It was in the 1970s, as Sunil Gawaskar made an impressive debut by scoring 774 runs in the series against the Windies pace attack, that the world came to realize that India is a country with cricket devotees with great potential to play the game. This was further proven correct when India in 1983, third edition of the cricket world cup tournament, held in England, stunned the whole world by winning the tournament against the fearless Windies, under the captaincy of Kapil Dev. This was a milestone in Indian cricket. India became one of the most popular countries known for the sport, which was a legacy of the British. Since then, Indian cricket has seen unique and extraordinary players and matches.
Today, in this article, we will delve into a few aspects of Indian cricket.
Top ten batsmen with each batting position
Taking note of performances at each batting position can be an alluring thing to do. It deserves a fresh look, at a point when one can say that the batsmen have crossed the halfway mark in their test careers. Three of the top four names in the WBA section are Herbert Sutchliffe, Jack Hobbs, and Len Hutton with Bob Simpson coming at 3. We have Virendar on the fifth place and players completing the top ten after Sehwag are Dennis Amiss, Matthew Hayden, Sunil Gawaskar, David Warner, and Graeme Smith.
- Alastair Cook has scored the most runs in the opening position of his career. Gawaskar comes next with 9500 runs. He batted at nos. 4, 5, and 6.
- Don Bradman with an impressive WBA of 93.1 has proved to be the best for no.3. Steven Smith’s position at the top with a WBA of nearly 65 at no. 4, is unquestionable. Virat Kohli deserves the fourth place without a doubt.
- Among modern batsmen, Michael Clarke has the WBA over 55 and is placed at no. 5 followed by Ab De Villiers and Zaheer Abbas.
- Steve Waugh on number 6 has scored more than 3000 runs followed by Asad Shafiq. No. 7 is the wicketkeepers collection with Adam Gilchrist heading both tables. He has a WBA of over 41 with 3948 runs. Daniel Vettori has a WBA of 34 with excellent runs. Kapil Dev, with a WBA of 30 stands next.
- Apart from Vettori on the ninth position as well, Stuart Broad and Brett Lee have performed well at this position too with a WBA of 17 and above.
Virat Kohli’s position as no. 1 batsman in the world.
- Steve Smith and Virat Kohli are undoubtedly the finest batsmen of modern times the world has ever seen, Kohli to be specific because 2019 has been a milestone in his life with his ICC rankings soaring high.
- With Steve Smith’s failures in the Perth test vs New Zealand, Virat Kohli is the top-ranked Batsman in tests and ODIs, with 43 centuries as of November 2019, in the ODI cricket.
- Despite being the player of the series in India-West Indies, T20, Kohli is at the 10th spot. Nevertheless, it is safe to assert here that 2019 has been a memorable milestone in Virat Kohli’s career.
- With the love and support that Virat Kohli has managed to gain in a quick few years has definitely made him one of the greatest cricket influencers of all time. He has amassed followers over 107.2 million on all social media platforms, followed by Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, with 74 million and 43.6 million followers respectively.
- Apart from Kohli and Smith, Hardik Pandya got promoted to number four in the world cup 2019, against Australia.
- Australia’s opener, David Warner too, surprised the crowd, as he became the highest scorer of ICC world cup, 2019.
- The commentating panel featured three prominent Indian names including former Indian cricketers Sanjay Manjrekar, Sourav Ganguly, and writer commentator, Harsha Bhogle, which skyrocketed the standards big time.
Cricket has been a part of Indian culture and tradition for centuries now and with the uncertainty of the sport till the last minute, that gets the adrenaline to go crazy, cricket will be a part of the society for centuries to come.