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Top 10 best women cricketers of the world 2015

For some unknown reasons, women’s cricket has never received its value in the international circle of cricket. Although gender disparity in the real world was chucked out years ago, this form of cricket still receives step motherly treatment in the sports world. The history of women cricket is as enriched as the men’s. Women adopted the sport not only to be physically fit, but it was a door for them to abolish the social disparity and to establish the base of equality into the society.

History of women cricket:

The first female cricket match was documented on 26 July, 1745. The cricket match was held between eleven maids of Bramley and eleven maids of Hambledon with all of them dressed white. The first women cricket club was established in 1887 in Yorkshire, England. The club was named the white Heather Club.

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International Women’s cricket council (IWCC) was formed in 1958.In 2005, IWCC was merged with ICC in order to form an unified body.

Top 10 best Women Cricketers:

There are so many remarkable female cricketers who made themselves quite special in this part of sports. It has been a very difficult task to choose the top 10 best women cricketers of the world.

Sporty Ghost is presenting to you the top 10 best women cricketers of the world.

10. Sana Mir – Pakistan

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Sana Mir is a great Pakistani cricketer. She is the captain of Pakistan National Women cricket team. She is one of the greatest female cricket players in the world and currently, she is ranking at 16th position ICC female cricket player ranking.

In 2009, Sana Mir took the captaincy of Pakistan women cricket team. She is considered to be the best bowler in Pakistan women cricket team.

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9. Shashikala Siriwardene – Sri Lanka

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Shashikala Siriwardene is leading the Sri Lanka women cricket team as captain and she is one of the most remarkable female cricketers in recent world cricket. She made her debut in the international level in 2003, in a match against West Indies. Shashikala is known for her ferocious bowling attacks. Against Pakistan, she attained her best bowling figure which is 4 wickets with a cost of only 11 runs, in 2005.

During 2006 Asia Cup, in another match against Pakistan she grabbed another four wicket figure, 4-34. In our list of top 10 best women cricketers of the world, Shashaikala of Sri Lanka is the No. 9 great female cricket player.

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8. Meghann Moira Lanning – Australia

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Meghann Moira Lanning is an Australian female cricket player is considered as one of the best. She remains the opening batsman for Australia National women cricket team. Moira Lanning holds a record of being the Australia’s youngest century maker. She made her century at the age of 18 years and 288 days.

This record was previously possessed by great Australian batsman Ricky Ponting. Ponting scored his first century at the age of 21 years and 21 days. In the current Australian women cricket team l, Moira Lanning is an amazing female cricketer. She is in the No. 8 position in our list of Top 10 best women cricketers of the world.

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7. Mithali Raj – India

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Mithali Raj is a famous Indian cricketer. She made her ODI debut in 1999 and she made a historical knock of 114 not out in her very first match in cricket. In 2002, while playing her third test match, Mithali Raj made another history by scoring 214 runs.

She broke the previous record of highest runs scored in a test innings in women international cricket, which was 209 by Karen Rolton. The record was later claimed by the Pakistani batsman Kiran Baluch through her 242 runs. Mithali Raj is indeed the part of top 10 best women cricketers of the world.

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6. Stafanie Roxann Taylor – West Indies

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Stafanie Roxann Taylor is an integral part of West Indies women cricket team. She is not only the right handed batsman for the team, she also bowls off spin. Taylor made her debut in 2008. Since then, she has been representing her team more than 80 times.

It is a great achievement indeed. Her another great success was being the first West Indian female cricketer to receive the award for ICC Women’s cricketer of the year in 2011.

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5. Lisa Carprini Sthalekar – Australia

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She is an Austrailian female cricketer with Indian origin. Lisa is considered as one of the finest all-rounders in the history of women’s cricket. She has a unique achievement of being the first female cricket player to score a stunning 1,000 runs mark along with 100 wickets figure in one day international cricket.

Lisa Carprini took the retirement from the international cricket after the Australia women cricket team won the 2013 women cricket World Cup.

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4. Katherine Helen Brunt – England

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Katherine Helen Brunt is a prolific female cricketer in the English National women cricket team. She has a distinctive achievement of earning the title of Women’s Cricketer of the Year both in 2006 and 2010. Helen Brunt is well known for her aggressive bowling with a classical action.

In 2009 T20 world championship, she got the award of woman of the match title. It was the final match of the tournament which was held at Lords, England. She achieved a outstanding figure of 3 wickets haul for only 6 runs in a 4 over opening spell of bowling.
Katherine Helen Brunt is one of the best women cricketers in our list.

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3. Jhulan Goswami – India

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Jhulan Goswami is a remarkable Indian Bengali woman cricket player. She has charmed the cricket world with her all-rounder cricket performances. Jhulan Goswami has been provided with the opportunity as a captain of Indian women cricket team in the upcoming world cup event.

She is well developed with her batting and bowling abilities in the team. She is the fastest female bowler in the cricket world. She was awarded ICC women cricketer in 2007. She proudly holds her position in No. 3 in our list of best women cricketers of the world.

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2. Sarah Jane Taylor – England

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Sarah Jane Taylor is a wicket keeper batsman who is playing in England Women National cricket team. Sarah Jane is a classical stroke maker with her beautiful cover drives and big hits across the boundary. During the 2008 Ashes series, she was an important part of England Women cricket team.

Following the same year, Sarah Jane Taylor touched the remarkable milestone of being the youngest female cricketer to score 1000 runs in her international cricket career. She achieved the honorable title of T20 International female cricketer in 2013.

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1. Ellyse Perry – Australia

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Ellyse Alexandra Perry is the No. 1 best woman cricketer in this list. She made her debut appearance for Australia at the age of 16. She is well known for her right handed batting and all-round performance in the field. Ellyse Perry quickly made herself famous in the Australian team with her amazing cricketing abilities.

She holds the honour of being the youngest cricketer in the Australia Cricket team history. By the experts, Ellyse is one of the most promising female cricket player in recent time. There is no doubt that, Ellyse Perry has put her name in the list of top 10 best women cricketers of the world with dignity.

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AUSTRALIA TO ENTER WORLD CUP ON TOP OF ICC RANKINGS

Australia’s entry in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will be glorified as they are at the top position in the latest Reliance ICC ODI Team rankings, released on last Monday. It’s because of their remarkable 112-run tri-series Final winning over England in Perth on Sunday. With this splendid victory, the Australia National Team currently holds a six-points advantage over second-positioned India. India also featured in this series. The ICC Cricket World Champion is a point clear of South Africa. South Africa’s point in this ranking table is 113.

There are a number of ODI series are going on in recent days. The second and final game between Pakistan and New Zealand is set to be played on Tuesday. The Black Caps is currently holding a 1-0 lead following its seven-wicket victory on Saturday. This victory secured New Zealand the sixth place while a win for seventh-placed Pakistan would level the series 1-1 and reduce the gap on New Zealand to three points.

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There are total 14 teams will compete their final ICC Cricket World Cup warm-up fixtures ahead of the starting of this gigantic cricket tournament on February 14.

However, Australia’s hard hitter Glenn Maxwell has moved up 19 places to 17th position in the Reliance ICC Player Ranking for ODI Batsmen. He is the highest mover in the top 20 ranking after scoring a stunning 152 runs in five matches. Another Australian James Faulkner ( up 14 places to reach 21) is just two points behind South Africa’s Faf du Plessis in 20th place.

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England’s Ian Bell was the highest runs scorer in the series (247 runs). He has also vaulted 13 places to 25th. One the other hand, South Africa’s skipper AB de Villiers is in top spot of this ranking table. He is 24 points clear of his team-mate Hashim Amla.

There were also some positive developments for Black Caps batsman Luke Ronchi, who made his career high at 27th. England’s James Taylor also gained up to 86 th position, by stepping 53 steps in the world rankings.

There is a remarkable change in the ICC Players Rankings for ODI Bowlers. England’s pacer Jimmy Anderson has moved up two places to fourth place after taking seven wickets in the Tri-series. He had a stunning bowling average of just under 20. Australian bowler Mitchel Starc was the top wicket-taker in that Tri-series. He grabbed 12 wickets in five matches. Starc has moved up five places to seven, while England’s highest wicket-taker Steven Finn has progressed 14 places to 12th because of his 11 wicket-haul in five matches in that Tri series. England spinner Moeen Ali has also stepped forward by 41 places to 56th after taking seven wickets in the Tri-series.

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Other significant movers in the world rankings include New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult (up 56 places to 61st) and West Indies pacer Jason Holder (up 18 places to a career high 41 place)

However, there are also some changes in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for All- rounders. Bangladesh’s skipper Shakib-Al-Hasan has regained his number one ranking as an all-rounder after moving up two places. He is 10 points clear of Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews in the second place.

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ICC World Cup 2015 | 15 Interesting Facts about ICC Cricket World Cup

Cricket is a bat-and-ball sport where two teams are competing each other. Each team usually consists of eleven players. The match in cricket is played on a grass field. The field is roughly oval in shape. There is a 22 yards flat strip at the center of the ground. It’s called ‘Cricket Pitch’. Three wooden sticks are placed at each end of the pitch which are called Wickets.

ICC World Cup 2015: 15 interesting facts about ICC Cricket World Cup

The ICC World Cup 2015 is knocking at the door with just under 2 weeks to go before this gigantic event of cricket gets under way.

Today we will share 15 interesting facts about ICC Cricket World Cup.

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ICC Cricket World Cup fact 1: Since 1992, The England National cricket team have not played an ICC World Cup semifinal. Since then, there have been 5 ICC Cricket World Cup and England team have not finished in the top 4 position in either one of them. All the top 8 ODI ranked cricket teams have played at least 1 semifinal in the past 5 ICC Cricket World Cup, except England. Even the underdog Kenya has played one semifinal.

ICC Cricket World Cup fact 2: It is surprising that, there have been just two ICC Cricket World Cup editions with the quarterfinals format. England and South Africa are the only teams who have never crossed over the barrier of quarterfinals in ICC World Cup Cricket.

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ICC Cricket World Cup fact 3: Sri Lanka and India are the only teams in cricket world who have won both their ICC World Cup quarterfinals. The other for teams include Pakistan, New Zealand, Australia and West Indies. They have all won one and lost one quarterfinals in ICC Cricket World Cup.

ICC Cricket World Cup fact 4: Since 1992, the last 6 ICC Cricket World Cup have witnessed an Asian team, contesting the Final. Among those, the world cups were won by the Australians. In each of this final, they beat the Asian teams- Pakistan in 1999, India in 2003 and Sri Lanka in 2007. The other three World Cup finals were won by the Asian teams, notably Pakistan in 1992, Sri Lanka in 1996 and India in ICC World Cup 2011.

ICC Cricket World Cup fact 5: Australia National team have played in 5 of last 7 ICC World Cup Finals. The only one the Australians didn’t play in besides the last one, was when the world cup was hosted by them.

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ICC Cricket World Cup fact 6: Pakistan’s all-rounder Shahid Afridi and Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene will be playing their 5 ICC world cup. Probably, it may be their final appearance.

ICC Cricket World Cup fact 7: India’s national squad has only four members that were a part of their team in the victory of ICC World Cup 2011. They are MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Ashwin and Suresh Raina. One the other hand the host team Australia also has 4 members (Clark, Watson, Haddin, and Johnson) that were a part of their 2007 ICC World Cup winning team.

ICC Cricket World Cup fact 8: The coaches- Waqar Younis (Pakistan), Duncan Fletcher ( India), Darren Lehmann (Australia), Marvan Atapattu ( Sri Lanka), Ottis Gibson, Phil Simmons (West Indies), Chandika Huthirusinghe (Bangladesh) and Aaqib Javed (UAE)- all of them have played in at least one ICC World Cup.

ICC Cricket World Cup fact 9: One the other hand, the coaches of South Africa, New Zealand, Afghanistan, England and Scotland- Russel Domingo, Mike Hesson, Andy Moles, Peter Moores and Grant Bradburn respectively- have NOT played in any ICC Cricket World Cup.

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ICC Cricket World Cup fact 10: The Zimbabwe National team’s coach, Dav Whatmore has not played in any cricket world cup. Whatmore may not play the world cup, but he was the coach of a ICC Cricket world cup winning team, Sri Lanka in 1996.

ICC Cricket World Cup fact 11: Duncan Fletcher, Phil Simmons, Aaqib Javed and Chandika Huthurisinghe are coaching different cricket teams than the teams they played for in World cup.

ICC Cricket World Cup fact 12: In this ICC World Cup 2015, there is no one who has more than 1,000 runs in world cup. The highest World Cup run scorer playing in this ICC World Cup 2015 is Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara with 991 runs, followed by another Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardene with 975 runs in world cup.

ICC Cricket World Cup fact 13: The highest wicket taker playing in ICC World Cup 2015 is Sri Lanka’s weapon of pace Lasith Malinga (31 wickets), followed by Shahid Afridi with 28 knocks.

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ICC Cricket World Cup fact 14: Wanna know, who is the oldest cricketer playing in this ICC World Cup 2015? It’s not 40-year-old Misbah Ul Haq. He is the UAE’s captain, the 43-year-old, Mohammad Tauqir.

ICC Cricket World Cup fact 15: Finally, here comes the saddest story. The South Africa national team have never ever won a knock out match in a world cup. They are the semifinalist of 1992, 1999 and 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup events and also the quarter finalist of 1996 and 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup events. Unfortunately, they lost all those games. 2003 ICC World cup was the only world cup, in which they did not reach even the knock out stage. The 2003 World Cup was held at their home.

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Top 10 Highest Runs Scorers in ICC World Cups

Cricket is a form of sport which is full of passion and thrill. There are some people to whom cricket is just a game of bat and ball, but for some others it’s their religion. So brass yourself to explode into the awesomeness of cricket as the most prestigious tournament of this game is approaching near this 14 February. ICC Cricket World Cup is the ultimate dream of every cricket playing nation, it is the ultimate glory that every cricket loving nation dreams of achieving. From Asia to the Caribbean and Australia to Europe, all will be awaiting eagerly to watch the charm of this tournament. This mega event of cricket was started in 1975 with a very limited resources. Only England had the audacity to organize such a great tournament.

The trend of launching such great event started and it kept on coming after four years. Until now, a total of 10 world cup cricket tournaments have taken place and it was the team, Australia who has been fortunate enough to win the title 4 times in the history of cricket.

Highest Runs Scorers in ICC World Cups:

For every player of cricket, it’s a dream to be participated in the World Cup, either as a batsman or a bowler. Everyone wants to perform well and prove it to the world that he deserves to be a part of the world cup team.

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Today, we are specially talking about those famous batsmen who have scored heavily in this ultimate tournament of cricket. Here is the list of top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.

10. Aravinda De Silva, Sri Lanka

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He was the captain of Sri Lankan side when they won their first ever ICC World Cup in 1996. Aravinda De Silva is an extraordinary performer of cricket. He played a total of 35 matches of world cup tournament and scored 1064 runs. The average and the strike rate was respectively 36.68 and 86.57.

His match winning batting performance in the final of 1996 was remarkable indeed. Aravinda De Silva is ranked on No. 10 in our list of top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.

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9. Herchelle Gibbs, South Africa

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Herchelle Gibbs was renowned for his attacking batting. He impressed a lot in all the matches he played in the world cup. He was an innings opener for South Africa and his way of batting impressed the whole cricket world.

Gibbs played total 25 world cup matches with 1067 runs at an excellent average of 56.15 and a dashing strike rate of 87.38. We put him at No 9 position in our list of top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.

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8. Stephen Flemming, New Zealand

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Stephen Flemming was the captain at the New Zealand side and he is on the 8th spot in this list of top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups. Flemming is famous for his great leadership skills and his outstanding technical batting style. He played 33 matches at the world cup and scored 1075 runs with the average of 35.83 and strike rate of 76.89.

Stephen Flemming is considered as the most dependable captain for New Zealand ever. Recently, New Zealand spinner Daniel Vittori has broken the record of most number of ODI matches played for the nation.

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7. Javed Miandad, Pakistan

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Javed Miandad is one of the best batsmen Pakistan has ever have in the history of cricket. He marked his name on the list of top 3 highest run setters of the game of cricket. He was an integral part of Pakistan side when they won their first ever World Cup in Melbourne in 1992 by beating England. Javed Miandad played an incredible knock in the Final that help Pakistan win the title.

Javed Miandad and Sachin Tendulkar of India are the only cricketers in history who have played most number of world cups. Miandad played 33 world cup matches and scored a total of 1083 runs at an impressive strike rate of 68 and average of 43.32. Javed Miandad is 7th in our list of top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.

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6. Adam Gilchrist, Australia

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Adam Gilchrist was one of the greatest wicket-keeper batsmen in the history of Australia cricket. His aggressive batting style helped Australia to snatch victory in a number of matches. His wicket keeping sill was also outstanding. Gilchrist was so flexible in the way of his batting, that he could bat at any position and explode the opponents with his devastating batting.

He played a total of 31 games and scored 1085 runs. He had an impressive strike rate of 98 and an average of 36.16. He was a part of Australian side when they won the ICC World Cup in 2003 and 2007. As a remarkable batsman, Adam Gilchrist will be certainly joining in our list of top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.

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5. Jacques Kallis, South Africa

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Jacques Kallis was regarded as the backbone of South African batting line up. His elegant batting and his controlled medium paced bowling attack helped South Africa won a number of great matches at the ICC World Cup stage.

He played a total of 36 world cup matches and bagged 1148 runs with an excellent average of 74 and 74.40 strike rate. Jacques Kallis is the 5th among the top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.

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4. Sanath Jaysuriya, Sri Lanka

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Snath Jayasuria was an opener for Sri Lanka and was considered as one of the most attacking batsmen Sri Lanka have ever produced. For a long period of time, he was the record holder of the fastest ODI fifty. Sanath Jayasuria was the pioneer of an attacking innings opener. The aggressive opening batting style forced the bowlers to change the lines early in the match.

Jayasuria played 38 matches in World Cups and scored 1165 runs at an stunning strike rate of 90.66 and an average of 34.26. It is remaining hard for Sri Lanka to find his replacement after his retirement. Sanath Jayasuria is on number 4th position on the list of top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.

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3. Brian Lara, West Indies

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Brian Charles Lara is the definition of his own with his a total class act and sheer power. Lara was the very best batsman West Indies ever have leaving behind Clive Lloyd and Sir Vivian Richards.

Brian Lara scored a total 1225 runs in his 34 world cup matches at an incredible average of 42.24. Brian Lara of West Indies is the 3rd highest runs scorer in our list.

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2. Ricky Ponting, Australia

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Ricky Ponting, nicknamed “punter” was one of the great Australian captains. With his broadened helping hands, Australia had secured 2 world cup titles, respectively, in 2003 and 2007.

Ponting played a total of 43 matches in ICC World Cup and bagged 1743 runs at an average of 45.86 and a strike rate of 80. Ricky Ponting is the second highest runs getter in the list of Top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.

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1. Sachin Tendulkar, India

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After Sir Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar is regarded as the greatest batsman in the history of world cricket. He is the most classical and consistent batsman the modern cricket world had ever seen. Sachin was an important part of Indian team when they claim their second world cup title in 2011. He wrote his name as the highest runs scorer in all the cricket world cups that have taken place yet. He also played the highest number of world cups throughout his career.

In his 45 world cups matches, Sachin had scored a stunning 2278 runs at an average of 57 and a strike rate of amazing 89. Undoubtedly, he is the best cricketer the world has ever witnessed. Sachin Tendulkar is the No 1 at our list of top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.

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Top 15 Players from 2011 who will be missed in 2015 Cricket World Cup

India celebrated their world cup victory on their home soil in 2011 ICC World Cup. Indian team was much more interested in lifting the legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar than holding the world cup trophy. The reason was very simple behind this. It’s because they all knew that Sachin will not be with their team in the next ICC World Cup. The purpose of this article is to enlist cricketers who appeared in the 2011 ICC World Cup but will not played in 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. There are several players in this list like Andrew Strauss, Virendar Sehwag, Matt Prior, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Abdul Razzaq, Doug Bollinger, Graeme Swann and along with many others.

The last man of the series Youvraj Singh will not be seen hitting long sixes this time in the cricket world cup. The long list of players who will be missed in this world cup has been cut down to 15 players. These 15 can make world’s best squad for any cricket tournament.

Top 15 Players from 2011 who will be missed in 2015 Cricket World Cup

1. Ricky Ponting, Australia

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Australian captain Ricky Ponting has led his team in 2003 and 2007 ICC World Cup to win the glorious title. In 5 ICC World cups, Ponting has played a total 46 matches. He earned Man of the match title 3 times in his world cup career.

Ricky Ponting was one of the few who got to hold the world cup title 3 times. Undoubtedly, Ponting “the punter” is a part of the all-time great batsmen list.

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2. Sachin Tendulkar, India

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Sachin Tendulkar, the legend of cricket, the master batsman, the cricket GOD was holding world cup trophy in his homeland in front of 42,000 people and millions of cricket fans watching him on the screen. Everything about the great Sachin will be missed in this 2015 ICC World Cup.

Sachin has an incredible World Cup records with 6 centuries and 15 fifties in his 45 matches. Sachin bagged man of the match 8 times and in 2003 ICC World Cup, he was the man of the series in that tournament.

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3. Graeme Smith, South Africa

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Graeme Smith was part of the South African squad from 2003-2011. He played his role as a responsible captain of world’s best team in 2007 and 2011 World Cup cricket and sat the basement for scariest team for any opponent we see today in cricket.

Graeme Smith’s South Africa lost in quarter final to New Zealand in the last world cup and many more consider that as an upset.

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4. Jacques Kallis, South Africa

Jacques Kallis is undoubtedly one of the high profile cricketers of all-time. Kepler Wessels once said about Kallis, “His all-round skills are world class and he is indeed a key member of the South African side.” He represented his team in ICC main event for 36 times which is more than any other fellow player.

In 1999 World Cup he scored a dashing 96 runs against India. The innings was considered as one of his all-time best performances.

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5. Michael Hussey, Australia

Mike Hussey is a versatile batsman and one of the best finisher in the world cricket. He is a nightmare for any bowler. His marvelous innings in World T20 2010 semifinal crashed Pakistani team into pieces.

Hussey has 42 fifties in his 157 ODI innings. He will be surely missed in this ICC World Cup 2015.

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6. Shivnarine Chanderpaul, West Indies

It may be controversial to pick up Chanderpaul in World Cup squad. Even the list contains some legends, we still need him to give everybody break from cheering and clapping. He is a kind of player who possesses with great temperament. His long international career of more than 20 years in cricket, he has an enlightened career.

He was an integral part of his side in every world cup from 1996 to 2011. Chanderpaul was at his best in 1999 ICC World Cup with his incredible average of 67.

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7. Paul Collingwood, England

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Paul Collingwood is an English all-round cricketer. Last time in the world cup, he was not even near to his best, but yet he is one of the most prestigious players in cricket. From 2003-2011, he played total 18 matches in the world cup and scored 474 runs and bagged 8 wickets.

Paul Collingwood will be certainly missed in this world cup, but he may appear as a part of coaching stuff of Scotland team.

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8. Brett Lee, Australia

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Brett Lee, the Aussie speed-star has broken many wickets in his career. In 2003 ICC World Cup, in a match against New Zealand, he took 5 wickets. Brett Lee brought best in the mega tournaments with his average 17.97.

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9. Shoaib Akhter, Pakistan

Shoaib Akhter, “the Rawalpindi Express“, was scarier than any other fast bowler in cricketing world. He holds the record for the fastest ball in cricket history. Shoaib Akhter has wrecked many great batsmen with his devastating yorkers.

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10. Zaheer Khan, India

Zaheer Khan is the highest wicket taker in 2011 world cup. He picked a total 21 wickets at an average of 18.75. Pakistani spinner Shahid Afridi also took same wickets at 12.85 average. He was a valuable weapon for the Indian pace attack. Team India will surely miss him in this world cup campaign.

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11. Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lanka

Muralitharan took 68 wickets in his 40 world cup matches. It is only Glenn McGrath who is ahead of him with 71 wickets in the world cup. He is an important part of Sri Lankan team when they won 1996 World Cup.

The world’s leading wicket taker, Muttiah Muralitharan could not be better described than former captain Marvan Atapattu‘s statement, “A Champion”.

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12. Saeed Ajmal, Pakistan

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Saeed Ajmal is one of the great spinners not only in Pakistan but to the whole cricket world. Pakistan team was so dependable to him that they trusted him more than rest of the teams’ accumulative performance. In his 111 ODI, he picked a stunning 185 wickets in just 6 years of his career.

Ajmal has been no one in ODI ranking for a significant period of time. He was expected to play in this ICC World Cup 2015, but ruled out due to ICC ban.

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13. Scott Styris, New Zealand

Scott Styris is a real star for the Black Caps. He played 26 world cup matches from 2003-2011. With an incredible batting average of 53.47, he is one of the most experienced all-rounder for New Zealand. He was awarded man of the match for his outstanding performance against England in 2007 World Cup.

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14. Virender Sehwag, India

Virender Sehwag is one of the most talented batsmen with 8273 runs. He is renowned as a hard hitter to the ball, and to the opponent bowlers he always appeared as nightmare. His strike rate was 104.33. It was the highest by any batsman scoring 8000+ runs.

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15. Matt Prior, England

Matt Prior, due to his fall out of form would not be in the English squad. Matt Prior played 7 world cup matches and he made 3 stampings and 7 catches.

In this short list, many other cricketers have missed out. But, you viewers are always welcomed to give your valuable comment regarding the article.

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Sachin Tendulkar backs Virat Kohli to star at the World Cup

India’s legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar has backed defending champions India to be one of the semifinalists in the upcoming 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. The 41-year-old master blaster Sachin also named Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa as the other three teams who will progress through into the final four teams.

Sachin told in a private tv channel,

“The top four teams that I would put them in the semifinals in 2015 World Cup would be Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and India”.

Meanwhile Sachin Tendulkar also commented on star batsman Virat Kohli. He said that the 26 year-old is quick to grasp in adverse conditions and adjusts his game accordingly quite well, backing the Delhi batsman to shine during this mega-event.

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Sachin said about Virat,

“I think he is brilliant. He has the ability to analyze the situation very well. He also analyzes the pitch, the surface, the overall condition that he is going to bat on. Virat picks that very quickly, and then he is sure about when he is going to collects runs and how he’s going to collect runs”.

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Pakistan’s bowling lacks consistency: Sachin Tendulkar

Furthermore, Sachin Tendullar said that skipper MS Dhoni will be the key batsman in the Indian line-up at 2015 ICC World Cup. Sachin also mentioned that Dhoni’s ability to remain calm in pressure situations will come in handy in this mega-event of cricket. He also added that the Indian team can’t depend upon a single individual to deliver rather they have to perform as a team. Everyone’s contribution is necessary in this regard.

The 2011 world cup winner said,

“I think MS Dhoni is the guy. It’s because he has the experience of competing at this level of cricket for close to 10 years and he is composed and calm. You know, even on the biggest of the stages he is calm and composed and that is what you surely expect from a leader.”

Sachin also mentioned about his former teammate that Dhoni has a certain quality as a captain of the Indian side, but it is also equally important for a captain to be in a good form too. Sachin seeked support for the entire Indian team.

When someone asked him about India’s opening encounter against Pakistan, he said that while Pakistan’s bowling line-up does possess a great threat, they lack the consistency to deliver on a regular basis.

He said,

“I remember when we played in 2003 against Pakistan at South Africa, the bowling attack has Shoaib Akhter, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Abdul Razzak, Shahid Afridi, and leading attack in the world I would say. But, with time the team also has changed a lot. “

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Mentioning the changes he added,

“The Pakistan team don’t have an attack of that caliber, but that does not mean newer lot cannot deliver. They still have the ability to deliver, but you all know they lack that substance. I think Mohammad Irfan is one bowler who can consistently bowl well in New Zealand and Australia’s condition. Wahab Riaz can bowl, but I feel they might lack consistency.”

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New Zealand could win maiden World Cup title: Sachin Tendulkar

The little master batsman, Sachin further said that this could be New Zealand’s best chance to cross all the barrier and win their maiden ICC World Cup title. He also praised on Australian batsman Steve Smith, calling his energy infectious. Sachin also added that he could well be one of the standout players at 2015 ICC World Cup.

About the New Zealand side sachin said,

“New Zealand is a very close to them. I think New Zealand is another underrated team but are strong side with their decent bowling attack and all of them can bat”

Sachin focused on Aussie skipper Steve Smith that four months ago nobody would said Smith is going to perform well in all sectors of cricket, the Tests, the ODI and the T20s. To Sachin, Steve Smith was always a dangerous player. In Test cricket, Steve has shown tremendous and leadership qualities. All these qualities make him one of the strong contenders to be the top players of the World Cup events.

Sachin concluded,

” Steve Smith is an energetic player, he is vibrant and his energy is infectious. The way he led the team in the Test series also played well in the ODIs, this is something that one needs to take notice of”.

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2015 World Cup: Defending champions India down but not out

Indian National team is the defending champions by the last cricket world cup. They appear as one of the favorites in 2015 World cup in Australia and New Zealand. But India recently had a very poor tour of Australia which has shaken the belief of many that the No 2 side in ODI ranking will be able to retain cricket’s most prestigious title.

The obstacles :

The Indian team has been down under since November 2014. They failed to win even a single match- whether in one day internationals or in Test matches. Finally, they tasted victory in a World Cup warm-up against Afghanistan on 10th February, after more than two-and-a-half months.

In the Tri series involving England and Australia, the defending champion India failed to win a single match. Moreover, on February 8, a 106-run drubbing at Australia’s hand in a warm-up has certainly dented India’s chances at the quadrennial event of cricket.

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The light of Hope:

However, there are some counter arguments too. Since MS Dhoni’s side has been in the southern hemisphere for so long, the time spent here has certainly helped team India to acclimatise to the adverse conditions.

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Another remarkable thing is that India will not be playing world No 1 Australia in every match like they did during the Tri series. World Cup is a mega-tournament where the most important thing is building momentum in the league phase and qualifying for the knockout stages, as it is a different ball game altogether from the quarter-finals onwards.

Also, several critics have regularly said that come what may, in today’s date, India are a top ODI team.

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Team India in 2015 ICC World Cup:

In 2015 ICC World Cup, India have been placed in Group B where other teams are West Indies, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ireland, UAE and traditional rivals Pakistan, against whom they will play at Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

Pakistan have a better ODI records against India, but in a World Cup contest, they have never been able to break the jinx of defeating India-the last of which came in a semi-final at Mohali four years ago.

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The bowling attack:

India’s bowling attack is in more than a spot of bother. The pace spearhead Ishant Sharma is out of the tournament with an injury. This put a big question mark over the fitness of another pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar. It clearly seems that the fast bowling line is not looking good for India.

Under this circumstances, Mohammad Shami could prove to be the key fast bowler for India, considering the medium pacer Stuart Binny and inexperienced Mohit Sharma.

In the spin bowling section, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin are proven themselves as match-winners several times, but how much the conditions in Australia and New Zealand will suit the spinners is yet an another question.

In this World Cup the two main concerns for Captain Dhoni will be the ability to take 10 wickets and a kind of death bowling. Lately, India have struggled in both the area and the condition in the world cup where every batsman will look to give his best performance will certainly not help them. If India want to retain the World Cup title, their traditional strength-batting-has to click in time.

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The batting line-up, the only hope for India:

India boasts one of the strongest batting line-ups which possess four Indian batsmen, Virat Kohli (No.3), Shikhar Dhawan (No.7), MS Dhoni (No.9) and the blaster batsman Rohit Sharma (No. 13) in ICC top 20 ODI batsmen ranking. The Indian team has also a reliable middle order with Suresh Raina and Ajinkya Rahane. Ashwin, Binny and Jadeja are more capable as batsmen down the batting order.

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In spite of all the disadvantages, the fact is that India will always be the favorite one as the defending champions of cricket world cup.

For example, when India had a poor run before 2013 Champions Trophy in England, they came out on top in a comprehensive manner with MS Dhoni becoming the first captain to win all the major ICC tournaments and Jadeja and Dhawan emerging as the highest wicket-taker and highest run-scorer respectively.

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Team India: MS Dhoni (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Ambati Rayudu, Stuart Binny, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

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Top 10 Best Young Cricketers in 2015 ICC World Cup

The International Cricket Council (ICC) and the boards of Cricket of all cricket playing countries always encourage young cricketers to emerge and make mark in the world cricket. ICC arranges under 19 cricket tournaments as well and lots of young cricketers get selected into the main national squad from there. Today, Sportyghost has completed a list of top 10 young cricketers to watch out in 2015 ICC World Cup tournament.

Top 10 young cricketers in 2015 ICC World Cup:

10. Quinton de Kock, South Africa

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Born: December 17, 1992

Age: 22 years

Birth place: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

De Kock was spotted as a schoolboy cricket talent at the King Edward VII High School, the Alma Mata of Neil Mckenzie and former captain Graeme Smith. He also played cricket at the club level. At the affiliate Old Eds, he smashed 98 runs off just 74 to help them win the premier league in 2009. His all-round-the-wicket and aggressive batting style resulted in him being picked for South Africa’s under-19 national team and very soon he was elected captain.

Matches Runs Avg HS 100s 50s
27 1190 44.7 135 5 3

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9. Joe Root, England

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Born: December 30, 1990

Age: 24 years

Birth place: Sheffield, Yorkshire, England

His full name is Joseph Edward Root. This young English cricketer plays for Yorkshire County Cricket Club and England National Cricket team. Joe Root made his Test debut for England in 2012 against India and in the same tour he made his T20 and ODI debut. He made his maiden test hundred at his home ground on Headingly the following spring against New Zealand.

Matches Runs Avg HS 100s 50s
36 1131 36.48 113 2 5

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8. Jos Butller, England

Born: September 8, 1990

Age: 24 years

Birth place: Taunton, Somerset, England

Jos Butller is one of the promising young batsmen in the English side. He is famous for his crisp-hitting performance. Butller made his debut in International debut in late 2011 and became an important part of England’s T20 side, despite some initial opportunities to impress the media.

Matches Runs Avg HS 100s 50s
37 857 31.74 121 1 4

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7. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, India

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Born: February 5, 1990

Age: 24 years

Birth place: Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India

Bhuvneshwar Kumar operates as a medium pace bowler for India. India weren’t spoilt enough for this youngster and made his international debut at the age of 22 in 2012. He was said to be a roaring hero to the international cricket. In his first international over and in his first deliver, he bowled Pakistani batsman Mohammad Hafeez. In his first Test series, he played an important part while India first whitewashed in a four-match Test series.

Matches Wickets BB Econ 4w 5w
40 42 4/8 4.67 1 0

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6. Ahmed Shehzad, Pakistan

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Born: November 23, 1991

Age: 23 years

Birth place: Lahore, Pakistan

Ahmed Shehzad is a young Pakistani cricketer who plays as a right-handed opening batsman and a part-time leg break bowler for Pakistan. Shehzad played domestic cricket for Habib Bank Ltd. He made his ODI debut on 24 April 2009 against Australia. Shehzad is the only Pakistani batsman to have scored centuries in all formats of cricket.

Matches Runs Avg HS 100s 50s
49 1633 34.02 124 5 7

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5. Jason Holder, West Indies

Born: November 5, 1991

Age: 23 years

Birth place: Barbados, West Indies

Jason Holder is a promising pace bowler for West Indies. He played one first-class match. In that match, Holder took two wickers at avg of 21.50, before being called up for the U-19 West Indies team against New Zealand in the World Cup. He marked his name as the team’s leading wicket-taker with 13 wickets. In 2011 Bangladesh tour, Jason Holder replaced injured Tino Best for the limited-overs leg. Few months later, he made his international debut in cricket against Australia.

Matches Wickets Economy BB 4w 5w
20 28 5.18 4/13 1 0

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4. Mitchell Marsh, Australia

Born: October 20, 1991

Age: 23 years

Birth place: Attadale, Perth, Australia

Mitchell Marsh is the son of Geoff Marsh and brother of Shaun Marsh. Both Mitchell and Shaun have played Tests for Australian National side. Mitchell made his debut both in ODI and T20 format during the 2011-12 season.

Mitchell Marsh made his senior debut for the state team at the age of 17 and became the youngest cricket to play in the Australian domestic One-day tournament.  At the age of 19, he was called up for international debut in Australia’s T20 squad to South Africa tour in late 2011.

Matches Runs Avg HS 100s 50s
9 261 37.28 89 0 2

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3. Kusal Perera, Sri Lanka

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Born: August 17, 1990

Age: 24 years

Birth place: Kalubowila, Sri Lanka

Left-handed batsman Kusal Perera is not just inspired by his hero Sanath Jayasuriya, at times, it seems an exact duplicate.

In January, 2013, Kusal was included in the 15-man Sri Lankan squad in their Australia tour. He made his debut in the second ODI and batted at number 4 scoring unbeaten 14 runs of 16 balls in Sri Lanka’s 8 wicket-win.

Matches Runs Avg HS 100s 50s
33 736 26.28 106 1 3

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2. Corey Anderson, New Zealand

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Born: December 13, 1990

Age: 24 years

Birth place: Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

Corey Anderson is well known for his powerful striking ability. He took it to a new level in 2014, when he broke the world record for the fastest hundred in ODI with a 36-ball against West Indies in Queenstown.

Corey Anderson is currently emerging as an efficient all-rounder to NZ team.

Batting records:

Matches Runs Avg HS 100s 50s
12 424 53 131 1 1

Bowling records:

Matches Wickets Avg BB 4w 5w
12 19 6.09 5/63 1 0

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1. Kane Williamson, New Zealand

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Born: August 8, 1990

Age: 24 years

Birth place: Tauranga, New Zealand

Kane Williamson is a right-handed top-order batsman for New Zealand. He made his first-class debut in 2006-07 season. Soon after, he played his first U-19 match against the visiting India team. Kane Williamson is also a part-time spinner. After all he is a great promising young all-rounder for the New Zealand team.

Matches Runs Avg HS 100s 50s
54 1699 39.11 145 3 11

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Top 10 Famous Cricketers Who Became Commentators

A commentator is the one who provides us the running commentary of a sport event in real-time by live broadcast with media houses. The sports commentators are regarded as the backbone of any sports event. They maintain the thrill in the minds of sports fans with their voice generally in historical present tense. There are many famous cricketers who played as commentators after their retirement and choose to be sports journalists as their second career. Also there are many commentators in the field of cricket, like Harsha Bhogle, who never played cricket actively in their life, but still they have proven themselves as one of the most successful cricket commentators.

Many recently retired cricket figures like Sourav Ganguly, Adam Gilchrist and Waqar Younis are also working as guest commentators and match summarizers for multiple sports channels. After retirement from cricket, the job of commentary has proven itself as one of the best choices for the cricketers.

10 Cricketers Who Became Commentators:

Sporty Ghost has enlisted 10 cricketers who became commentators after retirement. Your constructive comments are well expected regarding the list.

1. Geoffrey Boycott

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English cricketer Geoffrey Boycott was one of the most successful opening batsmen for England. In his 108 international Test matches, he made 8114 runs with 47.72 batting average. Boycott also made 1082 ODI runs in 36 matches at the average of 36.06. He also made his career at Yorkshire County from 1962-1986. Besides playing cricket, he worked as a sports commentator for Sky Sports from 1990-1998 and at BBC from 1998-2003.

Then, from 2004-05 season, he was grabbed by the Channel 4 of England. Boycott stepped into channel 5 in 2006 which he is continuing till date. Geoffrey Boycott’s appearance as a guest of BBC Test Match special from 2005 was a remarkable one.

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2. Ian Bishop

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Ian Bishop is a former West Indian cricketer. He played for the team as a powerful fast bowler from 1989-1998. In his 43 test matches, he picked up total 161 wickets with an incredible 24.27 bowling average. In ODI career, he played 84 matches, took 118 wickets at 26.50 bowling average. Beside West Indies, he also played for Trinidad and Tobago from 1986-2000. After retiring from International cricket, Ian Bishop appeared as a sports commentator of Channel 4 air in England from 2000-2004.

The next year, he moved to Sky Sports which he has been continuing till now. From 2007-2009, he also appeared in Channel 5 of England. Besides English channels, Ian Bishop also played as commentator at South Africa’s SABC Television from 2005-2008.

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3. Jonathan Agnew

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Jonathan Agnew is a former English cricketer and he appeared in three test matches for England National team and took four wickets. He made three appearances in ODI matches and picked up three wickets. He also played county cricket for Leicestershire from 1979-1992. During this long period, he bagged a total 666 wickets in 218 matches.

From 1990-1991, he worked as a cricket journalist for The People. He appeared as a guest commentator in BBC from 1991 till date. For BBC, Agnew worked as a cricket commentator in two spells, the one in 1999 and other one in 2006-2009.

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4. Mike Atherton

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Mike Atherton is a retired English cricketer, who was a right-handed opening batsman for England. In his Test match career, he played 115 tests and scored 7,728 runs at 37.69 batting average. He played 54 ODI matches and made 1,791 runs at 35.11 average. From 1987-2001, Mike Atherton played county cricket for Lancashire and made a brief debut for MCC from 1987-1990.

He started as a cricket journalist in Sunday Telegraph in England from 2002 to 2005. From 2004-2005, he also worked for TalkSPORT. Atherton is currently working with the Sky Sports aired in England since 2005.

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5. Navjot Singh Sidhu

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He is a former Indian cricketer and currently he is the Member of Parliament from Amritsar. He played for Indian National team from 1983-1999. Sidhu appeared in 51 Tests and made 3,202 runs with a batting average of 42.13. He also made 4,413 runs in 136 ODI matches at 37.08 batting average. In his first-class career, Navjot Singh Sidhu played for Punjab from 1981-2000.

He started he commentary career with ESPN Star Sports aired in India in 1999 till 2003. Then he moved to Ten Sports in UAE in 2009. In 2010, he stepped into Indian sports channel Times and still working with them.

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6. Dominic Cork

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Dominic Cork was a part of England National side from 1995-2002. He was a right-handed batsman and medium pace bowler. Dominic Cork picked up 131 wickets in 37 test matches. His test match bowling average was 29.81. In his ODI career, he played 32 matches and took 41 wickets at 27.43 bowling average. In his county cricket career, he appeared for Staffordshire in 1989-90 season and for Derbyshire from 1990-2003. He stepped into Pakistan Television Corporation as a cricket commentator in 2009. He continued there till date.

Dominic Cork played his role as a guest commentator for Test match special of BBC aired in England from 2010 and still he is working with them. He also appeared as a cricket commentator for TalkSport since 2013 and for Sky Sports since 2011.

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7. Simon Hughes

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Simon Hughes is a former English Cricketer and sports journalist. He was nicknamed ‘The Analyst’. He was a fast medium bowler played for Middlesex from 1980-1991, Northern Transvaal from 1992-93 and for Durham from 1993-94. In his first-class career in cricket, Simon Hughes took 466 wickets in 205 matches with an amazing bowling average of 32.48 and also scored 1,775 runs. Besides playing cricket, Hughes worked as a full time sports journalist with multiple media houses. Initially, he worked as a full-time sports commentator and column writer for The Independent and the Daily Telegraph in England.

He then made his career as the commentator for Channel 4 aired in England from 1999-2005 and then in 2006, he moved to Channel 5. Simon Hughes also put his mark for Test Match special aired in England’s version of BBC from 2007 till date.

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8. Ian Chappell

Top 10 Famous Cricketers Who Became Commentators, Ian Chappell
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Ian Chappell is a former Australian cricketer who played for Australian national side since 1964-1980 as a successful top order batsman. His name was embossed at the ICC Hall of Fame on 9 July, 2009. He played 75 international test matches and scored 5,345 runs with an amazing batting average of 42.42. In his ODI career, he made 673 runs in 16 matches at 48.07 average.

Alongside his active cricketing career, Ian Chappell made his mark as a cricket commentator since 1980 with the media house named Nine Network broadcasting in Australia. Since 2007, he started working with ESPN star sports aired in India. Although, being a regular commentator, he also appeared as a guest commentator for Channel 5 in 2009 season of cricket.

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9. E.W. Swanton

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He is a former English cricketer, a sports journalist and an author. Swanton played three matches for Middlesex in 1937-38 season and was able to make only 7 runs on board. He was more successful as a sports journalist than a cricketer in his career. He was easily recognized by his distinctive “fruity” voice. Many famous books on cricket was written by him. Among them, Elusive Victory, Cricket and the Clock Follow on etc are the remarkable ones.

In his career as a cricket commentator, he worked for BBC aired in England and worked as a Test Match special commentator from 1938-1975. He also covered various international cricket matches for BBC during 1948-1967. He was a regular writer in the Daily Telegraph in England from 1946-1975 period.

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10. Mark Nicholas

Top 10 Famous Cricketers Who Became Commentators, Mark Nicholas
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Former English first-class cricketer Mark Nicholas was a right-handed batsman and medium pace bowler. He played county cricket for Hampshire from 1978-1995. Nick was able to score 18,262 runs in 377 first class test matches with 34.39 batting average. He also took 72 wickets. In first class one day matches, he played 359 matches and scored 7,334 runs at 27.78 average.

He started his sports journalism in the Daily Telegraph published in England. He also started his career as a sports commentator in Sky Sports from 1996-1998 and then he stepped into Channel 4 in 1999. He worked there till 2005. He made a guest appearance in Nine Network aired in Australia since 2001 and Channel 5 in England since 2006.

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There are many other cricketers who proved themselves as a reputed cricket commentator. Among them Sri Lankan cricketer Russel Arnold and Aravinda De Silva, Pakistani legendary pacer Wasim Akram, Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri are remarkable. Many more cricketers will be hopefully coming in this field of cricket commentary as it has proven itself as one of the beat platforms for the cricketers after retirement.

Conclusion:

World famous cricketers such as the legendary Indian all-rounder Ravi Shastri, The Pakistani Sultan of Swing Wasim Akram and former English Test captain Tony Greig, all have been regarded as the very best commentators of the cricket world.

They are often considered as the pioneers for the cricket commentary as the world of cricket stands still when they put the mouthpiece close in the media boxes. We are giving them a true honor as we grew listening to them commentating matches since our very childhood.

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Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders in Cricket of all-time

An all-rounder is a cricketer who performs at both batting and bowling side of the team. In recent era of cricket, all-rounders play a vital role behind the success of a team. In the history of cricket, there have been a few cricketers with all round performances whose have been gifted enough to be considered weapons with both the bat and ball. Only a handful of cricketers can claim to be included in this exclusive group of all-rounders, while only a sprinkling of these will go down in the history books as being all-time greatest all-rounders in cricket.

But still the true all-rounder is a player who is equally adept with both the ball and bat and possesses the ability to make a team as either a batter or a bowler.

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Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders in Cricket:

It is these remarkable cricketers that go down as being truly memorable, truly great. Today, Sporty Ghost tries to capture the top 10 greatest all-rounders in cricket of all-time.

10. Andrew Flintoff, England

Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders in Cricket of all-time, Andrew Flintoff
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Our list begins with England’s hero of 2000s, Andrew Flintoff. He is better known as “Freddy Flintoff”. Also he is well known for his heroic performance in 2005 Ashes series. England side won that Ashes series for the first time since the 1986/87 season, defeating the Australians who entered as the best of the world.

Flintoff is capable of bowling in excess of 140 km/h. He picked up 226 wickets with an bowling average of 32.78.

Also, he was a hard hitter to the ball who was capable of some decent performances. With the batting average of 31.07, he had five centuries and 26 half centuries in his career.

These statistical data don’t show Flintoff’s contribution to the England team. You can simply look at his influence in England’s Ashes winning team of 2005 and 2009.

With his amazing bat and ball performances, Flintoff is well enough to secure to secure his spot in the list of top 10 greatest all-rounders in cricket of all-time.

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9. Tony Greig, England

Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders in Cricket of all-time, Tony Greig
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Tony Greig, the person is known to the young readers as a South African-born English commentator who works with Channel Nine commentary team. Greig’s fame as a cricket commentator has perhaps eclipsed that of his glorious playing days.

Tony Greig was a fine all-rounder for England. During 1970s, he played 58 test matches and scored a stunning eight centuries and 20 fifties. With his 40.43 batting average, he tended to be known more as a batting all-rounder in the English side.

As a bowler, he was capable to bowl both medium pace and right arm off break, taking 141 wickets at a bowling average of 32.20. There are very few players who can boast having this ability to bowl two styles at Test-match level.

His amazing cricket career lasted only for 5 years, from 1972-1977. If he played much longer, we could see him high up in this list of top 10 greatest all-rounders in cricket of all-time.

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8. Kapil Dev, India

Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders in Cricket of all-time, Kapil Dev
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Kapil Dev is India’s greatest all-rounder ever. With his incredible fast bowling, he appeared to be the first of the great in 1980s.

Kapil had a 16-year prolific test career, in which period he gained a reputation as a hard hitting batsman and a consistent fast bowler for India. He became the second bowler in cricket history to take 400 wickets, surpassing Richard Hadlee’s record in his final test match, finishing with 434 wickets at a 29.64 bowling average.

The average may look high in comparison to some of the other all-rounders, but it should be kept in mind that Kapil dev played a lot at his home in India where wickets were far more friendly to the spinners and batsmen. That kind of pitch always tend to hinder rather than help the pace bowlers.

With bat, Kapil scored eight centuries and 27 half-centuries at 31.05 batting average. He is best remembered for his ODI innings. At 1983 ICC World Cup, his remarkable 175* innings against Zimbabwe, where after a terrible start, Kapil emerged as a savior for India.

India would go on to win the title over the two-time defending champion West Indies, where Kapil Dev played as a key figure for the Indians.

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7. Shaun Pollock, South Africa

Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders in Cricket of all-time, Shaun Pollock
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Some of you may be surprised to see Shaun Pollock at No. 7 spot in our list of top 10 greatest all-rounders. However, Shaun Pollock has a fine record that can’t be ignored at all.

He is one of the great South African cricketers. Pollock was one of the most consistent bowlers in his time and he was also capable of chipping in with the bat.

As a right-arm medium pace bowler, Pollock took 421 wickets at 23.11 bowling average which was very economical and generally hard to score runs off.

As a right-handed batsman, he was well known for his solid batting performance rather than scoring big knocks. This is shown by having only two centuries in his name. Still he has a batting average of 32.31, which is quite similar to that of Andrew Flintoff or Kapil Dev in this list.

Shaun Pollock finished his international career in 2008, and undoubtedly he will be remembered as one of the greatest all-rounders in cricket of all-time.

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6. Ian Botham, England

Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders in Cricket of all-time, Ian Botham
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Ian Botham is a great English batsman of the 1980s. He appeared to be the key figure in the revival of cricket’s sleeping lion.

Ian Botham is best remembered for his heroic performance in the Ashes series in 1981. In that series, he was the difference between England and Australia that the series was better known as ‘Botham’s Ashes’. England bet Australia by 3-1, in that Ashes.

Ian Botham was capable to build big innings with his bat. At a batting average of 33.54, he scored 14 centuries and 22 half-centuries.

As a bowler, he picked up a total 383 wickets at a bowling average of 28.40. The stat doesn’t show a the real Botham, as before injuries hampered his career, he averaged closer to 21.

Ian Botham falls to No 6 in the list of top 10 greatest all-rounders in cricket of all-time, although he is one of the greatest.

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5. Richard Hadlee, New Zealand

Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders in Cricket of all-time, Richard Hadlee
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Richard Hadlee is one of New Zealand’s greatest cricketers by quite a long stretch. He was often the difference between New Zealand being a pushover for the team.

Hadlee was best remembered as a bowler, taking what was then a world record of 431 wickets at 22.29 bowling average. At the beginning of his career, he was an opening fast bowler, but as he matured, he shortened his run-up and concentrated more on swinging the ball.

His best performance came against Australia when he took 9 wickets for 52 runs.

On the other hand, he was a handy lower order batsman for New Zealand with a reasonable average of 27.16 and two centuries and 15 half centuries. The stat tells us, he was not only a prolific bowler but a capable batsman too. He was able to provide crucial runs nearer to the end of an innings.

Graham Gooch commented on Hadlee’s ability in perspective,

” Richard Hadlee at one end, llford seconds at the other”

And a very few other cricketers can claim to have been noticed in their team’s outcome and it justified Richard Hadlee’s place in the list of top 10 greatest all-rounders in cricket of all-time.

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4. Keith Miller, Australia

Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders in Cricket of all-time, Keith Miller
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Keith Miller was the great Australian all-rounder of the post-war era. He was considered as the Test cricket’s first true all-round cricketer.

As a batsman, he often batted high in the batting order at number three spot. He was considered to be a natural striker to the ball as well as a powerful hitter.

As a bowler, he was best known for his technique to confuse the batsmen by varying his pace, line and length in bowling. He used to make a full use of slower deliveries and bowled his fastest from a short run-up which were well enough to confuse the batsmen.

Miller was also an acrobatic fielder in the slips. His performance as an all-rounder led to enormous success for Australia.

In his short ten-year cricketing career, Keith Miller had scored 2958 runs and bagged 170 wickets. He is indeed one of the greatest all-rounders in cricket of all-time.

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3. Imran Khan, Pakistan

Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders in Cricket of all-time, Imran Khan
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The No 3 position in our list of top 10 greatest all-rounders in cricket of all-time goes to former Pakistani captain and a prolific all-rounder Imran Khan. He is undoubtedly the greatest cricketer for Pakistan team. This right handed batsman and right-arm fast bowler was considered as the most successful captain in the history of Pakistan cricket.

Imran Khan was best remembered as a captain of world cup winning team in 1992. As a fast bowler, he took 362 test wickets at 22.81 average. He was a genuine quick bowler who opened the Pakistani bowling for many years.

Imran finished his test career with six centuries and 18 fifties at 37.69 batting average. He became one of the eights to achieve the ‘all-rounders triple’ with 3000 runs and 300 wickets.

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2. Jacques Kallis, South Africa

Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders in Cricket of all-time, Jacques Kallis
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In the modern era of cricket, he is undoubtedly the greatest all-rounder in world cricket. As a right-handed batsman, with an incredible average of 57.02 and 41 centuries and 55 half-centuries, Jacques Kallis was the vital weapon for Proteas over the years.

His incredible batting average is the highest of any current batsman, like Sachin Tendulkar, Inzamam, Ricky Ponting. Unlike any other all-rounder, Kallis always brought a very classical approach in his batting style and known for playing controlled cricketing shorts all over the ground.

As a fast-medium bowler, Kallis has taken a total 274 wickets at 32.51 average. The rate may not as high as his batting performance, it is still impressive. Kallis would be good enough to make many sides as a full-time medium pace bowler. He is rated as the No 2 in our list of top 10 greatest all-rounders of all-time.

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1. Sir Garfield Sobers, West Indies

Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders in Cricket of all-time, Sir Garfield Sobers
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He is the greatest all-round cricketer in West Indies history. He appeared to be a grave threat for the opponents with both bat and ball. He was an amazing fielder and captain of the West Indies side. Yes, he is the No 1 in our list, Sir Garfield Sobers.

He was a spin bowler, when he was picked first time for West Indies. As a bowler, he took 235 wickets at 34.03 bowling average. In addition, his impressive batting average of 57.78 is the 10th best on the all-time list and he is compared with any professional batsman in the history of cricket, with the exception of great Sir Donald Bradman.

In his batting career, Garry Sobers scored 26 centuries and 30 half-centuries, but who could forget his 365 not out innings against Pakistan in 1958! It was a world record at that time which stayed untouched till 1994 and broken by another great West Indian Brian Lara. The score still ranks as the 5th highest individual test score in cricket history.

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