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Wisden 100 Best Performances in Cricket

We are compiling a list of the greatest athletes from the sport of cricket, which will then be voted on and the winner placed on the shortlist of the all-time-greatest athlete ever (all sports). Is the greatest ever cricketer on top of the Wisden 100 Best Performances List?

We will look at only Test cricket results as other forms of the game have only recently become popular and it would not be fair to compare cricketers of the past with player results in one day cricket matches.

List of All-Time Great Players

In 2001 and 2002, Wisden released lists of the top 100 test and one-day performances. From that rating system, they compiled these all-time lists of the greatest players. The ratings were calculated by scoring each individual batting and bowling performance in various criteria, including taking into account the strength of the opposition players, the quality of the pitch, the result of the match, and the player's contribution to this result.

Top Test batsmen

Rank Batsman Country Rating
1 Donald Bradman Australia 1349.0
2 Sachin Tendulkar India 1000. 5
3 Viv Richards West Indies 913.9
4 Rahul Dravid India 912.0
5 Allan Border Australia 911.2

Top Test bowlers

Rank Bowler Country Rating
1 Muttiah Muralitharan Sri Lanka 1320.4
2 Richard Hadlee New Zealand 1232.9
3 Sydney Barnes England 1209.3
4 Shane Warne Australia 1195.8
5 Clarrie Grimmett Australia 1184.8

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Sir Donald Bradman(Australia)
Sachin Tendulkar(India)
Rahul Dravid(India)
Brian Lara(West Indies)
Walter Hammond(England)

Batting List (ODI)

Sachin Tendulkar (India)
Ricky Ponting (Australia)
Sir Vivian Richards (West Indies)
Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka)
Michael Bevan (Australia)

Bowling list (Test)

Shane Warne (Australia)
Sydney Barnes (England)
Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka)
Glenn McGrath (Australia)
Clarrie Grimmett (Australia)

Bowling list (ODI)

Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka)
Wasim Akram (Pakistan)
Joel Garner (West Indies)
Glenn McGrath (Australia)
Kapil Dev (India)

Lists Extra

Football/Soccer is clearly the world's most popular sport, and has the most popular athletes, but which sport has the fittest players (but not necessarily the greatest athlete). These players do not always earn the most. The best of the best have made it to our 7 Sporting Wonders Lists.

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