Cricket is a gentleman’s game. Cricketers are expected to be role models. They are burdened with carrying a certain image. Many cricketers build an entire brand around their carefully weaved personalities. They inspire aspiring youngsters. These cricketers leave a fine imprint on the game and the audience. Here are Most Well Behaved Cricketers.
We look at 10 such most well-behaved cricketers:
#10 Younis Khan
Younis Khan was one Pakistani player who always played the game with a smile on his face. An accomplished batsman he was a far cry from the rest of his team. He was one of those rare Pakistani cricketers who was never embroiled in any controversy. Khan was a great role model.
#9 VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman was part of India’s fab 4 in batting. He was the cornerstone in India’s golden batting generation. An understated genius, Laxman played his best knocks under pressure. He was a great team player who put the team before himself almost always. Laxman’s shock retirement too had a touch of class. He was hurt at the constant criticism he faced and decided to call it a day on his own.
#8 AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers is probably the most innovative batsman of the 21st century. ABD blasted attacks on his day. He kept on improving as a player right since his debut. But one constant that made ABD so loved was the way he played the game. His respect for the sport, the opposition earned him a lot of accolades right through his career.
#7 Daniel Vettori
Daniel Vettori is widely regarded as one of the finest left-arm spinners the game has ever seen. The unassuming Kiwi played the sport the right way. He went about his game without much ado. He let his bowling do the talking. Vettori’s stint in the IPL too was very gentlemanly-like.
#6 Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble was one of the fiercest players to have ever played the game. Kumble hated losing. He couldn’t stand the fact that batsmen scored runs against him. But he was a super statesman. Kumble was class personified on all accounts. The way he handled the whole monkey gate scenario was nothing short of brilliant. Cricket lovers across the world loved his conduct and how he took care of the team in testing times.
#5 Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum was the best example of playing the game hard but fair. He played with tremendous aggression but added a touch of humanity to everything that he did. McCullum inspired his countrymen to support their nation. He was one of the finest ambassadors of the game.
#4 Hashim Amla
Hashim Amla was one of the calmest players on the cricket field. He refused to sport the sponsor’s name on his jersey as it was an alcoholic brand. Amla was patience personified. He displayed an exemplary attitude on and off the field. Amla was not just one of South Africa’s best batsmen he was also one of their best people playing the game.
#3 Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar is arguably the greatest cricketer to have ever played the game. His career span of 24 years saw him conquer insurmountable records. The expectations of a billion people sat easily on Sachin’s shoulders. There can’t be a better icon than Sachin for youngsters to emulate. He is one of the greatest off the field too.
#2 Kane Williamson
In a day and age where aggression is the name of the game, Kane Williamson is uniquely special. He is cut from a different breed of cloth. Williamson leads from the front both in terms of skill and in terms of behaviour. His acceptance in the World Cup finals was a moment for the ages. Williamson is definitely the best-behaved cricketer in the world currently.
#1 Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid is not just a cricketer, he is an emotion. He had hunger, he had passion, and unbridled enthusiasm for the game. His off-the-field persona often caught attention. Dravid’s quest for excellence coupled with humility made him relatable across all ages. He was someone a parent can blindly tell his or her kid to follow. Dravid tops this chart for being the best-behaved cricketer.