Cricket is a game that doesn’t require you to be tall or in body shape. If you have a talent, and are physically fit to play the game, you can play cricket at the professional level. There have been many cricketers who were not so tall, but still made a big impact in the game. The biggest example of this is the Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar who was 5 ft 5 inches but still had a memorable cricketing career and went on to become the god of cricket.
Apart from Sachin, there are many cricketers who were short in height, but had a good cricketing career and made into the list of shortest cricketers in the World.
Short Height Cricketers in the World
|S No.||Player||Country||Height (in feet)|
|1||Kruger van Wyk||New Zealand||4.75 ft|
|2||Walter Cornford||England||5 ft|
|3||Mushfiqur Rahim||Bangladesh||5.25 ft|
|4||Parthiv Patel||India||5.25 ft|
|5||Mominul Haque||Bangladesh||5.28 ft|
|6||Gundappa Vishwanath||India||5.3 ft|
|7||Temba Bavuma||South Africa||5.4 ft|
|8||Sachin Tendulkar||India||5.41 ft|
|9||Kedar Jadhav||India||5.41 ft|
|10||Tatenda Taibu||Zimbabwe||5.41 ft|
Kruger van Wyk – New Zealand 4’75” Shortest Cricketer
The shortest cricketer in the World, New Zealand wicketkeeper batter Kruger van Wyk has a height of 4.75 ft. Notably, he was born in South Africa but couldn’t find a place in their XI with the star wicketkeeper Mark Boucher already in the squad. After playing for Northern (now called Titans) for five years, he moved to New Zealand. He led the Canterbury Wizards to the title in 2008.
Walter Cornford – England 5′ Short Height Cricket Player
Former England wicketkeeper batter Walter Comford was 5 ft tall. He played for England once during the New Zealand tour in 1930 where he was involved in 5 catches and 3 stumpings. Conford has played 496 matches and scored over 6500 runs in his first class career.
Mushfiqur Rahim – Bangladesh 5’25” Shortest Cricket Player
The former Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim was among the best cricketers to play for the country. The wicketkeeper batter has a height of 5.25 and finds himself on the list of shortest cricketers in the world. Rahim has scored 12548 runs for Bangladesh across all formats
Parthiv Patel – Indian 5’25” Shortest Cricketer
Indian wicketkeeper batter Parthiv Patel was the youngest wicketkeeper to make his debut for India at the age of 17. With a height of 5.25 ft, Parthiv is among the shortest cricketers in the world.
Mominul Haque – Bangladesh 5’28” Short Height Cricketer
Bangladesh batter Mominul Haque has been a great batter for the country in Test cricket. He has a record of scoring 11 consecutive fifties in Test format. With a height of 5.28 ft, Mominul has played 28 ODIs, 44 Tests, and 6 T20Is for Bangladesh with 3842 runs across formats.
Gundappa Vishwanath – Indian 5’3” Shortest Cricketer
Gundappa Vishwanath was a prolific batter for India in the decade of 1970s. The 5.3 ft tall has represented India for 14 years in cricket. He has played 90 Tests for India scoring 6000 runs at an average of 40.
Temba Bavuma – South Africa 5’4” Short Height Cricket Player
The current skipper of the South African team Temba Bavuma has a height of 5.41 ft and has been tremendous over the past few years. He is currently leading South Africa in the ongoing ODI World Cup in India.
Sachin Tendulkar – India 5’41” Short Height Cricket Player
Another Indian on the list and its none other than the Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin has ruled the cricketing world during his career of 24 years. He is 5.41 ft tall and has made so many records including the 100 international centuries.
Kedar Jadhav – India 5’41” Short Height Cricketer
Indian all-rounder Kedar Jadhav has a height of 5.41 ft. Making his debut in 2014, Jadhav has played 73 ODI and 9 T20 matches scoring 1511 runs across both formats along with 27 wickets in ODIs
Tatenda Taibu – Zimbabwe 5’41” Shortest Cricketer
Former Zimbabwe skipper Tatenda Taibu was the youngest player to lead the at the age of 20 years and 358 days in 2005. The 5.41 ft tall has played 28 Tests, 150 ODIs and 16 T20Is for Zimbabwe scoring 5193 runs across formats.