Ranking 5 most under-rated cricketers of all-time

These cricketers hardly got the due credit for their on-field performances.

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Akash Ghosh

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Cricket is a funny game. In our sport, we appreciate someone having a great technique, but at the end of the day, we look at numbers to settle our argument on who is a better cricketer. It is fascinating to have witnessed so many matches over the course of so many years. There have been legends who have been formed on the pitch.

However, on the contrary, there is a narrative that a person actually becomes a legendary player on the backing of the media and the public sentiment which runs behind him. What we are trying to imply is that some people don’t always get the credit for their performances, even when there are enough stats to back it up.

Here’s a list of cricketers who have done enough for their countries as a player but were not rated as highly as they should have been. We have mainly based our list on stats that imply their capability to perform and also numbers that are as high as anyone else.

So, here are 5 most under-rated cricketers of all-time:

5. Ajit Agarkar

Ajit Agarkar
Ajit Agarkar. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

When we talk about legendary fast-bowlers from India, we don’t have Ajit Agarkar in our minds. However, stats back him as one of the best cricketers which the country has produced. The right-arm pacer from Mumbai was a consistent performer for India through the late 1990s and early 2000s.

There are some records that he holds, which presents a case for his greatness, not just as a bowler but also as an all-rounder. In 191 ODI matches which he played, he picked up 288 wickets at an average of 27.85 which is quite remarkable. In fact, many people might know this, but Agarkar’s ODI bowling stats are better than that of Zaheer Khan

In addition to all of this, he still holds the record for the fastest fifty for India in ODIs. His record stands at 21 balls and has not been breached. Agarkar also has a Test century at the Lord’s, something which not a lot of teammates of his can boost about. Plus, it was his 6 for 41 in the second innings which actually helped India to beat Australia in the famous 2003 Adelaide Test.

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