Cricket is the game which gives room for different skill sets. There are players who excels in batting, bowling and fielding in the game. But the basic qualities needed for a cricketer or any sportsperson are determination and hard work. The stature of a player is not a success element in cricket. However, there are some players who utilized their tall stature to take advantage in the game. While we look back into the history of cricket, the most of the tallest players are bowlers. They have the advantage of intimidating the batter with their towering height. In this article, we discuss about the Top 10 Tallest Cricketers in the World.
Top 10 Tallest Cricketers in the World
10. Shaheen Shah Afridi (Height: 6’6”)
The Pakistani professional cricketer Shaheen Shah Afridi is a left-arm fast bowler. The young player made his international debut in the year of 2018. The bowler was noted for his 6’6” tallness and his bowling accuracy. Shaheen holds the 10th position in the world’s tallest cricketers list.
9. Tom Moody (Height: 6’7”)
The former Australian cricketer Tom Moody holds the 9th position in the list. Moody is nicknamed as “long Tom Moody” because of his height. He was a right-handed batter who played for Australia from 1987 to 1999. Moody is currently the Director of Cricket of Sri Lanka.
8. Steven Finn (Height: 6’7”)
The English cricketer Steven Finn holds the 8th position. He is a right-arm fast bowler of England cricket team. He was the youngest debutant in first class cricket at the age of 16. The player made his test debut in 2010 against Bangladesh.
7. Sulieman Benn (Height: 6’7”)
The West Indies spin bowler Suleiman Benn is in the 7th position of tallest cricketers. He has played all formats of cricket (Test, T20 and ODI) for West Indies from 1999 to 2016. Benn is one of the tallest cricketers who found place in the national team in 1999.
6. Curtly Ambrose (Height: 6’7”)
The former West Indies pacer Curtly Ambrose is considered as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all-time. His great height 6 feet 7 inches helped him to make the ball bounce unusually high. Ambrose is also known for his pace and accuracy. He grabs the 6th position in the list.
5. Jason Holder (Height: 6’7”)
The West Indies bowling all-rounder is in the 5th position of the list. Holder holds the 3rd position in ICC Men’s All-rounder ranking. He made his ODI debut in 2013 and Test debut in 2014. The player is well known for his bowling and fielding. He also achieved the record of being youngest player to hold the captaincy of the team in both Test and ODI format.
4. Peter George (Height: 6’8”)
The Australian bowler Peter George is in the 4th position. The player is a test cricketer. George’s bowling style is compared the veteran player, Glenn McGrath. The player hasn’t played any formats other than test.
3. Chris Tremlett (Height: 6’8”)
The 3rd tallest cricketer is the former English bowler, Chris Tremlett. He has played international cricket for England and domestic cricket for Hampshire and Surrey. He is well-known for his bounces, which is an advantage of his height. Unfortunately, the bowler was ruled out from the team due to his frequent injuries.
2. Joel Garner (Height: 6’8”)
The former West Indies cricketer Joel Garner is the 2nd tallest cricketer in world. Garner is nicknamed as “big bird” due to his big stature. He was a quick fast bowler, who performed for his national team during 1970s and 80s. he is best known for his average and lethal Yorkers.
1. Muhammad Irfan (Height: 7’1”)
The Pakistani bowler Muhammad Irfan is the tallest cricketer in the world. The player has represented Pakistan in all formats of cricket. Irfan’s remarkable performance was in Pak-India series of 2013. His fast delivery and extra bouncing made him popular. Irfan rules the title of the tallest cricketer of all the time.