Cricket is a gentlemen’s game, and those who have played the game by giving respect to their opposition have been loved and remembered by the fans. The newer generation of cricketers is getting less and less humble with every match. We often see news of an ugly spat between players almost every other day in the newspapers. When legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Kumar Sangakkara used to play international cricket, people respected their sincerity. However, now things have changed, and you will hardly find cricketers with a humble attitude in the international arena.
Here are the 10 cricketers who played with a humble attitude:
1- Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid is the current coach of the Indian cricket team. He has previously captained India and worked as the head at NCA. Many young cricketers are influenced by the positivity and humble attitude of Rahul Dravid. While he was active in international cricket as a player, he was respected by all of his opponents for always being calm and collective in his approach to the game.
2- Sachin Tendulkar
The god of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar, has left a legacy that any other cricketer may never be able to match. His contribution to making cricket a phenomenon in India is second to none. Sachin was an excellent player who was respected by his opponents. Tendulkar used to walk away even before the umpire’s decision was delivered, in case he knew that he had been caught out. His humble personality has made him a role model for people.
3- Graeme Smith
Graeme Smith is a cricketer who remains underrated despite being fabulous for South Africa in international cricket. He captained the Proteas team and guided them to several tournament finals and important victories throughout his career. Smith is hailed as one of the most successful leaders in world cricket due to his ability to make players understand and respect him with his nice approach. He is one of the best cricketers to play the game with a humble attitude.
4- Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara is a former Sri Lankan wicket-keeper batter who was loved by the people for his on-field calmness. There was never a moment when Sanga lost his cool during a game. He always played with an objective approach and never indulged in cheap tactics to make his team win. Those who have watched the 2011 World Cup final would certainly remember the humble smile of Sanga when Dhoni hit that six that made India lift the trophy.
5- AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers, the man who coined the 360-degree batting in international cricket, was loved by the people and known as ABD all over the world. His insane hitting and the ability to remain calm and collective in pressurised situations make him one of the most humble cricketers ever to have played the game of cricket. Interestingly ABD receives more love in India than in South Africa due to his great personality and freakish batting that he displayed in IPL.
6- Jonty Rhodes
Jonty Rhodes is known as the best fielder ever to play the game of cricket. Currently, he works as a coach for many league teams all over the world. Jonty is also going to play the Legends League Cricket, which is being organised in India in September. Rhodes is remembered for his humble and calm on-field persona. He refrained from using foul language and other measures to get the opposition players riled up. Rhodes played the game like a gentleman.
7- Adam Gilchrist
All of us remember the Aussie team that did not do a thing about their image and went hard at the opposition with the ball, bat and obviously the words. The Australian team under Ricky Ponting was filled with animated players who were willing to do anything in order to secure the victory. However, in the midst of all this, the stylish wicket-keeper batter Adam Gilchrist calmly played his game and stayed from the typical Kangaroo tactics. He is remembered as one of the most soft-spoken Aussies ever.
8- Brendon McCullum
The former Kiwi captain, who is now working as the coach for England Cricket Team in Test cricket, was a player who was feared by the bowlers when he walked out to open the batting for Blackcaps. McCullum loved tearing apart the bowling of his opposition but never used any underhanded methods to get what he wanted.
9- Graeme Swann
The former English spinner is one of the most underrated cricketers to play the game. At one point, he was leading the English attack against the international teams. Swanny, as he was known by his peers, was a wonderful cricketer who talked with his bowling. It’s a known fact that he disliked his teammate Kevin Peitersen but, even then, never created any drama and did his job with a smile on his face. He is one of the most humble cricketers ever.
10- JP Duminy
South African cricketers are always calm, humble and collective. Most of the Proteas players are respected worldwide for being always respectful towards their opponents. JP Duminy was a left-handed batter who bowled quite a few handy overs. He played the game with calmness and often went unnoticed by the people despite his great contribution to the South African team.
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