Famous 21st Century Cricketers

Find out more about the greatest 21st Century Cricketers, including Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and AB de Villiers.

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 1 Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli.
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: November 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Delhi, India

Counted amongst world’s best batsmen, Virat Kohli is presently the captain of Indian national cricket team. A cricket lover, he started training while still young and shot to fame when he led India’s Under-19 team to victory at the 2008 Under-19 World Cup. Since then, Kohli has proved his talent in all forms of the game.

 2 M. S. Dhoni

M. S. Dhoni.
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: July 7, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ranchi, Jharkhand, India

Former Indian international cricketer M. S. Dhoni captained the Indian national team from 2007 to 2016. He played as a right-handed middle-order batsman and wicket-keeper. With more than 10,000 runs scored, he is one of the highest run-scorers in One Day Internationals (ODIs). He also became the first wicket-keeper to effect 100 stumpings in ODI cricket.

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 3 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.

 4 AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers.
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: February 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bela-Bela, South Africa

AB de Villiers, also known as “Mr. 360” and “Superman,” has captained the South African cricket team in Tests, ODIs, and T20s. Named the ICC ODI Player of the Year thrice, the Wisden "cricketer of the decade" is a devout Christian, has written an autobiography, and released a pop album.

 5 James Anderson

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

 6 Brian Lara

Brian Lara.
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Famous As: Trinidadian Cricketer
Birthdate: May 2, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Santa Cruz
Legendary Trinidadian cricketer Brian Lara, also known as "The Prince of Port of Spain,” is considered one of the greatest batsmen in history. His 501 not out for Warwickshire in 1994 remains the only quintuple-hundred in first-class cricket. He has also been inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.

 7 Anil Kumble

Anil Kumble
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: October 17, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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 8 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. 

 9 Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma.
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: April 30, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nagpur

Indian right-handed batsman Rohit Sharma is also the vice-captain in the limited-overs format. One of the few cricketers to score a century in all three formats, he is also the first player with two ODI double centuries. He is WWF-India’a Rhino Ambassador and works for PETA’s campaigns for street animals.

 10 Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh.
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: December 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chandigarh

Yuvraj Singh is an Indian retired cricket player who was noted for his exceptional fielding abilities and aggressive stroke play. Considered one of India's greatest limited-overs players, Yuvraj Singh helped India win the 2011 World Cup with his all-round abilities. He also serves as an inspiration to cancer patients as he fought cancer amidst his career and made his international comeback.

 11 Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle.
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: September 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kingston

Known as the most capped West Indian player in international cricket, Chris Gayle is also the only player with a triple hundred in Tests, a double century in ODIs, and a century in T20Is. Breaking Brian Lara's record of 10,348 runs, he became the leading West Indian ODI run-scorer.

 12 Ian Botham

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

 13 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.

 14 Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan.
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: December 5, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Delhi

Shikhar Dhawan is an Indian cricket player and one of the most important members of the current Indian cricket team. Known for his successful innings in ICC Tournaments, Dhawan helped India win their second ICC Champions Trophy, in 2013; he was the highest run-scorer in the tournament. He has also been an important player in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

 15 Suresh Raina

Suresh Raina.
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: November 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Muradnagar, Uttar Pradesh

Known for his aggressive batting, Indian middle-order batsman Suresh Raina is also a phenomenal fielder. He was part of India’s 2011 World Cup squad and became the first Indian cricketer with a century in all forms of international cricket. He retired in 2020 but will continue to play IPL matches.

 16 Steve Smith

Steve Smith.
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: June 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sydney

Australian cricketer Steve Smith captained the Australian Test team and also tied with Garry Sobers when he made a record 6,000 Test runs in 111 innings, the second-best after Donald Bradman. The Allan Border Medal-winning batsman was banned from Australian cricket for a year for overseeing ball tampering.

 17 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.

 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 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.

 20 David Warner

David Warner.
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: October 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paddington

David Warner is an Australian professional cricket player. An opening batsman, Warner is one of the most important members of the Australia men's national cricket team in all three formats of the game. Warner was caught up in an ugly controversy in 2018 after being involved in a ball-tampering scandal in the midst of a Test series against South Africa.

 21 Kane Williamson

Kane Williamson.
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: August 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tauranga
New Zealand national cricket team captain Kane Williamson became the only New Zealander on ICC’s Test team of the decade and led his country to the finals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. By 2020, he had been named the world’s top Test batsman, with a batting rating of 890. 

 22 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.

 23 Alastair Cook

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

 24 Stuart Broad

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

 25 Dinesh Karthik

Dinesh Karthik.
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: June 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik initially played for the Tamil Nadu youth teams and then made his Indian cricket-team debut in 2004. He has also captained the IPL team KKR and has appeared on the reality show Ek Khiladi Ek Hasina. He is now married to squash player Dipika Pallikal.

 26 Ellyse Perry

Ellyse Perry.
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Famous As: Sportswoman
Birthdate: November 3, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australia
Ellyse Perry has represented Australia in both cricket and soccer. She became the youngest Australian sportsperson to play international cricket and the first to appear in both the FIFA and ICC World Cups. She later drifted to cricket and set records for the highest Test score by an Australian female.

 27 Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: July 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Behala, Calcutta, 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.

 28 Jos Buttler

Jos Buttler.
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: September 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Taunton

 29 Eoin Morgan

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

 30 Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi

Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: January 5, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bhopal, Bhopal State, British India (present-day Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, 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.

 31 Glenn Maxwell

Glenn Maxwell.
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: October 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kew, Victoria

Glenn Maxwell is an Australian professional cricket player who represents the national cricket team in one day internationals and twenty20 internationals. Often referred to as the Big Show, Maxwell is renowned for his improvisation and dramatic, high-risk shot making. Over the years, he has also had a major impact on twenty20 franchise cricket, such as the Indian Premier League (IPL).

 32 Allan Border

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

 33 Prithvi Shaw

Prithvi Shaw.
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: November 9, 1999
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Thane, Maharashtra
Prithvi Shaw led Under-19 Indian cricket team to win the 2018 Under-19 World Cup. He is the second-youngest Indian to score a Test century, after Sachin Tendulkar. He scored centuries in both his Ranji and Duleep Trophy debuts. He was banned for failing a dope test in 2019.

 34 Ashleigh Barty

Ashleigh Barty
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: April 24, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ipswich, Queensland, Australia

Ashleigh Barty is an Australian tennis player and the current world No. 1 as per the Women's Tennis Association. Barty has won two Grand Slam singles titles:  2019 French Open and 2021 Wimbledon, and one Grand Slam doubles title at the 2018 US Open She also won on a bronze medal in mixed doubles at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

 35 Babar Azam

Babar Azam
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: October 15, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan

 36 Ajinkya Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane.
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: June 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ashwi KD, Maharashtra

Indian right-handed batsman Ajinkya Rahane started his first-class career representing Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy. He is the current vice-captain of the Indian national Test cricket team. He has also represented the IPL teams Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals. He was the 2015-2015 CEAT Indian Cricketer of the Year.

 37 Shubman Gill

Shubman Gill.
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: September 8, 1999
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fazilka, Punjab
Shubman Gill initially played Ranji Trophy matches for Punjab. As the vice-captain of the Under-19 team, he became the Player of the Tournament at the ICC U-19 World Cup. He has captained the India A team and became the youngest Indian batsman to score a 200 in a first-class game.

 38 Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: February 5, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Meerut, Uttar Pradesh

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is an Indian cricket player who plays predominantly as a bowler for the Indian cricket team. One of the few players to excel in all formats of cricket, Kumar became the first Indian to achieve a five-wicket haul in all three formats in 2018. BhuvneshwarvKumar is also an important member for Sunrisers Hyderabad of the Indian Premier League.

 39 Jonny Bairstow

Jonny Bairstow.
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: September 26, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bradford

 40 Kieron Pollard

Kieron Pollard
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: May 12, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tacarigua, Trinidad

 41 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.

 42 Shahid Afridi

Shahid Afridi
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: March 1, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Khyber Agency, Pakistan

 43 Kagiso Rabada

Kagiso Rabada.
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: May 25, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Johannesburg, Gauteng

The first six-time CSA award winner, South African cricketer Kagiso Rabada also became the eighth Proteas bowler to take 200 Test wickets, beating the likes of Allan Donald. He has, however, often been seen breaking ICC rules on the field and was also in trouble once for shouldering Steven Smith.

 44 Andre Russell

Andre Russell.
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: April 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Jamaican cricketer Andre Russell, who gained fame as a West Indian all-rounder, holds the record of being the second person to score a century and a hat-trick in the same T-20 match. In 2021, he released a video thanking Indian prime minister Narendra Modi for sending COVID-19 vaccines to Jamaica.

 45 Shaheen Afridi

Shaheen Afridi.
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: April 6, 2000
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Khyber Agency, FATA

Shaheen Afridi is a Pakistani cricketer and plays as a fast bowler. He represents the Pakistan national cricket team and also plays for franchise cricket teams like Dhaka Dynamites and Lahore Qalandars. He made his international debut in 2018

 46 Shivnarine Chanderpaul

Shivnarine Chanderpaul
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: August 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Unity Village, Guyana

 47 Aaron Finch

Aaron Finch.
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: November 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Colac, Australia
Australian cricketer Aaron Finch became the first cricketer with 900 rating points in the ICC T20I rankings, in 2018. He holds the record for two highest individual scores in T20I cricket. He has also played for various IPL teams.

 48 Matthew Hayden

Matthew Hayden
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: October 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kingaroy, Queensland, Australia

 49 Murali Vijay

Murali Vijay.
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: April 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Murali Vijay is an Indian cricket player. Over the years, Vijay has been an important member of the Indian cricket team and has been part og Indian test, ODI and T20 teams. Murali Vijay has represented Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He was part of the  Chennai Super Kings team that won the third edition of IPL, in 2010.

 50 Usman Khawaja

Usman Khawaja.
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: December 18, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Islamabad

Usman Khawaja is an Australian professional cricket player who has represented the Australian men's cricket team in Test, One Day International, and Twenty20 cricket. In 2011, he became the first Pakistani-born player and the first Muslim to play for the Australian Test team. He went on to represent Australia at the 2019 Cricket World Cup.