India has the distinction of producing some of the greatest cricketers of all time. And naturally, when you are the best in a sports followed by over a billion shoul, game and prosperity are not far away. Here is a look at the top 20 famous Indian Cricketers Of All Time.
20Ravishankar Jayadritha Shastri
Social media following Twitter: 250 K+ Instagram: 450 K+ Facebook: 26 K+
Ravishankar Jayadritha Shastri is an Indian cricket commentator, former player and presently the head coach of the Indian national cricket team. In his playing years, he played for the India national cricket team between 1981 and 1992 in both Tests and ODIs. Though he started his career as a left arm spin bowler, he later transformed into a batting all-rounder.
19 Kapil Dev
Social Media Following Twitter: 270 K+
Kapil Dev was Indian team Captain at the time of their first Cricket World Cup win in 1983. Also, he was India’s national cricket coach between October 1999 and August 2000. He held a record of greatest number of wickets taken and retired in 1994.
Social Media Following Twitter 348K+ | Instagram 1.8 M+
India’s very own babysitter and the future of cricket in the country, Rishabh Pant is a respected figure when it comes to social media. Only 21-years in age, he already boasts of a massive following of over 1.8 million on Instagram. Pant rose to prominence after scoring an 18-ball half-century at the 2016 U-19 World Cup, the fastest in the format.
Social Media Following Facebook: 1 M+
Rahul Sharad Dravid is a former Indian cricketer and captain, famous for his great batsmen skills and is regarded as the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. Presently he is the Overseas Batting Consultant for the Indian team, and also the head coach for the Under-19 and ‘A’ teams. His total score runs in International Cricket are nearly 25000.
Social Media Following Facebook: 500 K+Twitter: 3 M+
Sourav Chandidas Ganguly, also called Dada (meaning “elder brother” in Bengali), is a former Indian cricketer and captain of the Indian national team. Presently, he is appointed as the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal and President of the Editorial Board with Wisden India. His playing career has seen an extreme rise as he established himself as one of the world’s leading batsmen and also one of the greatest captains of the national cricket team.
Social Media Following Facebook: 1 M+Instagram: 750 K+ Twitter: 4 M+
Anil Kumble is a former Indian cricketer and a former captain of Tests and ODIs, who played Tests and ODIs for 18 years. He is a right-arm leg spin bowler, and took 619 wickets in Test cricket and also remains the third-highest wicket taker of all times. In 1999, in a match against Pakistan, Kumble dismissed all ten batsmen in a Test match innings. He was nicknamed “Jumbo”. Kumble was regarded as the Cricketer of the Year in 1993 Indian Cricket.
Social Media Following Facebook: 3 M+Instagram: 5 M+ Twitter: 3 M+
Hardik Himanshu Pandya, an Indian international cricketer who plays for Baroda in domestic cricket and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He bats right-handed and bowls right-arm fast-medium. His elder brother is Krunal Pandya. Recently, he was suspended for a brief time by the BCCI in the account of the controversy created on the Indian TV show Koffee with Karan due to his comments. Therefore he missed five ODI matches.
13Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman
Social Media Following Twitter: 6 M+
Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman, commonly known as V.V.S. Laxman (often VVS, and sometimes as “Very Very Special”), is a former Indian cricketer and presently a cricket commentator. He was aggressive on field while batting and played mostly in the lower middle order. He is famous for his numerous match-winning and match-saving innings.
12 Zaheer Khan
Social media following Twitter: 5M+ Instagram: 1M+ Facebook: 3 M+
Zaheer Khan, an Indian former cricketer who played all forms of the game for the Indian national team from 2000-14. He was the second-best Indian pace bowler in Test cricket after Kapil Dev. Zaheer started his domestic career by playing for Baroda. He was famous for his hostile seam and pace bowling, especially fast inch-perfect yorkers.
Social Media Following Facebook: 6 M+ Instagram: 3 M+ Twitter: 9 M+
Harbhajan Singh Plaha, nicknamed Bhajji, is an Indian international cricketer, a specialist spin bowler. He has the second-highest number of Test wickets by an off spinner, behind Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan that series victory over Australia. Harbhajan led himself to be the team’s leading spinner by taking 32 wickets and becoming the first Indian bowler to take a hat trick in Test cricket.
Social media following Twitter: 9 M+ Instagram: 1M+ Facebook: 2 M+
Former Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin Bowler comes in at the rank. Ashwin plays for Tamil Nadu in domestic cricket. He captains Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League. He is regarded as the fastest Indian bowler holding some records of him being the fastest in the world to reach the 50-, 100-, 150-, 200-, 250- and 300-wicket mark in Test cricket. In 2016, he was the third Indian to win the ICC Cricketer of the Year award.
Social media following Twitter: 4 M+ Instagram: 1 M+ Facebook: 5 M+
Irfan Pathan is an Indian cricketer who plays all formats of the game. He bowls in all forms. In domestic cricket, he plays for Jammu & Kashmir in domestic cricket. He was an important part of the Indian squad in the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 win. Also, he was a part of the Indian squad for the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka. In the Ranji Trophy 2012–13 opener against Karnataka, he elevated his top-score to 121 with his 3rd domestic hundred.
Social Media Following Facebook: 870 K+Instagram: 32 M+ Twitter: 940K+
Former Indian pacer Shanthakumaran Sreesanth is a well-known face on social media, especially on Instagram. After his suspension by BCCI for alleged match fixing, Sreesanth entered the showbiz and his popularity skyrocketed. Having played for Kerala in First class cricket, and for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League, Sreesanth is also the first Kerala Ranji player to represent in Twenty20 cricket for India. In the previous year, he participated in the popular reality show, Bigg Boss and won many hearts. He became the runner up.
Social Media Following Facebook: 14 M+Instagram: 6 M+ Twitter: 4 M+
Yuvraj Singh, famous Indian cricketer who was the Man of the Tournament in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, and one of the top performers at the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, both of which India won. He is worldwide famous for his continuous six sixes in an over in a match against England at the 2007 World Twenty. In 2012, he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his left lung and underwent chemotherapy treatment. After a tough time, in March 2012, he was discharged and made his international comeback in a Twenty20 match in September against New Zealand shortly before the 2012 World Twenty20.
Social Media Following Facebook: 6 M+Instagram: 650 K+ Twitter: 9 M+
Gautam Gambhir is a former Indian cricketer, is a left-handed opening batsman who played domestic cricket for Delhi, and captained Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL). In 2010-11, he captained the Indian team in six ODIs with India winning all six matches. He played an important role in India’s wins in the finals of both the 2007 World Twenty20 (75 runs from 54 balls) and the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
Social Media Following Facebook: 8 M+Instagram: 8 M+ Twitter: 13 M+
Indian Cricket team vice captain Rohit Gurunath Sharma is has a great presence on social media. The right-handed batsman used to be a right-arm off break bowler. He captains Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. His records include 33 fours, that is the most number of fours in an ODI inning, has the highest number of sixes, 16, in an ODI inning and many more.
Social Media Following Facebook: 14 M+ Instagram: 3 M+ Twitter: 18 M+
Veteran Indian opener Virender Sehwag, widely regarded as one of the most destructive batsmen of all time, is also one of the most followed sports figure in India. He always gave an aggressive opening to the match. Sehwag has multiple records to his name including the highest score made by an Indian in Test cricket (319 against South Africa at M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai), which was also the fastest triple century in the history of international cricket (reached 300 off only 278 balls), the fastest 250 by any batsman.
Social Media Following: Facebook: 20 M+Instagram: 12 M+ Twitter: 7 M+
MS Dhoni, nicknamed Mahi is an Indian cricketer who captained the Indian national team in limited-overs formats from 2007 to 2016 and in Test cricket from 2008 to 2014. He is a right-handed middle-order batsman and a great wicket-keeper. He is widely famous for his helicopter shot and as one of the greatest finishers. In IPL, he captains Chennai Super Kings and was the reason for their victory last year.
Social Media Following Facebook: 37 M+Instagram: 32 M+ Twitter: 29 M+
Virat Kohli is the present captain of the India national team. With top records on his plate, he is regarded as one of the best batsmen in the world. He captains Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and is the league’s best paid player. His record list includes fastest century by an Indian cricketer in ODIs (52 balls), fastest In reach, 1,000 runs in ODIs, fastest Indian and third fastest in the world to reach 5,000 runs in ODIs, and many more.
Social Media Following: Facebook: 28.4 M+ Instagram: 14 M+ Twitter: 29 M+
Sachin Tendulkar is arguably the greatest cricketer to ever grace the sport of cricket. And like his career on field, he is also a winner off it. Tendulkar boasts of a massive 29+ million follower on instagram and another 29 million on Facebook.
In a career spanning over 22 years, he has amassed scores of records. These include the highest number of centuries in both Tests (51) and ODIs (49), playing the highest number of Test matches (200) and ODI matches, was the highest run scorer of the 1996 Cricket World Cup and many more.