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5. Viv Richards


Experience: 1974-91
Country: West Indies
Other major teams: Combined Islands, Glamorgan, Leeward Islands, Queensland, Somerset
Career stats in Tests: 121 matches, 8,540 runs, 50.66 average, 50.23 strike rate, 294 highest score, 24 100s
Career stats in ODIs: 187 matches, 6,721 runs, 47.00 average, 90.20 strike rate, 189 highest score, 11 100s


Viv Richards was way ahead of his contemporaries — he had a strike rate of 90.2 in ODIs in the 1970s and 1980s when most batsmen scored at a rate of 60-70.
The swashbuckling right-hander, one of the five Wisden cricketers of the 20th century, held the record for fastest 100 off 56 balls in Tests for 40 years, before Brendon McCullum broke the record in 2015.
In 1976, Richards scored a whopping 1,710 runs at an average of 90 with seven centuries from 11 Tests.
Richards had a good record in World Cups — 1,013 runs at an average of 63.31. He guided West Indies to a World Cup win in 1979, making an unbeaten 138 off 157 balls against England in the final. In addition, he was the second-highest run-getter in the 1979 and 1983 editions of the showpiece event of the 20th century.
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4. Brian Lara


Experience: 1990-2007
Country: West Indies
Other major teams: Northern Transvaal, Southern Rocks, Trinidad & Tobago, Warwickshire
Career stats in Tests: 131 matches, 11,953 runs, 52.88 average, 60.51 strike rate, 400 highest score, 34 100s
Career stats in ODIs: 299 matches, 10,405 runs, 40.48 average, 79.51 strike rate, 169 highest score, 19 100s


Who was the toughest to ball to? If you ask this question to premier bowlers of the 1990s and early 2000s, most would say it was Brian Lara. The elegant left-hander played pace and spin equally well.
His 400 against England in 2004 is the highest individual score in Tests. His 375 against England in 1994 is third on the list of highest individual scores in the longest format of the game.
Lara was the only player who appeared twice in the list of ESPNCricinfo's top 25 Test batting performances of all time, with his 153 and 213 against Australia in 1999.
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3. Ricky Ponting


Experience: 1995-2012
Country: Australia
Other major teams: Mumbai Indians, Somerset, Surrey, Tasmania
Career stats in Tests: 168 matches, 13,378 runs, 51.85 average, 58.72 strike rate, 257 highest score, 41 100s
Career stats in ODIs: 375 matches, 13,704 runs, 42.03 average, 80.39 strike rate, 164 highest score, 30 100s


Ricky Ponting is the biggest match-winner with the bat for Australia in the modern era. The Aussies posted a mammoth 359-2 in the World Cup final against India in 2003, thanks to an excellent 140 (128) by Ponting.
The right-hander is the second-highest run-getter in Tests, third-highest run-getter in ODIs, and second-highest run-getter in World Cups.
He also was the Man of the Match in the inaugural T20I against New Zealand, scoring an unbeaten 98 in just 55 balls.
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2. Sachin Tendulkar


Experience: 1989-2013
Country: India
Other major teams: Mumbai, Mumbai Indians
Career stats in Tests: 200 matches, 15,921 runs, 53.78 average, 54.08 strike rate, 248 highest score, 51 100s
Career stats in ODIs: 463 matches, 18,246 runs, 44.83 average, 86.23 strike rate, 200 highest score, 49 100s


Sachin Tendulkar is known as the "God of Cricket." He made his debut at age 16 against Pakistan and never looked back, amassing the most runs in both ODIs and Tests.
He has scored 100 international centuries, 29 more than second-best Ricky Ponting, and scored the most runs in World Cups, 2,278, at an incredible average of 56.95.
He played many memorable knocks and won many games single-handedly. He also experienced losing a number of games because of a lack of support from the other end.
Tendulkar carried the hopes of millions every time he walked up to bat and didn’t disappoint. He was the reason people made cricket a profession, and many started watching cricket just to see him bat. It was no surprise that cricket viewership dipped after his retirement.
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1. Bradman


Experience: 1928-48
Country: Australia
Other teams: New South Wales, South Australia
Career stats in Tests: 52 matches, 6,996 runs, 99.94 average, 334 highest score, 29 100s


Bradman is the greatest batsman of all time. His average of 99.94 in Tests — 38.07 ahead of the next best, Adam Voges (61.87) —is one record that is certain not to be broken.
When Bradman went to bat for the final time, he needed to score only four runs to mark a phenomenal average of 100. But he was bowled by a "googly" off Eric Hollies.
Still, Bradman's consistency and ability to play long innings were unmatchable. He notched 12 200-plus scores and scored six hundreds in six consecutive matches in the 1937-38 season.
The Australian legend also holds the record of most runs in a Test series as he scored 974 runs from seven innings at an incredible average of 139.14 in the Ashes in 1930.


Reply if you are expected anyone in the list, from my point of view, Rohit Sharma should be in the list.
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