Almost every Indian you meet will confess to having a strong passion for cricket. Every contest is fraught with emotion. People will spill out onto the streets and celebrate with the entire neighbourhood if they win. A loss, on the other hand, tears the hearts of millions of Indians. Cricket has been compared to a religion in India, and here are the 11 legends who have helped to shape the game into what it is today.
Sachin Tendulkar is the most well-known cricketer in the world. It’s difficult to find any defects in his game, which has won him the title of “complete batsman” from both fans and colleagues. Any record in the game that Tendulkar holds or has held at some point in his career, you can bet he has it. He made his debut at the age of 16 and has carried the hopes and dreams of the entire nation match after match throughout his career. He is recognised as the God of Cricket to cricket enthusiasts all around the world.
Sunil Gavaskar is regarded as one of the best opening batters in cricket history. He had a reputation for being brutal when it came to quick bowlers. Gavaskar set multiple world records during his prime years in the 1970s and 1980s. He became the highest debut run scorer with 774 runs in his first Test match. Gavaskar has been dubbed “the greatest batsman I have come across” by one of his contemporaries, famed West Indian cricketer Garry Sobers.
Between 1951 and 1953, Vijay Hazare served as India’s captain for 14 years. He is regarded as one of Indian cricket’s early high-flyers, setting a standard for future generations. Hazare is well renowned for his awe-inspiring performance in the 1947-48 Test series against an invincible Australian team, in which he hit a double century. During his long and successful career, he set numerous domestic and international records.