Deciding who are the most famous cricket players is really a matter of opinion. Wisden, which is regarded as the cricket bible, has made a list of what it considers are the top 5 batsman and bowlers of all time.
Wisden's top 5 test batsman
- Donald Bradman (Australia)
- Sachin Tendulkar (India)
- Rahul Dravid (India)
- Garfield Sobers (West Indies)
- Allan Border (Australia)
Wisden's top 5 test bowlers
- Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka)
- Richard Hadlee (New Zealand)
- Sydney Barnes (England)
- Shane Warne (Australia)
- Clarrie Grimmett (Australia)
As the Wisden list only takes a few players into consideration I have listed some other famous cricketers who are (in my opinion) some of the legends of the game, and who deserve to be noted as some of the most famous players in their respective countries and all over the globe.
A.H. Kardar, Fazal Mahmud, Imtiaz Ahmed, Majid Jehangir, Asif Iqbal, Intekhab Alam, Javaid Miandad, Imran Khan, Zaheer Abbas, Abdul Qadir, Saeed Anwar, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younas, Saleem Malik, Wasim Bari, Shoaib Muhammad.
Mankad, Gupte, Hazare, Umrigar, Bedi, Chandershekhar, Prasanna, Amarnath, Manjrekar, Bavaskar, Kapil Dev, Mansur Ali Khan, Ravi Shastri, Tendulkar, Azharuddin, Anil Kumble.
Ranatunga, Jayasuriya, Arvinda de Silva, D. Mendis, Roshan Mahanama, Chminda Vaas,
Bradman, Grimmet, Neil Harrvey, Ponsford, Bill Lawry, Ian Chappel, Greig Chappel, Denis Lillee, R. Lindwall, Alan Border, Mark Waugh, Steve Waugh, Shane Warne.
Hammond, W.G. Grace, Gobbes, Sutcliffe, Larwood, Hutton, Denis Compton, Alec Bedser, Peter May, Tyson, Jim Laker, Wilfred, Rhodes, Tony Lock, Edrich, Trueman, Statham, Colin Cowdrey, David Gower, Geoff Boycott, Graham Gooch, Ian Botham, Derek Underwood, Mike Gatting, Nasser Hussain, Dennis Amiss.
John Reid, Sutcliffe, Dowling, Richard Hadlee, Morrison, J.E Wright, Martin Crowe, I.A. Rutherford, B.R. Blair.
Constantine, Weekes, Worrel, Walcott, Gary Sobers, Rohan Kanhai, C.H. Lloyd, Wesley Hall, Valentine, Greenidge, Haynes, I.V.A. Richards, Kallicharan, J. Garner, Colin Croft, M.D Marshall, Michael Holding, S.T. Clarke, Brian Lara, Ian Bishop, Curtley Ambrose.
David Houghton, Paul Strang, Eddo Brandes, G. Flower.
R.G. Pollock, Berry Richards, Clive Rice, Mike Proctor, E.J. Barlow, Kirsten, G.S. Le Roux, Kepler Wessels, Hansie Cronje, Jonty Rhodes.