With millions of passionate followers, cricket is one of the most renowned sports in the world, especially in the Indian subcontinent. However, cricket was invented in southern England and the first game of cricket was played some hundreds of years back during the 16th century. Despite its origin and age, cricket has become one of the most popular games in the world. Since its inception, the bowlers and batsmen have been the game changers. Today we will take a look at the top 10 most attacking batsmen in cricket history who have been the game changers and liberators for their respective teams.
1. AB De Villiers
The famous South African cricketer, as well as former captain of the South African One Day International Team, is a right-handed Batsman and is considered as the best batsman in the world. In January 2014, AB was ranked the number one in ODI batting ranking and 2nd in the test matches. With 78 innings, he registered the record for most test innings in November 2008 without recording a stoop. He embraces the record for fastest 50 (in 16 Balls), 100 (in 31 balls) and 150 (in 64 balls) in ODI cricket.
2. Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle is undoubtedly the world’s most destructive cricket batsman ever. Playing for West Indies Cricket team, he holds a record of 7 centuries in T20 cricket. His game technique is usually opening the innings slowly but once he gets set then there is no looking back. In the IPL, he used to play for Royal Challengers Bangalore before moving to Kings XI Punjab the last season.
3. Mark Greatbatch
Former New Zealander player, Greatbatch was the game changer in the 1992 World Cup. He was a pioneer of hard-hitting in One Day International cricket by batting violently in the opening ten overs of the ICC Cricket World Cup. He is one of the top attacking batsmen in cricket history. In his 41 Tests that he played for New Zealand, he has scored more than 2,000 runs.
4. Glenn Maxwell
Renowned for his dramatic shots and improvisation in the short form of the game, the Australian cricketer, Glenn Maxwell, is one of the most aggressive batsmen. He has only played 20 ODIs till now and has a remarkable strike rate of 129 in One Day matches. His explosive hitting makes him a threat to the opposition. He holds the 4th spot in the list of top 10 most attacking batsman in cricket history. His innings of a 102 from 52 balls against Sri Lanka in the 2015 World Cup has made him famous.
5. Kieron Pollard
This tall West Indies player has a lot of power and when he hits the ball, it sails out of the ground. He is a specialist 20 over’s player. Kieron Pollard always bats at a lower middle order and plays well in the death overs. He plays for Mumbai Indian’s cricket team in IPL and shared the dressing room with cricketing legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting.
6. Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag, the former Indian opening batsman, has one of the best strike rates in the world. Once he made a score of 20-30 runs, there was no stopping him and that was the reason bowlers wanted to take his wicket as early as possible. With the top score of 219 runs, Sehwag is among only a few batsmen who have scored a double century in ODI’s. He also holds the record of hitting triple centuries in test cricket twice. He most of his career played for Delhi Daredevils in IPL.
7. Brendon McCullum
Brendon Barrie Baz McCullum, the former New Zealand captain, is the most unusual and fierce batsman. He recorded the fastest Test century of all time and is one of the most successful batsmen of New Zealand. He holds a record of 116 not out from 56 balls in a match against Australia and has also made an unbelievable 123 runs off 58 balls in a match against Bangladesh in T20. Brendon McCullum’s capability to attacks has made him one of the best batsmen in the cricket history.
8. MS Dhoni
One of the fiercest late-order batsmen, M.S. Dhoni, has led India to victory in 2007 World T20, 20011 Cricket World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy. He is the only Indian captain to achieve the feat. He has an astonishing strike rate of 90. He has brought victory to the teams that he has led many times with his destructive batting. He is regarded as one of the best wicketkeepers and finishers in the cricket history.
9. David Warner
David Warner is the most prolific left-handed opening batsman from Australia. He holds the record for being the first Australian cricketer in 132 years who was selected in the national team despite not having any experience in first-class cricket. He is tremendously known for his hard hitting. He holds the record of second fastest 50 after Yuvraj Singh in International T20 Cricket.
10. David Miller
A left-handed cricket wonder from South African cricket team has always proved himself as an attacking batsman and a threat to the opponent team. He became famous after his IPL wins for the Kings XI Punjab. He made an explosive 101 not out off 38 balls and also scored a half-century in his debut match in first-class cricket.
Many times, these players have devoured their opponents with the sheer aggression in their batting styles. They have ruined the most rigorous bowling attacks with the flick of their wrists and powerful strokes. They are the hot favourite because they have the potential to change the game and were the biggest threat to the opposing team.