Cricket is more than just a game in India. As someone who grew up as a kid in the 80s and 90s, cricket is part of my best childhood memories. Here is a list of batsmen , some purists and some entertainers, who gave me that joy...(in random order).
1. Kapil Dev - One of the greatest all rounder of all times and my first favorite cricketer as a kid ! There was always a hope when he was at the crease.
2. Brian Lara - the Classiest left hand batsman ever from west Indies!
3. Mahendra Singh Dhoni - my all time favorite cricketer and arguably India's best captain (and an astute wicketkeeper aswell ! ) His "Helicopter" shot was such a treat to watch. His winning sixer to lift the 2011 world cup will remain as a cherished moment forever!
4. Rahul Dravid - " the wall" - my most favorite batsman in the Test format!
5. Md Azaruddin - stylish batting wrists (and also my inspiration in fielding )!
6. David Gower Left hand batsman and English Captain of the 80s.. There was a charm and elegance about his batting..
7. Sir Vivian Richards - Jamaican icon! Style and power combined in his batting! Every bowlers nightmare!
8. Sachin Tendulkar - the greatest batsman of our era! From his first match as a 16 year old till his retirement from the game, he has given us so much entertainment on the field!
9. Krishnamachari Srikkanth - the swashbuckler and entertainer who invented pinch hitting as an opener!