In every sport there are good players, Great players and legends. Here is a list of legends of the India’s most favorite sport. Good players are those who can change the game. Great players are those who can change the way it is played. There are few who are called legends are those who become the Game. Here is a list of cricket players who changed the way we see it.
“The Don” Sir Donald George Bradman. He was an Australian cricketer and the greatest batsman of all time. Born on 27th August 1908 in Australia. He was a right handed batsman and is the batsman with highest batting average in test cricket of 99.94. It’s difficult or may be impossible to reach or break his record.
When Nelson Mandela was released after 27 years in prison, his first question to an Australian visitor was, “Is Sir Donald Bradman still alive?” At the age of 92, 25th February 2001, the legendary cricketer died. Bradman was, is and will be an idol and a role model for a lot of cricketers.
Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards, known as the master blaster of his time. This West Indian cricketer was born on 7th March 1952. He played his first International test match in 1974 and First ODI in 1975. Richards was voted one of the five Cricketers of the Century by a 100-member panel of experts in 2000, along with Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Jack Hobbs and Shane Warne.
In December 2002, Viv Richards was chosen by Wisden as the greatest ODI batsman of all time, as well as the third greatest Test batsman of all time, after Sir Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar. His consistent batting ability is highly regarded; he is the first cricketer in ODI history to achieve 20 Man of the Match awards.
Some writers contend that Richards also played international football for Antigua and Barbuda, appearing in qualifying matches for the 1974 World Cup. However, he does not appear in recorded line-ups for these matches. Sachin was inspired by Richards and takes guidance from him. He was also featured in the 2010 documentary movie Fire in Babylon and spoke about his experiences playing for the West Indies. He is an occasional commentator and mentor for Delhi Daredevils in IPL as well.
You can follow Vivian Richards on Twitter (@ivivianrichards)
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, was born on 24th April 1973 in India. He is a former Indian cricketer and played for almost 24 years. He started his career at very small age(16) in 1989 against Pakistan. He has lot of records in his name. He was the first player who scored double century in one day international cricket.
He has a record of highest international centuries (100) and most runs by any player around 33000 runs. People often called him as God of cricket and little master blaster. There is no doubt that many Indian players have been inspired by Sachin. If the cricket is famous in India he could be one of reasons for watching.
Now he is nominated as member of parliament in Rajyasabha in India.
In 2002, halfway through his career, Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack ranked him the second greatest Test and ODI batsman of all time. He was part of 2011 world cup in India. His dream of winning a world cup comes true under Dhoni captaincy after he played for 6 world cup in India.
You can follow Sachin Tendulkar on twitter @sachin_rt
Brian Charles Lara
One more greatest player from West indies. Brain Lara, one of the greatest batsman of all time, he was born on 2nd may,1969. He played for the West indies nation for almost 2 decades. He debuted his career in late 1990 both as a test and ODI also. He retired for his international cricket in 2007 for all formats and again he returned in 2010 and he was also one of the player in IPL 4th season auction for a fixed price of $400,000 but no franchise taken him. Now he is not playing any international cricket.
Lara, who is a left handed batsman has an impeccable average in test cricket of 52.88 with total of 11593 runs and the average of 40.48 in ODI’s 10485 runs. His 400 not out vs England was one of memorable match
He has lot of records in his name
Only batsman quintuple hundred in first class cricket
Most centuries from WI nation (9 double centuries and 2 triple centuries)
He got 12 in test and 30 in ODI man of the match awards
1994 he was awarded as the “BBC sports personality of the year overseas personality”
In 1995 he was the wisdom cricketer of the year
Barack Obama described him as Michael Jordan of cricket.
In the year 2012 ICC inducted him as ICC hall of fame.
You can follow Brain Lara on twitter @BrianLara
Is currently a Pakistani politician, former cricketer and philanthropist who leads the Pakistan Movement of Justice and serves as a member of the National Assembly. Before stepping into politics, Imran Khan played international cricket for two decades in the late 90’s
He was born on 5th October 1952 in Pakistan.
He started his career as a test player in 1971(at the age of 18) and in 1974 he did his debut in ODI’s both were against to England only.
Imran khan led his team as a captain for 10 years and in 1992 Pakistan won the world cup under his captaincy.
He doesn’t have much records with his bat but he has more records with ball, that doesn’t mean he’s not the batsman, he was an all-rounder. Khan retired from cricket in 1992 as one of Pakistan’s most successful players. In total he made 3,807 runs and took 362 wickets in Test cricket, and is one of eight world cricketers to have achieved an ‘All-rounder’s Triple’ in Test matches.
He is more active in social responsibility, in the memory of his mother he set up a cancer hospital in peshawar.
And in April, 1996 he founded a political party, Pakistan Movement for justice.
Khan is featured in the University of Oxford’s Hall of Fame and has been an honorary fellow of Oxford’s Keble College.
In 1976 and 1980, Khan was awarded The Cricket Society Wetherall Award for being the leading all-rounder in English first-class cricket.
In 1983, he was also named Wisden Cricketer of the Year
In 1983, he received the president’s Pride of Performance Award
In 1992, Khan was given Pakistan’s civil award, the Hilal-i-Imtiaz
On 5 July 2008, he was one of several veteran Asian cricketers presented special silver jubilee awards at the inaugural Asian Cricket Council (ACC) award ceremony in Karachi.
In 2009, at the International Cricket Council’s centennial year celebration, Khan was one of fifty-five cricketers inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.
He was the Asia Society’s Person of the Year 2012.
In December 2012, Global Post ranked him third in a list of the top nine world leaders.
His biography page on Wikipedia was the 8th most read amongst Pakistani personalities in 2016.
You can follow Brain Lara on twitter @ImranKhanPTI.