1. Sachin Tendulkar:
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar (born 24 April 1973) is an Indian cricketer widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the
history of cricket. He is the leading run-scorer and century maker in Test and one-day international cricket. He is the only male player to score a double century in the history of ODI cricket. In 2002, just 12 years into his career, Wisden ranked him the second greatest Test batsman of all time, behind Donald Bradman, and the second greatest one-day-international (ODI) batsman of all time, behind Viv Richards.In September 2007, the Australian leg spinner Shane Warne rated Tendulkar as the greatest player he has played with or against.
Tendulkar is the first and the only player in Test Cricket history to score fifty centuries, and the first to score fifty centuries in all international cricket combined; he now has 99 centuries in international cricket. On 17 October 2008, when he surpassed Brian Lara’s record for the most runs scored in Test cricket, he also became the first batsman to score 12,000, 13,000 and 14,000 runs in that form of the game,having also been the third batsman and first Indian to pass 11,000 runs in Test cricket. He was also the first player to score 10,000 runs in one-day internationals, and also the first player to cross every subsequent 1000-run mark that has been crossed in ODI cricket history and 200 runs in a one-day international match. In the fourth Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia, Tendulkar surpassed Australia’s Allan Border to become the player to cross the 50-run mark the most number of times in Test cricket history, and also the second ever player to score 11 Test centuries against Australia, tying with Sir Jack Hobbs of England more than 70 years previously.Tendulkar
passed 30,000 runs in international cricket on 20 November 2009. He also holds the world record for playing highest number
of Test and ODI matches.Tendulkar has been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan award, India’s second highest civilian award,
and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, India’s highest sporting honor. Tendulkar became the first sportsperson and the first
personality without an aviation background to be awarded the honorary rank of Group Captain by the Indian Air Force. He has
received honorary doctorates from Mysore University and Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences .He won the 2010 Sir
Garfield Sobers Trophy for cricketer of the year at the ICC awards.
2. Sunil Gavaskar:
Sunil Manohar “Sunny” Gavaskar (born 10 July 1949 in Bombay, Bombay State (now Mumbai, Maharashtra)), is a former cricketer
who played during the 1970s and 1980s for Bombay and India. Widely regarded as one of the greatest opening batsmen in test
match history, Gavaskar set world records during his career for the most runs and most centuries scored by any batsman. He held the record of 34 Test centuries for almost two decades before it was broken by Sachin Tendulkar in December 2005.
Gavaskar was widely admired for his technique against fast bowling, with a particularly high average of 65.45 against the
West Indies, who possessed a four-pronged fast bowling attack regarded as the most vicious in Test history. His captaincy
of the Indian team, however, was less successful. The team at one stage went 31 Test matches without a victory. There were
incidents like crowd displeasure at Eden Gardens in Calcutta leading to multiple matches being disrupted, in response to the
poor performance of the Indian team. Turbulent performances of the team led to multiple exchanges of captaincy between
Gavaskar and Kapil Dev, with one of Gavaskar’s sackings coming just six months before Kapil led India to victory at the 1983
Cricket World Cup.
3. Kapil Dev:
Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj (born 6 January 1959, Chandigarh, India), better known as Kapil Dev, is a former Indian cricketer.
He captained the Indian cricket team which won the 1983 Cricket World Cup. Named by Wisden as the Indian Cricketer of the
Century in 2002,Kapil Dev was also India’s national cricket coach for 10 months between October 1999 and August 2000.Kapil
was a right-arm pace bowler noted for his graceful action and potent outswinger, and was India’s main strike bowler for most
of his career. He also developed a fine inswinging yorker during the 1980s, which he used very effectively against tail-enders. As a batsman, he was a natural striker of the ball who could hook and drive effectively. A naturally aggressive player, he often helped India in difficult situations by taking the attack to the opposition. Nicknamed The Haryana Hurricane, he represented the Haryana cricket team in domestic cricket.He retired in 1994, holding the world record for the most number of wickets taken in test cricket, a record subsequently broken by Courtney Walsh in 2000. At the time, he was also India’s highest wicket taker in both major forms of cricket, Tests and ODIs). He is the only player in the history of cricket to have taken more than 400 wickets and scored more than 5,000 runs in test cricket, making him one of the greatest all-rounders to have played the game. On 8 March 2010, Kapil Dev was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
4. Dilip Vengsarkar:
Dilip Balwant Vengsarkar (born 6 April 1956 in Rajapur, Maharashtra) is an Indian cricketer and cricket administrator.
He was one of the most stylish batsmen of his time,citation needed known as one of the foremost exponents of the drive. He was also known by the nickname ‘Colonel’.Vengsarkar made his international cricket debut against New Zealand at Auckland in 1975-76 as an opening batsmen. India won this Test convincingly, but he did not have much success.
He played a memorable innings in 1979 against Asif Iqbal’s Pakistan team in the 2nd Test at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. Requiring 390 to win on the final day, he led India’s chase getting the team very close to a victory. India ended up with 364 for 6, just 26 runs short of what would have been a remarkable win. With Yashpal Sharma, Kapil Dev and Roger Binny back to the pavilion after Tea break, Vengsarkar saw himself running out of partners and decided to play the last few overs for a draw. He remained unbeaten at 146.
He was a member of the 1983 World Champion’s team. He had a productive run of scores between 1985 and 1987, where he scored
centuries against Pakistan, Australia, England, West Indies and Sri Lanka, many of them in successive games. At this pinnacle of his career, He was rated as the best batsmen in the Coopers and Lybrand rating.
5. Bishan Singh Bedi:
Bishan Singh Bedi ( born 25 September 1946 in Amritsar), is an Indian former cricketer who was primarily a slow left-arm
orthodox bowler. He played Test cricket for India from 1966 to 1979 and formed part of the famous Indian spin quartet. He also captained the national side in 22 Test matches. Bedi is also famous for always wearing a colourful patka and his outspoken and forthright views on cricketing matters.
In Indian domestic cricket, Bedi first played for Northern Punjab when only fifteen, having taking up cricket only two years previously, a particularly late age for this sport. He moved to Delhi in 1968–69 and in the 1974–75 season of the Ranji Trophy, he took a record 64 wickets. Bedi also represented Northamptonshire in English county cricket for many years. He finished his career with 1560 wickets in first-class cricket — more than any other Indian.
His bowling has been described as graceful, even beautiful, and full of guile and artistry. He was at expert in flighting the ball, and was capable of making it hold it back or hurry forward and added subtle variations of spin. His action was so relaxed and co-ordinated that he was able to bowl all day with rhythm and control, a great asset to any captain. He had several very successful Test series.
6. Lala Amarnath:
Nanik Amarnath Bhardwaj ( 11 September 1911 – 5 August 2000) was an Indian Test cricketer.Amarnath was born in Kapurthala,
Punjab, and was raised in Lahore. He was the first cricketer to score a Test century for the Indian cricket team, which he achieved on debut. He was also independent India’s first Test captain, leading the team on a tour of Australia in 1947-1948. He played his debut match against England in 1933 on the Bombay Gymkhana grounds in South Bombay. Amarnath also played for the Hindus in the Bombay Quadrangular. Aside from being a tenacious batsman, Lala Amarnath was also a bowler of some repute and was the only bowler to dismiss Donald Bradman hit wicket.
When the Partition of India took place in August 1947, Amarnath and his family had to flee the city to escape a Muslim mob. He lived in Patiala in the Indian state of Punjab till 1957, when he moved to the capital, Delhi. Amarnath is widely respected for reaching out to bridge the divide between players and fans of India and Pakistan, caused by political tensions between the two countries.
Amarnath as captain was complimented for being straightforward and aggressive, and possessing great tactical acumen. Under
his leadership, India won its first-ever Test against the Pakistan cricket team in Delhi in 1952, and went on to win the series 2-1. Amarnath also managed the team when it toured Pakistan in 1954-55.
7. Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi:
Mansoor Ali Khan or Mansur Ali Khan (born January 5, 1941 in Bhopal), nicknamed Tiger, is a former Indian cricketer and former captain of the Indian cricket team. He was the 9th and last Nawab of Pataudi until 1971, when India abolished royal entitlements through the 26th Amendment to the Constitution of India.
Mansoor was born to Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, eighth Nawab of Pataudi and his wife Sajida Sultan, second daughter of the last ruling nawab of Bhopal. He was educated at Welham Boys’ School in Dehradun (Uttarakhand), Lockers Park Prep School in Hertfordshire, Winchester College, and Balliol College, Oxford.
Pataudi Jr., as Mansoor came to be known during his cricket career, was a right-hand batsman and a right-arm medium pace bowler.He played in 46 Test matches for India between 1961 and 1975. Soon after starting his career, at the age of 20, a car accident permanently damaged vision in his right eye.In March 1962, Mansoor was elevated to the captaincy of the Indian cricket team. He had a batting average of 34. Mansoor was captain of the Indian cricket team in 40 matches, only 9 of which resulted in victory for his team. He was dropped as captain of the Indian cricket team in 1970, and as a player in 1975.
8. Mohammad Azharuddin:
Mohammad Azharuddin (born 8 February 1963, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh) also known as Azhar, is an Indian politician and
former cricketer. He was an accomplished batsman and captained the Indian cricket team for much of the 1990s, until his
involvement in a match-fixing scandal forced him into retirement.A member of the Indian National Congress, Azharuddin won election from the Moradabad constituency of Uttar Pradesh to the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Parliament of India.
In his prime, he had a graceful, fluid batting style, comparable to that of his English contemporary, David Gower and Australian batsman Greg Chappell. The wrist flick was his most characteristic shot and he fared best against spinners. The grace and fluidity of his wrist once prompted John Woodcock, a noted cricket writer, to say, “It’s no use asking an Englishman to bat like Mohammad Azharuddin. For, it would be like expecting a greyhound to win the London Derby!” Former Indian captain and International umpire Venkataraghavan said that “Azharuddin had the best wrists in the game, but Tendulkar isn’t too far behind” while praising Sachin Tendulkar.
Azhar scored a total of 22 centuries in Test cricket at an average of 45, and 7 in ODIs at an average of 37. He has distinction of scoring a century in each of his first three Tests – a feat unmatched till date. An excellent fielder, he took 156 catches in ODI cricket which was a world record until Mahela Jayawardene surpassed him. He held world records for maximum ODI runs and fastest ODI hundred. He also has probably unique record of scoring centuries in his first and last Test.
9. Sourav Ganguly:
Sourav Chandidas Ganguly (born 8 July 1972) is a former Indian cricketer, and captain of the Indian national team. Born into an affluent family, Ganguly was introduced into the world of cricket by his elder brother Snehasish. He started his career by playing in state and school teams. Currently, he is the 5th highest run scorer in ODIs and was the 5th person in history to cross the 10,000 run landmark and only the 2nd Indian to cross that landmark after Sachin Tendulkar. Wisden ranked him the sixth greatest one day international (ODI) batsman of all time, next to Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Dean Jones and Michael Bevan.
After a series of plays in different Indian domestic tournaments such as the Ranji and Duleep trophies, Ganguly got his big-break while playing for India on their tour of England. He scored 131 runs and cemented his place in the Indian team. Ganguly’s place in the team was assured after successful performances in series against Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Australia, winning the Man of the Match awards. In the 1999 Cricket World Cup, he was involved in a partnership of 318 runs with Rahul Dravid, which remains the highest overall partnership score in the World Cup tournament history. Ganguly joined the Kolkata Knight Riders team as captain for the Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament in 2008.
The same year, after a home Test series against Australia, he announced his retirement from cricket. After his retirement,
Ganguly continued to play for the Bengal team and was appointed the chairman of the Cricket Association of Bengal’s Cricket
Development Committee. The left-handed Ganguly was a prolific One Day International (ODI) batsman, with over 11,000 ODI runs
to his credit. He is India’s one of the most successful Test Captain to date, winning 21 out of 49 test matches. An aggressive Captain, Ganguly is credited with having nurtured the careers of many young players who played under him.
10. Anil Kumble:
Anil Kumble (born 17 October 1970 in Bangalore, Karnataka) is a former Indian cricketer and captain of the Indian Test cricket team. He is a right-arm leg spin (legbreak googly) bowler and a right-hand batsman. He is currently the leading wicket-taker for India in both Test and One Day International matches. At present he is the third highest wicket-taker in Test cricket and one of only three bowlers to have taken more than 600 Test wickets. Kumble has had success bowling with other spinners, notably Venkatapathy Raju and Rajesh Chauhan in the 1990s and Harbhajan Singh since 2000.
Kumble was appointed the captain of the Indian Test cricket team on 8 November 2007. His first assignment as captain was the three-test home series against Pakistan that India won 1-0. Then he led the Indian Test team on its tour to Australia for the 2007-08 four-test series of The Border-Gavaskar Trophy that India lost 1-2. Kumble succeeded his state team mate Rahul Dravid, who resigned as the captain in September 2007.Since his debut in international cricket on 25 April 1990, he has taken 619 Test wickets and 337 ODI wickets.
11. V. V. S. Laxman:
Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman (born 1 November 1974, in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India), sometimes shortened to
Venkatsai Laxman but generally known as V.V.S. Laxman (nicknamed Very Very Special Laxman), is an Indian cricketer.
Laxman represents Hyderabad in domestic cricket and has played for Lancashire in English county cricket. He was the captain of the Deccan Chargers team in the Indian Premier League in its first year before being replaced by Adam Gilchrist for the next year.In 2011,Laxman was awarded with Padma Shri award,India’s fourth highest civilian award from the Government of India.
Laxman bats right-handed and occasionally bowls off-spin. He is noted for his superb timing and the ability to hit against the spin, reminiscent of his role model Mohammed Azharuddin. Laxman is particularly noted for the skillful use of his supple wrists, which allow him to flick the ball to various places, but usually through the leg side. This also helps in his catching, and he in stationary catching positions, typically fields the slips cordon or in a bat pad position.
Laxman is noted most for his batting against Australia, in both tests and one day internationals. As of February 2010, he has scored 6 out of his 16 test hundreds, and 4 out of his 6 ODI hundreds against Australia. He has two double-centuries in tests, both of them against Australia , his personal best of 281 at Kolkata in 2000–01, and 200* at Feroz Shah Kotla in 2008–09.
12. Rahul Dravid:
Rahul Sharad Dravid (born 11 January 1973) is one of the most experienced cricketers in the Indian national team, of which he has been a regular member since 1996. He was appointed as the captain of the Indian cricket team in October 2005 and resigned from the post in September 2007. Dravid was honored as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2000. Dravid was also awarded the ICC Player of the Year and the Test Player of the Year at the inaugural awards ceremony held in 2004.On 27th December 2010, he took his 200th Test catch to get rid of Dale Steyn.
Known as “the Wall” due to his ability to bat for long durations, and “Jammy” due to his endorsement of Kissan, a jam company, and also because his father worked for Kissan, Dravid holds multiple world cricketing records. He is the second Indian batsman, after Sachin Tendulkar, and the third international player to have scored more than 12,000 runs in Test cricket. On 14 February 2007, he became the sixth player in history and the third Indian (after Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly), to score 10,000 runs in ODI cricket.He is the first and the only batsman to score a century in all ten Test .playing nations.With more than 199 catches, Dravid currently holds the world record for the highest number of catches in Test cricket.Dravid has also been involved in more than 80 century partnerships with 18 different partners and has been
involved in 19 century partnerships with Sachin Tendulkar — a world record.
13. Virender Sehwag:
Virender Sehwag (born 20 October 1978, in Delhi, India), affectionately known as Viru, the Nawab of Najafgarh, or the
Zen master of modern cricket,is one of the leading batsmen in the Indian cricket team. Sehwag is an aggressive right-handed
opening batsman and a part-time right-arm off-spin bowler. He played his first One Day International in 1999 and joined the
Indian Test cricket team in 2001. In April 2009, Sehwag became the only Indian to be honored as the Wisden Leading Cricketer
in the World for his performance in 2008,subsequently becoming the first player of any nationality to retain the award for 2009.
Sehwag holds multiple records including the highest score made by an Indian in Test cricket (319), which was also the fastest triple century in the history of international cricket (reached 300 off only 278 balls) as well as the fastest 250 by any batsman (in 207 balls against Sri Lanka on 3 December 2009 at the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai). Sehwag also holds the distinction of being one of four batsmen in the world to have ever surpassed 300 twice in Test cricket, and the only one to score two triple centuries and take a five-wicket innings haul.In March 2009, Sehwag smashed the fastest century ever scored by an Indian in ODI cricket, from 60 balls.
Sehwag was appointed as vice-captain of the Indian team under Rahul Dravid in October 2005 but due to poor form, he was
later replaced by V. V. S. Laxman in December 2006 as Test vice-captain. In January 2007, Sehwag was dropped from the ODI
team and later from the Test team as well.During his term as vice-captain, Sehwag skippered the team in place of injured
Dravid in 2 ODIs and 1 Test. Following his return to form in 2008 and the retirement of Anil Kumble, Sehwag has been reappointed as the vice-captain for both Tests and ODIs. By early 2009, Sehwag had reestablished himself as one of the best performing batsmen in ODI cricket.
14. Yuvraj Singh:
Yuvraj Singh ( born 12 December 1981 in a Punjabi Jat family from Chandigarh, India) is a cricketer from India, and the son of former Indian fast bowler and Punjabi movie star Yograj Singh. He has been a member of the Indian cricket team since 2000 (ODIs) and played his first Test match in 2003. He was the vice captain of the ODI team from late-2007 to late-2008. At the 2007 World Twenty20 he hit six sixes in an over against England’s Stuart Broad—a feat only performed three times previously in any form of senior cricket, and never previously in an international match between two Test cricket nations.
Yuvraj first came to attention when he captained the U-19 Punjab cricket team in the final of the Cooch-Behar Trophy against
Bihar U-19s, in which he scored 358.He then gained selection for the U-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka in January 2000, where he
was part of a team led by Mohammed Kaif which won the tournament.Yuvraj was subsequently selected in 2000 for the first
intake of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.
Yuvraj is primarily a left-handed batsman but can bowl part-time left-arm orthodox spin. He is regarded as being better at batting against fast bowling than spin bowling, and cites the Indian Oil Cup 2005 as a turning point in his career. He is one of the better fielders in the Indian team, fielding primarily at point, with a good aim at the stumps. Yuvraj made his One Day International debut against Kenya at Nairobi in 2000, at the ICC KnockOut Trophy. He showed his potential in his second ODI which was against the Australians where he scored a quickfire 84 off 82 balls against a quality pace attack consisting of bowlers like Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie.However, after a lean run of form, he was dropped for the one-dayers against Australia in India in early 2001,but returned later in the year and helped India to victory in a match in Sri Lanka with an unbeaten 98.
15. Harbhajan Singh:
Harbhajan Singh ( born: 3 July 1980 in Jalandhar, Punjab, India) is an Indian cricketer. A specialist bowler, he has the second-highest number of Test wickets by an off spinner behind Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan.Harbhajan made his Test and One Day International (ODI) debuts in early 1998. His career was initially beset by investigations into the legality of his bowling action and disciplinary incidents that raised the ire of cricket authorities. However in 2001, with leading leg spinner Anil Kumble injured, Harbhajan’s career was resuscitated after Indian captain Sourav Ganguly called for his inclusion in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy team. In that series victory over Australia, Harbhajan established himself as the team’s leading spinner by taking 32 wickets, becoming the first Indian bowler to take a hat trick in Test cricket.
After taking eight wickets in his next two Ranji matches, Harbhajan was selected to tour Australia in 1999–2000, as the second spinner. He did not play in the Tests, with India opting to field only Anil Kumble in the team.Australia whitewashed India 3–0, and Harbhajan struggled in his only first-class outing against Tasmania, taking 0/141, a portent of future unsuccessful tours to Australia.
He was conferred the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour, in 2009.