Master Blaster of India, Sachin Tendulkar is regarded as one of the greatest cricketers of all times but do you know that he is one of the short-heighted cricketers. Thus he proves that cricket has nothing to do with the height of the cricketer if he uses his skills in the right direction.
We have heard over time that height is an added advantage in cricket but Mohammad Irfan, one of the tallest cricketers along with several short heightened cricketers proves this statement completely wrong. So let’s deep-dive and know about our beloved short heightened cricketers
Sachin Tendulkar-5.5 ft
Sachin stands in the 10th Position in the list of top 10 short-heightened cricketers. Apart from holding the title of Short height, he holds numerous awards and records to his name proving that height is never a barrier if have the will to achieve something.
He is among those players who have set an unbreakable record for the upcoming players, before retiring Sachin set one such record of 100 international centuries.
Sunil Gavaskar-5.5 ft
Sunil Gavaskar is no different when it comes to legend cricketers. In 1980 he got named as one of the Wisden cricketers of the year as he scored 10000 runs in classical format.
He had such strong techniques and unerring concentration that he could face the fast bowlers without a helmet.
Though he was short-sighted he had a good command over the front and back foot as he could pick the length and the line of the ball rapidly. Our beloved veteran cricketer also earned the title of Little Master for his achievements.
Tatenda Taibu, Zimbabwe: 5.41 ft
Whenever someone refers greatest Zimbabwean players, Taibu’s name can’t be skipped. He made his debut in international cricket at the meager age of 18 and became the youngest captain of a test match team at the mere age of 21.
He ended his career serving in a church with the title of fourth-highest run-scorer and the second most successful wicketkeeper for Zimbabwe.
Kedar Jadhav, India – 5.41 ft
Kedar is a Maharashtrian cricketer who plays for Maharashtra. He made his debut in 2014 and since then has been a regular feature in ODI. Because of his multi-dimensional skills, he won the ticket to World Cup 2019 proving that one’s height doesn’t stop him from achieving success. In 50 overs cricket, he has a strike rate of 103 which proves that he is a phenomenal batsman.
Apart from this he has scored over 1100 runs at an average of 43 and fished 27 scalps in 59 ODIs. Using his short height smartly he has developed a unique technique for bowling and giving innovative shots.
Gundappa Vishwanath, India – 5.3 ft
Nicknamed Vicky, this South Indian cricketer brought a touch of elegance to the Indian cricket team. For his fair and graceful play, he got admired by legend Sunil Gavaskar.
In the span of his 14 years career, he played 90 test matches scoring over 6000 runs at a decent average of 42. Apart from this, he smashed 14 international centuries all in the winning streaks.
Being a wristy player he loved to play cut shots and his stature allowed him to do that efficiently.
After retiring from cricket he served as the match referee for ICC from 1999 to 2004.
Mominul Haque, Bangladesh- 5.3 ft
Mominul is the only Bangladeshi cricketer to hit 11 consecutive half-centuries in a test match. Mominul has played 33 matches so far at a decent average of 44.
Apart from being a talented batsman, he is a part-time spinner.
He made his debut scoring 150 runs in the first 4 innings against Sri Lanka. This proves his talent and capabilities. Due to his ability of building innings, he is considered a red-ball specialist.
He became a good prospect for Bangla tigers as he stroked tons of innings becoming the first to do that, proving height doesn’t matter.
Parthiv Patel, India – 5.25 ft
Making his debut at the meager age of 17 he became the youngest wicket-keeper from India. He was the one who took Gujarat Team to their first Ranji title.
Though he was supremely talented he couldn’t sustain his position in the international team for long because of the presence of Dhoni.
Born on 9th March 1985, this 5 feet 3 inches wicket-keeper made his shortcoming his strength as he could take athletic catches easily due to his stature.
He played a total of 25 test matches and 38 ODIs for the Men in team blue.
Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh – 5.25 ft
The former captain of the Bangladeshi team made his debut at the mere age of 16. He is regarded as the best batsman Bangladesh team ever got because of his versatility to bat in any given position.
Apart from this, he is the only batsman to achieve a double century as a wicketkeeper. He also holds the record of highest individual scores by Bangladesh batsman in tests with 219 runs.
Rahim has played a total of 387 matches across all three formats scoring 12548 runs at an average of 34.9.
Walter Cornford, England – 5 ft
A cricketer who might have failed to get a notice for his game as he could play only 4 International matches got popular for his height. He got nicknamed Tich because of his bare minimum height of 5.
Though he couldn’t play in test matches he maintained a good record in the domestic arena with 6500 runs in 496 matches which included 16 half-centuries.
He began his career in 1921 but gave up when he was called for his duty during World War 2.
Kruger Van Wyk, New Zealand – 4.75 ft
Proving that cricket is a game of sheer kills, knowledge, and technique of the players Wyk became the shortest player in the history of cricket.
Though he was born in South Africa he chose to play in one of the smallest cricketing nations, New Zealand.
He played a lot of matches for New Zealand, domestically across all three formats.
Canterbury Wizards who won the championship title in 2008 was led by Wyk.
He got to start his international cricket career after he got a call from his native team due to the absence of their regular wicket-keeper BJ Watling because of his hip injury.
Earlier he failed to make his mark in South Africa because of the presence of Mark Boucher but even after his debut in 2012, he could only play 9 matches for his home country.
With a meager height of 4.75 ft, he scored 341 runs in 9 international matches.
1. Who is the shortest in cricket?
Kruger van Wyk from New Zealand is the shortest cricketer with a meager height of 4.75 ft
2. Who is the shortest cricketer in IPL?
Parthiv Patel is the shortest Indian Cricketer to play in IPL with a height of 5’4″.
3. Who is Shortest fast bowler in India?
Sunil Gavaskar with a height of 5.5 ft is the shortest fast bowler in India.
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