5 Of The Best Cricketers Of All Time

Cricket is one of the most internationally beloved sports – and as a result, there are hundreds of prolific cricketers that have gained popularity and acclaim over the last century.

If you’re relatively new to the sport of cricket and want to learn a bit more about the sport’s most celebrated legends, here are five of the best cricketers of all time, from across the globe. Let’s take a step back in time and learn about what they’re famous for.

Sir Don Bradman

Sir Don Bradman is undeniably one of the greatest batsmen of all time. Bradman had a test batting average of 99.94, played 52 international matches for Australia, and made his first century when he was just 12 years old, playing for Bowral school in the 1920/21 season.

Bradman captained “The Invincible” Australian team in the formidable 1948 tour of England, and was named the “Greatest Living Australian” by former Prime Minister John Howard. Though he passed in 2001, in 2009, Bradman was at last inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar is a former Indian cricketer who became the only player to score one hundred international centuries in his 24-year career. He was also the only player to achieve more than 30,000 runs in international cricket, and has been ranked the second greatest test batsmen of all time, behind Sir Don Bradman.

Sir Viv Richards

A renowned right-handed batsman, former West Indian cricketer Sir Viv Richards is one of the game’s most athletically exciting batsmen in history. He scored 8,540 runs in 121 test matches, and was awarded by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack in 2002 for the best ODI innings of all time.

Allan Border

A former Australian cricketer, Allan Border holds the world record for the highest number of consecutive test appearances, with 153 international matches. Border scored 27 centuries throughout his career – and when he retired, he was the highest-run scorer in both test and ODI matches. Following his retirement, he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2000.

W.G. Grace

Debuting in 1859, former English cricketer W.G. Grace played cricket for a record 44 seasons from 1865 to 1908. During his lengthy career, he captained England, Gloucestershire, Marylebone Cricket Club and a number of other teams. His statistics are incredibly impressive: he scored 54,896 runs in 878 first class matches, and scored 1,098 runs in 22 test matches while captaining the English national team.

He was incredibly athletic, and besides cricket, he was also a champion hurdler and showed an aptitude for gold.

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