Saturday, September 10, 2011

Top 10 Aggressive Batsmen of ICC Cricket

An aggressive batsman is known for making extremely high scores in short times and presenting less possibility of annoying draw. Aggressive batting does not mean to hit the ball forcefully, but it means to give challenge to bowlers and fielders. Here is the detailed list of top 10 aggressive batsmen of ICC cricket that I like most.
Aggressive batsmen have the ability to concentrate on how to play the ball and they always look for opportunities to score in every ball. Mostly, they play after looking the match situation. Aggressive batsman's batting becomes handy during limited overs situations. Every batsman has their unique style of playing. When aggressive batsman plays, the fielding team is always under pressure. The batsmen who scores high in fewer balls, are included in top list of aggressive batsmen. You will find some top aggressive batsmen of ICC Cricket below.
10) David Warner:
A quick-scoring left-handed Australian cricket team opener, David Warner is only Australian cricketer in cricket history who was selected for national team without playing any first-class cricket match.
His remarkable aggressive performance for New South Wales and Durham had reached him for the contract with the Delhi Daredevils in the Twenty20 IPL tournament. He has switch hit talent by using the back of his bat or by taking a right-handed position. He is also energetic fielder and a part-time spin bowler.
He holds the record of highest one day score of 165 runs for the New South Wales Blues against Tasmania. Once again he had chance for break the record of the fastest ever century in Australian domestic cricket against Tasmania, but he missed it and scored 97 runs off 54 balls. As his international debuts, he was selected for the Australia's Twenty20 squad in January 2009 on the basis of his domestic match performance. In the Twenty20 International tournament, he played against South Africa and made 89 runs off 43 balls including second-fastest half century of Twenty20 International history. During T20 match against the West Indies, he scored 67 runs in just 29 balls wherein he broke his own record of 50 in 19 balls and made 50 runs in 18 balls. After this achievement he became the second highest high century scorer of Twenty20 International following Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh.
9) Yuvraj Singh:
Yuvraj Singh is one of the most talented attacking left-handed batsmen because his shots are very graceful and effortless. He became most popular cricketer after hitting six sixes in the 2007 T20 World Cup with fastest score of 50 runs in 12 balls.
As U-19 Punjab cricket team player, Yuvraj Singh kicked off his domestic cricket career in 1996. Then in 2000, he joined Indian ODIs cricket team. A partnership with Mohammad Kaif during the NatWest Series final in July 2002 was most excellent inning for him because this inning was resulted into India’s victory. In 2003, he made his first century against Bangladesh. Afterward he also made hundreds runs in match against Zimbabwe team and Australia team in which he scored 139 in 119 balls at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
After titled as the man of the series in 3 successive series, against South Africa, Pakistan and England, he was included in the top ten of the ICC ODI batting rankings. After Rahul Dravid’s resignation from the captain, Yuvi was appointed as vice captain of ODI matches. At Rajkot, he made 138 runs score in just 78 balls against England which was second fastest century after Mohammad Azharuddin' century.
During 2007 match against Pakistan, he was taken in India's Test squad, but not got place in 11 players in first test match. In 3rd test match, he was included for playing by reason of Sachin Tendulkar injury. His partnership with Sourav Ganguly made 300 runs with his highest Test score of 169 runs.
By the side of the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, he struck six sixes in an over against England's Stuart Broad. That superb performance was being helpful to make half century in just 12 balls, the fastest in any form of international cricket. He also won a Porsche 911 car for his 6 sixes achievement as well Rs.10,000,000 in cash. He also hit the 119 meters longest six of the tournament against Australian bowler Brett Lee. He also made 70 runs in just 30 balls and was awarded as the Man of the Match against Australia during the World Twenty20 semifinals at Durban. He is 5th Indian Batsman who has crossed the 7,000 run score.
Yuvi spotted as icon player and captain for IPL’s Kings XI Punjab team in first two seasons, then this status is specified to Kumar Sangakkara. In T20 cricket 2009, he achieved his first hat-trick against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the same ground where he hit his six sixes. As his second Twenty20 hat-trick, he took wickets of Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Symonds and Venugopal Rao. Currently, he is on 25th position with 627 ratings in ICC ODI championship batting rankings and on 60th position with 416 ratings in ICC test championship.
8) Suresh Raina:
Suresh Raina is an aggressive left-handed batsman of Indian team as well as an occasional off-spinner. As fielder, he has expertise to strike the stumps by delivering the ball from the infield.
Suresh Raina comes from heaven of India famed state Jammu & Kashmir. Since July 2005, he has been a member of Indian cricket team. Even joining Test squad since 2006, he did not get first chance to play in Test match till 2010. He plays in the Ranji Trophy and Central Zone in the Duleep Trophy for domestic team of Uttar Pradesh. At starting of his international career, he was dropped from the national team because of his bad performance in 15 ODIs. During eighteen month of dropping, he scored lot of runs in domestic cricket prior to return to national team for Asia Cup 2008 in which he scored century in just 66 balls, the second fastest century in Indian ODI record. Following this performance, he has been taken in India's full-strength ODI and T20 team.
Raina also played for IPL’s Chennai Super Kings team during 2008 and 2009. Indian Premier League season 2010, he became third-highest runs scorer and he also get title of Man of the Match in final. In the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 match against South Africa, he scored 101 runs off 60 balls that includes five sixes and nine fours and became third player for a Twenty20 international century following the West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle and New Zealand cricketer Brendon McCullum.
As second test debut, Raina was included in the Test squad for tournament of Sri Lanka in July and August 2010 where he got chance to play as a replacement for team-mate Yuvraj Singh’s unwell condition. In this match, Sri Lankan team gave target of 4/642 and on other side Indian team put in critical condition because they made 241 runs by losing 4 wickets, that time Raina entered in to ground to join Sachin Tendulkar. Raina attained a century as well as a double century partnership. He is on 88th rank with 297 rates in ICC Test championship batting rankings.
7) Sachin Tendulkar:
The God of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar is one of the best and often record braking batsmen in the cricket history. He is most inspired run scorer in cricket world. Currently, Sachin Tendulkar is the most ODI scorer and the highest centuries maker.
A right-handed Indian batsman, Sachin started his cricket career at just age of 16 through domestic first-class match between Bombay and Gujarat in which he scored 100 not out. He scored first double century for Mumbai. He is a single player who scored a century in his first three tournaments Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Irani Trophy.
As debut in Test match, he played against Pakistan in 1989 at little age. Tendulkar made 53 runs in 18 balls during 20 over match in Peshawar and he scored his opening ODI century in 1994 match against Australia in Sri Lanka. That score placed him 79 ODIs. Two times captaincies were being failure to do well. He also achieves the victory of highest number scored centuries record in Test match and ODI cricket match. As one of the five Wisden Cricketers for 1997, he was also selected for Wisden 100 and he became all time 2nd best test batsman and best ODI batsman. In his Test matches career, he has been awarded as Man of the Match 13 times and Man of the Series 4 times. For ODI matches, he has been 60 times Man of the Match and 14 times Man of the Series. He was also selected for the 2010 Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy that was awarded by the International Cricket Council to its selected Player of the Year. Sachin is on first rank with 883 ratings in ICC Test championship batting rankings. In ICC ODI championship batting rankings, he is at 14th rank with 671 ratings. And by the way his double century knock against south africa was mind blowing and may be it will be not broken by anyone!!!
6) Chris Gayle:
Captain and opener of the West Indies cricket team, Chris Gayle is famous for his hard-hitting left-handed aggressive batting. He bowls handy right-arm off spin style.
Chris Gayle, Jamaica native carried out the record of highest innings in 2007 World Twenty20 with score of 117 against South Africa. During December 2009 the third Test match against Australia, Chris Gayle recorded the century in just 70 balls as fifth fastest century of Test match history. He also hit approximately 140 metres longer six. Gayle made 117 against South Africa that became the highest innings in a Twenty20 International.
He also gives good performance in ODI and Test matches. He played his first debut match from the Jamaica team. He succeed to score of two triple centuries in Test cricket match and became fourth cricketer with two triple centuries as of 16 November 2010 following Donald Bradman, Brian Lara and Virender Sehwag. According to ICC ranking, Chris Gayle is 5th batsman with high ratings of 738 and 9th all rounder with 296 ratings.
5) Shahid Afridi:
A Pakistani all rounder, Shahid Afridi is one of the aggressive batsmen of the world. Currently, he is the captain of the Pakistani national team for the One-day and Twenty20 international cricket matches.
Shahid Afridi made a record of making fastest one day International century in 37 balls and for this record people gave him a nickname "Boom Boom Afridi." Second highest scoring ODI record was also done by Afridi with score of 32 in a single over. As well as aggressive batsmen, he bowls in leg break googly style. Some times his aggressive style of batting creates threat for getting out. So he is also described as the most inconsistent batsman in cricket. During the third Test match against India in March 2005, he scored a quick-fire half-century and took five wickets. Afridi achieved the record of first 50 wickets taker in Twenty20 history.
The success of 6000 runs, 100 catches and 250 wickets combination was also achieved by Afridi in ODI record. He also faced many controversies during his cricket career. In ICC’s ODI rating, he is on position of third all rounder with 348 points, on 34th position of batting rankings with 583 points, and on 20th position in bowling ratings with 597 points.
4) Brendon Mccullum:
Brendon McCullum is an aggressive batsman of the New Zealand international team. He is famous for the fast scoring rate. Brendon Mccullum is opener for the ODI matches and plays as middle order in Test matches.
He plays aggressively by hitting the ball in to the stands. He also got honor of Test cricket’s specialist batsman. When he was included for a five-week stint at Glamorgan in June 2006, he was called as "especially suited player to Twenty20 cricket". In World Cup 2007, he made a new record of 50 runs in only 20 balls with 10 fours and 5 sixes and got a strike rate of 247.61 against Canada in St Lucia. He made record for highest individual score on 18 April 2008 for the Kolkata Knight Riders against Bangalore Royal Challengers during a Twenty20 innings by smashing 158 runs in just 73 balls with 13 sixes and 10 fours. He missed the world record for just 12 runs, but he was listed in the record of top sixth-wicket partnership of 339 runs with Martin Guptill.
He was appeared with his medium bowling in the Twenty20 World Championship in 2009. Following Chris Gayle's record of 117 in T20I, he was second player with 116score. On 4 May 2010, he completed 1000 runs in T20 international and became first player with this score. As of current players rating of ICC, Brendon Mccullum is on 26th position with 664 ratings in Test match and on 27th position with 608 ratings. In highest ratings, he got 674 points.
3) Yusuf Pathan:
India’s rising all-rounder, Yusuf Pathan is an influential and aggressive right-handed batsman and a right-arm off break bowler.
In Yusuf Pathan cricket career, he initially played cricket for the Baroda Under-16 team in the Vijay Merchant Trophy in 1999-2000. Due to his striking performances in the Deodhar Trophy and Twenty20 domestic tournament in the 2006-07, he got chance for the Twenty20 World Championship which played in South Africa. Then he was signed by Rajasthan Royals for in the Indian Premier League 2008 in which he made 435 scores and got 8 wickets. He also made record of fastest half century of the IPL’s first season in just 21 balls.
After his good performance in IPL, he was selected for the Indian ODI team. He was also selected for the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 championships in England. He made fifty in 29 balls during the second ODI against England in Indore. During last season of the IPL, he recorded a century off 37 balls as well as eleven successive hits to the boundary. During IPL auction for season 4, he was sold with second highest bid of $2.1 million for Kolkata Knight Riders.
2) Kieron Pollard:
Kieron Adrian Pollard is aggressive all-rounder of the West Indies cricket team. Pollard delivers right–arm medium-fast bowling.
Kieron Pollard was raised in poor family by his single mother. He began his cricket career with West Indies Under-19 cricket team and in his first ODI match he also made high score of 53 runs in 49 balls. Surprisingly, he was selected for 15-man squad to play as part of 2007 Cricket World Cup, which was his first international cricket match. As all-rounder, he hit three wickets and scored 76 runs in the semi-finals for Trinidad and Tobago against Jamaica and became the man of the match.
Pollard recorded 54 runs off 18 balls in Hyderabad during the 2009 Champions league T-20 against New South Wales. Following his performance in 2009 Champions League Twenty20, the Southern Redbacks and Somerset signed him for their domestic Twenty20 matches. Then he was also selected in the West Indian squad for the ICC World Twenty20 2010 due to his last impressive performance at Indian Premier League.
1) Virender Sehwag:
Virender Sehwag is an aggressive right-handed opening batsman as well as occasional right-arm off-spinner of Indian cricket team. Virender Sehwag is usually famous for his amazingly attacking batting style.
He is also called as nickname Viru and Nawab of Najafgarh. Delhi native, Virender Sehwag has started his career in Indian cricket team in 1999 with first One Day International and in 2001 associated the Indian Test cricket team. For his 2008 performance, he received honor of winning Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World and became first player in India for retaining this award. As per current test match rating of ICC, he has positioned at 6th rank with 790 ratings and as per ODI match he is at 13th rank with 679 ratings.
Sehwag also made many records; made 284 runs in a single day against Sri Lanka and achieved third position in a single day highest run scorers list. He became only Indian batsman who scored two triple centuries in Test cricket match. As well in the record of Test cricket, he also became one of four high score batsmen. And in last word for viru is, he never change his batting style even if he is on 99 that's why I give him 1st rank.