Cricket is the fantasy of every Indian. It is rightly said that this game runs in the blood of all, from a young teen to an aged man, they all religiously watch it. Such is the essence that bunking class or skipping office to catch a game is nothing new for these cricket lovers. Let’s have a look at some of the cricketers from Delhi who contribute in this frenzy:
7. Ishant Sharma
He is a right arm fast-medium bowler who became the fifth youngest player to earn 100 wickets in Test series. Though his bowling speed has gone down, he is still considered one of the fastest bowler Indian team has, with his fastest speed being 152 km/h.
6. Ashish Nehra
Though his performance and injuries have been the reason for his temporary stay in the Indian team, he has been playing for IPL for various teams. One will see him playing for Chennai Super Kings in 2014 IPL season where he was auctioned for s sum of 2 crores.
5. Unmukt Chand
This young right-handed batsman captained the U-19 team to victory in the 2012 World Cup. It was his outstanding performance that earned him a place in the Delhi Senior team. One can also see him playing in IPL 7 for Rajasthan Royals.
4. Shikhar Dhawan
Known for the fastest century in his Test Debut (100 runs in 85 balls), Shikhar Dhawan has played for the U-19 world cup and got recognition for his contribution where he was named ‘Player of the tournament’.
3. Gautam Gambhir
This left handed opening batsman from Delhi is also the captain of Kolkata Knight Riders (IPL team). Having won the prestigious Arjuna award, Gautam Gambhir was instrumental in India’s victory in the World Cup 2011. He is the only cricketer to have scored consecutive hundreds in five consecutive test matches.
2. Virat Kohli
He is one helluva achiever, having captained the victorious ‘Under 19’ cricket world cup and having played a pivotal role in India’s victory in the World Cup of 2011. Virat Kohli is an all rounder, who can be relied upon when other batsmen are out of form. He has the fastest century to his name, in only 52 balls in ODI. His achievements and milestones are more than what can be listed here.
1. Virendra Sehwag
Known for his aggressive batting, Virendra Sehwag is the only Indian cricketer to have been honored as the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World for his extraordinary performance in the year 2008. He is a recipient of the Arjuna Award and Padma Shree, and has many records to his name, one of them being the highest individual scorer in ODI (219 in 149 balls).