Top 10 Best umpires in world cricket- The judges of cricket

Top 10 Best umpires in world cricket- The judges of cricket

Top 10 Best umpires in world cricket- The judges of cricket: In cricket we have seen many lists about batsmen, bowlers and fielders. But, often the role of umpires is being overlooked and is underrated though it’s one of the most important trades of the game. Like batsmen and bowlers specialize in a specific department or some in both the departments. Similarly, the job of umpires is also a work of specialization which can turn the game on its head. From standing on the ground for long hours in the hot summers to the possession of unbreakable concentration on each and every ball as well as aspect of the game, umpires are indeed hard-task masters.

In a bid to give tribute to the unsung heroes of the game, we make a list of the Top 10 Best umpires in world cricket- The judges of cricket:

1. Dickie Bird (England):

Dickie Bird
Dickie Bird. (© Getty Images)

When six-foot statue of Bird was erected in his hometown Barnsley. It spoke volumes about the respect and honor with which the people perceived Harold Dickie Bird. The Sachin Tendulkar of umpires, Bird’s umpiring career spanned for 23 years from 1973 to 1996. Dickie Bird also officiated the World Cup finals of 1975, 1979 and 1983. He was renowned for his accuracy as well as his relation with the players who took him in high regards. Bird had a very typical work ethic which included his arrival on the field 5 hours before the match. Overall, Dickie Bird was part of 66 Tests and 69 ODI’s as an umpire.