The Indian cricket team have made us proud in more or less every match. We have an intense love for almost every Indian cricketer. Emotions run high in all the matches. When the Indian team win a match, all the people come out in the street and celebrate that moment.

A nationalist feeling comes when we see these 11 players playing for India. Cricket has often been likened to religion in India and these are the 11 legends who have made the Indians proud in every aspect.

Top 11 Legends Who Made The Indians Proud

1.   Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar is one of the greatest players that India have ever produced. He was arguably the greatest opening batsman of the Indian cricket team in the history of the game. He used to open the innings against fast bowlers.

During the 70s and 80s, he was the first batsman to scale peaks in the Test match and set several world records. His technique and unwavering determination made him the best batsman in the Indian Cricket Record. 

Career Span: 1971-1987

Tests: 125

Runs: 10,122

Batting Average: 51.12

2.   Virender Sehwag

Sehwag was the most devastating opener in the history of Test match cricket. His concept was simple that if the ball was there to be hit, then it should be hit into the boundaries.

With his aggressive style of batting, he became the first Indian batsman to score two triple hundreds in Test cricket. His performances against Australia, Pakistan and South Africa made him one of the best opening batsmen of this game.

Career Span: 2001-2013

Tests: 103

Runs: 8,503

Batting Average: 49.43

3.   Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid is known as “The Wall” of Indian Cricket Team. He is the former national captain of India Cricket Team. He was one of the best batsmen. His great technique and capability of playing long and match-winning knocks make him the best choice for the number three position in the all-time list. His calm nature and winning approach had helped India achieve seemingly impossible victories.

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Career Span: 1996-2012

Tests: 163

Runs: 13,265

Batting Average: 52.63

4.Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar is known as the “God of Cricket”. He is arguably the best cricketer and the best Test Batsman, the game has ever seen. He owns almost all the major batting records. It is difficult to find any flaws in his game which enhanced the reputation of the Indian Team.

He made his debut when he was just 16-years-old and throughout his career, he had made his nation proud by his match-winning knocks. Tendulkar is unquestionably the greatest player to represent India.

Career Span: 1989-2013

Tests: 198

Runs: 15,837

Batting Average: 53.86

5. Javagal Srinath

Javagal Srinath is one of India’s finest fast bowlers. He led the Indian fast-bowling attack for over 9 years and become the second-highest ODI wicket-taker. He is known for his fast bowling in the Indian Cricket Team.

Career Span-1991-2002

Tests– 67

Wicket– 236

Bowling Average-30.49

6. Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly is one of the most successful captains in the history of cricket. He possesses good leadership quality. Ganguly’s batting style was equally superb and he is the only cricketer to secure four consecutive Man of the Match awards in One Day International matches. 

Career Span-1996-2012

Tests– 7,212

Batting Average– 42.2

7. MS Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the best wicket-keeper batsman, India have ever known. He was the captain of India Cricket Team during their famous World Cup win in 2011. His great flexibility and presence of mind are the most critical attributes of his wicketkeeping. He is an exceptional player and arguably the game’s greatest ever finisher.

Career Span-2004-2019

Matches-90

Runs– 4,876

Batting Average– 38.09

8.Kapil Dev

Kapil Dev is India’s greatest ever all-rounder and one of the best match-winners of all time. He was the person who changed the mindset that India was only capable of producing quality spinners. With his ability and his incredible stamina, he led the path for the India team to win their first World Cup in 1983 at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.

Career Span-1978-1994

Tests-131

Runs-5,284

Batting Average-31.05

Wicket-434

Bowling Average -29.64

9. Anil Kumble

Anil Kumble is one of the best Indian spinners of all time. He was one of the best match-winners in Test Match during his time. He was a game-changer and he scored above people expectation. He was one of the most aggressive cricketers.

Career Span-1990-2008

Tests-132

Wicket– 619

Bowling Average-29.65

10. Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh is one of India’s most successful off-spin bowler. He is the first Indian bowler to take a hat-trick in Test cricket. He established himself as the leading spinner in the Indian Cricket Team.

Career Span-1998-2015

Matches-103

Innings-190

Wicket– 417

Average-32.46

11. Zaheer Khan

Zaheer Khan is the greatest left-arm pacer produced by India in Test cricket. His ability to swing the ball in both ways made him the most lethal weapon for India. Zaheer paved the way for many Indian wins with his immaculate bowling. Because of his consistency and variety, Zaheer Khan would surely feature in India’s all-time best cricketer XI.

Career Span– 2004-2014

Matches– 92

Innings– 165

Wicket-311

Average-32.95

To wrap things up

Cricket is the most famous game in India on the national and international level. Cricket is an outdoor game which is liked by every age group and almost everyone dream to become a good cricketer. These legends have set the benchmark and uplifted the Indian cricket to a new level.

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