About The Gentlemen Of Cricket

About The Gentlemen Of Cricket

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Cricket is indeed the gentlemen’s game as it is popularly referred to. However, not every cricket player in the world is known for their gentlemanly manners and etiquette. Some cricket players are termed as aggressive, whereas some are popular for indulging in notorious activities like sledging and ball-tampering.

Today, we will be looking at some of the best gentlemen of cricket who have ever stepped on the cricket field. We will only be including international cricket players who have been praised for their manners and polite behaviour on and off the field. So let’s read more about the best 10 gentlemen of cricket now!

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10 Gentlemen of cricket

1. Rahul Dravid

1. Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid is the epitome of what a perfect cricketer should be. He is not only one of the best batsmen who have ever played for India, but he also has won admirers across the world due to his meek body language and pleasant manners. We have seldom seen him showing signs of anger or frustration both on or off-field. He has piled more than 10,000 runs in both ODI and test matches. His solid batting performance based on his defensive style of batting earned him the name the ‘Wall of Cricket’. New generation players definitely have a lot to learn from this legend of the game.

2. Kumara Sangakkara

2. Kumara Sangakkara

Kumara Sangakkara, a left-handed batsman, is considered the best of the best and literally has zero haters. He has scored more than 10,000 runs in both Test and ODI cricket formats. He also captained the Sri Lankan side successfully and also kept behind the wickets. Being a wicket-keeper batsman is not an easy task. Many wicket keepers are known to bother batsmen by constant chatting and blabbering. However, Sangakkara never resorted to such antics and was admired as a true gentleman of cricket. No one can forget his smile even when the Sri Lankan side lost to India in the 2011 World Cup. He always stuck to the basics and never expressed his emotions while playing.

3. Stephen Fleming

3. Stephen Fleming

The players of New Zealand are always known for exhibiting professional etiquette while playing the game. One of the legends of New Zealand cricket, Stephen Fleming calmly captained the side for quite a long time. The stylish left-handed batsman scored more than 7,000 runs in Test matches and more than 8,000 runs in One Day cricket. He is presently the head coach of the popular IPL team Chennai Super Kings. He exhibits a calm and tactical approach while coaching as well. Due to his gentle manners and professional conduct, he will always be remembered as a gentleman of cricket.

4. Kane Williamson
4. Kane Williamson

Kane Williamson is the present captain of New Zealand. Like most players from New Zealand, Kane Williamson is also known for his pleasant and calm personality. He has won many admirers in the world with his gentlemanly ways of playing and representing his team. The right handed batsman is also a huge asset for the team with the bat. He has already piled up over 7,000 runs in Test matches and more than 6,000 runs in ODIs. With a bright future ahead, this bearded gentleman of cricket will surely add more records to his name.

5. Anil Kumble

5. Anil Kumble

Anil Kumble is one of the greatest spin bowlers to have ever played the game. His ten-wicket haul while playing against Pakistan in 1999 is still remembered as one of the finest bowling spells of all time. He was quite a handy batsman as well. Anil Kumble also captained the Test team of India between 2007 and 2008. Despite the numerous accolades and achievements that he earned during his career, he is also known for his rooted personality and polite manners. Though there were a few instances where his emotions were vivid, that was largely due to his passion for the game. He never expressed his emotions to the opposition players, and neither did he resort to sledging and other antics.

6. Sachin Tendulkar

6. Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin is arguably the best batsman who has ever stepped onto the 22-yard batting pitch. He is the ‘Master Blaster’ and the legend who inspired millions across the world. Many people who do not even pursue cricket as a career consider him a role model. There have been a few instances when this batting maestro seemed to be angry or upset on the field. However, he has never carried the grudge or regret inside the dressing room. Therefore, his fans include some of the legends of the game. His innocent smile, warm gesture toward the fans, and proper etiquettes make him a worthy mention in this list dedicated to the gentlemen of cricket. With 18,426 runs, he tops the list of the highest run-scorer in ODIs. Also, he has scored 15,921 test runs and is considered the ‘God of Cricket’ by millions.

7. AB De Villiers

7. AB De Villiers

AB De Villiers is one of the most respected and loved cricketers of all time. He is indeed a batting legend and one of the leading run-scorers for the South African team. Recently, he has also been appreciated for his immense contribution to Royal Challengers Bangalore, a popular team in the Indian Premier League. ABD, as he is popularly referred to, is also a great fielder and never shows his emotions on and off the field. With more than 9,500 in ODI, over 8,700 in Test, and more than 1,600 runs in T20 matches, he is one of the true legends of the game. However, he will also be remembered as a gentleman of cricket.

8. Michael Hussey

8. Michael Hussey

The Australian cricketers are known for their aggressive performance. Against the odds, Michael Hussey has never been over-the-top when it comes to expressing joy or anger. In fact, he is one of the few Australian crickets who can be considered the true gentlemen of cricket. This left-handed batsman also has impressive batting records to his name. He has scored more than 5,400 runs in ODIs and his Test runs stand at 6,235.

9. Hashim Amla

9. Hashim Amla

Hashim Amla might not be as popular as some of the other cricketing greats mentioned in this list. However, he has always let his records speak for themselves. He has been one of the most underrated players of all time. Alongside having an average close to 50.0 in both Tests and ODIs, Hashim has also proven to be a worthy T20 player in several games. His calm manners and habit of avoiding heated exchanges and arguments make him a deserving mention in this list of gentlemen of cricket.

10. Daniel Vettori

10. Daniel Vettori

Daniel Vettori is the former captain, bowler, and batsman for the New Zealand team. Though he was mainly considered a bowler in his initial days, he went on to lead the side because of his composed behaviour and calm personality. Daniel has also contributed with the bat whenever his team needed some quick runs. His charming personality also won him many admirers across the globe. Daniel has 308 ODI wickets and 362 Test wickets to his name. He is truly one of the torchbearers of this game.

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