Top Indian Cricketers who made the Nation Proud
Top Indian Cricketers: India, where cricket is a passion and cricketers are given the status of demigods, is a nation studded with these willow warriors! Emotions run high during every match.
Introduced by the British Raj in India, cricket is the so-called the ‘unofficially official’ game of India, where one can see a zeal for Cricket that matches that of religious fanatics. A win will see people coming out on the streets and celebrating with the entire neighborhood. A loss, however, breaks millions of Indian hearts.
Since the time this nation entered the International cricket arena, its players have continuously left their mark on the canvass of history. From Ranjitsinhji to Sachin Tendulkar, Indian soil has produced such batsmen whom world swears by. In fact, Indian players have not only ruled the world, but have rewritten the record books time and again.
Let’s take a look at a list of ‘Top Indian Cricketers’, including batsmen, bowlers, and wicketkeepers, who have sweated it out on the field with their brilliant performances:-
What can be said in the praise of ‘The Uncrowned Czar of Indian Cricket Team’?
The ‘God of Cricket’, Sachin is, without a speck of doubt, is the most distinguished icon in the cricketing world. ‘The Bradman of the modern era’ was not only a great batsman, but also the greatest exponent of the straight drive. It’s hard to find any flaws in his game.
Think of any imaginable record in the game and you can be sure Tendulkar holds it or has held it at some point in his career! In fact, it’s not just a name; it’s an emotion for Indian cricket fans.
Sachin scored 15,921 runs in 200 Tests and 18,426 runs in 463 ODIs. The master blaster, who was a champion against pace and spin bowling, played 664 international matches in total, scoring 34,357 runs.
He has been awarded with the highest civilian awarded the ‘Bharat Ratna’.
Therefore he holds the numero-uno position in our ‘Top Indian Cricketers’ countdown.
Kapil Dev is the greatest all-rounder of India without any doubt! When the Indian Cricket Team won its 1st Cricket World Cup in 1983 at ‘Lord’s Cricket Ground’ in London. It was Kapil Dev who led the Indian team to victory.
A fine batsman and a ferocious fast bowler, Dev has scored 5248 runs in 131 Tests and 3783 runs in 225 ODIs. He took 434 Test wickets and 253 ODI wickets in his international career, spanning from 1978 to 1994. Under his leadership, India also defeated England (in 1986) in a Test series for the first time since 1971. He ought to be counted in the ‘Top Indian Cricketers’ chart.
Kohli is widely recognized as one of the top batsman of this era having pocketed several world records already. The rising star of Indian cricket, he has been quick in rising to the top particularly for his fast batting style. He holds the record for the fastest century by any Indian batsman.
Kohli took over the Test captaincy in 2014 from Mahendra Singh Dhoni and took OD captaincy in 2017 again from MSD. And he has certainly done his predecessor proud. He is one of the most successful international cricketers at the moment — equally proficient in all three formats of the game (Test, One Day International, and T20).
The ‘Padma Shri’ was conferred upon him in 2017 under the sports category. He was also awarded the ‘Arjuna’ award in 2013.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
‘Captain Cool’ sweats it out on the field with his unique batting style and slazzy personality! This has earned him a position among the ‘Top Indian cricketers’. The Indian cricket team’s list of achievements under Dhoni is unprecedented. He is brilliant behind the stumps and very destructive while batting and of course a great captain. In short ‘All-in-one’.
The exceptional wicket-keeper batsman is also a fine leader, who has forged the team aggressively. He guided India to triumph in two separate formats of cricket World Cup, winning the 2007 World Twenty20 and the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Leading by an example, he was the ‘Man of the Match’ in the finals of 2011 World Cup final.
He reads the game well and acts very quickly. After Kapil Dev, he is the only Indian captain to win the World Cup for India.
One of the most successful spinners that India has produced! Statistically, this leg spinner was India’s greatest match-winner of all time. Anil Kumble was a leg-spin bowler and took 619 wickets in Test cricket. This staggering number has earned him the honour of being the highest Test wicket taker in India. And the third highest in the world.
Kumble has always displayed a great commitment to the game. Kumble, the second Indian bowler after Kapil Dev to capture 400 Test wickets, took all ten wickets (10-74) in a Test innings against Pakistan in 1999. His performance was rated by Wisden as the second best “bowling performance of all time”.
Of course, he deserves a position in the ‘Top Cricketers List’.