an agressive leader on the ground. Ponting’s father was a club cricketer and his uncle, Greg Campbell, was a right arm fast bowler in the Australian team during 1989 and 1990.
In 1978, a storm entered in the cricket arena which was known as Allan Robert Border aka A.B. A fiercly determined left hand batsman and a part time spinner with effective leadership, Border is the actual man who introduced the team Australia as an emerging thunderbolt in the world of international cricket.
Sir Gary Sobers is still credited as the unbeatable and the most outstanding all-rounder in the cricket history. Due to his substantial contribution in international cricket, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1975. Sir Sobers is also well known for being the first batsman ever to hit six sixes on six consecutive balls in the first-class cricket. He had also captained the West Indies cricket team from 1965 to 1972.
Holder of endless cricket records, Brian Lara is a phenomenon who is often compared with the greatest players of different era. He is widely regarded for being the only batsmen to score century, double century, tripple century, quadruple century in international cricket along with a quintuple century in the first class cricket. Nicknamed as ‘The Prince’ among friends, he was nominated as the honorary member of the “Order of Australia” on November 27, 2009.
A powerful batsman with extremely assaultive style, Sir Issac Vivivan Alexander Richards is still remembered for his innings in which he severely ravaged the contemporary bowlers. This devastating batsman had never used helmet while batting and that’s why he is enormously adored by journalists, cricketers along with his fans. After retiring from international cricket, he became the coach of West Indies cricket team and later he was awarded the knighthood for his significant services to cricket.
2. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar (India):
The man, the machine, the legend, the inspiration, the God. Better than Ben Hur, this living legend rules the game of cricket with his unmatched ability and unparalleled strokes. Whenever ‘master blaster’ is on ground, the entire nation becomes motionless and prays for his success. There is a famous saying about this genius – “Commit all your crimes when Sachin is batting. They will go unnoticed because even the Lord Is watching.”
Spirit of cricket, Sir Donald George Bradman is the most celebrated phenomenon in the history of cricket and of course, without mentioning him the game of cricket is futile. Due to his intimidating style, a controversial bowling methodology – ‘Bodyline’ was evolved by the English cricket team, which focusses on the body of batsman rather than his wicket. These tactics were a kid-play for ‘Don’ and he continued breaking the records one after the other.