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40. Chris Gayle


Experience: 1999-present
Country: West Indies
Other major teams: Jamaica, Royal Challengers Bangalore
Career stats in Tests: 103 matches, 7,214 runs, 42.18 average, 60.26 strike rate, 333 highest score, 15 100s
Career stats in ODIs: 289 matches, 10,151 runs, 38.16 average, 87.14 strike rate, 215 highest score, 25 100s


Chris Gayle is one of the most productive players of all time. He can tear apart any opposition on his day.
His ability to hit sixes is unmatched and he holds the record of the most number of sixes (507) in international cricket.
The Windies' opener is the only player in the world who has scored triple hundred in Tests, double hundred in ODIs, and hundred in T20Is. He is the first player to hit hundreds in all three formats of the game.
The "Universe Boss" also holds the record of the fastest 200 in ODIs.
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39. Andy Flower


Experience: 1992-2003
Country: Zimbabwe
Other major teams: Es***, MCC
Career stats in Tests: 63 matches, 4,794 runs, 51.54 average, 45.07 strike rate, 232 highest score, 12 100s
Career stats in ODIs: 213 matches, 6,786 runs, 35.34 average, 74.59 strike rate, 145 highest score, 4 100s


Andy Flower is the greatest player to play for Zimbabwe and one of the best wicket-keeper batsmen of all time. His ability to play spin bowling was commendable, and his reverse-sweeps were incredible.
The southpaw scored 540 runs in a two-match series at a stunning average of 270 against India in November 2000. He also made twin hundreds (142 and 199) in Zimbabwe’s historic Test win against South Africa in September 2001, and it helped Flower become the No.1 Test batsman in the world.
He was equally effective in ODIs and was the third player to score a hundred in his debut. He scored 332 runs at an average of 47.42 in the 2003 World Cup. However, he decided to call it quits due to a protest against the Zimbabwe government after the tournament.
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38. Martin Crowe


Experience: 1982-95
Country: New Zealand
Other major teams: Auckland, Somerset
Career stats in Tests: 77 matches, 5,444 runs, 45.36 average, 44.65 strike rate, 299 highest score, 17 100s
Career stats in ODIs: 143 matches, 4,704 runs, 38.55 average, 72.63 strike rate, 107 highest score, 4 100s


Martin Crowe is arguably the greatest batsmen from New Zealand. When he bid adieu to cricket, he held the record of most runs (5,444), most fifties (35), most hundreds (17) and highest Test score (299) by a New Zealander.
He rose to stardom quickly and became the Wisden cricketer of the year in 1985, only three years into his career. He was the top scorer in the 1992 World Cup by scoring 456 runs at a spectacular average of 114.50.
He struck at a great pace as well, 90.83, where all others in the top five run-getters scored at a rate of 60.
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37. Desmond Haynes


Experience: 1978-94
Country: West Indies
Other major teams: Barbados, Middle***
Career stats in Tests: 116 matches, 7,487 runs, 42.29 average, 48.34 strike rate, 184 highest score, 18 100s
Career stats in ODIs: 238 matches, 8,648 runs, 41.37 average, 63.09 strike rate, 152 highest score, 17 100s


Desmond Haynes is perhaps one of the unsung heroes of vintage West Indies team, which dominated world cricket. When he retired, he held the record of most runs, most centuries and most matches in ODIs.
In Tests, he and Gordon Greenidge scored more runs than any other opening pair, 6,482 runs at an average of 47.31, including 16 hundred partnerships. The pair were successful in ODIs, too, scoring 5,150 runs at an average of 52.55 — the third-best in terms of runs scored by an opening pair.
He had a stunning record on home soil in both Tests and ODIs. In ODIs, he has the highest average among players who have scored 2,000-plus runs, 67.71. In Tests, he scored 3,868 runs at an average of 56.05 — the fifth-best average among West Indian players who have scored 2,000-plus runs.
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36. Hashim Amla


Experience: 2004-present
Country: South Africa
Other major teams: Cape Cobras, Es***
Career stats in Tests: 124 matches, 9,282 runs, 46.64 average, 49.97 strike rate, 311 highest score, 28 100s
Career stats in ODIs: 174 matches, 7,910 runs, 49.74 average, 89.22 strike rate, 159 highest score, 27 100s


Hashim Amla is one of the rare players who has excelled in both Tests and ODIs. His numbers are as good as anyone in world cricket.
Amla became the first and only South African player to score a triple century in 2012 against England on their home turf. Once set, it is difficult to dismiss him. He scored 490 runs in a series against India in 2010 at a stellar average of 490 in a 2-Test series.
The elegant right-hander was believed to be a Test-match specialist initially. However, Amla proved everyone wrong and became the fastest player to score 2,000, 3,000, 4,000, 5,000, 6,000 and 7,000 runs in ODIs.
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