Famous 20th Century Cricketers

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Sachin Tendulkar
(One of the Greatest Batsmen in the History of Cricket)
Sachin Tendulkar
61
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.

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Imran Khan
(22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan and Former Cricket Captain)
Imran Khan
31
Birthdate: October 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

Imran Khan is the former Prime Minister of Pakistan who was in office from 2018 to 2022. He 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.

 3 
Kapil Dev
(Indian Former Cricketer and One of the Sport’s Greatest All-Rounders)
Kapil Dev
33
Birthdate: January 6, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chandigarh, 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
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 4 
Rahul Dravid
(Indian Cricket Coach and Former Captain of the Indian National Team)
Rahul Dravid
9
Birthdate: January 11, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India

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.

 5 
Mithali Raj
(Indian Former Cricketer and Captain)
Mithali Raj
14
Birthdate: December 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 6 
Wasim Akram
(Cricketer)
Wasim Akram
23
Birthdate: June 3, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lahore

Wasim Akram is a Pakistani former cricketer, cricket commentator, and coach. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. He is counted amongst the finest exponents of reverse swing bowling. He became a commentator and coach following his retirement as a player. He is a recipient of the Pakistan Government’s Hilal-e-Imtiaz award. 

 7 
Harbhajan Singh
(Indian Retired Cricketer, Commentator and One of the Best Spinners of His Era)
Harbhajan Singh
14
Birthdate: July 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jalandhar, Punjab, India

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. 

 8 
Virender Sehwag
(Indian Former Cricketer and One of the Most Destructive Openers)
Virender Sehwag
10
Birthdate: October 20, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Najafgarh, Delhi, India

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.

 9 
Muttiah Muralitharan
(Sri Lankan Cricket Coach and Former Professional Cricketer)
Muttiah Muralitharan
14
Birthdate: April 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kandy, Dominion of Ceylon Ceylon
 10 
Shane Warne
(Former Australian Cricketer, Widely Regarded as the Greatest Leg Spinner in the History of Cricket)
Shane Warne
9
Birthdate: September 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Victoria, Australia
Died: March 4, 2022

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

 11 
Viv Richards
(Antiguan Retired Cricketer Regarded as One of the Greatest Batsmen of All Time)
Viv Richards
23
Birthdate: March 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda St. John's, British Leeward Islands
 12 
Sir Donald Bradman
(Australian Cricketer Who is Considered the Greatest Batsman of All Time)
Sir Donald Bradman
12
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. 

 13 
Jacques Kallis
(South African Cricket Coach and Former Cricketer)
Jacques Kallis
13
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.

 14 
Sanath Jayasuriya
(Sri Lankan Former Cricketer)
Sanath Jayasuriya
4
Birthdate: June 30, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Matara, Sri Lanka Matara, Dominion of Ceylon Ceylon
 15 
Anil Kumble
(Indian Former Cricketer, Coach and Commentator)
Anil Kumble
14
Birthdate: October 17, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 16 
Adam Gilchrist
(Australian Former International Cricketer and Captain)
Adam Gilchrist
10
Birthdate: November 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bellingen, Australia
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 17 
Inzamam-ul-Haq
(Former Pakistan Cricketer and Captain of Pakistan National Cricket Team)
Inzamam-ul-Haq
5
Birthdate: March 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Multan, Pakistan

Inzamam-ul-Haq is a Pakistani former professional cricketer. During his career, he was the leading run-scorer for Pakistan in one-day internationals. He is also the only Pakistani batsman to score 20,000 runs in the international cricket arena. He captained the Pakistan national cricket team for a few years. He became a coach after retiring.  

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Waqar Younis
(Pakistani Cricket Coach, Commentator and Former Cricketer)
Waqar Younis
9
Birthdate: November 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vehari, Pakistan

Waqar Younis is a Pakistani former cricketer, commentator, and coach. During his playing career, he captained the Pakistan national cricket team. He played as a right-arm fast bowler and is still counted amongst the greatest bowlers to have played the game. He became a coach after his retirement and was once the head coach of the Pakistani cricket team. 

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Sunil Gavaskar
(One of the Greatest Opening Batsmen of All Time)
Sunil Gavaskar
12
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.

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Sir Garfield Sobers
(One of the finest all-rounders in cricket)
Sir Garfield Sobers
4
Birthdate: July 28, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bridgetown, Barbados

Sir Garfield Sobers is a former cricket player who represented the West Indies cricket team during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Renowned for his all-round abilities, Sobers is regarded as the greatest all-rounder of all time. He is also considered one of the greatest cricketers ever. In 2009, he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

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Javed Miandad
(Pakistani Cricket Coach, Commentator and Former Cricketer Known for His Unconventional Style of Captaincy and Batting)
Javed Miandad
6
Birthdate: June 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan
Javed Miandad is a Pakistani former cricketer. During his playing career, he was touted to be the “greatest batsman Pakistan has ever produced.” He also captained his team and was known for his unconventional style of captaincy. He had an unusually long playing career spanning almost two decades. He was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009. 
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Curtly Ambrose
(One of the Greatest Fast Bowlers of All Time)
Curtly Ambrose
10
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.

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Martin Crowe
(One of the New Zealand’s Greatest Batsmen)
Martin Crowe
7
Birthdate: September 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Henderson, New Zealand
Died: March 3, 2016

Martin Crowe was a New Zealand cricket player who captained the national Test and ODI teams. Counted among the greatest batsmen New Zealand has ever produced, Crowe was the highest run-scorer for New Zealand in Test and One Day International cricket at the time of his retirement in 1995. Martin Crowe served as a commentator after retiring as a player.

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Michael Hussey
(Former Australian Cricketer Who Played As A Batsman)
Michael Hussey
5
Birthdate: May 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mount Lawley, Australia
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Courtney Walsh
(Jamaican Former Cricketer)
Courtney Walsh
4
Birthdate: October 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

Courtney Walsh is a Jamaican former cricketer who played for the West Indies cricket team from 1984 to 2001. Considered one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time, Walsh became the first bowler to take 500 Test wickets before finishing his career with 519 wickets. Walsh was made an inductee of the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2010.

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Shaun Pollock
(South African Cricket Commentator and Former Cricketer)
Shaun Pollock
6
Birthdate: July 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Port Elizabeth, Cape Province, South Africa

Born into a family of renowned cricketers, Shaun Pollock was the son of Peter Pollock and the nephew of Graeme Pollock. One of the best medium pace bowlers of South Africa, he was pushed into captaincy when Hansie Cronje got entangled in a match-fixing scandal in 2000.

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Rod Marsh
(Australian Cricketer Who Played as a Wicketkeeper)
Rod Marsh
4
Birthdate: November 4, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Armadale
Died: March 4, 2022
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Dennis Lillee
(Australian Retired Cricketer Rated as the “Outstanding Fast Bowler of His Generation”)
Dennis Lillee
4
Birthdate: July 18, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Subiaco, Australia
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Allan Border
(Former Australian Cricket Team Captain and Outstanding Left-Hand Batsman)
Allan Border
4
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.

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Clive Lloyd
(Guyanese-British Former Cricketer and Captain of the West Indies Cricket Team)
Clive Lloyd
5
Birthdate: August 31, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Georgetown, Guyana
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Mohammad Azharuddin
(Former Indian International Cricketer Who Played as a Batsman)
Mohammad Azharuddin
14
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.
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Brett Lee
(Australian Former International Cricketer and One of the Fastest Bowlers in the World)
Brett Lee
1
Birthdate: November 8, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wollongong, Australia

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.

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William Gilbert Grace
(English Amateur Cricketer)
William Gilbert Grace
4
Birthdate: July 18, 1848
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Downend, England
Died: October 23, 1915
 34 
Bob Willis
(English Cricketer and One of the Greatest Fast Bowlers of All Time)
Bob Willis
3
Birthdate: May 30, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sunderland, County Durham, England
Died: December 4, 2019
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 35 
Sourav Ganguly
(Former Indian National Cricket Team Captain and 39th President of the 'BCCI')
Sourav Ganguly
16
Birthdate: July 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Behala, 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.

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David Gower
(Former English Cricketer Who Captained the English Cricket Team During the 1980s)
David Gower
3
Birthdate: April 1, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Hansie Cronje
(South African Cricketer Who was Banned from Cricket for His Role in Match-Fixing Scandal)
Hansie Cronje
9
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.

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Shivnarine Chanderpaul
(Guyanese Cricket Coach and Former Captain of the West Indies Cricket Team)
Shivnarine Chanderpaul
4
Birthdate: August 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Unity Village, Guyana
 39 
Allan Donald
(South African Former Cricketer)
Allan Donald
7
Birthdate: October 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bloemfontein, South Africa

Allan Donald is a South African former cricket player best known for his fast-paced deliveries that earned him the nickname White Lightning. Regarded as one of South Africa's most successful fast bowlers, Donald was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2019. After retiring from international cricket, Donald has focused on establishing himself as a coach.

 40 
Steve Waugh
(Australian Former International Cricketer )
Steve Waugh
4
Birthdate: June 2, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Canterbury, Australia
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Glenn McGrath
(Australian Former International Cricketer and One of the Greatest Fast Bowlers of All Time)
Glenn McGrath
5
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. 

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Malcolm Marshall
(Barbadian Cricketer)
Malcolm Marshall
4
Birthdate: April 18, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bridgetown, Barbados
Died: November 4, 1999
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Ian Chappell
(Australian and South African Former Cricketer)
Ian Chappell
3
Birthdate: September 26, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Unley, Australia
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Eoin Morgan
(Cricketer)
Eoin Morgan
9
Birthdate: September 10, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Richard Hadlee
(One of the Greatest All-Rounders in Cricket History)
Richard Hadlee
3
Birthdate: July 3, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint Albans, Christchurch, New Zealand

Richard Hadlee is a New Zealand retired cricket player who is considered as one of the greatest all-rounders of all time; he is especially renowned for his ability as a fine fast bowler. In 2002, he was named the second-greatest Test bowler in cricket history by Wisden. In 2009, Hadlee was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

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Richie Benaud
(Australian Cricketer All-Rounder)
Richie Benaud
3
Birthdate: October 6, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Penrith, New South Wales, Australia
Died: April 10, 2015
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 47 
Zaheer Abbas
(Pakistani Former Cricketer and First Batsman to Score Three Consecutive Centuries in One-Day Internationals)
Zaheer Abbas
2
Birthdate: July 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sialkot, Pakistan

Legendary Pakistani batsman Zaheer Abbas was often called the Asian Bradman. He became the first batsman from Asia to score 100 first-class centuries and the first from Pakistan to score 4,000 and 5,000 runs. He has been named to the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame and has received the Pride of Performance Award.

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Joel Garner
(Former West Indian Cricketer)
Joel Garner
2
Birthdate: December 16, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Christ Church, Barbados
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
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Aravinda de Silva
(Former Sri Lankan Cricketer and Captain)
Aravinda de Silva
2
Birthdate: October 17, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi
(Former Captain of the Indian Cricket Team)
Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi
9
Birthdate: January 5, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bhopal, India
Died: September 22, 2011

Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi was an Indian cricket player. Entrusted with the responsibility of captaining the Indian cricket team, at the age of 21, Pataudi went on to become one of the greatest Indian cricket captains of all time. Also known for his fielding abilities, he was described by many as the best fielder in the world during his playing career.