The question of who is the GOAT of Cricket has been harassing cricket fans for many years. But like other sports, there is not one specific name that comes to mind for Cricket Pundits or the fans.
Every sport has its own greatest-of-all-time player whether it is Michael Jordan for the NBA, Tom Brady for NFL, or Tiger Woods for the Golf. But with cricket it’s different, there is still a dilemma whenever the time comes to choose among some of the best cricketers in the world.
Fans can’t decide who is the Goat of Cricket among Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, M.S. Dhoni, and Sir Vivian Richards. This question erupts from time to time like a sleeping Volcano.
After Virat Kohli’s about to break Sachin Tendulkar’s Most ODI century record this question again is making headlines all over social media.
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So let’s find out who should be the Goat of Cricket and why-
Sir Vivian Richards
Sir Viv Richards is considered one of the Great cricketers in the world who represented the West Indies from 1974 to 1991. The ICC Hall of Fame scored 8,540 runs played for 121 matches in Test cricket at an average of 50.23. Sir Richards also has a great scorecard in One Day International cricket of 6,721 runs at an average of 47 with a 90.20 strike rate.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni AKA MS Dhoni
Captain Cool is the most successful Indian Cricket captain who brought the trophy in every ICC Tournaments till the date. Throughout his career, Dhoni has shown excellent wicket-keeping skills and he also has superb batting power. Among the fans, MS Dhoni is mostly famous for his Helicopter Shot which made him one of the best finisher batsmen in the cricket world.
In 90 Test matches, Dhoni scored 4,876 runs at an average of 38.09 with the 224 highest scores. In the ODI, Dhoni scored 10,773 runs overall in 350 matches with an average of 50.38.
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Virat Kohli is one of the most followed athlete celebrities on all social media platforms. Virat Kohli is famous for his aggressive batting, adaptability, and consistency in cricket. Virat is famous as King Kohli among the youngsters. He is one of the fastest run chasers often coming at the middle batting lineup.
Virat Kohli already surpassed some of the world records of Sachin Tendulkar and now he is about to break the most centuries in ODI cricket. It is no wonder if cricket experts crowned him as the GOAT of cricket.
In an interview, Kohli was asked “Is Virat Kohli the GOAT of cricket.” He simply smiled and said, “No, I don’t think I would consider myself the GOAT of cricket. For me, only two people qualify for that – Sachin Tendulkar and Sir Vivian Richards.”
Once Matthew Hayden said, “If cricket is a religion, then Sachin is a God.” And this is not an exaggeration as Sachin Tendulkar is one of the greatest batsmen ever in cricket history. The Master Blaster has acclaimed many records in every cricket format. It will be a long list of achievements and world records in cricket. Tendulkar has scored more than 18000 runs in ODI and over 15,000 runs in Test cricket which is the highest of all time in cricket history.
- Most Test Matches in career (200)
- Most Test Matches Runs in career (1591)
- Most Hundreds in Test Career (51)
- Most Hundreds in ODI Career (49)
- Most Four in Test Career (2058+)
These are a few glimpses of Sachin Tendulkar’s glorious World records in cricket history. There is more to cover in another cricket format.
Sir Don Bradman
Here comes the legend, Sir Don Bradman, an Australian cricketer who averaged 99.94 in his career with 6,996 runs. Sir Bradman’s 52 tests match the career he made 29 centuries and 13 half-centuries with 334 highest scores. In his 234 first-class matches he scored 28,067 runs with an average of 95.14. Throughout his career, Bradman scored 117 centuries and 69 half-centuries. Once in 1930, against Queensland, he scored 452*. Sir Don Bradman was truly a legend in Cricket history.
Now you choose, who is the actual GOAT of the Cricket?