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India is a great country rich in culture and traditions. It is part of the continent of Asia, and as a peninsula, India has many different terrains that showcase deserts, jungles, and mountains. This country is so large its society has divided social rankings called castes. There are high castes, which include landowners, soldiers, and priests. The untouchables do not belong to any castes, and they do most menial work.
India is also into sports, especially cricket.
Like most people around the world, people in India are also fascinated with sports, playing cricket in particular. The country is notable for producing some of the world's most successful cricket players. Find out how successful these Indian cricket players of all time are on this list.
Cricket in India
Cricket in India is a battle of eleven against eleven players, where the Indian national team has a diverse class of players that showcases their exceptional talents. India produced many extraordinary professional cricketers from 1932 until today.
Here are the top 10 cricket players who performed well and built great careers in India in the sport's history.
10. Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma is one of India's best professional cricket players, who plays the right-handed batsman position for the Indian cricket team. He also represents Mumbai in domestic leagues. Sharma's birth date was on April 30, 1987, and he grew up in Maharastra, India. He became a batsman and an occasional right-arm-off break bowler. He also became a skipper for the Mumbai Indians that participated in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Sharma started his cricket career at 20 in 2007, when he made his ODI debut. Later that year, he participated in his first T20I and began building his career slowly to become an established Indian setup. He managed to maintain his foothold as the starting batsman in competitions and became famous for scoring big points at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Sharma scored 177 in his debut.
His association with the Eden Gardens developed when he scored 264 points against Sri Lanka. Sharma's score was the highest individual ODI score, and he was the first batsman to gain two double tons in ODIs. Among all the cricket players in India, he is also the only one to make three double-hundreds score in a single-day international competition, and he tied the record for the fastest international century in T20. Sharma is also known as an all-time classic cricketer, not only in India but all around the world.
9. Virat Kholi
Virat Kohli is the most popular Indian cricketer in the world. Born on November 5, 1988, in Delhi, India, Kholi is considered the best batsman in the sports industry. He holds the record of making more than 300 runs in a bilateral single-day international series on six different events.
Kholi was also the first cricket player to achieve four double-centuries in four consecutive tests. He also stands out from all the cricket players in India as the fastest to reach one thousand runs in T20 Internationals. His achievements made him one of the wealthiest cricket players in the world. Kholi also became another batsman with the highest ODI format centuries.
8. M.S. Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's birth date is July 7, 1981; and grew up in Ranchi, India, and is one of the country's most successful team captains in history. He holds many cricket records, like the most wins by an Indian captain in three international events. He also has the record of the highest stumping in the ODI format.
Dhoni is a right-handed batsman and also a wicketkeeper. Of all the cricket players in India, he is the only one that won the ICC player of the year award twice, in 2008 and 2009. He maintained his successful career as a cricket player, better than other Indian cricket players.
7. Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag's birth date was on October 20, 1978, and he used to be one of the country's most destructive batsmen. He held the record for the fastest 250 runs and 300 runs when he competed in an international cricket match. Sehwag retired in 2015, during his birthday.
Virender Sehwag has a massive following in India because of his successful career in playing cricket.
Sehwag has a remarkable career among all the cricket players in India, as he displayed his ability to create massive scores at an unbelievable speed. He holds the record for the highest number of double-hundreds Test and had seven runs of being India's first batsman to achieve three triple-hundreds scores.
The match against Sri Lanka held in Brabourne Stadium Mumbai produced the Sehwag trademark of batsmanship: a combination of daring, imagination, skills, power, and clarity of vision. Sehwag's ODI career did not have many high points records, but he scored the highest score of 219 during their match against the West Indies held in Indore. He also reached the landmark, a feature of the innings where he had his double-hundred with over six overs more to spare.
6. Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar is the Master Blaster, a right-handed batsman that belongs to the list of most successful cricket players in the world. Tendulkar was born on April 24, 1973, and became one of India's best batsmen and the top richest cricket players.
Tendulkar holds many cricket records, including the highest number of centuries and fifties, the highest run-scorer, and the youngest cricket player to achieve 1,000 runs in Test cricket. His batting techniques were based on the fundamental principles: economic movement, perfect balance, anticipation, and precision in stroke-making.
If he didn't have a signature stroke, it was because of his proficiency in playing the sport.
There were no apparent flaws in Tendulkar's game, as he could score all around the wicket. He became more popular with his outstanding performances in the Indian cricket team's international matches.
5. Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid is one of the retired professional cricket players from India and was born in Madhya Pradesh, India, on January 11, 1973. Dravid is the sole player in India associated with two partnerships of more than three hundred runs. He is also the record-holder for achieving the most consecutive single-day international innings without a duck and another record for the most time spent at the crease. Dravid is the oldest of all the Indian cricket players to play a T20 cricket game.
4. Saurav Ganguly
Saurav Ganguly is also known as Dada in the Indian cricket industry. He was born in West Bengal, India, on July 8, 1972, and became a member of the Indian Premier League Technical Committee. He is also the third greatest batsman in Indian cricket history that crossed the 10,000-run record after Sachin Tendulkar and Inzamam-Ul-Haq. Ganguly earned the nickname ‘God of the Off Side' for his beautiful stroke play over the square and covers of the wicket.
3. Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble is a retired cricket player from India who has 18 years of playing cricket. He was born in Bangalore, India, on October 17, 1970, and became one of the professional cricket players in India for his exceptional right-arm-leg spin bowling. Kumble made a record of 619 wickets and still belongs to the third-highest wicket-takers in Test in cricket history, behind Sane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan.
Kumble also receives the 1993 Cricketer of the Year and the 1996 Wisden Cricketers of the Year. In 2005, he also received the Padma Shri award, India's fourth-highest civilian honor.
2. Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar is one of the retired cricket players from India. He was born in Mumbai, India, on July 10, 1949, and became one of the best batsmen in history. He was the record-holder for 34 Test centuries for almost 20 years before Sachin Tendulkar did better in 2005.
Gavaskar uses a great technique to become an outstanding batsman competing against fast bowlers. He also received the Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri awards. Gavaskar was the first Indian batsman to make 10,000 Test runs.
1. Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev Nikhanj is a retired Indian cricket player who led the Indian National Team to the 1983 world cup victory. He was India's greatest pace bowler and a fast-bowling all-rounder. During his prime years, he received India's Cricketer of the Century in 2002, outperforming Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar.
Nikhanj also led India to the 1983 World Cup with his all-around example to his teammates, which showed them to gain the world-record aggregate of Test wickets.
Nikhanj also became India's coach for ten months. His coaching career was cut short because of match-fixing allegations, which were subsequently dismissed. Despite this episode in his career, he still received the Indian Cricketer of the Century award and later became a consultant and chairman of the National Cricket Academy.
India's cricket players displayed exceptional skills in playing the fantastic sport. Their success story showed their dedication and passion for the sporting industry. Many became wealthy athletes because of their earnings from salaries and endorsements. Cricket is a fascinating sport, and you earn money through betting. It showcases exciting matches from athletes all over the world.