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jayant   |  2021-06-25

Top 14 Tallest Cricketers Of All Time: The Most Definitive List ( 2021 )

Cricket is probably one of the many games where height doesn’t give you a real advantage over the rest

In cricket, cricketers like Tendulkar or Bradman despite their short height has been very successful

But, is being tall a bad thing when it comes to cricket?

No, it can give you an added advantage if you are a fast bowler as you can get more bounce from the surface

That’s why we are here with the list of Tallest Cricketers in the History of Cricket

Top 14 Tallest Cricketers Of All Time

1) Mohammed Irfan

Mohammed Irfan ( 7 feet 1 inch ), from Pakistan, was probably the Tallest Cricket Player ever to play the game.

He made his debut against England in 2010, but it was Pakistan’s tour to India (2012-13) that brought him to the limelight.

He started a little late playing professional cricket but quickly became an essential part of the Pakistan team.

But, Irfan got banned for a year by PCB as he failed to report corruption charges during PSL (2017)

Though he played all the three formats of the game but was particularly impressive in the limited-overs format

His proneness to injury and, most importantly, his off-form has never let him play for the national side.

2) Joel Garner

The “Big Bird,” West Indian speedster Joel Garner (6 feet 8 inches), used to terrify all the batsmen in his prime

He was quick, extracted bounce out of the surface, and surprised batsmen with his toe-crushing yorkers.

Much like his peers Holding and Roberts he troubled batsmen with the steep bounce he generated out of the surface

Garner played 58 Tests in his career and picked up 259 wickets at an average of just over 20

Even in ODIs, he was phenomenal and picked up 146 wickets at an average of less than 20.

He will be especially remembered for his figures of (5-29) in 1979 WC final against England.

3) Billy Stanlake

Billy Stanlake, 6 feet 8 inches (2.04 meters), is an Australian fast bowler who made his international debut in 2017

Though Stanlake impressed selectors during domestic matches, it was the BBL that took him to the limelight.

His express pace and ability to extract bounce opened a lot of eyes, and that’s why he got picked in the 2017 IPL.

He played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2017 and later joined Sunrisers Hyderabad for the 2018 IPL.

In 2017, he got a chance against Pakistan in the ODI series and then against Sri Lanka in the T20 series.

But with the fitness issues, he has just managed to play 7 ODIs and 19 T20Is for his national side in the last three years.

But with such raw talent and age in his hand, we believe we will get to see him playing more for his country in the coming years.

4) Kyle Jamieson

Kyle Jamieson, 6 feet 8 inches, is a pacer from New Zealand who made his international debut in 2020

Jamieson is not fast like many of his teammates and relies on bowling a good line and the natural bounce he gets from the wicket.

He has also represented New Zealand in the U-19 World Cup (2014) where he was the second-joint highest-taker

Kyle was also the leading wicket-taker in New Zealand’s domestic t20 tournament with 22 dismissals in ten matches.

But it was his century against the visiting England side in 2018, which grabbed the selectors’ attention.

He had an impressive debut in the ODI series against India that secured him a place in the test matches.

Jamieson took his first five-wicket haul in Christchurch against a strong Indian batting line-up to seal a central contract from his national side in May 2020

5) Bruce Reid

Bruce Reid, 6 feet 8 inches, was a left-arm pacer who played 27 Tests and 61 ODIs for Australia in the 80s and 90s

He made his Test debut against India in 1985, where he picked 11 wickets and impressed everyone with his bowling.

Reid, during the Benson and Hedges Cup (1986), became the 1st Australian to pick a hat-trick in ODIs.

He achieved this feat against New Zealand in SCG and picked up 17 wickets in 12 matches he played in that series.

Reid was impressive against India during 4-match test series in 1992 and picked up 35 wickets at an average of 13

But despite all these performances, his career continued to suffer from back injuries and many other injuries.

Therefore he had to announce his retirement in that same year just at the age of 29

6) Peter George

Peter George, 6 feet 8 inches, is a fast bowler representing Australia in test matches.

From the beginning, he has modeled his action watching his favorite bowler, Glenn McGrath.

Peter George, standing at 203cm, generates a sharp bounce and comes with a lethal outswinger.

He played his single test match against India in 2010, where he took the prized wicket of Sachin Tendulkar.

Peter managed just two wickets in the whole test match but showed a lot of promise.

George has delivered some memorable performance for Queensland since then but has never made a return to the national team.

7) Chris Tremlett

Chris Tremlett, 6 feet 7 inches, was an English fast bowler known to generate disconcerting bounce out of the surface.

Tremlett made his ODI debut against Bangladesh in 2005 and ended with figures of 4-32 in that match.

But he was always plagued by injuries, which made it difficult for him to be a part of the team.

Then he recovered, and his fortunes changed when he got picked for the 2010/11 Ashes tour to Australia.

Though he didn’t get a chance first when he was given an opportunity, he impressed everybody in MCG and Perth.

But after a poor show in the Brisbane Test in the 2013-14 Ashes series, he never returned to the team.

8) Boyd Rankin

Boyd Rankin, 6 feet 7 inches, is one of the few players with the distinction of representing two nations – England and Ireland.

Like many other bowlers in this list, he also could generate disconcerting bounce out of the surface.

Rankin came into limelight during 2007 WC, where he took 12 wickets for Ireland, including a match-winning 3-32 against Pakistan.

He also vitally helped Ireland to qualify for the 2009 ICC T20 World Cup.

After representing Ireland for two ODI World Cups, he decided to quit Ireland and play for England.

But he never really managed to perform with the limited opportunities he got ( 1 test, 2 T20s, 7 ODIs ) for England.

In 2016 he was back in the Irish colors and had picked up 27 wickets from 13 ODIs he has played since then.

9) Curtly Ambrose

Curtly Ambrose, standing tall at 6 feet 7 inches, was one of the best fast bowlers the West Indies has ever produced.

This bowler with his high arm action used to bowl impeccable line and length with just a hint of seam movement.

He used to pitch the ball in the same area, and the sharp bounce frequently took the edge of the batsman’s bat.

Ambrose formed a formidable pair with Courtney Walsh and raised havoc on batsmen from all over the world.

In the 52 tests they played together, Ambrose and Walsh picked up 412 wickets just at an average of 22

He will be especially remembered for his unbelievable spell of bowling against Australia at Perth in 1993

Wanna know about his figure? 32 balls, 7 wickets with only a single run being scored

10) Steven Finn

Steven Finn, 6 feet 7 inches, is an English fast bowler who debuted in 2010 against Bangladesh.

But, he came into limelight with figures of 9/187 in the Lord’s test match against Bangladesh in the same series.

He also became the youngest Englishman to reach 50 international wickets ( at the age of 24) in 2011

Finn was also successful against arch-rivals Australia as he picked up 6/125 at Brisbane in the 2011 Ashes series.

Even though he was tall but he had that ability to bowl in the full-length where it became tough to leave.

Finn picked his first ODI five-wicket haul versus India, which displayed his bowling ability even on docile pitches.

After 2017, even after successful stints with T20 leagues all over the world hasn’t got a chance to play for his national side.

11) Sulieman Benn

Sulieman Benn, 6 feet 7 inches, is a left-arm spin bowler who played 26 tests, 47 ODIs, and 24 T20is for west indies.

Benn with his round-arm action combined with the steep bounce he achieves create problems for batsmen

In tests, he picked his career-best figures of 6/81 against South Africa in June 2010.

But, Benn’s more famous for getting involved in controversies than his bowling throughout his career.

He had attitude issues and was involved in arguments with Mitchell Johnson, Steyn, and Gayle.

For his attitude issues, Benn was left out in the 2011 World Cup before coming back in 2014.

But because of inconsistency and lack of form he has not been able to break into the national side since 2016

12) Jason Holder

Jason Holder, 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 meter) is a West Indian all-rounder who made his international debut in 2013.

Holder hits the deck hard, extracts extra bounce, and that’s why Chennai Super Kings bought him for 2013 IPL.

Jason impressed everyone in that IPL with his pace and bounce and helped Chennai qualify for the finals.

In 2014, the West Indies board replaced Dwayne Bravo from the captain’s position and handed it to Holder.

Initially, people were skeptical about Holder taking over the role as the West Indies captain.

But, when his side chased 322 at Leeds, people genuinely believed that he was the correct man to lead his team.

Over the years his stature has grown by leaps and bounds both as captain and also as an all-rounder

Jason Holder currently holds the 2nd position in the ICC Test all-rounder’s list.

13) Tom Moody

Nicknamed “long,” Tom Moody, 6 feet 7 inches (2 m), was an Aussie all-rounder who played between 1987 and 1999

Tom was a useful middle-order batter who bowled medium pace, which made him an automatic choice in the ODIs.

Moody had an excellent start to Test cricket but came to an abrupt conclusion in 1992 for consistent experimentation.

But Moody continued playing the shorter format of the game with a considerable amount of success.

He, along with Steve Waugh, was a member of Australia’s two World Cup-winning squads in 1987 and 1999.

Injuries forced early retirement, but he quickly established himself as a successful coach in the international circuit.

He has coached national sides like Sri Lanka and has also managed many T20 franchises worldwide.

14) Tony Greig

Tony Greig, 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m), was an English all-rounder who played 58 Tests between 1972 and 1977.

Originally from South Africa, Greig first played for Sussex and then made his debut for England in the Ashes series in 1972

He made an immediate impact with both bat and ball by scoring two 50s and picking five wickets in that match

In his short career, he dominated bowlers from all over the world like Lilee, Thomson, Bedi at home and abroad

Greig made his batting impression everywhere be it Old Trafford, Brisbane or even Bombay for that matter

He also captained England, and despite all the controversies he was a very successful leader for the English side

After retiring, he worked with Channel 9 as a commentator for 30 long years

Tony Greig died after suffering from lung cancer on 29th December 2012 at the age of 66.

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