5 cricketers who have always given the fans their money's worth
The game of cricket is all about entertainment. Players perform to the best of their abilities to entertain the millions of fans that support them and their teams. With all the players now playing in the era of T20 cricket, the entertainment aspect of the game has risen to new heights. Over the years, players through their style of playing or their antics on the field, have created their own fan following. So here's a list of 5 cricketers who have always given the fans their money's worth.
1. Virender Sehwag
Perhaps, the most dangerous batsman in Indian cricket's history, Sehwag was also by far the most entertaining batsman of all. He was pegged as a pinch hitter, a slogger, when he first arrived on the scene. He went on to become one of the game's greatest openers. The "Nawab of Najafgarh" purely followed the mantra of see the ball, hit the ball. Sehwag kept all the fans on the edge of their seats with his exhilarating batting and thus became the greatest entertainer of them all.
2. AB de Villiers
The "Superman from South Africa" comes closest to Sehwag in terms of entertaining the crowd. The former South African captain, who recently retired from international cricket, is also known as Mr.360 for his ability to play shots everywhere in the ground. He is the holder of records such as fastest century (31 balls), fastest half century (16 balls), most sixes in an innings (16), fastest 150. He has also entertained the Indian crowd in the IPL with his brilliant shot making and innovative hitting against all kinds of bowlers. The ever so humble De Villiers was a born entertainer due to his cricketing talents.
3. Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle plays cricket as he lives life, without any pressure. The flamboyant West Indies cricketer enjoys life to the full and plays cricket the same way. The first of the freelance cricketers to play in T20 leagues all around the world, he has made an impact everywhere around the globe. His amazing ability to hit humungous sixes has drawn crowds into stadium since the birth of T20 cricket. Gayle also likes to keep the crowd entertained by indulging in humour with his fellow cricketers during matches. His unmatched popularity in the world of cricket is due to his batting and his personality.
4. Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh is the only player to hit 6 sixes in 6 balls in T20 cricket, has the fastest fifty in history of cricket in just 12 balls and is one the most dangerous players in shorter format of the game. When in full flow, Yuvraj can destroy any bowling attack in the world. He is a fan favourite due to his flamboyant and aggressive batting style. No fan can forget him playing through cancer during the 2011 World Cup. After recovering from the life-threating disease, he made several comebacks in the team and on various occasions reminded fans of his natural ability through some breathtaking knocks.
5. Shahid Afridi
There was never a dull moment when Shahid Afridi was on the crease. The former Pakistan batsman was not only popular in his country but was loved in India as well. He debuted at the age of 16 and retired after playing for 20 years. He has at least four 50s in under 20 balls, 2 centuries in under 50 balls and has hit 4 sixes in an over against Harbhajan Singh. He held the record for the fastest century in ODI cricket for a very long time. He was also a brilliant leg-spinner, who used to celebrate in his own unique way. His trademark pose of raising his hands and pointing fingers upwards after taking wickets became one of the most endeared sites in cricket, which the cricket fans will surely miss.