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Five of the most popular cricket players of all time

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

It should come as no surprise that some cricket fans like to bet on the game. After all, betting on cricket has been going on in most countries ever since gambling was made legal.

It was in the 17th century when people first started to bet on cricket.

When the Gaming Act of 1664 was passed in the 1600s, people could bet up to £100, which is about £14,000 in today’s money. This added to the thrills of a big match. In fact, when the sport was first starting out, most of the news stories about it focused on gambling more than on the game itself.

Cricket betting is just as common today as it was in the 1600s, if not more so because many of the world’s biggest bookmakers still make huge profits from sports betting.

Irrespective of whether online sports gambling is permitted in your state, some of the best offshore sports betting sites can be found all throughout the United States. Offshore betting sites make it simple to wager on the NFL, NBA, cricket, and many other sporting events. Many of them also provide bettors with attractive bonuses and odds that are fiercely competitive.

Five Of The Most Famous Cricketers Of All Time

Garry Sobers

Don Bradman once called Garry Sobers a “five-in-one cricketer” because he was so good at everything but keeping wickets. Sobers is thought to be the best all-rounder of all time. He was known as an aggressive batter, an excellent fielder, and a very good bowler.

He ended up breaking the record of the highest innings in Test history against Pakistan with 365 runs in 1958.

This score was the highest for 36 years, and it is still the fourth highest score in an innings. His 57.78 average is the best among players with more than 8,000 runs.

Kumar Sangakkara

Kumar Sangakkara, who is from Sri Lanka, played cricket internationally for 15 years after getting 28,016 runs in all formats. He is the second in the ODI run charts and sixth in the Test charts. One of the best left-handed batters and a wicketkeeper, he has a Test average of 57.40 and has made more than 10,000 runs.

Big players play on big stages, which is exactly what ‘Sanga’ did in the 2014 World T20 final. Even though he struggled across the tournament, he made 52 off 35 against India in the final. He retired from international cricket in 2015.

Jacques Kallis

The big-hitting right-hander is only the third player in the history of the sport to score more than 13,000 Test runs. He is known to be one of the best all-round players of all time, and he has taken more than 250 wickets across both Test and ODI of cricket.

From 1995 to 2014, the South African cricketer played ODI cricket, Test cricket, and Twenty 20 cricket. During that time, he made 45 Test centuries, the second most after Tendulkar. Kallis also has 23 Player of the Match awards, which is the most of anyone.

Jack Hobbs

The British cricketer played for Surrey from 1905 to 1934. Between 1908 to 1930, he played 61 Test matches for England. He also happens to be the player who scored a Test century at the oldest age. In 1929, when he was 46 years old, playing against Australia in Melbourne, he scored 142 runs.

Shane Warne

The legendary leg-spinner is rated by many as the best bowler in cricket history.

Warne is one of Australia’s best cricketers because of how well he has done in his career.

The Australian star has the record for taking the most wickets (96) in Test matches in a single year. He also holds the record for making the most runs in Test cricket without making a century, and he was the first bowler in the history of Test cricket to take 600 wickets.

In 2000, Warne was chosen as the only spin bowler to be a “Wisden Cricketer of the Century.” With 708 Test wickets, Warne is second only to Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan. The Warne-Muralitharan Trophy is the name of a Test series between Australia and Sri Lanka. It was named after these two great cricketers.

Warne died on March 4, 2022, when he was 52 years old.

Fun Fact: Cricket flourished within women’s armed forces, which were established in 1938–1939 and included the WAAF, Women’s Royal Naval Service, and Auxiliary Territorial Service. It appeared that any hostility to women’s cricket during the war was overcome as a result of the war itself.


In the past, it was fairly easy to bet on cricket. You’d go to your local bookie, place a bet, and then watch the match hoping your prediction comes true, or go about your business, not really knowing how things were going. Nowadays with online bookies, you can even use digital wallets to place your bets which are slowly becoming a dominant way of payment among online shoppers and are projected to be responsible for 53 per cent of all online sales by 2025.

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