5 Best Left-Handers who made an impact in the 21st Century in White Ball Cricket

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Author 2019-10-03 16:32:32


5 Best Left-Handers who made an impact in the 21st Century in White Ball Cricket ∼ Left-handers have always looked elegant as compared to the right-handers but when it comes to playing white-ball cricket left-handers have surely been a dominating lot. In the past few years since the turn of the 21st, we have witnessed some quality performances from the best left-handers in World Cricket.

These players have showcased their class making everyone take notice of their performances. Ever since the ICC (International Cricket Council) came up with the idea of coloured clothing in the limited over format in 1992, One Day International Cricket has changed remarkably. Former Sri-Lankan opener Sanath Jayasuriya changed the concept of One Day Cricket with his aggressive and destructive style of play.

The 21st century has witnessed some memorable knocks from some of the finest left-handers the game has ever seen. Even though their respective teams didn’t do well in a particular game or event these players have caught everyone’s eye with their elegant stroke play.

Left-handers have always looked more classy due to their lazy elegance. Some left-handers relied on timing while some had a combination of power and the ability to find gaps in the field. We take a look at 5 such left-handers who can be considered as the finest left-handers of the past two decades.

5 Best Left-Handers who made an impact in the 21st Century in White Ball Cricket

# 1 Adam Gilchrist


The Wicket-Keeper batsmen was a nightmare for the bowlers when he was on song. Gilchrist was dangerous to bowl especially on fast and bouncy wickets as the left-hander was strong while playing the pull shots. Gilchrist formed a dangerous opening pair along with Mathew Hayden in One Day Cricket.

Gilchrist had a gifted hand-eye co-ordination through which he could judge the length of any delivery. Gilchrist was also a sharp stroke player square of the wicket. Gilchrist also had a safe pair of hands behind the wickets.

Gilchrist wasn’t afraid of playing big shots against the spinners. Gilchrist has played some electric knocks in the past, winning games single-handedly for his team with his individual brilliance. Gilchrist was one of those players who wasn’t intimidated when his team chased big totals. Instead, the batsman would play his shots right from ball one which would affect the bowlers’ rhythm.

# 2 Kumar Sangakarra


Kumar Sangakarra will be known for his elegant yet powerful cover drives. The left-hander was strong on both sides of the wicket and looked comfortable while facing the spinners. Lazy elegance would be the perfect word when we talk about Sangakkara’s batting.

The Wicket-Keeper batsmen amazed everyone with his wristy flicks and classy on-drives. Sangakkara was sharp while playing on the back-foot but his ability to find the gaps in the field was simply fascinating to watch. Sangakkara punched the ball on the off-side effortlessly with precise timing.

The Sri-Lankan holds the record for highest dismissals in test cricket as well as one day cricket. Sangakkara had this knack of changing his game as per the nature of a wicket.

# 3 Matthew Hayden


The burly left hander outclassed the opposition bowlers with his dominating style of play. He along with his partner Adam Gilchrist formed a deadly opening combo in the limited-overs format. Together the duo gave many sleepless nights to the bowlers with their aggressive style of play.

Hayden had this ability to change his game as per the situations and would dominate the spinners on turning wickets. Hayden was technically solid while his main strengths were his powerful cover drives and square cuts.

Hayden could read the bowlers mind, while his innovative style of batting would break the bowlers’ rhythm. Anything short of length Hayden was quick to put the ball in the gap. The Australian would play a waiting game while chasing big targets and would go on to accelerate in the middle overs.

# 4 Yuvraj Singh


The hero of the 2011 World Cup will always be remembered for his fearless approach towards any bowling line up. Yuvraj Singh has won many games single-handedly for his team with his powerful strokeplay.

The left-hander was strong on both sides of the wickets. Yuvraj Singh’s powerful drives and destructive square cuts would often unsettle the fast bowlers, especially on fats tracks. His flicks on the onside were a treat to watch.

Yuvraj Singh was quick to capitalize on any short of length deliveries with his hand-eye coordination and powerful pull shots. Yuvraj Singh was handy with the ball and had this knack of picking wickets during crucial situations.  Yuvraj Singh was a terrific fielder at point and manned that area with authority. His partnership with Mohammad kaif in the final of the Natwest trophy in England in 2002 was simply outstanding. Yuvraj was a warrior on and off the field who fought off a deadly disease like cancer with strong will and made a comeback. Although he couldn’t perform to his expectations, Yuvraj will remain an inspiration for many worldwide.

# 5 Chris Gayle


The “Universal Boss” as he is called, was one of the most destructive batsmen in One Day format as well as the T20. Gayle would dominate the bowlers with powerful hitting and had this great ability to clear the boundary with ease. Gayle was equally brutal while hitting the short balls, pulling fast bowlers out of the park.

Gayle has also scored a triple hundred in Test Cricket. Gayle looked solid on both sides of the wicket but his ability to hit fast bowlers over mid-wicket would break the tempo of the opposition bowlers. Even though the West-Indian had limited footwork, the dashing left-hander would easily penetrate the field with his powerful drives.

Anything short on the off-side Gayle was quick to smash the ball over the boundary rope with his blasting square-cuts. Gayle called it a day last month before playing his last International Series against India. Gayle will be remembered as the biggest entertainer in White ball cricket.


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