Without a doubt, you’ll agree with us that Cricket is one of the most popular sports in the world. According to a recent ranking, Cricket is the second most popular sport across the globe after Soccer and has up to 2.5 billion estimated fans. In case you don’t know much about Cricket, it’s a bat-and-ball game played by two teams, each having 11 players. Furthermore, the sport is majorly played in Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, New Zealand, and India. Although it’s still unclear the exact date when people started playing Cricket, several reports suggested that it began in the south-eastern counties of England in the 16th century, during the medieval period. And so far, the sport has had a lot of great players. In case you’re wondering who’s the best cricketer of all time, you can stop wondering about that. Why? That’s because we’ll be sharing with you, in this post, the list of the top 10 best cricketers of all time.
Here’s The List Of The Top 10 Best Cricketers Of All Time
1- Sir Donald Bradman (Australia)
According to a recent ranking by SunSport, Sir Donald Bradman occupies the first position on the list of the top 10 best cricketers of all time. The ranking was based on a few factors, including player’s runs, top score, batting average, bowling average, and wickets. In the case of Bradman, he occupies this spot because of his test average of 99.94. That’s the highest so far, with Marnus Labuschagne being the closest with a test average of 63.43.
2- WG Grace (England)
WG Grace sits on the second spot on the top 10 list of the best cricketers of all time. Grace played in the 19th century, and during that time, he was the third most famous person in the UK, including Queen Victoria and William Gladstone, the Prime Minister at that time. Speaking of his career as a cricketer, Grace had a Batting average of 32.29. Apart from that, he had a runs score of 1,098 and a bowling average of 26.22.
3- Sir Garfield Sobers (West Indies)
Occupying the third position on the top 10 list of the best cricketers of all time is Sir Garfield Sobers. According to reports, Sobers was a great batsman. Apart from that, he was also one of the fastest players when it comes to bowling and spinning. Furthermore, according to his stats, he had a total runs score of 8,032, at an average of 57.78. In terms of wickets, Sobers took 235 and held about 110 catches.
4- Shane Warne (Australia)
Shane Warne sits in the fourth position on the list of top 10 best cricketers of all time. He played his first Test match in 1992. According to reports, Warne started becoming popular in 1993 after playing a game at Old Trafford. Speaking of his stats, Warne had a total of about 708 Test wickets during his career. Furthermore, many lovers of the game believe he’s one of the greatest spin bowlers in the history of cricket. Also, in 2000, Warne was named as one of the five Wisden cricketers in the century, by the panel of cricket experts.
5- Sir Viv Richards (West Indies)
Sir Viv Richards occupies the fifth position on the top 10 list of the bed cricketers of all time. Well, that’s so because of his stats, including 8,540 runs and a top score of 291. Apart from that, Sir Viv Richards had a batting average of 50.23 and wickets of 32.
6- Sir Jack Hobbs (England)
Sir Jack Hobbs is the sixth-best cricketer of all time, according to the ranking. Of course, that’s because of his all-time stats, including 5,410 runs and a 56.94 batting average. Furthermore, according to reports, Hobbs, also known as Master, was the best batsman in the world before the First World War.
7- Brian Lara (West Indies)
Next on the list of the top 10 best cricketers of all time is Brian Lara of West Indies. That’s so because of his stats, including holding the world Test and first-class records with innings of 400 not out, which he scored against England. Apart from that, he also holds the highest score of 501 not out in first-class cricket. Furthermore, experts believe Lara is currently the greatest left-handed player of all time.
8- Malcolm Marshall (West Indies)
Occupying the eighth spot on the top 10 list of the best cricketers of all time is Malcolm Marshall. According to reports Malcolm was the fastest bowler for West Indies in the 1980s. Speaking of his cricket career stats, it includes 376 Test wickets, 1,810 runs, 92 top scores, and a batting average of 18.85.
9- Sachin Tendulkar (India)
Sachin Tendulkar sits on the ninth spot on the list of the top 10 best cricketers of all time. That’s of course because of his career stats, which earned him about 1.2 billion fans in India. Furthermore, as for his records, Tendulkar was the only man to score 100 international centuries – that includes 49 in one-dayers and 51 in tests. As of 2002, he was ranked as the second greatest test batsman in the history of cricket by Wisden Cricketers Almanack.
10- Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka)
Occupying the tenth position on the top 10 list of the best cricketers of all time is Muttiah Muralitharan. According to SunSport, that’s because of his career records, which include 1,361 runs, 11.67 batting average, and a top score of 67. Furthermore, Muralitharan is currently the greatest international wicket-taker of all time, having a total of 800 in Tests and 534 in one-dayers.