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@ 50th Place - Yuvraj Singh



Experience: 2000-present
Country: India
Other major teams: Punjab, Kings XI Punjab
Career stats in Tests: 40 matches, 1,900 runs, 33.92 average, 169 highest score, 3 100s
Career stats in ODIs: 304 matches, 8,701 runs, 36.55 average, 87.67 strike rate, 150 highest score, 14 100s

Yuvraj Singh was an X factor for India in his heyday. He started his career by scoring an 80-ball 84 against the mighty Australians. Although he has had his ups and downs in his career, he did well for India in its victorious campaigns in the 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup. In the 2007 World T20, Yuvi hit six sixes in an over against Stuart Broad and helped himself to a 12-ball fifty, the fastest fifty in T20Is. He played another gem of a knock against Australia by scoring 70 off just 30 balls, including five sixes.

In the 2011 World Cup, he battled cancer and became the player of the tournament for his all-round display. He made 362 runs at an average of 90.50 and picked up 15 wickets at an average of 25.13.

India's Yuvraj Singh plays a shot against West Indies during the first ODI cricket match at Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, in 2017.Ricardo Mazalan/AP Photo

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@ 49, Geoffrey Boycott


Experience: 1964-82
Country: England
Other major teams: Yorkshire
Career stats in Tests: 108 matches, 8,114 runs, 47.72 average, 246 highest score, 22 100s
Career stats in ODIs: 36 matches, 1,082 runs, 36.06 average, 53.66 strike rate, 105 highest score, 1 100s
Geoffrey Boycott was one of the most successful openers in his era. He still is the sixth-highest run-getter of all time as an opener with 8,091 runs at an average of 48.16.

Most batsmen would be well past his prime after they turn 35. Boycott, on the other hand, piled on runs, making 3,535 runs at an average of 47.77.
His average, 58.76, is the best average in the fourth innings of a Test match for players who have scored at least 1,000 runs in the last innings of a Test.
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#48, Kevin Pietersen


Experience: 2004-13
Country: England
Other major teams: Surrey, Hampshire
Career stats in Tests: 104 matches, 8,181 runs, 47.28 average, 61.72 strike rate, 227 highest score, 23 100s
Career stats in ODIs: 136 Matches, 4,440 runs, 40.73 average, 86.58 strike rate, 130 highest score, 9 100s

Kevin Pietersen had an excellent start to his Test and ODI career. He started his Test career in the 2005 Ashes and was the highest run-getter in the series, producing 473 runs at a 52.55 average against the likes of Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie.
In ODIs, Pieterson debuted in a series against Zimbabwe and scored 104 runs at 104.00. He showed he had the s****s and mettle to take the best in the world in the subsequent series against South Africa, where he scored 454 runs at an average of 151.33 and a strike rate of 105.58.
The English middle-order batsman is arguably the greatest England batsman of the modern era. He won 10 Man of the Match awards during his Test career, which is third only to Kumar Sangakkara (12) and Rangana Herath (11) during the period.
The swashbuckling batsman was the player of the tournament in the 2010 World T20, which England won. He scored 248 runs at an average of 62.00 and a strike rate of 137.77.
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#47 Tillakaratne Dilshan


Experience: 1999-2016
Country: Sri Lanka
Other major teams: Singha Sports Club,Surrey, Royal Challengers Bangalore
Career stats in Tests: 87 matches, 5,492 runs, 40.98 average, 65.54 strike Rate, 193 highest score, 16 100s
Career stats in ODIs: 330 matches, 10,290 runs, 39.27 average, 86.23 strike rate, 161 highest score, 22 100s

Not many batsmen could do what Tillakaratne Dilshan did. He has a shot named after himself, "Dilscoop" — a shot he used in the 2009 World T20 to earn the player of the tournament.
In the early years of his career, he batted in the middle order and had only moderate success. However, he became a different player once he started opening. The Sri Lankan scored 7,361 runs at an average of 46.04, including 21 hundreds as an opener in ODIs.
The destructive batsman scored 500 runs, most runs in the tournament, at an average of 62.50 and led Sri Lanka to the final of the 2011 World Cup.
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#46 MS Dhoni


Experience: 2004-present
Country: India
Other major teams: Chennai Super Kings, Jharkhand
Career stats in Tests: 90 matches, 4,876 runs, 38.09 average, 59.11 strike rate, 224 highest score, 6 100s
Career stats in ODIs: 341 matches, 10,500 runs, 50.72 average, 87.55 strike rate, 183 highest score, 10 100s

MS Dhoni is arguably the best ODI finisher of all time. "Dhoni finishes off in style" has become a cliché among commentators as the former Indian captain has finished the game countless times.
His match-winning 91 off 79 balls in the 2011 World Cup final will be remembered forever. The powerful right-hander helped India clinch the World Cup after 28 years by smashing Nuwan Kulasekara for a six.
Though Dhoni couldn’t replicate the high standards he set in ODIs to Tests, he is the third-highest run-getter as a wicket-keeper batsman behind Adam Gilchrist (5,570) and Mark Boucher (5,515).
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45. VVS Laxman


Experience: 1996-2012
Country: India
Other major teams: Hyderabad, Lancashire
Career stats in Tests: 134 matches, 8,781 runs, 45.97 average, 49.37 strike rate, 281 highest score, 17 100s
Career stats in ODIs: 86 matches, 2,338 runs, 30.76 average, 71.23 strike rate, 131 highest score, 6 100s

VVS Laxman was a true artist with his stroke play, and it was a joy to see him bat. He had the rare ability to hit the same ball to either side of the wicket.
Laxman will be remembered for his magical 281 against Australia in 2001. He, along with Dravid, stitched a 376-run partnership. The match-winning knock turned out to be one for the ages. When Cricket Monthly chose top 50 Test performances from the last 50 years in 2016, Laxman’s epic knock was ranked first.
Batting with tail-enders is a special s**** to have, and the Hyderabad-born player was a master. He won many games batting with the tail.
Australia was a top side during his playing career, and he scored heavily against them — 2,434 runs at 49.67, six 100s, 12 50s.
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44. Mark Waugh

Mark Waugh was not as decorated as his older twin brother, Steve Waugh. However, Mark debuted in Tests in the fourth Test of the 1990-91 series against England in place of his brother. Soon, Steve was back on the team, and the brothers dictated terms against opponents, scoring 3,435 runs at an average of 49.07.
Steve relied on his grit while Mark was an effortless stroke-maker. His cuts, drives and pulls were pleasing to the eyes.
The younger Waugh had an excellent record in World Cups, scoring 1,004 runs at an average of 52.83, with 4 hundreds. In the 1996 World Cup, he made 484 runs at a stellar average of 80.66, including a match-winning century against New Zealand in the quarterfinal.


Experience: 1988-2002
Country: Australia
Other major teams: Es***, New South Wales
Career stats in Tests: 128 matches, 8,029 runs, 41.81 average, 52.27 strike rate, 153 highest score, 20 100s
Career stats in ODIs: 244 matches, 8,500 runs, 39.35 average, 76.90 strike rate, 173 highest score, 18 100s
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43. Ross Taylor


Experience: 2006-present
Country: New Zealand
Other major teams: Sus***, Victoria
Career stats in Tests: 92 matches, 6,727 runs, 46.71 average, 60.22 strike rate, 290 highest score, 18 100s
Career stats in ODIs: 218 matches, 8,026 runs, 48.34 average, 83.37 strike rate, 181 highest score, 20 100s


Ross Taylor has incredible numbers in both ODIs and Tests. However, his name never is discussed when you talk about best batsmen in the current era. Yes, he is the unsung hero of the current generation.
He has more hundreds than any New Zealander in ODIs (20), and he is second on the list of hundreds in Tests for a Kiwi batsman with 18.
He has made the No.4 position his own in both formats. In ODIs, he is the highest run-getter at No.4, with 7,109 runs at 52.66. And in Tests, he is the eighth-highest run-getter at that position, with 6,166 runs at 49.73.
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42. Clive Lloyd


Experience: 1966-85
Country: West Indies
Other major teams: Guyana, Lancashire
Career stats in Tests: 110 matches, 7,515 runs, 46.67 average, 242 highest score, 19 100s
Career stats in ODIs: 87 matches, 1,977 runs, 39.54 average, 81.22 strike rate, 102 highest score, 1 100s


Clive Lloyd is the greatest captain that cricket has ever seen, and captaincy never affected his batting. Captaining West Indies in the inaugural edition of the World Cup in 1975, Lloyd scored a scintillating 85-ball 102 against Australia in the final and guided his team to victory.
The West Indies icon had a strike-rate of 81.22, when top run-getters in that era scored at a rate of 50s and 60s.
Lloyd had a fantastic Test record, too. He batted well in all positions from 4-8, averaging 44.19, 46.20, 49.16, 47.27 and 74.00, respectively. He scored all these runs with eyes that were damaged when he was 12 years old.
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41. Steve Smith


Experience: 2010-present
Country: Australia
Other major teams: New South Wales, Rajasthan Royals
Career stats in Tests: 64 matches, 6,199 runs, 61.37 average, 55.49 strike rate, 239 highest score, 23 100s
Career stats in ODIs: 108 matches, 3,431 runs, 41.84 average, 86.35 strike rate, 164 highest score, 8 100s
Steve Smith started his career as a leg spinner and was touted as the next Shane Warne. Along the way, Smith's bowling took a back seat, and he has become the best Test player of the current era. His average, 61.37, is second-best among players who have scored 2000-plus runs, only behind Don Bradman.
Smith was in stunning form from 2014 to 2017. During the period, he scored 1,000 runs in every year, and his averages read 81.86, 73.7, 71.93 and 70.44. In 2017, he reached 945 ICC rankings rating points, which are the second-highest of all time, only behind Bradman (961).
Although Smith is not an ODI giant yet, his contribution to Australia’s World Cup win in 2015 was nothing short of exceptional. He made 402 runs at an average of 67.00 and a strike rate of 91.57 in the tournament.
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