Popular Cricketers In The World
That may not be a global sport, but it is still the second most popular sport in the world. In fact, It is considered a religion in some countries participating in sports. And the player is worshiped as a god. This is a list of the most popular players to date. These players have gained great fame in all formats, from testing, ODI, T20 to all categories of batting, bowling and fielding.
1) M. S. Dhoni
One of the greatest wicket-keeper batters of all time, Mahendra Singh Dhoni deserves first place on the list of the most popular cricket players. He is also the most famous and successful captain of the Indian National Team in all three forms of play. He is also the captain of the Chennai Super Kings IPL franchise.
He led the Indian team to number one in the test cricket ICC ranking for the first time. Under his captain, India won the ICC World Twenty 20 in 2007 and the ICC ODI World Cup in 2011. Dhoni is the first Indian player to win the ICC ODI Player of the Year Award for the second consecutive year in 2008 and 2009. He has won many other awards, including the Rajiv Gandhi khel Ratna Award and the 2009 Padmashri, India’s fourth highest civilian honor. He is listed as one of the 100 most influential people of 2011. SportsPro also ranks MS Dhoni as the 16th most notable athlete in the world.
2) Lasith Malinga
Sri Lankan player Lasith Malinga is ranked second in the list of the most popular cricket players. He is a special high-speed bowler with a rare round-arm action, sometimes called sling action, and his nickname leads to “Slinga Maringa”. He is a specialist in “swing yokers”, especially in the death overs. Mainga has been praised for being able to take consecutive wickets. He is the first and only bowler in the world to have taken two World Cup hat-tricks and the first and only bowler to have taken three hat-tricks in ODI.
He is also the first and currently the only player to have taken four wickets with four consecutive balls in all forms of international cricket. Lasith Malinga is known to afflict batters with his lively pace and hard to play bouncers. He regularly throws the ball at speeds of 140-150 km / h (87-93 mph), sometimes at slightly faster speeds.
3) Sachin Tendulkar
He is known as the Master Blaster. Sachin Tendulkar is an Indian cricket player who is widely regarded as one of the greatest hitters in the history of cricket. He is a top run scorer and century maker for test and one day international cricket. He was the first player to score a double century in ODI Cricket. Sachin also holds the world record for most tests and ODI games. He retired from test cricket after playing 200 games.
4) Brett Lee
Super-fast Brett Lee, nicknamed “Binga,” is a retired Australian cricket player. He was recognized as the second fastest bowler in cricket history in the world after Shoaib Akhtar. He was an athletic fielder and a useful low-ranking batter with an average batting average of over 20 in test cricket. Along with Mike Hussey, he holds the record for the highest 7th Wicket Partnership of 123 runs in ODIs since 2005/06 in Australia. He is the fourth member of the list of most popular cricket players. He was also on the list of the most beautiful cricket players in the world.
5) Chris Gayle
One of the coolest West Indies cricketers, Chris Gayle, by his name has huge and maximum number of sixes. He alone helped the West Indies reach 205 in the ICC T20 World Cup semi-finals against Australia. This is the best total in the entire tournament. This destructive batter is one of the four players with two triple centuries at test level including 317 against South Africa in 2005, 333 against Sri Lanka in 2010 and he is the first batter to have scored a century in the T20. Undoubtedly, Chris Gayle was the main reason behind the victory in the West Indies’ T20 World Cup.
6) Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi, one of Pakistan’s most famous cricket players, is best known among his teammates as Boom Boom Afridia Round the World and “LALA” among his team mates. He is recognized by cricket experts for his aggressive batting style. He also holds the fastest ODI century record with only 37 balls against Sri Lanka.
He also holds a record of 32 runs in a single over. Afridi created two of the fastest seven centuries in the history of Afridi holds the record for both longest and maximum sixes in ODI format. He also holds the record for longest six in ODI, he hit that against South Africa. He is also the third highest wicket taker in T-20 format. He has the record for being the only player who scored more than 7000 runs in ODI hisotry while also taking over 350 wickets.
7) Muttiah Muralitharan
The legendary Sri Lankan off-spin bowler, Mutiamura Ritaran, has earned the status of the best test match bowler of all time. He is the first wrist spinning off spinner in the history of the game. Muttiah Muralitharan holds many world records. He is the best wicket taker in test and ODI . He took 800 wickets in the test and 534 wickets in the ODI cricket. Muttiah is the only player to fill 10 wickets in four consecutive test matches. He also took more than 50 wickets for each friendly country. He also holds the record for carrying the most 5 Wicket and 10 Wickets hauls in test cricket history.
Every kid want to grow up to play and emulate their favorite players someday.