We live in a country where cricket and its stars gets more attention than any matter of national importance. Today’s competitive approach hardly allows the fans to admire the cricket players except those playing for their home sides. But, there are a few players who have managed to earn the fans in other countries also.
We all know that ‘cricket is a gentleman’s game’. It is played with intense dignity, courage and a lot of hard work. There are some cricketers who are equally loved by the fans all over the world. Even if they belong to the opposition team, fans never fail to admire them.
Let us take a look at the most loved XI of all time.
#1 Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum is one of the greatest players New Zealand has ever produced. He has a lot of fans across all over the world and contributed a lot to New Zealand cricket. He almost changed the fortunes of New Zealand cricket.
He was one of the most successful openers and earned a huge number of followers with his power hitting skills. With more than 12000 runs to his name across all formats, he is considered as one of the best openers of his era.
After losing the 2015 World Cup final to Australia, the former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum retired from International cricket. However, he continues to play the T20 leagues across the world. McCullum is loved in all parts of the world for his on-field and off-field behavior. #2 Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle is one of the powerful hitters in world cricket. He became the first cricketer to score centuries in all formats of the game in International cricket (Test, ODI, and T20I).
He is considered as one of the most destructive openers along with Virender Sehwag, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Brendon McCullum. With his huge sixes, he earned a large number fans in all parts of the world.
Gayle has over 17000 International runs to his name. One of the cleanest hitters of the ball, Gayle has a great fan base with almost no haters.
#3 Rahul Dravid
Undoubtedly, the former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid is one of the most loved cricketers in the world.
When his team required dependable batsman at No.5, he batted at number 5. When his team needed wicket-keeper, he put his hands up to fulfill the role. He did everything for the team during his playing days.
Having scored more than 10000 runs in Test and ODI, he was one of the finest players at number three spot in the game of cricket. After retirement, he is busy grooming the future talents for Indian cricket.
#4 AB de Villiers (C)
AB de Villiers is considered as one of the best players of this generation. He is undoubtedly the most loved foreign cricketer in India. With his shot-creating abilities, he is really popular among the youngsters. His exploits in the IPL earned him the tag of Mr 360 degrees.
De Villiers, who likes to dance in the crease, can smash any bowling attack. There have been many instances when fans have cheered him when he was playing against India in India. #5 Kumar Sangakkara (WK)
The former Sri Lankan skipper, Kumar Sangakkara is one of greatest cricketers in the history of cricket. He has contributed a lot to Sri Lankan cricket at an International level.
He was considered as one of the most successful captains in the game of cricket. Having scored over 10000 runs in both Tests and ODIs, he is considered as one of the greatest batsmen of his generation.
Sangakkara earned respect when he accepted the defeat graciously with a smile after losing the World Cup final in 2011. He is surely a legend of game and is loved all over the world. #6 Jacques Kallis
Undoubtedly, Jacques Kallis has been one of the best all-rounders in the cricket history. After his debut, with the passage of time, he established him as one of the finest batsmen in cricket.
The only man to have scored over 10000 runs and taken over 250 wickets in both forms of the game. Even during his lows, he continued to operate under the moral conducts that made him the player that he is today. He is loved by all cricket fans in all parts of the world. #7 Adam Gilchrist
Adam Gilchrist is one of the greatest wicket-keeper batsmen to have played this game. He was one of the Australian cricketers who never sledge the opposition.
Gilchrist was loved by all cricket fans for his powerful hitting. He changed the perception that a wicket-keeper cannot be a good batsman. He is idolized around the world for his on-field and off-field behavior. He is one of the cricketers who believed in being honest on the field.
#8 Anil Kumble
The former Indian skipper, Anil Kumar has also been an example of humility and dignity, soft-spoken and unassuming. He is one of the greatest spinners India have ever produced in the history of cricket.
Having more than 950 International wickets to his name, he is considered as one of the best spinners along with Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan. He earned respect and fans when he came to bowl with the injured jaw in the Test match against West Indies.
The way in which he lead the Team after the Monkeygate scandal in India’s tour of Australia in 2007, earned him praises from the cricketing fraternity across the world.
#9 Wasim Akram
The former Pakistan bowler, Wasim Akram is also known as ‘The King of Swing’. He is one of the few cricketers who never played first-class cricket before making an International debut.
Akram has more than 900 International wickets to his name. He is considered as one of the greatest bowlers in the history of cricket. With his pace and swing, he singlehandedly won many matches for Pakistan.
His on-field as well as the off-field persona makes him an ideal role model for youngsters across the world.
#10 Dale Steyn
The South African pacer, Dale Steyn has huge fan base across all over the world with almost no haters. He is one of the most fearsome bowlers in the history of cricket.
His wry smile when the batsman hits a four or misses the ball, is loved by the fans. He has 501 wickets to his name in the International cricket. Because of his competitive attitude, he has earned a huge fan following across the world. Undoubtedly, he is one of the most loved cricketers in the game of cricket.