All-time right-handers ODI XI – 2019
These are some of the best right-handers to have ever played the game
Updated - May 22, 2019 12:57 pm
Cricket, over the years, has witnessed a lot of top-class right-handed players, be it batsmen or bowlers. The left-handers are comparatively but it takes a special talent to shine for a cricketer when he is a right-hander. Just like Sachin Tendulkar did during his playing days or the way the likes of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are batting these days.
Be it the record of three double-centuries in ODIs by Rohit Sharma or the record of scoring the highest number of ODI runs by Sachin Tendulkar, the right-handers are proud holders of many unique records in the 50-over format. It is obvious to say that their playing hand is secondary. But, it is the skills and determination which make them a quality player.
The game has also witnessed quality right-arm bowlers like Shane Warne, Anil Kumble, Malcolm Marshall, Brett Lee and many more who have been very impressive in the limited-overs format. The current generation has also produced players who have aced all others with their class and performances in the ODI format. From the likes of Indian skipper Virat Kohli to young Afghanistan player Rashid Khan, there is a tremendous pool of talented cricketers who are making a mark at the highest level at the moment.
Here we bring you the all-time best right-handed XI in ODIs:
1. Vivian Richards
Aggressive batting was not a very common sight in the 1970s and 80s, but the term aggression is an understatement when it comes to describing Viv Richards’ batting. Devastating would be a better term. The player from Antigua would slowly walk into the crease without wearing a helmet accompanied by huge cheers from the crowd. He would easily smash bowlers across the globe and the poor fielders were just reduced to being ball-boys who would run to the fence and fetch the ball.
Richards was a part of the World Cup-winning Windies side of 1975 and 1979 and even scored a century in the latter’s edition of the final to help his side to the title. Playing 187 ODIs, he scored 6721 runs at a very impressive average of 47 with the highest score of 189. The best part was that he scored all his ODI runs at a strike rate of 90.2 which was quite an achievement for the players in that era. Richards, in 1994, was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to the game.