“A City is not gauged by its length and width, But by the Broadness of its Vision and by the Height of its Dreams”

-Herb Caen

 

They may have the shortest possible statures by any athletes, but their mountain-like deeds have surpassed their valley-like loopholes. What were their shortcomings soon became their blind’s stick. When the entire World judged them on the basis of their heights, they told the World to take a pause and look at what they have in them, what element they are made up of and what they are capable of. Here is a list of 10 such cricketers who have made the Cricket World richer by stepping aside from the so-called acrophobic mentalities of the outside World:-

 

10. Tatenda Taibu (5’5”)Tatenda Taibu is a former Zimbabwean cricketer. He was primarily a wicketkeeper-cum-batsman, but could also bowl right arm off spin. He made his International debut in 2001 against West Indies, and soon became the youngest test captain in the history of cricket. Taibu retired from International cricket in 2012 at an early age of 29. He has scored 1546 runs in Test Cricket and 3393 runs in One Day International cricket.

 

9. David Williams (5’4”)David Williams is a former West Indian keeper-cum-batsman. He made his International career against South Africa in 1992. Williams was not that successful with his bat and barely managed to settle to an average of 13.44 runs.

 

8. Alvin Kallicharan (5’4”)Alvin Isaac Kallicharan(born 21 March 1949) is a former West Indian batsman of Indo-Guyanese ethnicity. He made his International debut in 1972 against New Zealand. He was the Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1973. He was part of the 1975 and 1979 team that won the Cricket World Cup.

 

7. Mominul Haque (5’3.5”)Mominul Haque, nicknamed ‘Showrab’ by his teammates, is another short-statured cricketer to make it to our list. Mominul is a Bangladeshi left-arm batsman with slow-arm orthodox bowling capabilities. He made his International debut against West Indies in 2012. He has 3 test centuries in his bag of records.

 

6. Harry Pilling (5’3”)Harry Pilling was an English cricketer. With a height of just 5 feet 3 inches, he had the acclamation of being the shortest English professional cricketer of modern times. Being a right-handed batsman, Pilling scored over 15,000 first-class runs for Lancashire, the team he played county cricket for from 1962 to 1982.

 

5. Gundappa Viswanath (5’3”)Gundappa Ranganath Viswanath is a former Indian cricketer. Having made his International debut in 1969 against Australia, he was one of India’s finest batsmen throughout the 1970s. He is legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar‘s brother-in-law, and even smaller than him at around 5ft 3inches. He has a colossal 6080 runs in tests and 439 runs in ODIs.

 

4. Parthiv Patel (5’3”)Parthiv Ajay Patel is an Indian cricketer, wicketkeeper-cum-batsman. He is a left-handed batsman. Patel made his ODI debut against New Zealand in January 2003. He made his Test debut in 2002 in the 2nd Test against England at Nottingham. Having played only 20 test matches for India, he Scored 683 Runs with an average of 29.69. He was also successful behind the wickets for 49 times, with 41 catches and 8 stumps. In ODI’s, he scored 736 runs, 30 catches and 9 stumps. he played just 2 T20s for India.

 

3. Mushfiqur Rahim (5’3”)Mohammad Mushfiqur Rahim is a Bangladeshi cricketer, wicketkeeper-cum-batsman and is the captain of the Bangladesh National Cricket team. He made his Test debut in 2005, at the age of 16 against England. On January 2010, he cracked his maiden Test century, a notable achievement of its own as it came against a strong Indian Test side and was the fastest by any Bangladeshi player. He is the first to score a double hundred in the history of Bangladesh Cricket in Test cricket.

 

2. Tich Freeman (5’2”) Alfred Percy Freeman, nicknamed ‘Tich Freeman’,was an English cricketer. He was a leg spin bowler of repute for England and Kent. He made his International debut on 1924 against Australia. He took 66 test wickets in just 12 matches he played for England, and 3776 wickets in 592 First Class Matches.  

 

1. Tich Cornford (5’)Walter Latter Cornford was an English cricketer, a wicket-keeper who played only 4 tests, and played county cricket for Sussex County Cricket Club. His nickname of ‘Tich’ was due to the fact that he stood barely five feet tall. He is the shortest cricketer in the history of World Cricket and among those who Played International Cricket for His Country. He scored 36 runs from just  4 test matches he played and out of the 496 First Class Matches he played, he scored 6554 career runs.

 

 

Players

Nation

Height

T Cornford

England

5’

T Freeman

England

5’2”

M Rahim

Bangladesh

5’3”

P Patel

India

5’3”

G Vishwanath

India

5’3”

H Pilling

England

5’3”

M Haque

Bangladesh

5’3.5”

A Kallicharan

West Indies

5’4”

D Williams

West Indies

5’4”

T Taibu

West Indies

5’5”