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.