Cricket is a sport which is all about talent and skill where size doesn’t matter. Sachin Tendulkar is a prime example for this case as the Indian legendary batsman who is just below 5 feet and 5 inches holds almost the records he could and is way better than the cricketers who were taller than him. But the players especially pacers who are tall have a big advantage while bowling as it will be easier for them to bounce the ball over the batsmen. Here is the list of Top 5 Tallest Cricketers to have played the game.
1. Mohammad Irfan
The 7 feet 1 inch giant from Pakistan, Mohammad Irfan, when picked in the Pakistan Team to England in 2010 came in the limelight even before making his debut just because of the tall structure he possess. He is the tallest cricketer to have ever played the game. He uses his height to perfection as he bamboozles his opponents with the bounce he generates while bowling. Irfan is also the only cricketer to touch the 7 feet mark.
2. Joel Garner
Joel Garner with a towering height of 6 feet and 8 inches is one of the most deadliest bowler to have played the game. Also known as the “Big Bird”, the speedster from Barbados ruled the batsmen during the 1970s and 1980s. Imagine a batsman facing a fast and a well-directed Yorker which comes from a height of nearly 10 feet. Even though he is shorter than Irfan, Garner has been more effective and devastating than the Pakistan pacer during his days.
3. Bruce Reid
Bruce Reid is the tallest cricketer to emerge out of Australia as he stood at an imposing height of 6 feet and 8 inches that made him capable of extracting steep bounce even from dead wickets.
Bruce Reid represented Australia between December 1985 and December 1992. He played 27 Test matches for Australia taking 113 Test wickets at an average of 24.63 runs per wicket. He also played 61 one-day-internationals taking 63 ODI wickets.
4. Boyd Rankin
Irish born quick Boyd Rankin, who also represented Ireland and England in test cricket is the third tallest cricketer as he measures 6 feet 8 inches, the same as the Aussie Bruce Reid. Rankin, who was an integral part of the Irish team that reached the second round of the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup defeating Pakistan in the first round has also represented England in all the three formats. Even though he is tall, he has failed to create the impact created by the likes of Garner and Bruce Reid.
5. Curtly Ambrose
Curtly Ambrose is the second West Indian in the list of top 5 Tallest Cricketers to have played the game after Joel Garner. His Yorkers are almost impossible to slog as it has good pace, trajectory and are well directed.Ambrose’s height is 6 feet and 7 inches and he shares the fifth spot with English pacers Chris Tremlett and Steven Finn, Aussies Peter George and Tom Moody along with his compatriots Jason Holder and Sulieman Benn.
Abey Kuruvilla is the tallest cricketer from India as he measures 6 feet and 5 inches.