Dravid, often known as The Wall, was born on January 11, 1973, and is widely considered as one of cricket's greatest batters. Dravid won the ICC Player of the Year and ICC Test Player of the Year awards in 2004. In 2012, Dravid overtook Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, and Jacques Kallis as the fourth-highest run-scorer in Test cricket. In April 2009, Dravid became the first player to score a century in each of the ten Test-playing countries. He is the first Indian cricketer to score 10,000 runs in both ODIs and Tests, after Sachin Tendulkar. He retired from international cricket in 2011 after scoring 10,889 ODI runs and 13,288 Test runs. Dravid has been awarded the Padma Bhushan.
With the exception of Younis Khan, a lot has changed in Pakistan and its cricket since the turn of the century. On the road with Younis Khan is as much a part of life as death and taxes. His bucket-like hands laboured in a dreamlike monotone at slips, tugging blinders as he pleased. Younis' hop-shuffle around the sticks was exaggerated, but his numbers were also boosted, according to purists. His poker face was never a tribute to his remarkable cricketing grey cells in tense conditions. This man introduced a sense of calm to a country where cricket is passionate and fast-paced. He tried to be the calm in the storm both on and off the field, and he was usually successful. Younis Khan resigned from cricket in May 2017 after playing 118 Tests and scoring 10,099 runs. In one-day internationals, he has more than a half-dozen thousand runs.
The Mumbai-based batsman performed wonders with the bat in his first series against the dangerous West Indies in 1971. India's batting heavyweight Sunil Gavaskar has saved his country from embarrassment on numerous occasions. With a strike rate of 51.12, the top-order batsman had a terrific career, amassing 10,122 runs.
He hit 34 centuries, including four double hundreds, during his illustrious international career with India. As a result, his retirement in 1987 dealt a major blow to the Indian cricket team's batting order. His contributions were crucial in the team's triumphs in a number of international matches, which was an uncommon occurrence at the time.
When he faced players like Dennis Lille, Jeff Thompson, Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding, Joel Garner, Ian Botham, Imran Khan, and others, Sunny never wore a helmet. This showcases his endurance and character, in addition to his batting conviction. His impact on Indian cricket cannot be summed up in a few paragraphs.
He was the first cricketer to score 10,000 runs in a Test match, and he inspired a new generation of heroes to pick up the bat.
In 1990, Brian Lara, one of the best left-handed pitchers in history, debuted for the West Indies against Pakistan. The southpaw was a furious batter who thrashed the bowlers mercilessly. He played in 131 test matches and amassed 11953 runs with a strike rate of 52. He scored 10495 runs in 299 ODIs at an astounding strike rate of 79.51.
The 52-year-old hero achieved multiple records during his career, the most significant of which was the highest individual score of 400* in Test cricket. In 2004, Lara thrashed the English attack in Antigua, scoring 400 runs off only 582 balls. The innings were marked by artistry, patience, dominance, and superb stroke-making.