There are so many cricketers who have been played for Indian cricket team. But all those Indian cricketers didn’t become successful as well as popular. However there are some unforgettable cricketers That’s why they are recognized as most popular Indian cricketers in cricket history. You don’t need to go anywhere to search about them. Because here I am going introduce with you top 10 most popular Indian cricketers of all time.
Top 10 Most Popular Indian Cricketers of All Time
10. Virender Sehwag
He was born on 20 October 1978. He is an earlier Indian cricketer. He is a right handed opening batsman as well as a part time right hand off spin bowler. He played his first ODI in 1999 and joined the Indian Test team in 2001. In April 2009, he became the only Indian to be honored as the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World for his performance in 2008. He is only batsman in the history of cricketer to have made 7,500-plus runs in both ODIs & Tests as an opener. He has played 104 Test matches, scored 8,586 runs with batting average of 49.34 and 251ODI matches, scored 8,273 runs with batting average of 35.05. That’s why he listed in the list of top 10 most popular Indian Cricketers of all time.
9. Anil Kumble
He is past Indian cricketer and one of the most successful bowlers. He was born on 17th October 1970 in Bangauru, India. He was one of the great spinner, took 619 wickets in just 132 test matches. Besides this he took 337 wickets in just 271 ODI matches with the bowling average of 30.89. He is a third highest wicket taker in Test matches just behind Mttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne. He had also awarded with the “Padma Shri” by the Government of India. He is the only bowler who took most wickets in a calendar year in ODI with 61 wickets. That’s why he is always recognizing as all time most popular Indian cricketers.
8. Zaheer Khan
Zaheer Khan was born 7 October 1978. He is a previous Indian cricketer who was a player of the Indian national cricket team from year 2000 till 2014. He played for Worcestershire in County Cricket as well as plays for Mumbai and Delhi Daredevils in Indian domestic match. He was the 2nd most successful Indian pace bowler in Test match, after Indian cricketer Kapil Dev. Zaheer Khan was one of the main player of the 2011 ODI World Cup winning team, leading the pace attack with 21 wickets in just 9 matches. In 2011 Zaheer Khan was conferred with the Arjuna Award, India’s 2nd highest sporting award by the President of India. He has played 92 Test matches, scored 1,230 runs with batting average of 11.94 and 200 ODI matches, scored 792 runs with batting average of 12.00.
7. V. V. S Laxman
Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Layman is a former Indian cricketer widely famous for his great timing and classical batting. He is also known as by “Very Very Special” batsman and that’s why truly deserved to be occupied among the most popular Indian cricketers of all time. In his International career, he has played 134 Test matches and scored 8,781 runs with the average of 45.97. Besides he has build 2,338 runs in just 86 ODI matches with the average of 30.76. He has been honored with the “Padma Shri” by the Government of India and has been Wisden Cricketer of the year 2002.
6. Rahul Dravid
He was one of most classical right hand batsman that has produce for Indian Team. He was born on 11th January 1973 in Madhya Pradesh, India. He is always memories and listed among the most popular Indian cricketers because of his matchless contribution towards Cricket. In his career, he has scored 13,288 runs in 164 Test matches by average of 52.31 and 10,889 runs in ODI matches with the average of 39.16. He has made 36 centuries & 63 half-centuries in Test matches besides 12 hundreds and 83 fifties in ODI matches. He has been played in IPL for the Rajasthan Royal as a captain. He has been honored with the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan award from the Government of India.
5. Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly was born 8 July 1972. He is well known as Dada. He is an earlier Indian cricketer as well as captain of the Indian national team. At present, he is selected as the honorable President of theACB (Cricket Association of Bengal) as well as President of the Editorial Board with Wisden India. He is regarded as one of India’s most popular and most successful captains in modern times along with one of the best ODI batsmen of all time. He is the 8th highest run scorer in ODIs and was the 3rd batsman in history to score the 10,000 run, after Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and Pakistan cricketer Inzamam Ul Haq. He is only player to win four consecutive man of the match awards in ODI. He has played 113 Test matches, scored 7,212 runs with batting average of 42.17 and 311 ODI matches, scored 11,363 runs with batting average of 41.02.
4. Mohammad Azharuddin
Mohammad Azharuddin was born 8 February 1963 in Hyderabad, Telangana State, India. He is a previous Indian cricketer as well as a politician. He was a most talented batsman and captained the Indian cricket team for much of the 1990s. For his success he was awarded the Arjuna Award in year 1986. He has been one of India’s most successful captains, winning 90 ODI matches. He has played 99 Test matches, scored 6,216 runs with batting average of 45.03 and 334 ODI matches, scored 9,378 runs with batting average of 36.92.
3. Sunil Manohar Gavaskar
Sunil Manohar Gavaskar who popularly known as by Sunil Gavaskar born on July 10, 1949 in Mumbai, India. He was the right handed Indian Batsman who set so many records in his time. He has played 125 Test matches, scored 10,122 runs with average of 51.12 and 108 ODI matches, scored 3092 runs with average of 35.13. He was worldwide popular as a greatest opening batsman of all time in Cricket History. Before Sachin Tendulkar he was the Indian batsman who holds the record of most test runs and most centuries (34). He had great techniques to play fast bowling specially. Besides he has won many big national & international awards like “Padma Sri” Padma Bhushan” for his enormous contribution for Indian Cricket.
2. Kapil Dev
The full name of Kapil Dev is Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikanj born on January 6, 1959. The Indian Cricket Team won first time Cricket World Cup in 1983 when Kapil Dev was the captain of the Indian team. He was the great all-rounder of that time who played big role in winning of World Cup. He has scored 5248 runs in 131 Test matches with average of 31.05 while scored 3783 runs in 225 ODI matches with average of 23. Besides a great batting contribution for Indian Cricket Team he has taken 434 wickets in Test and 253 wickets in ODI matches. All above figures prove that he was the great cricketer and the list of most popular Indian Cricketers of all time is incomplete without him.
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1. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is well known as by Sachin Tendulkar. He was born on April 24, 1973 in Mumbai, India. He started playing Cricket for India since he was just 16 years old young boy. He is the right handed Indian Batsman who recognize as a most popular cricketer in the world of all time. He has played 200 Test & 463 One Day International matches and scored 15,921 & 18,426 runs respectively. Hence he is the Indian Cricket who holds the record of highest runs in Test and ODI matches in Cricket History still now. He has scored hundred centuries in his test & ODI matches which is also a big record in International level matches. He is worldwide known as by the “God of Cricket” and count among the legends of Cricket. Recently he is honored with the “Bharat Ratna” award because of his matchless contribution towards Indian Cricket and which didn’t offer to any other Indian cricketer till now. That’s why he is worldwide most famous Cricketer and at no. 1 among the most popular Indian Cricketers of all time.