Cricket is the most renowned game in world; its origin is dotted back to the 16th century however the international matches started in the 18th century. Cricket is game which is played by only two object; a bat and ball, the main motive is to take as much as runs as possible and the team with more runs wins the match. Cricket is played between two teams and every team has 11 members. The members are categorized into three; the bowler, the fielder and the batsman.
The definition of a batsman provided in the dictionary is the player at bat in cricket or a person who bats or whose turn it is to bat or a person who is specialized in batting. These definitions are very limited, the person who at batting during the match is not just person, he is someone who holds thousands of heartbeats, he is someone who is capable of ruling million hearts, he is someone who can bless a nation with happiness and he is someone who can break million heart. People are usually very emotional and their emotions get attached with everything they love, the people who love cricket get attached with this game emotionally, Winning or losing is just a matter of luck but the vast audience who is watching the match take it to their heart when their team loses, all their hopes are tied to the batsman who is on the lead and their eyes remain transfixed to ball which has the key to the trophy.
The batsman are also a source of inspiration for many people, many young man grow up watching these batsman play and this thing triggers a ray of hope in their hearts that they too would one day play for their country and become like their role model. History has seen many batsman, all of them were some extra ordinary but there were and still are some batsman who have this amazing charm, who have cricket in their veins, who are born to play cricket, they have this connection, this passion and enthusiasm who makes them unusual. When they play, they do not play just a match but every hit is as important for them as breathing is for humans. So the top ten best batsmen that the we have in the cricket world are:
10. SURESH RAINA:
Suresh kumara raina is an Indian cricket player; he was born in uttar Pradesh but later moved to Kolkata. He made his debut at the age of 18 in a match against Australia. The lefties are usually very extra ordinary people and raina too is left hand batsman which is the reason for his extraordinary performance as a batsman. He is currently standing on threshold of his career as he is only 26 years old, he is no old enough but he has the potential to change the face of cricket history. He is considered as one the best batsman in world, he was also a part of the Indian team when they won the world cup in 2012.
9. RAHUL DRAVID:
Rahul dravid is former Indian cricket player and is among the best crickets India has seen. He started playing cricket at the age of 12 and scored a century in a match at his school, he later appeared in the under 17 and under 19 cricket. He is one of the greatest batsmen not only in India but in entire world; he used to be the captain of the Indian team in his time. he was selected as the player of the year by ICC in 2004, in October 2012 he became the third highest run achiever in world, he holds a world record for the 19 partnerships with tendulkar and all those partnerships gave centuries. He once played the longest innings in world which was of 12 hours and gave 270 runs in return. He has been honored at the 7th dradman award and Padma Bhushan award. He retired from the cricket world in 2012.
8. JACQUES KALLIS:
Jacques kallis is a South African cricketer and is a very dynamic batsman; he made his debut at the age of 18 in 1993 and made his proper test debut in 1995. He is the only batsman in the world to score more than 13000 runs in ODIs; he has an average of over 50 runs. He was the ICC player of the year in 2005 and leading cricketer of the world in 2008. He is the fourth highest run scorer in the world of all time.
7. WALLY HAMMOND:
Wally hommand was an English test player who was born on 19th June 1903, the period of his career was from 1903 to 1965. He was the best batsman in the world during 1930s and is still a legend, he only played 85 matches in his career but he owned the record of the highest runs in the test cricket till 1970. He used to the captain of England and scored more than 50,000 runs in his test career. When he was a child he had an old bat which belonged to a soldier, according to Hammond this was the bat which taught him how to play the dynamic strokes he used to give during the matches. He died of a heart attack in 1965.
6. C.H GAYLE:
Chris Gayle is a West Indies cricketer who captained the team from 2007 to 2010, he made his debut at the age of 19 for Jamaica, and next year he made his international debut. He is one of the marvelous splendid batsmen in the world, and is among the only four batsmen to score triple centuries. He comes under the list of the six players who have managed to score more than 150 runs a couple of times. He is famous for making centuries, centuries are said to be his bookmark.
5. KUMAR SANGAKARA:
Kumar sangakara is a left handed srilankan cricketor; he captioned the team from 2009 to 2011. He was ODI cricketer of the year for 2011; he was among the top ten widsen cricketers of the year 2012. He currently number 2 in the ICC world ranking.
4. RICKEY PONTING:
Rickey ponting a former Australian cricketer, he is not only a batsman but he is someone who has this spiritual connection with the bat he holds and ball he faces, he remained the captain of Australian cricket team from 2004-11, he was involved in the Australian cricket team all three times they won the cricket world cup. He made his debut in 1992 as a Tasmanian at the age of 18. In 2006 and made his test debut in 1995, he received the highest rating that has ever been given to a batsman in the past 50 years, he is the only player who has won 100 test matches, he has scored 13,000 runs which takes into the 4 top players, he has received 28 awards which included ICC captain of the year 2007, ICC player of the year 2006 and 2007, ICC test player of the year 2006, He retired from cricket on 29 November 2012.
3. BRAIN LARA:
Brain Lara is a West Indies player and is absolutely authentic. Many people know him for the world record he created of 400 runs not out against England, he is often ranked on the top in batsman ranking and also regarded as the best batsman of all time, and he owns the record of the highest number of runs in an over in test cricket. His performance of 153 not out was rated as the second best performance ever in the history of cricket. He has been included in the ICC hall of fame.
2. SACHIN TENDULKAR:
Tendulkar was born on 24 April 1973 and is an Indian cricket player; he is the greatest living batsman that we have in cricket world. He has scored 30,000 thousand runs in international cricket which includes 100 centuries. He has played 657 international matches in his career. He made his debut at the age of 16 which makes him the youngest player in India and third youngest all over the world. He has been bestowed with sir Garfield sobers trophy. On December 2012 he retired from ODI cricket and has already retired from t20.
1. SIR DONALD BRADMEN:
Donald Bradman was an Australian cricketer and is the most enormous test batsman of all time; his batting average was 99.94 which is a very great achievement for any player. He made his debut at the age of 19. He included in the ICC hall frame in 2009 after his death in 2001.