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World of cricket has seen dozens of great batsmen throughout the history of the game. These batsmen scored tons of runs and entertained cricket fans. It may be difficult to rank most of these batsmen in terms of greatness as all of them had their class and showed brilliance in the field but still there are few batsmen which are considered greater by most cricket fans and experts. We have tried to prepare a list of ten greatest batsmen of all times. This list was prepared after reading fans comments and analyzing various top ranked cricket websites and analysts. However, you may still agree or disagree with one or few batsmen listed here. Similarly, other lists such as top ten batsmen of cricket world cup 2015 are also present on our website and you may also want to go through that list to make a comparison between all-time greatest batsmen and currently playing top batsmen. Meanwhile, let’s start with this list of world’s top ten batsmen of all time.
Sir Don Bradman
Not only is he the greatest batsman of all time but Bradman is also considered to be one of the best sportsmen of the last century. Among the list of unbreakable cricket records, Bradman’s record of maximum average in test cricket is probably the most difficult to break by any future batsman. No one else than Sir Bradman was able to show nerves to score 6,996 test runs with the average of 99.94 runs per inning. It is only due to such greatness that famous sports website sporteology.com ranked Bradman as the “all-time greatest batsmen in history of the game”. Bradman literally ruled the game during his era and he was given the title of “The Don” from cricket fans.
His fans consider him the greatest batsman the game of cricket has ever seen. However, we believe that Tendulkar is the second best batsman of all times. The number of records made by Sachin Tendulkar is way too much to be discussed in detail. However, one record of making 100 international centuries is enough to show the greatness of this champion batsman. Sachin kept on entertaining cricket fans for almost 24 years and ended up making an unbelievable record of “century of centuries”. He played 200 test matches and 463 one day international matches. Since his retirement from the international arena, world of cricket has so far failed to see any batsman matching his skills.
Sir viv Richard is another ever shinning star in the list of greatest cricketers of all time. According to an article published in espncricinfo.com, he was the number one cricket batsman in the era of 1970s to early 1990. However, he succeeded in getting third spot in our list of all-time greatest batsmen in the cricket history. He was able to maintain brilliant average in both formats of cricket. He scored more than 8,000 runs in test cricket with brilliant average of 50.23 and 6,721 runs in one day internationals with an average of exactly 47 runs. Wisden chose him as the third greatest test batsman after Bradman and Tendulkar.
Most people would agree that Brian Lara deserve a high place in top ten batsmen of all times. It’s not only that Lara has two of the three top test scores against his name but his overall international records also depict his greatness and top class batting skills. Brian Lara scored 400 not out individual runs against England in 2003-04 in a single inning. Similarly, he also scored third highest individual runs (375). Moreover, his maintained an average of almost 53 in 131 tests. His greatness is also evident from the fact that he played in the era of great bowlers, such as Wasim Akram, Shane Warne, Shaun Pollock, Glenn Mcgrath, Waqar Younus and Muttiah Muralitharan.
It is shame that most lists of top ten greatest batsmen of all times don’t include Kumar Sangakkara. However, we believe that he surely deserve a place in this list as he has not only scored tons of runs but also played a lot of crucial and important innings for his team. Kumar Sangakkara has so far maintained an outstanding test average of almost 58.50 runs in 131 test matches he has played. Similarly, he has also scored more than 14,000 runs in one day international matches with a brilliant average of just under 42 runs. He remained at top position in ICC test batsman ranking for quite a long time.
Not only was he a great batsman of his era but Miandad is also known for his street smart attitude in the ground. ESPN ranked him as the greatest batsman Pakistan has ever produced. Not only he played a good role in winning ICC world cup for his team in 1992 but he also played various important innings for Pakistan including the unforgettable last ball six in Sharjah against India. Miandad scored 8,832 runs in test cricket with an average of 52.57 and 7,381 runs in ODIs with an average of 41.70.
AB De Villiers
AB De Villiers is without any doubt the most stylish batsman of present era. Not only the most stylish but he is also one of the greatest batsmen of all times. Including him in a list along with the likes of Sir Don Bradman and Viv Richards may seem a bit of exaggeration at first glance but his records and numerous great performances in recent times are enough evidence to let him secure position in this list. AB has all times 3rd highest average in ODIs and he has also scored tons of runs in test cricket. Strike rate of almost 100 and average of 53.65 in one day international matches confirm his greatness in the field of batting. AB has also maintained a healthy average in test cricket.
Ponting was not only one of the greatest cricket captains of all times but he was also one of the greatest batsmen of his era. His brilliant batting performances throughout his cricket career played an important role in maintaining Australian dominance in cricket for a long period of time. During his successful career, Ponting scored more than 13,000 runs in both formats of the cricket. Average of just under 52 in test cricket in 168 test matches and just above 42 in 375 ODIs make him one of the greatest cricketer of all times.
India has produced numerous brilliant batsmen throughout the history of the game. There are many great names when it comes to batting but right handed batsman Rahul Dravid is probably the second best batsman ever produced by India and 9th best batsman of all times in the history. With 36 test centuries and an average of 52.31 runs, Dravid was one of the most dominating batsmen of his era. He scored more than 13,000 runs in tests and almost 11,000 runs in ODIs.
Not only one of the greatest batsmen of all times but Kallis is also one of the greatest all-rounder the world of cricket has ever seen. Kallis was exceptional with both bat and ball and often played crucial role in the victory of his team. Jacques Kallis played 166 test matches to score 13,289 runs with the average of 55.37, with the help of 45 centuries. He also scored 11,574 runs in 325 one day international matches, with the help of 17 centuries. Along with such an outstanding performance with the bat, Jacques Kallis also got 292 wickets in test matches and 273 wickets in ODIs. It is very difficult that such a brilliant all-round performer will be ever seen again in cricket.
Since you have seen this list of top ten greatest batsmen of all times, it is up to you to decide who was the greatest of all these batsmen. Probably Sir Don Bradman or probably Sachin Tendulkar, well it’s entirely up to you to choose. We prepared this list after due analysis and care and also remember that the numbering of this list doesn’t mean the level of their greatness. Also don’t worry if you couldn’t find your favorite batsman in this list. May be your favorite batsman is a brilliant cricketer and great entertainer but not as brilliant as these legends of the game, or maybe we missed him by mistake. Well, whichever the case maybe, don’t forget to share your thoughts regarding this list in the comments section.
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