Cricket has seen a lot of wonderful, stellar athletes that have graced the game over the year’s right from its foundation. Each cricket playing country has produced its own share of top class players who have inscribed their names deeper into the history books of the gentleman’s game.
We attempted to pick the single best player that every country has ever produced. Take a look:
India – Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar, the master blasteris unquestionably the best and the peerless production of India. With a technique very close to perfection and with unparalleled temperament, Tendulkar had to carry the hopes and expectations of a billion plus people in virtually every international game that he played.
Australia – Sir Don Bradman
The Don is regarded by many pundits as the single greatest player ever to play the sport of cricket. Averaging an eye popping 99.94 with the bat, the Don has managed to entrance spectators and captivate their hearts while on the pitch and also even years after his retirement and death.
Pakistan – Imran Khan
Imran Khan is one of the most iconic all rounders that the game of cricket has seen. It is not any exaggeration to say that he was the one who popularized cricket in the continent of Asia. The well built, handsome looking and supremely talented Imran Khan won many hearts when his team lifted the 1992 world cup.
New Zealand – Stephen Fleming
One of the most successful captains of all time and the most versatile player from New Zealand, Stephen Fleming will unquestionably go down in history as one of the most hard working players.
South Africa – AB de Villiers
Has the record for the fastest hundred in ODIs, averages over 50 in both the formats, AB de Villiers is arguably South Africa’s greatest ever cricketer.
Bangladesh – Shakib Al Hasan
Averaging nearly 40 with the bat in tests and with nearly 350 international wickets, Shakib is indubitably one of the better all rounders in the modern game. And what’s more a solid proof than the rankings per se to support the claim.
England – Graham Gooch
One of the most prolific run scorers and arguably the top batsman of his generation Graham Gooch has 67,057 runs across first class game and limited overs game. Gooch is the second highest Test run scorer for England.
West Indies – Sir Viv Richards
Earlier when batting was done with more of a conservative approach, Sir Viv was the one who broke the shackles and unleashed a relatively new aggressive brand of cricket. A destructive batting with monstrous talent, Sir Viv Richards when in his groove can be a nightmare for even the best of bowlers.
Sri Lanka – Kumar Sangakkara
One of the most technically sound and classy players from Sri Lanka, Kumar Sangakkara has been an honorable ambassador of the gentleman’s game for a long time. He is the top run scorer for Sri Lanka in internationals followed by Jayawardene. Sanga has a huge fan following in his country owing to his sincere and laudable service. He has 63 centuries in his international career.
Zimbabwe – Andy Flower
A top batsman in both the forms of the game, Andy Flower was a lone, valiant fighter and saviour for his side on many occasions. Averaging over 50 in tests, Andy Flower’s game was never dependent on the surface and conditions, as he was a class player capable enough to handle any bowler in any conditions with a cricket bat in his hands.