Cricket is the Game in which various nations have produced great players and they have provided the world with their excellent performance and have made a mark in this game. Asian teams have not fared much in any other sports, but they really have provided us with Cricketing genius. And, here goes the Top 10 Greatest Asian Cricketers Of All Time.
Top 10 Greatest Asian Cricketers Of All Time
Cricket, the game in which nations like India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh has shown the world that they are among the best in this game. Some of the best batsmen, bowlers, and all-rounder’s of the game are from these nations. Here we catch up with the Top 10 Greatest Asian Cricketers Of All Time.
Honorable Mention: Muttiah Muralitharan
Muttiah Muralitharan the greatest bowler for not only in Sri Lanka but also in the world. Muralitharan is the highest wicket-taker in Test Cricket. He has the record of taking 800 wickets in test cricket before retiring. Muralitharan’s Doosra was unplayable and took most of the wickets with that delivery.
In the test, Muralitharan took 800 test wickets and in ODI he took over 500 runs. Fans widely consider Muralitharan as one of the greatest spin bowlers of all time. Besides, he also deserves his mention among the top 10 greatest Asian cricketers of all time.
10. Waqar Younis
Waqar Younis was another dream bowler from Pakistan. He puts the reverse into the swing. He is also widely regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. Waqar was the youngest Pakistani Test Captain.
Waqar has 373 test wickets and 416 ODI wickets. So, his bowling brilliance gets him into the list of the top 10 greatest Asian cricketers of all time.
9. Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram was a genuine left-arm fast bowler for Pakistan. Besides, fans still consider him as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. He was Pakistan’s dream bowler and his Yorkers were unplayable. Akram is considered as one of the best fast bowlers that the world has ever seen.
He was the fastest bowler to reach the 500-wicket mark in ODI during the 2003 world cup. Akram took 414 wickets in Test cricket and 502 wickets in ODI. So it is impossible to forget him from Asia’s XI. Besides, he now holds the ninth place in our list of the top 10 greatest Asian cricketers of all time.
8. Imran Khan
Imran Khan was Pakistan’s most successful test captain, leading his country to victory at the 1992 Cricket World Cup. He was the finest cricketer from Pakistan and was the biggest heartthrob. Imran Khan was a great fast bowler. He has over 3000 runs in both tests and ODI.
Imran Khan over 350 wickets in test cricket. So this contribution makes him the member in this list of the top 10 greatest Asian cricketers of all time. Moreover, he also holds his place among the greatest Muslim athletes of all time.
7. Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev is the greatest fast bowler India has ever seen. He also has provided with his batting performance and so he is one the greatest all-rounder from India. Kapil Dev led the Indian side to a world cup victory in 1983 for the first time. He has over 5,000 runs in test and over 3,000 runs in ODI. His bowling records are also good, gathering 434 wickets in test and 253 wickets in ODI.
Many cricket pundits still consider Kapil Dev as one of the greatest all-rounders in cricket history. Besides, he now holds the seventh place in our list of the top 10 greatest Asian cricketers of all time.
This Pakistani player is considered one of the best players from Pakistan. Also known as ‘Inzy’, is the best batsman Pakistan has ever produced and also is the leading run-scorer for Pakistan in ODI. He also captained the Pakistan national team and was the best leader to lead the Pakistan side.
Inzy has over 8,000 runs in test and over 11,000 runs in ODI. So, Inzhas also deserved the place in All-Time Asian X1. Besides, he now holds the sixth place in our list of the top 10 greatest Asian cricketers of all time.
5. Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid, the wall of Indian Cricket. He was Mr. Reliable of the Indian team and one of the greatest number 3 batsmen world has ever seen. Dravid had a defense that all bowlers found hard to crack. He is considered as a classical test batsman and his presence in the crease was an assurance of getting a positive result.
Rahul Dravid has over 13,000 runs in test matches and over 10,000 runs in ODI with less impact with his bowling performance. Rahul Dravid is also considered as one of the greats of Asia. He now holds the fifth place among the top 10 greatest Asian cricketers of all time.
4. Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly, the Royal Bengal Tiger of the Indian Team. He is the best captain India has ever seen. The word ‘leader’ is the most suitable word to describe Sourav Ganguly. Sourav Ganguly is considered as the God of off-side and his strokes through the off-side were a treat to watch. India’s most successful captain and Sachin were considered as the best opening partner in the game of cricket.
Sourav made a century in his debut innings at Lords. He has over 7000 runs in test and over 11,000 runs in ODI and also did bowl in fewer innings. Sourav Ganguly is also in Asia XI. Cricket pundits still consider him as one of the most successful cricket captains of all time.
3. Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara, one of the greatest players from Sri Lanka. One of the greatest wicket-keeper cum batsman from Sri Lanka. Sangakara is one of the finest left-handed batsmen from Sri Lanka and also captained the Sri Lankan national team for more than two years. Kumar Sangakkara scored 11,000 runs in tests and over 12,000 runs in ODI.
Also, Sangakkara is a fine wicket-keeper. So, Kumar Sangakkara is also in the list of the top 10 greatest Asian cricketers of all time.
2. Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar is another player from India who has made a mark in the Cricketing world with his excellent performance. He is the greatest opening batsmen of all time and also was very much successful as one of the greatest cricketers of all time. Sunil Gavaskar had the best technique in this game and had a defense that was almost unreachable.
With strong defense also he was master in stroke play. Sunil Gavaskar has over 10,000 runs in Test but had less prominence in ODI. Sunil Gavaskar is also included in the top 10 greatest Asian cricketers of all time.
1. Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar – The little magician from India often referred to as ‘THE GOD of Cricket’. He is not only the greatest player from Asia, but he is considered as the one player that the world has ever seen. Sachin is considered as the most complete and the greatest batsman of all time and was flawless with his stroke-making and he was the wonder kid, which India found when he started playing at the age of 11.
Tendulkar has bagged all kinds of records in Cricket and lastly winning the world cup for India in 2011. Sachin has over 18,000 runs in One day International and over 15,000 runs in test and also did take few wickets in his cricketing career. His 100 century in Cricket considered one of Cricket Wonders in History. Sachin Tendulkar undoubtedly has his name in the top 10 greatest Asian cricketers of all time.