Legends of Indian Cricket: Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, and Virat Kohli
Top 10 legendary Indian Cricketers of all time
The Indian cricket team is one of the most famous teams in the world. It has produced some of the best players ever, including Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar. The Indian cricket team is also known for having some of the greatest players in history such as Kapil Dev, Rahul Dravid, and Virender Sehwag among others.
He is the only cricketer to have taken 400 wickets in Test matches, having achieved this feat with his debut against Pakistan on 16 October 1978 at Pakistan. His highest score was 175 not out against Zimbabwe in England during 1983–90; he also holds the record for most runs scored by an Asian player (5000) and for taking the most number of wickets for any player from Asia at the international level (434).
Sunil Gavaskar was a former Indian skipper who ushered in a new era of hope back in the day. He made his debut in 1971 and his memorable innings against West Indies in his debut series gave everyone a glimpse of what was to come. The right-hander participated in 108 ODI games and 125 Test games. He batted slowly but smartly, always using his head to make the right decisions.
He holds many records as an opener and is one of only three cricketers to have scored over 20,000 runs in international cricket. He played 125 Tests for India and scored 10,122 runs at an average of 35.13 with 34 centuries including seven double centuries (100+).
Sachin Tendulkar, one of the world’s most talented cricket players, made his international debut in 1989 against Pakistan. He quickly solidified his place on the team with his exceptional batting against some of the best cricket teams in the world. His career spanned more than two decades, which is a testament to his talent.
Tendulkar holds several records, including the most runs scored in Test matches (15921) and the most runs scored in One Day Internationals (18426). He also has the highest score in an ODI match, 200 not out against South Africa in Gwalior.
Rahul Dravid is an iconic figure in Indian cricket history and is affectionately nicknamed “The Wall” because of his former Indian national cricket team’s incredible rely on him to maintain their batting line-up. Though he’s not active on social media, all his fans are eagerly waiting for his entry onto platforms.
The men’s under-19 squad won the 2018 Cricket World Cup under David’s leadership. He received the Padma Bhushan in 2013 in recognition of his contributions to cricket. As of 2022, Rahul has scored the fourth-most runs in Test Cricket.
Virender Sehwag is a former Indian cricketer. He played for Delhi and Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League. He was a part of the Indian cricket team that won the 2011 World Cup and represented India at various international events such as Test matches, Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).
In his career, he has scored over 8586 runs in test matches with an average of 49.34 which makes him one of the most successful batsmen to have ever played this game. India’s former Test opener, often known as the “Nawab of Nazafgarh,” altered how Test cricket was viewed in India. In 1999, Sehwag scored for India against their bitter rivals Pakistan. When Sehwag was elevated to open for India, his career quickly took a dramatic turn from where it had started as India’s No. 7 batsman in Test cricket. When he began the innings in the 12th ODI after appearing in the middle order for the first 11 games, there was no turning back.
Yuvraj Singh is a retired professional cricket player from Chandigarh, India. When he was younger, he participated in sports such as tennis and roller skating but eventually followed in his father’s footsteps by playing cricket. His father, Yograj Singh, was a former cricketer who played for the Indian national team in the late 1900s.
Singh was among 25 players who were awarded the Arjuna Award in 2012, which is India’s second-highest sporting award given to athletes for their outstanding performance. Although he officially retired from cricket in 2019, he expressed interest in playing in the 2020 Indian Premier League but was turned down by the Indian cricket board.
The small-town boy, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, took the world by surprise with his profound batting skills. He debuted for the Indian cricket team against Kenya in 2003 and eventually broke into the 2003 World Cup squad. With 332 international matches as captain, Dhoni is currently the most successful captain in the history of Indian cricket.
MS Dhoni is a world-renowned cricket player who is known for his leadership skills, tactical prowess, and finishing ability. He is the only captain in history to have led his team to victory in the 50-over World Cup, 20-over World Cup, and Champions Trophy. In 350 ODI matches, he has accumulated 10773 runs at an average of 50.58, cementing his reputation as one of the best batsmen in the world. Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India has become a force to be reckoned with in the cricketing world, thanks to his ability to identify and nurture talent, as well as his calm demeanour in pressure situations.
Virat Kohli has a big fan base. On Instagram, he has 47.5 million followers. On Twitter, he has 33.2 million fans. In the history of Indian cricket, Virat Kohli has been the most successful batsman. He never passes up an opportunity to affect kids. In 2003, he was given the “Arjuna Award.” He keeps his supporters up to date on everything via his social media accounts.
Right-handed batsman Virat Kohli, who plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, has led the India side for nine years (2013-2022). He has a great deal of success, having won 40 of his 68 games.
Only two years after playing in his maiden test match, Kohli was ranked first among batsmen for the ICC’s One Day International (ODI) tournament. He surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s previous mark in 2021 to become the player to reach 23,000 international runs the quickest.
Anil Kumble is a former Indian cricket captain who is widely considered to be one of the greatest match-winners in Indian cricket history. A leg-spinner from Karnataka, Kumble made his debut for the national team against England in 1990. He was often criticized for the lack of spin in his deliveries, but Kumble always relied on his consistency to hit the perfect length as per the wicket on offer. His finest hour came in the 1999 Test match against Pakistan at Feroz Shah Kotla when he took all 10 Pakistani wickets in the 2nd innings to script a memorable Indian win.
Azhar was known for his graceful, fluid batting style, comparable to that of his English contemporary, David Gower and Australian batsman Greg Chappell. Azhar scored a total of 22 centuries in Test cricket at an average of 45, and 7 in ODIs at an average of 37. He is the only player to date to score a century in each of his first three Tests.
The list above is not an exhaustive one. Many other cricketers have made a mark in the history of Indian cricket, but these 20 players stand out because they were the best at their times. They each had unique skills and were able to adapt to situations better than most others on their teams. If you want proof that Indian cricketers are no less talented than their counterparts from other countries then consider this list of legends – it will leave you speechless!
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