10 Best Cricket Team In Cricket History
Whenever we talk about choosing the best cricket team in cricket history, fans, experts, and professionals are divided. Honestly, there isn't a single team that has dominated the game over the years. When we look at cricket's history and analyse the most powerful cricket team in the world, we find that there have been phases when a team has been undisputed. They have won all the major trophies available at that time, defeating even the best teams. So, we went back in time, fetched the history of all legendary teams, compared their data, and prepared a list of the 10 most dominating cricket teams of all time.
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1. Australia (1948)
Coach: Keith Johnson
Key players: Don Bradman (C), Arthur Morris
Getting a label of Invincibles is not easy. But the Australian team of 1948, led by the great Don Brandman, had rightly earned the title, and that is why it tops our list of the best cricket team of all time.
This Australian side is the only side that has returned from England without registering a single defeat during its tour. Backed by the terrific batsmanship of Alan Border and Arthur Norris, this world's best cricket team was victorious in 4 out of the 5 test matches played in England, with one ending in a draw.
2. West Indies (1979)
Coach: Clyde Walcott
Key players: Clive Lloyd (C), Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Michael Holding
All cricket lovers are familiar with the names of Viv Richards and Gordon Greenidge. These two absolute legends of the game and other indispensable players won back-to-back Cricket World Cups in 1975 and 1979. It's arguably the best cricket team globally due to the sheer leadership and influencing characters in the dressing room.
Even now, if we are to construct the best world 11 cricket team of all time, Viv Richards will surely be up there. Such was the dominance of the West Indian team that even the best teams of that time feared to play against them.
3. India (1983)
Coach: PR Manh Singh
Key players: Kapil Dev (C), Mohinder Amarnath
What a fairytale story India had in the World Cup of 1983! When nobody gave any chance to the Indian team, this one of the world's best cricket teams of all time came out victorious defeating the most dangerous team, West Indies, in the final,.
Packed with talented payers and a charismatic captain in Kapil Dev, this Indian team is counted among world cricket’s best teams. Cricket lovers will surely remember the magnificent 175* runs innings by Kapil Dev in that same World Cup.
This World Cup win propelled India to the summit of world cricket and started their emergence as the best cricket team in that era.
4. Australia (1999)
Coach: Geoff Marsh
Key players: Steve Waugh (C), Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath
The year 1999 marked the emergence of the two decadal dominance of the Australian cricket team. Filled with famous and skilled cricketers, especially the legendary spinner Shane Warne, this team earned the label of the best cricket team through convincing performances.
The then captain Steve Waugh and his team rallied on to the final before beating Pakistan, one of the world cricket’s best teams.
5. India (2011)
Coach: Gary Kirsten
Key players: MS Doni (C), Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh
After crashing out in the group stages in the last world cup, India went out all guns blazing, revamping the whole setup. Gradually they became the world's best T20 team as they won the inaugural ICC World T20 (2007) led by the captain cool MS Dhoni.
When we chalk out the best team in T20, this cricket team has a special place—ticking all the boxes to become the best cricket team.Also, MS Dhoni’s 2007 T20 World Cup Team is broadly accepted by pundits to be the best T20 team of all time cricket
6. Australia (2003)
Coach: John Buchanan
Key players: Ricky Ponting (C), Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne
After winning the 1999 edition, Australia marched onto another triumph in 2003, captained by Ricky Ponting. Finalist India, who had multiple members of the best ODI team of all time, collapsed in the final.
By this time, the Australian side has become the best cricket team. Australia did not lose a single match in that World Cup edition. The start-studded team had Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, Michael Bevan, and Glen McGrath, making them the best team in world cricket.
So, you can guess how dominant the Australian side was.
7. West Indies (1975)
Coach: Clyde Walcott
Key players: Clive Lloyd (C), Bernard Julien, Andy Roberts, Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge
In some fashion, the West Indies had consecutive World Cup victories in 1971 and 1975. Both their World Cup victories portrayed their utter dominance on the world stage. Carrying the label of the best cricket team in the world cricket, it featured the likes of Bernard Julien, Sir Viv Richards, and others. It had all the elements of the most powerful cricket team to have ever played the game.
8. Australia (2007)
Coach: John Buchanan
Key players: Glenn McGrath, Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist
After winning the world cup in 2003, Australia marched onto the next one and was victorious. Pundits, former players, have often hailed this to be one of the best cricket teams in world cricket.
This team had most of the core members of the previous World Cup. However, Glenn McGrath was their pick, becoming the Player of the Tournament in that edition.
It was a remarkable victory on Australia's front, displaying a winning identity never seen before.
In 2015, they also outperformed most teams to become the best cricket team in the world.
9. Pakistan (1992)
Coach: Intikhab Alam
Key players: Imran Khan(C), Wasim Akram, Javed Miandad,
Pakistan won their only World Cup in the year 1992, defeating England. En route to winning the cup and becoming the best cricket team in that era, Pakistan defeated New Zealand and Sri Lanka, two of the cricketing powerhouses at the time.
Pakistan has also been hailed by many to be the T20 best team after winning the second edition of T20 World Cup.
10. Sri Lanka (1996)
Coach: Dav Whatmore
Key players: Arjuna Ranatunga (C), Sanath Jayasuriya, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Aravinda De Silva
We conclude our list of the 10 most incredible cricket teams of all time with a special team, Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan cricket team had never made it to the finals before the 1996 World Cup. So, in a way, one of world cricket’s best teams came out victorious on their first appearance in the playoffs and defeated Australia in the process.
Chasing 245, Arjuna Ranatunga played a magnificent 107* to take his side towards victory. Moreover, this was the first time since the hosting country (co-hosted with India and Bangladesh) won the World Cup.
Special Pick (England, New Zealand, 2019-22)
The England team led by Eoin Morgan are the T20 Best Team and the New Zealand team led by Kane Willamson have dominated the cricket scene since 2019. Both the teams are clearly marching toward becoming the best cricket team as England won the 2019 Cricket World Cup and became the best T20 team in the world by winning the 2010 T20 World Cup.
On the other hand, New Zealand are currently the world's best test team as they have won the inaugural Test World Cup.