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In cricket, a left-handed player is considered an asset. This is because, lefties have a clear advantage. Even though Australian scientists have dismissed the suggestions that left-handed players, especially the batsmen, have an innate superiority, batting records show a clear advantage of the left-handers when it comes to cricket. We have witnessed plenty of the Left-Handed Batsmen in Cricket, but here in the list we have compiled the best of them.

These batsmen have been found to score more runs and bat longer. Besides, the bowlers may not always have the experience to readily deal with a player who takes an alternative stance. Naturally, the boundaries are scored more often as the bowlers are caught off-guard. They also tend to lose their wickets only if they are slogged out. Let us take a look at the Top 10 Left-Handed Batsmen in Cricket History.

Top 10 Left-Handed Batsmen in Cricket History

Brian Lara

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Top 10 Left-Handed Batsmen

Retired legendary West Indian left-handed batsmen Brian Lara played for several teams such as Marylebone Cricket Club, Mumbai Champs, Northern Transvaal, Southern Rocks and Warwickshire besides his appearance for the West Indian national cricket team. He scored a total of 11953 runs in 232 innings out of 132 international test matches that he ever played in his career and made his career’s best test match score of 400*. He made 34 centuries and 48 half-centuries, and played 6 not out innings for his team in international test cricket.

Brian Lara also scored a total of 10405 runs in 299 ODI matches in his active cricketing career and made his career’s best ODI score of 169, and is inducted in the top place in our list of top 10 left-handed batsmen in cricket history. He made 19 centuries and 63 half-centuries, and played 32 not out innings for West Indies team in limited over international cricket.

Sourav Ganguly

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Top 10 Left-Handed Cricket Players in History

Retired Indian left-handed batsmen Sourav Ganguly played for several teams such as Bengal, Kolkata Knight Riders, Lancashire, Marylebone Cricket Club, Northamptonshire and Pune Warriors besides his appearance for the Indian national cricket team. He scored a total of 7212 runs in 188 innings out of 113 international test matches that he ever played in his career and made his career’s best test match score of 239.

He made 16 centuries and 35 half-centuries, and played 17 not out innings for his team in international test cricket. Sourav Ganguly also scored a total of 11363 runs in 311 ODI matches in his active cricketing career and made his career’s best ODI score of 183, and is inducted in the second place in our list of top 10 left-handed batsmen in cricket history. He made 22 centuries and 72 half-centuries, and played 23 not out innings for team India in limited over international cricket.

Sir Garry Sobers

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Top 10 Left-Handed Cricket Stars in History

Legendary former West Indian left-handed batsmen Sir Garry Sobers played for several teams such as Barbados, Nottinghamshire and South Australia besides his appearance for the West Indian national cricket team. He scored a total of 8032 runs in 160 innings out of 93 international test matches that he ever played in his career and made his career’s best test match score of 365*. He made 26 centuries and 30 half-centuries, and played 21 not out innings for his team in international test cricket. Sir Garry Sobers also scored a total of 28314 runs in 383 First-class matches in his active cricketing career and made his career’s best First-class score of 365*, and is inducted in the third place in our list of top 10 left-handed batsmen in cricket history. He made 86 centuries and 121 half-centuries, and played 93 not out innings for his teams in First-class cricket.

Adam Gilchrist

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Best Left-Handed Batsmen of All Time

Retired Australian left-handed wicketkeeper-batsmen Adam Gilchrist played for several teams such as Deccan Chargers, Kings XI Punjab, Middlesex, New South Wales and Western Australia besides his appearance for the Australian national cricket team. He scored a total of 5570 runs in 137 innings out of 96 international test matches that he ever played in his career and made his career’s best test match score of 204*.

He made 17 centuries and 26 half-centuries, and played 20 not out innings for his team in international test cricket. Adam Gilchrist also scored a total of 9619 runs in 287 ODI matches in his active cricketing career and made his career’s best ODI score of 172, and is inducted in the fourth place in our list of top 10 left-handed batsmen in cricket history. He made 16 centuries and 55 half-centuries, and played 11 not out innings for Australian team in limited over international cricket.

Kumar Sangakkara

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All Time Records – Best Left-Handed Batsmen

Recently retired Sri Lankan left-handed wicketkeeper-batsmen Kumar Sangakkara played for several teams such as Deccan Chargers, Jamaica Tallawahs, Kings XI Punjab, Marylebone Cricket Club and Sunrisers Hyderabad besides his appearance for the Sri Lankan national cricket team. He scored a total of 12203 runs in 225 innings out of 130 international test matches that he ever played in his career and made his career’s best test match score of 319.

He made 38 centuries and 51 half-centuries, and played 17 not out innings for his team in international test cricket. Kumar Sangakkara also scored a total of 14234 runs in 404 ODI matches in his active cricketing career and made his career’s best ODI score of 169, and is inducted in the fifth place in our list of top 10 left-handed batsmen in cricket history. He made 25 centuries and 93 half-centuries, and played 41 not out innings for Sri Lankan team in limited over international cricket.

Clive Lloyd

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All Time Records – Left-Handed Batsmen

Legendary former West Indian left-handed batsmen Clive Lloyd played for several teams such as British Guiana, Guyana and Lancashire besides his appearance for the West Indian national cricket team. He scored a total of 7515 runs in 175 innings out of 110 international test matches that he ever played in his career and made his career’s best test match score of 242*. He made 19 centuries and 39 half-centuries, and played 14 not out innings for his team in international test cricket. Clive Lloyd also scored a total of 1977 runs in 87 ODI matches in his active cricketing career and made his career’s best ODI score of 102, and is inducted in the sixth place in our list of top 10 left-handed batsmen in cricket history. He made a century and 11 half-centuries, and played 19 not out innings for West Indian teams in limited over international cricket.

Sanath Jayasuriya

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Cricket Stats – Left-Handed Batsmen

Retired Sri Lankan left-handed batsmen Sanath Jayasuriya played for several teams such as Colombo Cricket Club, Dolphins, Marylebone Cricket Club, Mumbai Indians, Ruhuna and Somerset besides his appearance for the Sri Lankan national cricket team. He scored a total of 6973 runs in 188 innings out of 110 international test matches that he ever played in his career and made his career’s best test match score of 340. He made 14 centuries and 31 half-centuries, and played 14 not out innings for his team in international test cricket.

Sanath Jayasuriya also scored a total of 13430 runs in 445 ODI matches in his active cricketing career and made his career’s best ODI score of 189, and is inducted in the seventh place in our list of top 10 left-handed batsmen in cricket history. He made 28 centuries and 68 half-centuries, and played 18 not out innings for Sri Lankan team in limited over international cricket.

Allan Border

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Top 10 Left-Handed Batsmen of All Time

Legendary retired Australian left-handed batsmen Allan Border played for several teams such as Essex, Gloucestershire, New South Wales and Queensland besides his appearance for the Australian national cricket team. He scored a total of 11174 runs in 265 innings out of 156 international test matches that he ever played in his career and made his career’s best test match score of 205. He made 27 centuries and 63 half-centuries, and played 44 not out innings for his team in international test cricket. Allan Border also scored a total of 6524 runs in 273 ODI matches in his active cricketing career and made his career’s best ODI score of 127*, and is inducted in the eighth place in our list of top 10 left-handed batsmen in cricket history. He made 3 centuries and 39 half-centuries, and played 39 not out innings for Australian team in limited over international cricket.

Saeed Anwar

Retired Pakistani left-handed batsmen Saeed Anwar played for several teams such as Agriculture Development Bank of Pakistan, Karachi, Lahore and United Bank Limited besides his appearance for the Pakistani national cricket team. He scored a total of 4052 runs in 91 innings out of 55 international test matches that he ever played in his career and made his career’s best test match score of 188*.

He made 11 centuries and 25 half-centuries, and played 2 not out innings for his team in international test cricket. Saeed Anwar also scored a total of 8824 runs in 247 ODI matches in his active cricketing career and made his career’s best ODI score of 194, and is inducted in the ninth place in our list of top 10 left-handed batsmen in cricket history. He made 20 centuries and 43 half-centuries, and played 19 not out innings for Pakistani team in limited over international cricket.

Matthew Hayden

Top 10 Left-Handed Batsmen in Cricket History
Top 10 Left-Handed Cricketers in History

Retired Australian left-handed batsmen Matthew Hayden played for several teams such as Brisbane Heat, Chennai Super Kings, Hampshire and Northamptonshire besides his appearance for the Australian national cricket team. He scored a total of 8625 runs in 184 innings out of 103 international test matches that he ever played in his career and made his career’s best test match score of 380. He made 30 centuries and 29 half-centuries, and played 14 not out innings for his team in international test cricket. Matthew Hayden also scored a total of 6133 runs in 161 ODI matches in his active cricketing career and made his career’s best ODI score of 181*, and is inducted in the tenth place in our list of top 10 left-handed batsmen in cricket history. He made 10 centuries and 36 half-centuries, and played 15 not out innings for Australian team in limited over international cricket.

The unique stance of the left-handed batsmen and their style of playing give them an edge. Even though their advantage is mainly a strategic one when they are rare and their increase in number in more competitive games leads to a decrease in this advantage, the left-handed players still create a pressure on the opponents, which allows them to have a psychological advantage as well. Share your Thoughts about Left-Handed Batsmen in Cricket in Comment Box Below.

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  • NSRajaram

    Bert Sutcliffe of New Zealand and Greame Pollock of SA should have been included.

    • Ali Chaudhry

      Pollock was good. i wished he played more

  • Harindra Dilshan Dassanayake

    Ganguly 2nd place…….oh no… that is partial