India holds the distinction of producing some of the most famous cricket player of all time. Naturally, when one excels in a sport followed by over a billion people, prosperity is not far behind. Let’s take a look at the top 20 legendary cricketers from India.
20. Ravishankar Jayadritha Shastri
He’s an Indian cricket commentator. Other than that, a former player and former head coach of the Indian national cricket team. He represented the Indian national cricket team between 1981 and 1992 in both Tests and ODIs. Although he began his career as a left-arm spin bowler, he later evolved into a batting all-rounder.
19. Kapil Dev
The Indian team Captain during their first Cricket World Cup victory in 1983. He also served as India’s national cricket coach between October 1999 and August 2000. He held the record for the highest number of wickets taken and retired in 1994.
18. Rishabh Pant
A rising star in Indian cricket and has a massive following of over 7.6 million on Instagram. He gained prominence after scoring an 18-ball half-century at the 2016 U-19 World Cup. Indeed, the fastest in the format.
17. Rahul Dravid
A former Indian cricketer who currently coaches the Indian cricket team. He gained fame for his outstanding batting abilities. People in the world of cricket think of him as one of the best batsmen ever. Having scored almost 25,000 runs in International Cricket.
16. Sourav Ganguly
Nicknamed “Dada”. He is a former Indian cricketer who captained the Indian national team. He also served as the BCCI president. Ganguly made a name for himself as one of the world’s top batsmen and remains one of the national cricket team’s greatest captains.
15. Anil Kumble
Former Indian cricketer and captain of Tests and ODIs. Took 619 wickets in Test cricket. Still remains the third-highest wicket-taker of all time. He achieved the rare feat of dismissing all ten batsmen in a Test match innings in 1999.
14. Hardik Pandya
An Indian cricket team player. He is famous for his all-round abilities. Pandya bats right-handed and bowls right-arm fast-medium. He gained attention and controversy for his comments on the Indian TV show Koffee with Karan.
13. Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman (V.V.S)
Known as V.V.S. Laxman or “Very Very Special,” is a former Indian cricketer and current cricket commentator. He is famous for his match-winning and match-saving innings.
12. Zaheer Khan
An Indian former cricketer. Known for his hostile seam and pace bowling, especially his fast, inch-perfect yorkers. He played for the Indian national team from 2000 to 2014.
11. Harbhajan Singh
Nicknamed “Bhajj”. He is a former Indian cricket player and specialist spin bowler. He achieved the distinction of being the inaugural Indian bowler to do a hat-trick in Test cricket. Considered one of the best spinners of his era.
10. Ravichandran Ashwin
An Indian spinner. He holds several records in Test cricket, including being the fastest to reach various wicket milestones. He was also named the ICC Cricketer of the Year in 2016.
9. Irfan Pathan
A former Indian cricketer who played all formats of the game, was part of India’s victorious 2007 ICC World Twenty20 squad. He also had a successful domestic career.
8. Suryakumar Yadav
Indian international cricketer who made his mark with remarkable performances. He is famous for his explosive batting and achieved the number one T20 international batsman ranking in November 2022.
7. Yuvraj Singh
An Indian famous cricket player. He earned the title of “Man of the Tournament” in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. In addition, he gained worldwide recognition for hitting six sixes in an over during the 2007 World Twenty20. He battled and overcame a cancerous tumor in 2012.
6. Gautam Gambhir
Also a former Indian cricketer. He played a crucial role in India’s victories in the 2007 World Twenty20 and the 2011 Cricket World Cup. He was also honored with the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2019.
5. Rohit Sharma
Captain of the Indian cricket team. He Is famous for his prolific batting. He became the first Indian captain to lead the team to series wins in both T20I and ODI formats in England in July 2022.
4. Virender Sehwag
A veteran Indian opener. Considered one of the most powerful batsmen in cricket history. He holds records for the highest score by an Indian in Test cricket and the fastest triple-century in international cricket.
3. MS Dhoni MS Dhoni
Widely known as “Mahi“. He is a former Indian cricketer who captained the Indian national team in limited-overs formats and Test cricket. His unique batting style, wicket-keeping skills, and the iconic helicopter shot have earned him a celebration. He led the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL.
2. Virat Kohli: #2 Famous Cricketer
The former captain of the India national team. Considered one of the world’s best batsmen. He has an impressive record of centuries in all formats of the game. He also captains Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.
1. Sachin Tendulkar: Most Famous Cricket Player
Arguably the sport’s greatest cricketer in history. With numerous records to his name. Including the highest number of centuries in Tests and ODIs, he remains an icon both on and off the field.
These legendary Indian cricketers have left an indelible mark on the world of famous cricket player. They continue to be a source of inspiration for generations of up-and-coming cricketers.