Famous 20th Century Cricketers

Find out more about the greatest 20th Century Cricketers, including Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, AB de Villiers and Imran Khan.

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 1 Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: April 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Often referred to as the God of Cricket in India, Sachin Tendulkar is a retired cricketer. Also known for his humility on and off the field, Sachin is one of the most revered, celebrated, and decorated cricketers. Considered one of the greatest batsmen of all time, Sachin Tendulkar played a key role in turning India into a cricket-frenzy nation.

 2 Kapil Dev

Kapil Dev
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: January 6, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chandigarh, Punjab, India
Kapil Dev is a former Indian all-rounder who captained India to its first Cricket World Cup win, in 1983. He started his career at 16, playing for Haryana. Wisden’s Indian Cricketer of the Century became the first cricketer to take 400 Test wickets and also scored 5,000 Test runs

 3 Sir Donald Bradman

Sir Donald Bradman
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: August 27, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cootamundra, Australia
Died: February 25, 2001

Australian cricketer, Sir Donald Bradman, is widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time. He started playing cricket as a young man and scored numerous records within a few years. In a career spanning around two decades, he retired with a career test batting average of 99.94. He retained a pre-eminent position in the game for decades following his retirement. 

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 4 Viv Richards

Viv Richards
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: March 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint John's, Antigua and Barbuda

 5 Wasim Akram

Wasim Akram
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: June 3, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lahore

 6 Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: July 10, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mumbai, India

Sunil Gavaskar is an Indian former professional cricket player who represented the national team during the 1970s and 1980s. Considered one of the greatest batsmen in Test cricket history, Sunil Gavaskar was the first batsman to score over 10,000 runs in Test cricket. He also set many world records and held the record for most Test centuries for nearly 20 years.

 7 Shane Warne

Shane Warne
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Famous As: Former International Cricketer, Cricket Commentator
Birthdate: September 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Victoria, Australia

Shane Warne is an Australian retired cricket player best known for his leg-break bowling. Widely regarded as one of the greatest spin bowlers of all time, Warne is the second-highest wicket-taker in international test match cricket. He was also one of the most controversial cricketers. In 2013, Shane Warne was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

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 8 Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: December 19, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Ricky Ponting is an Australian retired cricket player best known for his abilities as a batsman, fielder, and captain. Widely regarded as one of the modern-time greats, Ponting is the leading run-scorer for Australia in Test and ODI cricket. Ponting captained the Australian Test team between 2004 and 2011 and is considered one of the most successful cricket captains of all time.

 9 Anil Kumble

Anil Kumble
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: October 17, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bangalore, Karnataka, India

 10 James Anderson

James Anderson
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: July 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Burnley, Lancashire, England

 11 Glenn McGrath

Glenn McGrath
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: February 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia

Glenn McGrath is an Australian former international cricketer. A fast-medium pace bowler, he is considered one of the greatest Australian international bowlers of all time. He played international cricket for 14 years and was a leading contributor to Australia's domination of world cricket in the 1990s and 2000s. He is currently the director of MRF Pace Foundation. 

 12 Dale Steyn

Dale Steyn
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: June 27, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Phalaborwa

The son of a mine worker, South African fast bowler Dale Steyn is known for his mercurial on-field persona and for his swing and speed. He has many accolades to his credit, such as the Wisden Cricketer of the Year. He also topped the ICC Test rankings for 263 weeks.

 13 Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: January 11, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Indore

Nicknamed The Wall for his resilient batting in Test cricket, Rahul Dravid was known for his unmatched concentration. He was selected for the Indian cricket squad while pursuing his MBA. Apart from winning the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan, he has also been named to the ICC Hall of Fame.

 14 Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: July 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Considered India's most successful Test captain, legendary cricketer Sourav Ganguly, nicknamed Maharaj, was also arguably one of the best one-day batsmen of his time. Also known as the God of the Off Side, he now heads the BCCI as its president. He was initially also a talented footballer.

 15 Mohammad Azharuddin

Mohammad Azharuddin
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 8, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Mohammad Azharuddin, also known as Azhar, was the captain of the Indian cricket team for much of the 1990s. He made headlines for his affair with actor-model Sangeeta Bijlani, which later culminated in marriage. He was later banned from cricket for match-fixing. He also became an Indian National Congress MP.

 16 Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin
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Famous As: cricketer
Birthdate: September 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chennai

One of the best all-rounders of the Indian cricket team, Ravichandran Ashwin is best known for popularizing the soduku ball technique. He is also the only bowler apart from Sri Lankan Ajantha Mendis to bowl the carrom ball. The Arjuna Award winner is the son of a Chennai-based cricketer.

 17 Ian Botham

Ian Botham
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: November 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Heswall, Cheshire, England

 18 Andrew Flintoff

Andrew Flintoff
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: December 6, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Preston, Lancashire, England, UK

 19 Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: June 4, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Christchurch, New Zealand

 20 Curtly Ambrose

Curtly Ambrose
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: September 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Swetes, Antigua and Barbuda

Curtly Ambrose is a former cricketer who represented the West Indies cricket team in Test and ODI matches. Renowned for his pace and accuracy, Ambrose is widely regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers ever. In 2011, he was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.

 21 Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: October 20, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Delhi

Born to a flour mill owner, Virender Sehwag convinced his family to let him learn cricket since he wasn’t good in academics. He later grew up to be an aggressive batsman, breaking many records. He’s one of two people with a double hundred in ODI and a triple hundred in Test cricket.

 22 Adam Gilchrist

Adam Gilchrist
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: November 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bellingen

 23 Mithali Raj

Mithali Raj
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: December 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jodhpur

 24 Waqar Younis

Waqar Younis
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: November 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vehari

 25 Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: July 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jalandhar, Punjab

Harbhajan Singh is an Indian professional cricket player. He was part of Indian cricket teams which won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 and the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. Renowned for his aggressive persona and style of play, Harbhajan Singh is considered one of the greatest Indian off-spin bowlers of all time. In 2009, he was honored with the Padma Shri award. 

 26 Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: December 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England, UK

 27 Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: October 14, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Delhi

 28 Steve Waugh

Steve Waugh
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: June 2, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Canterbury

 29 Hashim Amla

Hashim Amla
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: March 31, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Durban, South Africa

One of the best ODI bastmen in the world, South African cricketer Hashim Amla has made many records, from being the fastest to reach 20 ODI centuries to being the fourth player to score centuries against all Test-playing nations. He was also the Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2013.

 30 Mitchell Starc

Mitchell Starc
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: January 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Baulkham Hills, Sydney, Australia

Mitchell Starc is an Australian international cricketer. He plays for the Australian national team in international cricket and New South Wales in domestic cricket. Primarily a left-arm fast bowler, he is also a capable lower-order left-handed batsman. He was part of the Australian squad that won the 2015 Cricket World Cup. He is married to fellow cricketer Alyssa Healy. 

 31 Ravindra Jadeja

Ravindra Jadeja
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: December 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: NavagamGhed

 32 Courtney Walsh

Courtney Walsh
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: October 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kingston

 33 Imran Khan

Imran Khan
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Famous As: 22nd PM of Pakistan
Birthdate: October 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan

The current Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan is also the founder and chairman of the political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Before making an entry into politics, Imran Khan was an extremely popular international cricketer who led Pakistan to its first ever Cricket World Cup title in 1992. As a philanthropist, he established Pakistan’s first cancer hospital in Lahore.

 34 Stuart Broad

Stuart Broad
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: June 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, UK

 35 Ravi Shastri

Ravi Shastri
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Famous As: cricketer
Birthdate: May 27, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mumbai

 36 Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: June 27, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Born to a South African father and an English mother, former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen still holds the record for being the fastest to make 2,000 ODI runs. Named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year, he was also nicknamed “shining” once, for his phenomenal contribution to the England team.

 37 Brendon McCullum

Brendon McCullum
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: September 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dunedin

 38 Jacques Kallis

Jacques Kallis
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: October 16, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

One of the best all-rounders the world has ever seen, South African cricketer Jacques Kallis was known for his signature cover drive throughout his career. He remains the only cricketer to score over 10,000 runs and take more than 250 wickets in both ODI and Test cricket.

 39 Dennis Lillee

Dennis Lillee
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: July 18, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Perth

 40 Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke
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Famous As: cricketer
Birthdate: April 2, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Liverpool

 41 Eoin Morgan

Eoin Morgan
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: September 10, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 42 Faf du Plessis

Faf du Plessis
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: July 13, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pretoria

Faf du Plessis is a South African cricketer who captained the national team in the ODI format from 2013 to 2019. He has also captained the national team in the other two formats of the game. He became the first South African player to score centuries in ODI, T20, and Test cricket after he scored his first T20I century in 2015.

 43 Hansie Cronje

Hansie Cronje
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: September 25, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bloemfontein, South Africa
Died: June 1, 2002

Hansie Cronje was a South African international cricketer. He captained the South African national cricket team in the 1990s. In 2000, he was implicated in a cricket match-fixing scandal and banned from the sport for life. He died in a plane crash in 2002. It was rumored that he was murdered on the orders of a cricket betting syndicate.

 44 Mohammed Shami

Mohammed Shami
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: March 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Amroha

 45 Brett Lee

Brett Lee
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: November 8, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wollongong

Brett Lee is an Australian former cricket player best known for his ability to bowl fast. In 2003, Lee played a prominent role in Australia winning the ICC Cricket World Cup. Widely regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of his generation, Lee finished his One Day International and Test career after having picked 380 and 310 wickets, respectively.

 46 Allan Border

Allan Border
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: July 27, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cremorne, Australia

Legendary Australian cricketer Allan Border, also popularly known as AB, remains to be regarded as one of the best batsmen the game has ever had. Under his captaincy, Australia didn’t just win a World Cup but also brought back the Ashes in 1989. He is also one of Australia’s 100 National Living Treasures.

 47 Nasser Hussain

Nasser Hussain
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: March 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Madras, India

Born to an Indian Muslim father and a British mother in Madras, Nasser Hussain moved to England with his family, as a child. At 12, he was the youngest to join the Essex Under-15 cricket team. He grew up to become one of the best English Test cricket captains.

 48 Dwayne Bravo

Dwayne Bravo
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: October 7, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santa Cruz, Trinidad and Tobago

 49 Greg Chappell

Greg Chappell
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: August 7, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Unley

 50 Sunil Narine

Sunil Narine
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Famous As: cricketer
Birthdate: May 26, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Arima