Cricket has always been regarded as the gentleman’s game and time and again, players of different generations have proved the same. Though the fierce rivalry and some intense moments might get the better of players, some players take it all with a smile on their faces.
Some crickets have been regarded as perfect role models for their behaviour on and off the field. Their attitude, especially, has helped them in winning millions of hearts across the globe. Even if they play for the other team, fans never forget to acknowledge their greatness.
In order to celebrate the legacy of such players, here’s the most loved XI of all-time in cricket:
1. Chris Gayle
One of the most powerful hitters in the world of cricket, Chris Gayle has a great fan base with almost no haters despite a few controversies along the way. He became the first cricketer to score centuries in all formats of the game in international cricket.
An equally fun-loving character, the ‘Universe Boss’ has earned a large fan following in all parts of the world. He has over 19000 International runs to his name. The 41-year-old recently featured for the Punjab Kings in the now-postponed IPL 2021.
2. Sachin Tendulkar
Widely hailed as the ‘God of cricket’, Sachin Tendulkar is someone who needs no introduction. He has a host of all-time records to his name, including that for most Test runs, most Test centuries, most ODI runs and most ODI centuries.
He retired from international cricket in 2013, and his last appearance saw record attendance, most of whom were crying. Fans often get nostalgic while recalling his name or any of his knocks. In short, Tendulkar’s popularity has transcended time and space.
3. Rahul Dravid
From legend to another, Former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid is one of the most loved cricketers in the world. Known as ‘Mr. Dependable’, he could bat at no. 3, 4 or even 5 if needed. Dravid, briefly, also kept the wickets for Team India.
Dravid is loved by all for setting the perfect example for generations to come. After notching up more than 13000 and 10000 runs in Test cricket and ODIs, he is currently busy grooming a new generation of Indian cricketers at the NCA in Bengaluru.
4. Kane Williamson
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has a fan following that keeps growing by leaps and bounds. He is loved by fans for his calm, composed demeanour and his humbleness, on and off the field.
Despite being unlucky on many occasions on the cricket field, he never loses his composure and keeps smiling in the toughest of situations. With nearly 15,000 international runs in his bag, Williamson will hope that his team can finally end their ICC trophy drought during the upcoming WTC FInal against India.
5. AB de Villiers
Fans were in tears after AB de Villiers recently announced that he will not be playing international cricket for South Africa again. Though he might not have played international cricket in recent times, he continues to win hearts in franchise cricket across the world.
De Villiers is unarguably the most loved foreign cricketer in India. His blitzkrieg in the IPL earned him the tag of Mr 360 degrees. There have been many instances when the crowd has cheered him when he was playing against India in India.
6. Jacques Kallis
After his debut in 1995, with the passage of time, Jacques Kallis established himself as one of the finest batsmen in cricket. The former South African cricketer is loved by fans in all parts of the world.
Kallis is the only player to have scored over 10,000 runs and taken over 250 wickets in both Test cricket and ODIs. He was a true ambassador of the gentleman’s game and always played the game within the right spirit.
7. Adam Gilchrist
From batting at the top of the order in white-ball cricket to batting in the lower middle order in Test cricket, Adam Gilchrist stamped his authority as one the best wicketkeeper-batsmen in the world.
He was one of the rarest Australian cricketers who never believed in sledging and believed in being honest on the field. He amassed more than 15,000 runs in international cricket and is idolized around the world for his humbleness, on and off the field.
8. Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble is arguably the greatest cricketer to have ever graced the sport. Soft-spoken and unassuming, the former Indian skipper won hearts after he came out to bowl with a broken jaw against West Indies.
He scalped more than 950 wickets in his career and is considered as one of the greatest spinners in the game along with Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan.
9. Wasim Akram
Regarded as ‘The King of Swing’, former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram was one of the few players who made their name in the international without bowling a single ball in first-class cricket.
With more than 900 international wickets to his name, Akram single-handedly won many matches for Pakistan. His on and off-the-field mannerism has earned him respect in all parts of the world and youngsters often see him as a role model.
10. Brett Lee
Legendary fast bowler Brett Lee is one of the few Australian cricketers who is loved in all parts of the world because of his affable persona and other talents. He is widely respected in the cricketing fraternity and has contributed a lot to the success of Australian cricket.
Considered as one of the greatest bowlers of his era, Lee bagged more than 700 wickets in his international career. Though he used to sledge, he never crossed the limit and was the first to go and apologise to the opposition players.
11. Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn is regarded as one of the most fearsome bowlers in the history of cricket. His witty smile when the batsman hits a boundary or misses the ball is loved by fans across the world.
Steyn enjoys a huge fan following because of his competitive attitude. He picked up 699 wickets in international cricket before announcing his retirement last year. He, however, continues to entertain his fans by featuring in franchise cricket across the globe.