Top 10 Greatest Left-Handed Batsmen in Cricket History

July 10, 2020 By Sourav


Top 10 Greatest Left-Handed Batsmen in Cricket History

In cricket, a left-handed player is considered an asset. This is because lefties have a clear advantage. Even though Australian scientists have dismissed the suggestions that left-handed players, especially the batsmen, have an innate superiority, batting records show a clear advantage of the left-handers when it comes to cricket. We have witnessed plenty of the greatest Left-Handed Batsmen in Cricket, but here in the list, we have compiled the best of them.

Greatest Left-Handed Batsmen in Cricket History

Left-handed batsmen tend to score more runs and also to bat longer. Besides, the bowlers may not always have the experience to readily deal with a player who takes an alternative stance. Naturally, the boundaries are scored more often as the bowlers are caught off-guard. They also tend to lose their wickets only if they are slogged out. Let us take a look at the Top 10 Greatest Left-Handed Batsmen in Cricket History.

10. Matthew Hayden

Retired Australian left-handed batsmen Matthew Hayden played for several teams such as Brisbane Heat, Chennai Super Kings, Hampshire and Northamptonshire besides his appearance for the Australian national cricket team. He scored a total of 8625 runs in 184 innings out of 103 international test matches that he ever played in his career and made his career’s best test match score of 380. He made 30 centuries and 29 half-centuries. Hayden also played 14 not-out innings for his team in international test cricket.

Matthew Hayden also scored a total of 6133 runs in 161 ODI matches in his active cricketing career and made his career’s best ODI score of 181*. And, he holds the tenth place in our list of top 10 left-handed batsmen in cricket history. He made 10 centuries and 36 half-centuries and played 15 not-out innings for the Australian team in limited-overs international cricket.

FormatMatchesInningsRunsHighest ScoreAverageStrike Rate100504s6s
Tests103184862538050.7360.103029104982
ODIs1611556133181*43.8078.96103663687
T20Is9930873*51.33143.92043713

9. Saeed Anwar

Retired Pakistani left-handed batsmen Saeed Anwar played for several teams such as Agriculture Development Bank of Pakistan, Karachi, Lahore, and United Bank Limited besides his appearance for the Pakistani national cricket team. He scored a total of 4052 runs in 91 innings out of 55 international test matches that he ever played in his career and made his career’s best test match score of 188. He made 11 centuries and 25 half-centuries and played 2 not-out innings for his team in international test cricket.

Saeed Anwar also scored a total of 8824 runs in 247 ODI matches in his active cricketing career and made his career’s best ODI score of 194. Without any doubt, he holds the ninth place in our list of the greatest left-handed batsmen in cricket history. He made 20 centuries and 43 half-centuries. He also played 19 not-out innings for the Pakistani team in ODI cricket.

FormatMatchesInningsRunsHighest ScoreAverageStrike Rate100504s6s
Tests55914052188*45.5255.77112553514
ODIs247244882419439.2180.67204393897

8. Allan Border

Best Left-Handed Batsmen
Allan Border

Legendary retired Australian left-handed batsmen Allan Border played for several teams such as Essex, Gloucestershire, New South Wales, and Queensland besides his appearance for the Australian national cricket team. He scored a total of 11174 runs in 265 innings out of 156 international test matches that he ever played in his career and made his career’s best test match score of 205. He made 27 centuries and 63 half-centuries and played 44 not-out innings for his team in international test cricket. Besides, he is also one of the most successful cricket captains of all time.

Allan Border also scored a total of 6524 runs in 273 ODI matches in his active cricketing career and made his career’s best ODI score of 127*. He definitely deserves the eighth place in our list of greatest left-handed batsmen in cricket. He made 3 centuries and 39 half-centuries and played 39 not-out innings for the Australian team in limited-overs international cricket.

FormatMatchesInningsRunsHighest ScoreAverageStrike Rate100504s6s
Tests1562651117420550.56NA2763116128
ODIs2732526524127*30.6271.4233950043

7. Sanath Jayasuriya

Retired Sri Lankan left-handed batsmen Sanath Jayasuriya score one of the most career sixes in ODI cricket history. He played for several teams such as Colombo Cricket Club, Dolphins, Marylebone Cricket Club, Mumbai Indians, Ruhuna, and Somerset besides his appearance for the Sri Lankan national cricket team. Jayasuriya scored a total of 6973 runs in 188 innings out of 110 international test matches that he ever played in his career and made his career’s best test match score of 340. He made 14 centuries and 31 half-centuries. Jayasuriya also played 14 not-out innings for his team in international test cricket.

Sanath Jayasuriya also scored a total of 13430 runs in 445 ODI matches in his active cricketing career. He made his career’s best ODI score of 189, and also inducted in the seventh place in our list of top 10 greatest left-handed batsmen in cricket. He made 28 centuries and 68 half-centuries. Jayasuriya also played 18 not-out innings for the Sri Lankan team in ODI cricket.

FormatMatchesInningsRunsHighest ScoreAverageStrike Rate100504s6s
Tests110188697334040.07NA143191059
ODIs4454331343018932.3691.2028681500270
T20Is31306298823.29129.15047623

6. Clive Lloyd

Clive Lloyd
Clive Lloyd

Legendary former West Indian left-handed batsmen Clive Lloyd played for several teams such as British Guiana, Guyana, and Lancashire besides his appearance for the West Indian national cricket team. Lloyd received the Wisden Cricketer of the Year award in 1971. He scored a total of 7515 runs in 175 innings out of 110 international test matches and made his career’s best test match score of 242*. He made 19 centuries and 39 half-centuries in Test Cricket. Lloyd also played 14 not-out innings for his team in international test cricket.

Clive Lloyd also scored a total of 1977 runs in 87 ODI matches in his active cricketing career. He made his career’s best ODI score of 102. And, he holds the sixth place in our list of top 10 greatest left-handed batsmen in cricket. He made a century and 11 half-centuries in ODI Cricket. Besides, he played 19 not-out innings for West Indian teams in limited-overs international cricket.

FormatMatchesInningsRunsHighest ScoreAverageStrike Rate100506s
Tests1101757515242*46.67NA193970
ODIs8769197710239.5481.22111NA

5. Kumar Sangakkara

Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara

The whole world widely regards the retired Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara as one of the greatest cricketers of his nation. During his active career, he played for several teams besides playing international matches for Sri Lanka. He participated in domestic T20 matches for Kings XI Punjab, Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Jamaica Tallawahs, Dhaka Dynamites, Quetta Gladiators, Karachi Kings, and Multan Sultans. Besides, he also played county cricket for Surrey. During his active test career, he scored 12400 runs in 134 test matches. He made 38 centuries and 58 half-centuries in the test circuit.

Sangakkara also scored a total of 14235 runs in 404 ODI matches in his active ODI career. He made his career’s best ODI score of 169. With astonishing records, he has earned the fifth place in our list of best left-handed batsmen in cricket. He made 25 centuries and 93 half-centuries in ODI.

FormatMatchesInningsRunsHighest ScoreAverageStrike Rate100504s6s
Tests1342331240031957.4054.193852149151
ODIs4043801423416941.9878.862593138588
T20Is565313827831.40119.550813920

4. Adam Gilchrist

Adam Gilchrist
Adam Gilchrist

Retired Australian left-handed cricketer Adam Gilchrist is widely regarded as the greatest wicketkeeper-batsman of all time. He played for several teams such as Deccan Chargers, Kings XI Punjab, Middlesex, New South Wales, and Western Australia besides his appearance for the Australian national cricket team. He scored a total of 5570 runs in 137 innings out of 96 international test matches. Gilchrist also made his career’s best test match score of 204. He made 17 centuries and 26 half-centuries and played 20 not-out innings for his team in international test cricket.

Adam Gilchrist also scored a total of 9619 runs in 287 ODI matches in his active cricketing career. He made his career’s best ODI score of 172. With amazing records, Gilchrist has earned fourth place in our list of best left-handed batsmen in cricket. He made 16 centuries and 55 half-centuries in ODI. He also played 11 not-out innings for the Australian team in limited-overs international cricket.

FormatMatchesInningsRunsHighest ScoreAverageStrike Rate100504s6s
Tests961375570204*47.6081.951726677100
ODIs287279961917235.8996.9416551162149
T20Is13132724822.66141.66002713

3. Sir Garry Sobers

Sir Garry Sobers
Sir Garry Sobers

One of the greatest batsmen of all time, West Indian legend Sir Garry Sobers played for several teams such as Barbados, Nottinghamshire, and South Australia besides his appearance for the West Indian national cricket team. He scored a total of 8032 runs in 160 innings out of 93 international test matches. Besides, he made his career’s best test match score of 365*. He made 26 centuries and 30 half-centuries and played 21 not-out innings for his team in international test cricket.

Sir Garry Sobers also scored a total of 28314 runs in 383 First-class matches in his active cricketing career. He made his career’s best First-class score of 365*. The cricket legend earned his place in the third place in our list of top 10 greatest left-handed batsmen. He made 86 centuries and 121 half-centuries and played 93 not-out innings for his teams in First-class cricket.

FormatMatchesInningsRunsHighest ScoreAverageStrike Rate100504s6s
Tests931608032365*57.78NA2630NANA
ODIs11000.000.000000

2. Sourav Ganguly

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Retired Indian Batsman Sourav Ganguly earned his place among the most successful cricket captains of all time. He played for several teams such as Bengal, Kolkata Knight Riders, Lancashire, Marylebone Cricket Club, Northamptonshire, and Pune Warriors, besides his appearance for the Indian national cricket team. He scored a total of 7212 runs in 188 innings out of 113 international test matches. Ganguly made his career’s best test match score of 239. He made 16 centuries and 35 half-centuries and played 17 not-out innings for his team in international test cricket.

Sourav Ganguly also scored a total of 11363 runs in 311 ODI matches in his active cricketing career. He made his career’s best ODI score of 183. With amazing batting records under his belt, he deserves the second place in our list of greatest left-handed batsmen in cricket. He made 22 ODI centuries and 72 half-centuries. Besides, he played 23 not-out innings for team India in limited-overs international cricket.

FormatMatchesInningsRunsHighest ScoreAverageStrike Rate100504s6s
Tests113188721223942.1751.25163590057
ODIs3113001136318341.0273.7022721122190
T20s777317269125.01107.000818451

1. Brian Lara

Brian Lara
Brian Lara

Retired West Indian left-handed batsmen Brian Lara deserves to be named as one of the greatest cricketers of all time. He played for several teams such as Marylebone Cricket Club, Mumbai Champs, Northern Transvaal, Southern Rocks, and Warwickshire, besides his appearance for the West Indian national cricket team. He scored a total of 11953 runs in 232 innings out of 132 international test matches. Lara made his career’s best test match score of 400 not-out. He made 34 centuries and 48 half-centuries and also played 6 not-out innings in international test cricket.

Brian Lara also scored a total of 10405 runs in 299 ODI matches in his active cricketing career. He made his career’s best ODI score of 169 and earned the top place in our list of greatest left-handed batsmen in cricket history. He made 19 centuries and 63 half-centuries. Lara also played 32 not-out innings for West Indies team in limited-overs international cricket.

FormatMatchesInningsRunsHighest ScoreAverageStrike Rate100504s6s
Tests13123211953400*52.8860.513448155988
ODIs2992891040516940.4879.5119631035133

The whole cricket world celebrates the amazing stance of left-handed batsmen. Their batting styles do have an edge over others. The advantage they enjoy is mainly strategic, and they are rare. They definitely bring an advantage to the team. Left-handed batsmen always proved themselves effective against the bowlers, as the line of length changes. However, the placement of fielders should change accordingly to create pressure on the opponents. They also manage to create psychological pressure. Who are your favorite Left-Handed Batsmen in Cricket? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Warwick Goodwin
    Warwick Goodwin August 28, 2019 04:08

    Your research hasn't gone too far back. What about Graeme Pollock? He has the best test average for all left handers. Elements of your research are based on subjectivity, guesswork and thumb-sucking.

  2. Ashish
    ashish September 5, 2019 07:56

    absolutely! fiugres only the heroes from last 25 years (except Lloyd) even then Alastair Cook deserves a mention.

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