India is a nation where one can see a zeal for Cricket that matches that of religious fanatics. Introduced by the British Raj in India, cricket is the so called the ‘unofficially official’ game of India. Let’s look at some of the famous cricketers that Indian has seen.
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is an Indian former international cricketer and a former captain of the Indian national team. He is often regarded as the greatest batsman in the history of cricket. He is the highest run scorer of all time in International cricket.
Former national team captain Rahul Dravid, is considered as one of the most industrious cricketers ever. He is known as a classic Test batsman who was technically very gifted. Dravid has fondly been called “The Wall” by fans for his ability to stand firm in crunch situations. His calm persona and winning approach have helped India achieve seemingly impossible victories.
The ‘Prince of Calcutta’ was a brilliant left-hander with a penchant for offside stroke-play. His offside batting reminded people of lefthanders, like David Gower. Tactically, Dada was a sound captain, with innovative and positive thinking. Ganguly scored 7,212 runs in 113 Tests and 11,363 runs in 311 ODIs
When India won its first Cricket World Cup in 1983 at Lord’s Cricket Groundin London, it was Kapil Dev who captained the team to victory. A fine batsman and a ferocious fast bowler, Dev is considered to be one of the best all-rounders in the game. He is, after all, the only player to have scored over 5,000 Test runs and taken over 400 Test wickets.
Sourav Chandidas Ganguly, affectionately known as Dada, is an Indian cricket commentator and former cricketer and captain of the Indian national team, Currently, he is appointed as the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal and President of the Editorial Board with Wisden India.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, commonly known as MS Dhoni, is an Indian international cricketer who captained the Indian national team in limited-overs formats from 2007 to 2016 and in Test cricket from 2008 to 2014.
Virat Kohli is an Indian cricketer who currently captains the India national team. A right-handed top-order batsman, Kohli is regarded as one of the best batsmen in the world. He plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, and has been the team’s captain since 2013.
Mulvantrai Himmatlal “Vinoo” Mankad was an Indian cricketer who is best known for his world record setting opening partnership of 413 runs with Pankaj Roy in 1956, a record that stood for 52 years.
Anil Kumble is a former Indian cricketer, coach and a former captain of Tests and ODIs, who played Tests and ODIs for 18 years. A right-arm leg spin bowler, he took 619 wickets in Test cricket and remains the third-highest wicket taker of all time.
Virender Sehwag is a former Indian cricketer. Widely regarded as one of the most destructive batsmen of all time, Sehwag played as an aggressive right-handed opening batsman and also bowled part-time right-arm off-spin. He played his first One Day International in 1999 and joined the Indian test side in 2001.