Cricket has seen legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting becoming household names. They are hailed as one of the greatest players with unparalleled accomplishments. However, there are a few players who have done great things on the field and still don’t get the recognition they deserve. These players have had amazing careers in which they helped their teams win countless matches. Here we talk about 8 of these underrated cricketers who are either forgotten or not remembered.
1- Jacques Kallis
The greatest all-rounder the cricketing world has ever seen. Despite being the third highest scorer in Tests with 45 hundred to his name, he is still not counted when legends of the game are brought on for discussions. He was a majestic player who shined in all aspects of the game. His Test bowling average is almost similar to the Indian pacer Zaheer Khan. Kallis’ stats are just too mind-blowing, and still, we are slowly forgetting about this legend.
2- Ajit Agarkar
The Indian pacer has a unique record of scoring the fastest half-century for an Indian in One-Day Internationals. He was a brilliant player for India whose achievements are as outstanding as the famous Zaheer Khan. Agarkar has also scored a hundred at the Lords. In his career, he did not get the due he deserved. He took 288 wickets in just 191 ODIs.
3- Shivnarine Chanderpaul
The presence of Brain Lara outshined the legendary left-handed batter with an unorthodox batting stance during his heyday in the West Indian team. His contribution to the Caribbean side is as much as Lara’s. He is perhaps one of the most criminally underrated cricketers of all time. He amassed 11867 runs in Test cricket and 8778 runs in ODIs.
4- Damien Martyn
Another batter whose presence was overshadowed by the legends around him is Australia’s, Damien Martyn. The Australian right-handed batter was a force to deal with in the middle and final overs of ODIs. He scored 5346 runs in ODIs with an average of 40.8.
5- Jonathan Trott
Jonathan Trott was named ICC cricketer of the year in 2011. He played very little cricket due to his struggle with anxiety and stress. However, he won accolades for his great batting in the few matches he played for England. Trott was consistently in the top bracket of ICC rankings for batters in ODIs when he was active as a cricketer. He scored 2819 runs with an average of 51.2 in ODIs.
6- Graeme Swann
The English spinner is one of the most severely underrated cricketers of all time. He was a legendary bowler who took 255 wickets in just 60 Test matches. Swann’s career was short at the international level, but he made sure to leave a mark with his great bowling efforts. His greatness got lost in the presence of Shane Warne, Anil Kumble and Muralidharan.
7- Rangana Herath
Another legendary spinner who was overshadowed by the greatness of Murlidharan is Rangana Herath. One of the greatest players to play cricket for Sri Lanka, Rangana took 433 wickets in 93 Test matches. His Test career does not get the recognition and fame it deserves.
8- Kyle Mills
We always talk about New Zealand greats Trent Boult and Richard Hadlee as one of the best pacers of all time. However, one Kiwi pacer that was excellent during his stint at the international level is Kyle Mills. This not much talked about cricketer took 240 wickets in 170 ODIs with an economy of 4.7. Despite that, he does get the recognition he deserves.
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