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A sportsperson who plays the game of cricket is known as a cricketer. Cricket, popularly known as ‘the gentleman’s game’ is a bat and ball game that is played between two teams consisting of 11 players each on a field. It is a very popular sport in the Indian subcontinent, England, Australia and Southern Africa. Cricketers are often elevated to iconic levels in these areas and are paid handsomely. In countries where cricketers are revered, they also get to become brand ambassadors and endorse products. The game’s history has its roots in the 16th century England. Cricket had become the national sport of England by the 18th century and the expansion of the British Empire brought about the dispersion of the game to the British colonies the world over. Cricket is a versatile game and has several formats the most popular of which are test, One Day International (ODI), and T20. Cricket is a highly competitive game which requires the players to be physically fit and mentally alert. Being a team sport, it is imperative for the players to foster a team spirit and good sportsmanship. This section provides you information about famous cricketers from all over the world.

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Virat Kohli
(Cricketer)
Virat Kohli
89
Birthdate: November 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Delhi, India

Counted amongst world’s best batsmen, Virat Kohli is the former captain of Indian national cricket team. Under his captaincy, Indian cricket rose to great heights and he is the most successful Indian Test captain till date. He shot to fame when he led India’s Under-19 team to victory at the 2008 Under-19 World Cup. Since then, Virat Kohli has proved his talent in all forms of the game.

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Sachin Tendulkar
(Cricketer)
Sachin Tendulkar
44
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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M. S. Dhoni
(Cricketer)
M. S. Dhoni
44
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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AB de Villiers
(Cricketer)
AB de Villiers
21
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.

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Kapil Dev
(Cricketer)
Kapil Dev
26
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
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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.

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Sir Donald Bradman
(Australian Cricketer Who is Considered the Greatest Batsman of All Time)
Sir Donald Bradman
15
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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Viv Richards
(Cricketer)
Viv Richards
24
Birthdate: March 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint John's, Antigua and Barbuda
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Wasim Akram
(Cricketer)
Wasim Akram
17
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. 

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Sunil Gavaskar
(Cricketer)
Sunil Gavaskar
13
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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Brian Lara
(Trinidadian Cricketer)
Brian Lara
10
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.
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Muttiah Muralitharan
9
Birthdate: April 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Kumar Sangakkara
(Cricketer)
Kumar Sangakkara
11
Birthdate: October 27, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Matale, Sri Lanka
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Ricky Ponting
(Australian Former Cricketer Regarded as One of the Best Batsmen of the Modern Era)
Ricky Ponting
8
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.

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Jacques Kallis
(Cricketer)
Jacques Kallis
12
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.

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James Anderson
(Cricketer)
James Anderson
14
Birthdate: July 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Burnley, Lancashire, England
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Imran Khan
(22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan)
Imran Khan
13
Birthdate: October 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lahore, 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.

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Dale Steyn
(Cricketer)
Dale Steyn
14
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.

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Chris Gayle
(Cricketer)
Chris Gayle
23
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.

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Steve Smith
(Australian Cricketer Who is Considered One of the Best Batsmen of His Generation)
Steve Smith
17
Birthdate: June 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kogarah, Australia

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.

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Anil Kumble
(Cricketer)
Anil Kumble
11
Birthdate: October 17, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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Rohit Sharma
(Cricketer)
Rohit Sharma
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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.

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David Warner
(Australian International Cricketer and National Team Former Captain)
David Warner
11
Birthdate: October 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paddington, Sydney, Australia

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.

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Andrew Flintoff
(Cricketer)
Andrew Flintoff
11
Birthdate: December 6, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Preston, Lancashire, England, UK
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Ben Stokes
(British Cricketer)
Ben Stokes
10
Birthdate: June 4, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Christchurch, New Zealand

Ben Stokes is an English cricketer. Considered one of the most important players in all three formats of the game, Stokes was honored with the ICC Award for Best Men's Cricketer in 2019. In 2019 and 2020, he was adjudged the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World. Ben Stokes is currently serving as the captain of the England Test team.

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Glenn McGrath
(Australian Former International Cricketer and One of the Greatest Fast Bowlers of All Time)
Glenn McGrath
8
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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Waqar Younis
(Former Cricket bowler)
Waqar Younis
8
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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Kane Williamson
(Cricketer)
Kane Williamson
8
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. 
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Ian Botham
(Cricketer)
Ian Botham
13
Birthdate: November 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Heswall, Cheshire, England
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Hashim Amla
(Cricketer)
Hashim Amla
13
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.

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Curtly Ambrose
(One of the Greatest Fast Bowlers of All Time)
Curtly Ambrose
7
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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Adam Gilchrist
(Cricketer)
Adam Gilchrist
10
Birthdate: November 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bellingen
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Yuvraj Singh
(Cricketer)
Yuvraj Singh
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Birthdate: December 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chandigarh, India

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.

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Kagiso Rabada
(Cricketer)
Kagiso Rabada
12
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.

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Alastair Cook
(Cricketer)
Alastair Cook
5
Birthdate: December 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England, UK
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Sunil Narine
(cricketer)
Sunil Narine
6
Birthdate: May 26, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Arima
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Jos Buttler
(Cricketer)
Jos Buttler
7
Birthdate: September 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Taunton
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Stuart Broad
(Cricketer)
Stuart Broad
6
Birthdate: June 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, UK
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Phillip Hughes
(Cricketer)
Phillip Hughes
12
Birthdate: November 30, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Macksville, Australia
Died: November 27, 2014
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Mitchell Starc
(Cricketer)
Mitchell Starc
6
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. 

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Usman Khawaja
(Australian Cricketer Who Plays as a Batsman)
Usman Khawaja
4
Birthdate: December 18, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Islamabad, Pakistan

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.

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Mohammad Azharuddin
(Former Indian International Cricketer Who Played as a Batsman)
Mohammad Azharuddin
10
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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Jonny Bairstow
(Cricketer)
Jonny Bairstow
6
Birthdate: September 26, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bradford
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Lasith Malinga
(Sri Lankan cricketer)
Lasith Malinga
4
Birthdate: August 28, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Galle, Sri Lanka
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Courtney Walsh
(Cricketer)
Courtney Walsh
3
Birthdate: October 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kingston

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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Ellyse Perry
(Cricketer)
Ellyse Perry
5
Birthdate: November 3, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wahroonga, 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.
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Brendon McCullum
(Cricketer)
Brendon McCullum
3
Birthdate: September 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dunedin

Brendon McCullum is a New Zealand former cricket player who captained the national team in all formats of the game. Renowned for his ability to score runs quickly, McCullum is regarded as one of the most successful captains of the national cricket team. Brendon McCullum is currently associated with the England cricket test team where he is the head coach. 

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Faf du Plessis
(Cricketer)
Faf du Plessis
10
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.

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Glenn Maxwell
(Cricketer)
Glenn Maxwell
4
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).

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Andrew Symonds
(Batting allrounder Cricketer)
Andrew Symonds
5
Birthdate: June 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Died: May 14, 2022