Cricket and cricketers receive love and hate in equal measures. They might be revered one day but they will be trolled and abused the other day. There is no balance between reactions from cricketing fans. With mediums like Twitter being available for anyone to consume, they are often at the mercy of fans and their caustic opinions. In this day and age, it is pretty rare to have players with literally zero number of haters.
We at StumpsandBails will be looking at those cricketers having the least haters
#5 AB de Villiers
AB De Villiers is one cricketer who is loved more in India than in his home country. The fans just can’t get enough of him. His dazzling stroke play, his ability to play 360-degree shots make him a fan favorite. But what sets Villiers apart from others is the fact that he is a very down to earth person. Villiers has always been a team-first man and all these endearing qualities make him a cricketer with zero haters.
#4 Jasprit Bumrah
Boom Boom Bumrah as he is fondly called is a smiling assassin. His match-winning abilities are next to none. Rohit Sharma, the captain of Mumbai Indians calls upon Bumrah specifically to take a wicket and Bumrah almost always delivers. But a key facet of Bumrah’s personality is that he never gets animated. Fielders might drop catches off his bowling but he doesn’t get flustered. He is equanimous both in success and failure. This attribute earns him fans and he has very few haters.
#3 Bhuvneshwar Kumar
The shy and reserved pacer from Meerut UP has come a long way. He is India’s best swing bowler. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been an asset for his IPL teams too. He was among the few bright spots for a troubled team like the now-defunct Pune Warriors India. Kumar’s IPL career came into its own once he was acquired by the Sunrisers Hyderabad. He has proven to be their bowling leader right since he joined them. Kumar has never faced trolls on social media and it is mainly thanks to his calm demeanor. He is one of the rare Indian players who has zero haters.
#2 Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane is surely a man of steel. He led India with aplomb in one of India’s most difficult tours abroad. But never did he ever come across as someone who wanted the grand stage. He preferred to take the back seat always allowing the younger players to soak in the adulation. His silent grit and determination have won him fans worldwide. Rahane’s role-model is Rahul Dravid and that explains why this man too has almost negligible haters.
#1 Kane Williamson
The New Zealand Skipper and Sunrisers Hyderabad player, Kane Williamson is currently the biggest brand ambassador of the game. The way he conducts himself on and off the field is a big lesson for budding cricketers to learn. Williamson is dignity personified every time he represents a team. The fans of SRH adore him while fans of other teams are waiting to have a piece of Williamson.
His crowning glory came in the World Cup final in 2019, when he smilingly accepted the fateful loss against England in the super-over finish. The Kiwis might have lost the World Cup by the barest of margins, but their captain won a billion hearts for his humanity.