20 Most popular ambidextrous cricket stars

20 Most popular ambidextrous cricket stars

Cricket is a game full of entertainments. The players have always made the game highly entertaining with their wily skills. If a player has had ambidextrous skills, that is to bowl and bat with different hands, then he has often been considered to be someone special. There have been left-arm pacers who have batted right handed and then there has been another league of players who bowl with their right-arm but bat left-handed. The names might not click in your mind so soon about who these talented players have been. While there have been over 300 ambidextrous cricketers in the history of the game, here is a shortlisted list of 20 Most popular ambidextrous cricket stars.

1. Lance Klusener (South Africa):

Former African all-rounder Lance ‘Zulu’ Klusener has 6 5-wicket hauls in his career with a best of 6/49. (Photo Source:Peter J Heeger)
Former African all-rounder Lance Klusener. (Photo Source:Peter J Heeger)

One of the greatest all-rounders in the game, Lance Klusener is best remembered as the man who almost took South Africa to the 1999 World Cup finals. Born in Durban, Klusener made his Test debut against India in 1996. A left-handed batsman by choice, since then, represented South Africa in 49 Tests and 171 ODIs. He averaged 41.10 in ODIs with 3576 runs to his name and the best of 103*. He has 4 hundreds to his name in Tests with a top score of 174. On the bowling front, he was a right-arm medium pace bowler who scalped 192 ODI wickets and 80 Test wickets.

2. Zaheer Khan (India):

Zaheer Khan
Zaheer Khan. (© Getty Images)

Zaheer Khan spearheaded the Indian bowling for more than a decade. Being a left-handed pace bowler, he had the ability to swing the ball both ways and also mastered the art of reverse swing with the old ball. Zaheer took 311 wickets in the 92 Test matches that he played for India. He was a lethal ODI bowler too and picked 282 wickets in 200 matches. Zaheer was more than just a tail-ender who could slog. He has 3 fifties to his name in Tests with the top score of 75 against Bangladesh. He was a pinch hitter who was often promoted as a night watchman too.