There are those batsmen in the game who are methodical and concentrated, who take time to set themselves on the crease while analyzing the bowling attacks of the opposition. These batsmen are strategists. They give considerable thought to their playing pattern in the game. On the other hand, there are hard-hitters. They are quick in terms of scoring the runs right from their entry on the crease. These explosive batsmen are the real show-stealers, who give the spectators the most awaited adrenaline-rush moments in the match.
Celebrating the glory of these hard-hitters, we enlist our top 5 picks of the most dangerous batsmen in cricket.
1. Chris Gayle (West Indies)
Fantabulous is the word for his shots. Chris Gayle is one terrific player, who, once starts hitting the ball, does not know when to stop. His presence on the crease is nightmarish for the bowlers. One could barely track the course of the ball when its hit by Gayle’s bat. Gayle is single-handedly capable of setting up humongous scores or chasing the most difficult targets with his spine-tingling performances. One gets to see the best of his form during the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches, in which he sets the tournament stage on fire with his jaw-dropping shots. The hard-hitter is best known for his triple centuries. He is one of the four players to have scored a triple century twice in Test cricket. He is the first player to score centuries in all the three formats of the game.
Gayle holds the record of shooting the most number of sixes in international cricket, with a mind-blowing figure of 534 sixes in 530 innings. Gayle has played 103 Test matches, 301 ODI matches, and 58 T20Is, piling up 7215, 10480, and 1627 runs respectively. He is, undeniably, the most dangerous batsman in cricket.
2. Rohit Sharma (India)
He is unstoppable, he is unbeatable, he is fearless and aggressive and is a run machine once he sets himself in the field. Once he starts letting out fireworks of runs, no bowler can succeed in stopping him easily. Rohit Sharma has bolstered the batting line-up of the Indian cricket team considerably. He plays eminently in all the three formats of the game. Rohit has been turning heads with his outstanding performances since his debut in 2007. He made a stupendous Test start by registering 177 runs in his maiden match. His hair-raising batting performances have garnered him the nickname “Hitman”. The hitman’s career-defining innings of 264*off 173 balls in the ODI match against Sri Lanka in 2014, is still etched in the hearts of his fans. He became the highest individual scorer in ODI in the match.
Rohit Sharma has so far played 224 ODIs, posting a total score of 9,115 at an outstanding average of 49.27. With this, he is the third-fastest to cross the 9000 ODI runs milestone. He is the most destructive batsman in the Indian cricket team and also the most dangerous batsman in cricket.
3. AB de Villiers (South Africa)
AB de Villiers is a player who barely has any haters. He is the most admired cricket personality because of his talents and calm demeanor. The player is unparalleled in his batting and fielding skills. He is considered as one of the most dangerous cricketers ever due to his scintillating shots and a knack of scoring the fastest runs in cricket. Because of his fearless batting and an outstanding ability to hit the ball in any and every direction in the field, regardless of who is facing, he was nicknamed “Mr. 360”.
With such a phenomenal and explosive batting, it is no surprise that he is the scorer of the fastest 50 runs, smashing the score in just 16 balls. Furthermore, he is also the fastest player to smash a century in just 31 balls, a feat he achieved in 2015, in the second ODI match against West Indies. AB led his team towards a glittering victory, winning the Man of the Match title for his stellar performance in the match. AB has scored 9,577 runs in ODI matches, the second quickest to reach the benchmark of 9,000 runs. His ODI batting average of 53.50 in 280 innings is the fourth-highest career average by any player. He has had a promising Test career as well, scoring 8,765 runs in 114 Test matches. No wonder, Mr. 360 is among the most dangerous batsmen in the world.
4. Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)
The dynamite player is one of the most dangerous batsmen in the world. In his heyday, he has broken many records by his destructive batting. McCullum is the second player, second only to Chris Gayle, to score a century in T20I. The former captain of New Zealand annihilated bowlers with his fearlessly hit ramp shots. He was especially effective in the T20 and ODI formats but was no less commendable in Test cricket. His triple century in a match against India in 2014 remains his most beautiful Test innings. He has played over 260 ODIs, amassing an impressive score of 6,083 runs, 101 Tests scoring 6,453 runs, and 71 T20Is, totaling a score of 2,140. These figures are mind-blowing for an all-rounder and prove why he is one of the most dangerous batsmen of all time.
One of the finest displays of his dynamite batting was in the Test match between the Kiwis and the Aussies in 2016, the last Test of the player. Brendon McCullum scored the fastest century ever recorded in Test cricket, a feat he achieved in only 54 balls, giving himself a dazzling farewell.
5. Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka)
Sanath Jayasuriya is one of the most prolific batsmen ever produced by the Sri Lankan cricket team. In his prime time, he kept bowlers in troubled waters with his explosive batting. He followed the strategy of hitting big shots right from the start, without waiting to pick up the pace in the game. Using this strategy, Jayasuriya played a pivotal role in Sri Lanka’s victory in the 1996 World Cup tournament, the very first for the national team. He won the Man of the Tournament for his spectacular performance as an all-rounder.
Sanath Jayasuriya gained the nickname “Matara Hurricane” due to his aggressive batting and ability to score runs at an astounding pace. He has played 445 ODI matches, successfully amassing 13,000+ runs, becoming the first cricketer to ever do so. He has smashed 28 ODI centuries, of which four have ended up in 150+runs. Unarguably, he is one of the most dangerous batsmen ever.