With close to 35,000 international runs, Sachin Tendulkar, who debuted at a tender age of 16, went on to become one of the greatest batsmen of all time. Tendulkar’s talents were spotted at an early stage and were thrown in the deep end of international cricket, debuting against Pakistan in Karachi in 1989. Sachin slowly went from strength to strength and in the 90s established himself as the best batsman in the world. His 143 and 134 against a strong Australian batting unit in 1998, fondly remembered as ‘desert storm’, were two of his finest innings in ODIs, while his unbeaten 241 against the Aussies Down Under in 2003-04 is rated quite highly as he curbed himself from playing the cover drive throughout the innings – a shot which led to his downfall more often than not in the series
When the senior players refused to participate in the 2007 T20 World Cup, saying the platform was for youngsters, the Indian cricket board chalked out a young team. They made Dhoni the captain of the side that went to South Africa for the inaugural ICC tournament. Who knew, a gamble would turn out to be the best move ever by the Indian selectors.
Many cricketers come in with the hype of being the next big thing, but don’t live up to it. However, Virat Kohli has lived up to every bit of his potential and is on course to breaking every single record. It has not all been easy for the Delhi boy, who lost his father while he was playing for his state in a Ranji Trophy game. A teenage Kohli felt his team needed him at that point and instead attending his father’s funeral, stuck around to help Delhi draw the game. He never looked back from there. He went on to lead India to the Under-19 World Cup title in 2008 and the same year made his international debut for India under MS Dhoni’s leadership.
If not the best in the world, Kapil Dev still remains the greatest all-rounder to have played for the Indian cricket team. It’s almost three decades since his retirement and Team India has not found a suitable replacement of him in the Indian. Several promising all-rounders cropped up in the team, such as Yuvraj Singh and Irfan Khan but none of them have managed to match the level of Dev. Even though there have been players such as Tendulkar and Gavaskar who’ve been considered synonymous to Indian cricket for their batting records, Dev will always hold a special place in the history of Indian cricket that is irreplaceable.
Sunil Gavaskar made the world take notice of him when he scored 774 runs from four Tests at a staggering of 154.80 with four centuries and three fifties against the mighty West Indies. From there he forged one of the best in the world of cricket. His approach was solely built upon his disciplined technique and enormous amount of concentration. He had equal dominance on both front and back foot, while he had mastered the art of judging the line and length before going for a shot. He literally made the bowlers earn for his wicket. The fact that he belongs to the era of cricket where there were deadly fast bowlers with no modern-day helmets for protection makes him standout in the list of the greatest Indian batsmen.