Cricket is a religion in India. Cricketers enjoy a cult status no lesser than gods and enjoy huge fan following. Over the years Indian cricket has produced some of the finest sportsmen who have made the country proud with their achievements and laurels. Batsmen, bowlers, all rounder’s, there have been many stars who have shined for India. Such is their popularity that they are even admired by players and people from other countries as well.

Below is the list of 7 Indian cricketers who are considered legends of the game.

1. Sunil Gavaskar

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One of the most stylish and technically sound batsmen, Sunil Gavaskar’s cricketing heroics is legendary. In an era where super fast bowlers hurled the ball at almost 145kmph, Sunil Gavaskar faced them all that too without a helmet. Considered as one of the best opening batsmen of his era, Gavaskar has held the record for the highest number of test centuries (34) for as many as 2 decades before it was broken by Sachin Tendulkar.

2. Kapil Dev

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Kapil Dev also known as Haryana Hurricane was one of the best all rounder India has ever produced. He was the first captain who led India to victory in the World Cup in 1983. He was India’s main strike bowler for a majority part of his career and was India’s highest wicket taker in both tests and ODIs. He is the only cricketer in history to take more than 400 wickets and score more than 5000 runs in Tests.

3. C K Nayudu

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C K Nayudu was the first captain of the Indian cricket team. He was a solid hitter of the ball and played first class cricket in the pre independence era.

4. Sachin Tendulkar

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Sachin Tendulkar is the most famous and arguably the best batsmen in the world during his playing days.  Sachin Tendulkar took the world by storm when he debuted against Pakistan at the tender age of 16 years, the youngest ever to do so. Over the years Sachin created several records in both forms of the game some of which are still unbroken. His major triumph came when he was in the playing 11 when India won the world cup for a second time in 2011.

5. Anil Kumble

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Anil Kumble was one of India’s best spinners. Playing for the state of Karnataka in first class cricket, he has often produced match winning performances for India. One of the greatest achievements of Kumble is the 10 wickets he took in an innings during a test against Pakistan at the Feroze shah Kotla stadium, making him only the second bowler in the history of cricket to do so.

6. Saurav Ganguly

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The Prince of Kolkata as he is fondly called is one of the most successful captains of India. Saurav, exceled with the bat having a masterful stroke play and even did a bit of bowling making him an all-rounder. He was instrumental in changing the look of the Indian team with getting in new players and improving India’s record overseas.

7. M S Dhoni

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Young and dynamic Dhoni burst into the Indian team in 2004. Well-built and a unusual batting style got him noticed and he quickly became a permanent fixture in the team. He led a young Indian side to victory in the first ever T20 world up and has since then taken over the reigns of captaincy in all forms. His biggest triumph came in the form of a World Cup win in 2011 where he played a match winning innings. He has retired from Tests and leads India in ODIs and T20s.