- Top 5 left-handed cricketers for India ODIs.
The Prince of Kolkata- Sourav Ganguly is the greatest left-handed batsmen to play for the Indian cricket team in ODIs. He was a great match-winner and was considered to be the world’s one of the best ODI batsmen of his era.
He scored a fantastic hundred in his debut Test at Lord’s cricket ground. His batting average never dropped below 40 in Test cricket. In ODI’s he considered even more effective and dangerous batsman.
DADA was considered as one of the top Indian openers in ODIs, he formed the world’s one of the best ODIs opening pair with great Sachin Tendulkar. As an opener, he often outscored even the great Sachin Tendulkar.
His stylish off-side play, trademark sixes against spin bowlers, eye-catching cover drives against pacers, and a bold approach help him to score more than 10,000 ODI runs. He is still the second-highest run-scorer in ODIs after Sachin Tendulkar for India.
He scored 22 hundreds in ODIs, 16 in Test cricket and more than 18,000 international runs, an achievement that put him on the top in India’s top 5 left-handed batsman list.
Yuvraj Singh has been the most dangerous left-handed batsman for India in ODIs. Yuvi considered one of the best middle-order batsmen of his generation.
He has single-handedly won many matches and played many memorable ODI knocks in his career for Team India.
He starts his international career at the age of 18 years by scoring 84 runs off 80 balls against the Australians in 2000. His half-century against England in the finals of the Nat-West Series rose him to the limelight.
In 2007, he smashed Stuart Broad for six sixes in one over in the first T-20 world cup and became the architect of India’s title triumph.
In the 2011 ODI world cup, he played the key role in India’s world cup championship win. With 365 runs and 15 wickets, he bagged the man-of-the-tournament award but the happiness was short-lived as he was diagnosed with cancer.
Yuvraj Singh fought back and won the battle against cancer and make an inspiring comeback in international cricket. Truly a dramatic and sensational story of a champion player.
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Gautam Gambhir has been one of the finest opening batsmen for the Indian cricket team in ODIs. He is the ‘unsung hero of Indian cricket’, Gambhir was No. 1 ranked batsman in ICC Test rankings in 2009.
He was a prolific run-scorer in all three formats during that era and formed a successful and destructive opening pair with Virender Sehwag.
In the finals of the inaugural T20 world cup in 2007, he scored useful 75 runs. He scored consistently throughout the tournament. Even in the 2011 ODI world cup, he played a key role in title victory.
Gautam is also the only Indian and the only fourth international batsman to score five hundreds in five consecutive Test matches. he got 3rd place in India’s top 5 left-handed batsman list.
In his long ODI career, Suresh Raina has been a pillar for the Indian middle-order in ODIs. Along with Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni, he was the part of one of the best Indian middle orders of all time.
Raina was team India’s most reliable and successful middle-order batsman and rescued the team on many occasions in ODIs. He can rotates the strike very well in the middle overs and can build big partnerships and chase down big scores.
Suresh is well known for his power-hitting, quick running between the wickets and fearless stroke-play.
His weakness against swing and short bowling was a big blot in his entire career. That’s why he remained a good player, but couldn’t become an excellent player.
He scored more than 5000 runs in ODIs and has 36 half-centuries on his name. He is one of the few batsmen in the cricket world to score a hundred in the debut Test innings.
Shikhar Dhawan is one of the best ODI batsmen in world cricket at present. He has already scored almost 5000 runs in ODIs. His batting average is well above 45.
Shikhar had a dream start to his career as he scored 180 runs against Australia in his debut Test, Fastest Test century by a debutant. But he had little success while playing the red-ball cricket, his biggest contribution arrived in ODI cricket. His consistency in ODI cricket is just remarkable.
Dhawan’s fluent stroke-play at the top of the order has helped Team India in scored huge totals in recent years. His opening partnership with hit-man Rohit Sharma is currently the best in the world.
Dhawan is one of the biggest match-winners for India in ODIs. He still has a long career ahead, if he is able to maintain consistency, he can achieve many more things in his career. He is on 5th place in list of India’s top 5 left-handed batsman.
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