Cricket demands not only skill but also mental fortitude, and has witnessed some of the tallest cricketers ever. While height alone may not guarantee success in cricket, these players have proven that it can be a valuable asset, especially for bowlers who can use their height to intimidate and dominate batsmen on the field.
10 Tallest Cricketers of All-Time
In this article, we’ll explore the tallest cricketers and the impact their height has had on the game. These tallest cricketers have left an indelible mark on the sport with their remarkable height and exceptional skills.
1. Mohammad Irfan – 7’1″
Mohammad Irfan, the Pakistani fast bowler is the tallest cricketer in the history of cricket with a height of 7 feet 1 inch.
Born on June 6, 1982, in Punjab, Pakistan, Irfan is a stalwart of the national cricket team. His remarkable height not only makes him the tallest cricketer ever but also gives him an edge by generating extra bounce. Irfan’s career took flight during the 2013 Pak-India series, solidifying his status as the tallest cricketer in history.
2. Joel Garner – 6’8″
Joel Garner, affectionately known as ‘Big Bird,’ was born on December 16, 1952, in Christ Church, Barbados. Standing at 6 feet 8 inches, Garner earned his moniker from the West Indian team, owing to his extraordinary height.
This former West Indies cricketer was a formidable fast bowler who excelled during the 1970s and 1980s. Garner’s devastating Yorkers played a pivotal role in securing the 1979 World Cup for his team. He held the title of the world’s tallest cricketer until Mohammad Irfan’s emergence in 2013.
3. Chris Tremlett – 6’8″
Chris Tremlett, England’s tallest cricketer, towers at 6 feet 8 inches. Born on September 2, 1981, in Southampton, England, Tremlett was not just an exceptional bowler but also a capable batsman.
His stint with the English team during the 2011 Ashes series showcased his prowess, though recurring injuries led to his exclusion from the national squad.
4. Peter George – 6’8″
Peter George, born on October 16, 1986, in Adelaide, Australia, is the sole Australian cricketer to reach an impressive height of 6 feet 8 inches.
As a right-arm fast bowler, George was renowned for his menacing bouncers. He exclusively represented Australia in Test matches, leaving a lasting impact with his towering presence.
5. Jason Holder – 6’7″
Jason Holder, a right-arm West Indian fast bowler born in Barbados on November 5, 1991, stands tall at 6 feet 7 inches.
Holder’s unusual height makes him an unpredictable bowler, keeping batsmen on their toes. Since his international debut in 2013, Holder has been a standout performer and even became the youngest player to captain the West Indies team in both Tests and ODIs.\
6. Curtly Ambrose – 6’7″
Curtly Ambrose, the former West Indian pace legend, was born on September 21, 1963. His towering height of 6 feet 7 inches posed a daunting challenge for batsmen during his career, especially when he took the ball in the opening over. Ambrose’s dominance earned him a nomination for the ICC Hall Of Fame before his retirement in 2000.
7. Sulieman Benn – 6’7″
Sulieman Benn, born in Saint James, Barbados, on July 22, 1981, is a left-arm orthodox spin bowler for the West Indies Cricket Team.
Standing at 6 feet 7 inches, Benn is one of the tallest cricketers in the world. He earned a spot in the national team in 1999 and has represented the West Indies in all three formats (Tests, ODIs, T20Is).
8. Steven Finn – 6’7″
Steven Finn, born in Watford on April 4, 1989, is among the tallest cricketers globally, standing at 6 feet 7 inches. He has represented England in all three formats of the game and made his county debut for Middlesex at just sixteen, becoming the youngest player to do so. Finn’s towering frame has made him a formidable presence on the field.
9. Tom Moody – 6’7″
Tom Moody, the Australian cricketer, was born on October 2, 1965. Moody’s height of 6 feet 7 inches, combined with his impeccable batting skills, earned him the nickname “Long Tom Moody.”
He represented the Australian national team in both tests and one-day internationals and currently serves as the Sri Lankan cricket team’s cricket director and the Sunrisers Hyderabad’s director of cricket in the Indian Premier League.
10. Shaheen Shah Afridi – 6’6″
Shaheen Shah Afridi, born on April 6, 2000, is a rising star in Pakistani cricket. As a left-arm fast bowler, he made his international debut in April 2018 and his Test debut in December 2018.
Known for his impressive height of 6 feet 6 inches, Afridi considers himself an all-rounder and strives to excel in all facets of the game: bowling, batting, and fielding. He claims the tenth spot on the list of the world’s top ten tallest cricketers.
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