The game of cricket has seen so many legendary batsmen emerging from different teams since its inception. The legendary players like Sir Don Bradman, Sir Viv Richards dominated the cricket world, and from there on the legacy was taken forward by players like Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid, and many more.
India has always held a rich legacy of producing some of the finest batsmen seen in the game. From the legendary Sunil Gavaskar to modern-day superstar Virat Kohli, the country has stood in awe of innumerable players. Not only did these batsmen stand out as all-time greats but also played a key role in helping the nation stamp its authority.
Today we bring to you the 7 Indian batsmen who have dominated the No1 Test batting years throughout the years of the game.
Virat Kohli (937)
The latest entrant to this famed list of Indian cricketers in the current skipper Virat Kohli. The Indian skipper is hailed as the greatest batsman of the modern era and his feats stand second to none. With the highest rating of 937 points, Kohli has also surpassed Sunil Gavaskar's career-best of 916 points to be India's highest-rated batsman. Also, he's the only Indian to achieve the top spot since Sachin Tendulkar last achieved it in 2011.
Virender Sehwag (866)
Aggressive with vigorous intent, Virender Sehwag used to keep the fans on the edge of their seats opening the innings for India. The Indian legend was famous for his attacking style of play and making him one of the most destructive batsmen in the world. With the highest rating of 866 points, he attained the merit of the world's best Test batsman in 2010 after his two successive centuries against Sri Lanka.
Gautam Gambhir (886)
Gautam Gambhir is regarded as one of India's finest left-handed batsmen in the longest format of the game. Equipped with a technique that was adept against both pace and spin,, the talented batsman forged a solid opening partnership along with Virender Sehwag. The former Indian player rose to the top of the ICC Test rankings and with a career-best rating of 886 points making him the No 1 batsman for a brief period.
Rahul Dravid (892)
Rahul Dravid's exemplary talents would go down in the history books for generations to come. A vital member of the Indian Test squad, the Indian great has proved himself to be the team's savior on many occasions, fittingly nicknamed "The Wall" of Indian cricket. Dravid was always among the top performers in the format with consistency as one of his main assets. The middle-order batsman has played out quite a long period as the world's No1 batsman with a career highest rating of 892 points.
Sachin Tendulkar (898)
Considered by many to be the greatest batsman of the sport, Sachin Tendulkar is the epitome of exceptional batsmanship. In addition to being the highest run-getter in both formats of the game, The Indian legend also stands as the only man on the planet to have scored 100 international centuries accumulating 51 Test centuries and 49 ODI centuries. Nicknamed Master Blaster, he was ranked as the No 1 Test batsman for a total of 1157 days of his career with a maximum rating of 898 points.
Dilip Vengsarkar (837)
One of the greatest cricketers produced by India. The Indian legend had a typical flair about his batting style that sustained him in scoring runs across the world. After India's famous victory at the 1983 cricket World Cup, The former Indian cricketer grew as one of the batting greats of the game. Vengsarkar had achieved a maximum rating of 837 points as he went on to become one of India's premier batsmen during his tenure.
Sunil Gavaskar (916)
Sunil Gavaskar is one of the most celebrated stories in Indian cricket. The batting great topped the list of many records, including those of being the first batsman to reach the milestones of scoring 10K runs and 30 centuries in Test cricket. At the peak of his batting abilities during the late 70s, he was declared as the world's best batsman in Tests. Sunil Gavaskar achieved the highest rating of 916 points when he dawned at the top of the table.
With India’s never-ending talents, more promising batsmen continue to rise out of the cricketing nation. With a keen eye on many more greats in the making, Let us know your comments on which Indian Batsman most dominated the sport and who are the future talents that can match or surpass these feats.