Who are the 20 greatest Indian cricket players of all time?

Saurav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble and Sachin Tendulkar (Source: Wisden India)

I shall split my list into two parts. My list includes 10 batsmen and 10 bowlers, by sheer numbers over the years. This way, I ensure equal justice to both specialists.

10 Greatest Indian Batsmen** (of all time across all formats)

1 50192 957 Sachin Tendulkar Mumbai
2 41651 856 Rahul Dravid Karnataka
3 33035 768 Sourav Ganguly Bengal
4 31632 748 Gautam Gambhir Delhi
5 30428 499 Sunil Gavaskar Mumbai
6 29198 685 Virender Sehwag Delhi
7 28786 661 Mohammad Azharuddin Hyderabad
8 28646 615 Virat Kohli Delhi
9 26314 785 Yuvraj Singh Punjab
10 26107 838 Mahendra Singh Dhoni Jharkhand

10 Greatest Indian Bowlers** (of all time across all formats)

1 1707 678 Anil Kumble Karnataka
2 1631 442 Bishen Singh Bedi Punjab
3 1454 412 Srinivas Venkataraghavan Tamil Nadu
4 1392 783 Harbhajan Singh Punjab
5 1170 585 Kapil Dev Haryana
6 1168 560 Zaheer Khan Baroda
7 1071 253 Bhagwath Chandrasekhar Karnataka
8 1005 495 Amit Mishra Haryana
9 1003 544 Murali Kartik Railways
10 974 244 Erapalli Prasanna Karnataka

*Current players in turquoise.
**Numbers as on 1 February 2019.

You have the right to disagree with my list. Impact on the game is debatable, which is why Bradman vs. Tendulkar or Sobers vs. Sehwag was/will be debated for years, without a conclusion. Comparisons are easier when backed by numbers. Don’t we all love a spreadsheet analysis or graphs on a powerpoint slide? 🙂

Besides, give me a better list of cricketing greats than the one above, and we’ll talk. All opinions are welcome in the comments section.

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