India is one of the oldest Test-playing nations in the world, which was the direct result of Britain’s colonization efforts during the better part of three centuries. Despite the country having played the game since the 18th century, India was granted Test match status in 1932 and has since remained as one of the strongest teams in test match cricket. However, the popularity of the game in India rose significantly after the introduction of the ODI format and the subsequent winning of the 1983 World Cup. Cricket is akin to a religion in India that has a massive fan following, and the country has indeed produced some remarkable players over the years to cement its position as a cricketing superpower.
With over a billion people that are crazy about cricket, India is home to an abundance of talent, which means that only the very best players make it to the top level of the sport. One should possess a lot of talent, skill, and temperament to consistently perform at the highest level of the game or risk losing their spot to youngsters or other top performers. Regardless, there have been some big names in the game that will forever remain etched into the minds of ardent cricket fans.
Here are the top Indian cricketers who have rendered awe-inspiring services for their country. Some of these players were quite popular with cricket betting sites, where punters were able to wager on the performance of their favorite stars and teams through an online cricket betting platform. It should be said that the players mentioned below are/were in no way affiliated to any cricket bookies, neither do they endorse cricket betting.
Top Indian Cricket Players
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is a legend in the cricketing world, where his records and sheer determination to succeed have no equals. With a whopping statistic to his name that outlines a century of international centuries and more than 34,000 runs from 200 tests & 463 ODIs, he is indeed termed as the God of Cricket by loving fans. He was also useful with the bowl and had played a brief stint as the captain of the Indian cricket team. Regardless, the humble and down-to-earth personality has earned acclaim from his peers, as well as fierce competitors.
After 18 wonderful years of masterful stroke play and great temperament that took India to several victories, his retirement from the game has left a gaping hole in Indian cricket and the cricketing community as a whole. The allure of the ‘Sachin Tendulkar’ brand is as such that even the younger generation, who haven’t seen him play, adores his fruitful career to this day.
We can’t seem to get enough of the most successful all-rounder that we have ever seen. He was excellent with both the ball and the bat and is one of the best pacemen to have represented India at the global stage. The Indian team, under the captaincy of Kapil Dev, brought home the 1983 world cup against all the odds. India entered the series as the underdogs, especially in an era where cricket did not enjoy the same popularity in India as it does in the modern age.
Therefore, beating the monumental West Indies, who were the series favorites, certainly put India on the map. Kapil Dev’s statistics as a successful all-rounder still stands proudly today, as we have yet to emulate the same with any of our present-day all-rounders.
M. S. Dhoni
Bringing home, the world cup for the second time was a dream for millions of Indian fans, who were denied the satisfaction for well over two decades. While India stuttered and faltered many times, it was Mahendra Singh Dhoni who brought the ODI World Cup and the inaugural T20 World Cup, both with excellent leadership skills and thoughtful gameplay. It was all the more worthwhile to see that Sachin Tendulkar was a part of the winning team, which made it the best world cup victory for the nation.
While Dhoni started his career as an explosive batsman, he eventually transformed into a finisher, with several wins credited to his consistent temperament and an innate ability to read the game accurately. Being a favorite of Cricket Bookies, Dhoni comes with a capability of hitting the big ones if the situation arises, but he is also capable of playing the anchor role. Dhoni is up there among the best captains to have played the game.
Sunil Gavaskar was the pioneer of Test cricket, who infamously played an ODI like a test match and ultimately conceded a massive loss. Nevertheless, Sunil Gavaskar was the first Indian to score 10,000 runs in test cricket and still continues to be a part of the modern cricketing era through his commentating duties. Sunil Gavaskar was originally the ‘Little Master,’ before Sachin came along and took the title from him.
Rahul Dravid is one of the most dependable players to have ever played cricket for the Indian national side and has achieved quite a remarkable success in his time within the team. Rahul Dravid was drafted into the Indian team during a major reshuffle, particularly in a time of crisis where the Indian team was not performing up to the expectations. Rahul Dravid is known for his immaculate technique and the ability to tackle all types of bowling on any pitch, which earned him the title as the ‘Great Wall of India.’
Anil Kumble might not be able to spin the bowl as some of the best spinners who have graced the game, but his dedication and strong work ethics had helped him to enjoy wide-spread success than anyone could ever imagine. Anil Kumble is one player that had a sensible head on his shoulders, which made him a match-winner on numerous occasions. With 612 wickets from 132 Tests and 337 wickets from 271 ODIs, he continues to be the highest wicket-taker for India.
Virat Kohli is the newest in the bunch, but he has quickly earned a name for himself through consistent performance. He is currently the captain of the Indian team, but this young lad has the potential to break all the records set by his senior teammates. Virat Kohli is continuously featured as a top batsman in all the three formats of the game and may continue to rule the rooster if his current form continues.
Sourav Ganguly is the most daring Indian captain to have given India the aggressive side that it lacked in the past. Ganguly was an amazingly skilled batsman, but more so an innovative captain, who made the tough calls when it was required. Fans still fondly remember their ‘Dada’ when they speak highly of this accomplished player.
Virender Sehwag burst into the scene with a fantastic array of skill and fiery batting, which often send the opposition into a cocoon. Some considered him to be a replica of Sachin Tendulkar since both had similar batting styles, but Virender Sehwag created his own niche in the batting sphere. His amazing talent allowed him to score runs freely, which helped in giving India the starts they need in both ODIs and test matches.
Yuvraj Singh is known for his ability to spot the ball and hit it out of the park with minimalist effort. Although his form in the later parts of his career may be questionable, his talent surely made the game look easy. Hitting six sixes in an over is an improbable feat that was only achieved by a very few, but Yuvraj Singh’s mega over in the T20 World Cup against England still remains fresh in fans’ minds. It is indeed a pity that the player’s on and off form had played spoil-sport in an otherwise illustrious career.
There are other players who may have deserved a place above, but there are so many uniquely talented and successful players that choosing a top ten would be difficult. Therefore, this list is not exhaustive, but if you feel that any other player deserves the recognition, don’t hesitate to let us know.
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