When one perceives a cricketer in mind, one makes an image of a tall, strong and athletic personality, whether it is Mohammad Irfan of Pakistan who is 7’1 or Steven Finn of England who is 6’8. However, in cricket we see a lot of diversity, contrary to popular belief not all cricketers are tall and strong, and some are rather short but are able to create a huge impact. These short heighted cricketers have registered themselves because of their extraordinary talent. Let’s explore who are these cricketers and what impact have they made over the years.
- Mushfiqur Rahim- Height: 5’3
Mushfiqur is Bangladesh’s top wicket-Keeper Batsmen. He was the Captain of National Cricket Team until May 2013 and made his Test debut on 26 May 2005, at the age of 16. In January 2010 he cracked his maiden Test century. Mushfiq has played over 192 matches for Bangladesh and scored over 5000 runs. In test cricket he has scored more than 3000 runs for his country. Although he is short in height but his energy behind the wickets and on field is incomparable.
- Sachin Tendulkar – Height: 5’5
Tendulkar is famously known as the little master or the master blaster of the game. Tendulkar is only 5 feet 5 inches but the amount of records he has made for team India is just unbelievable. He has played 200 tests for India making 15,921 runs along with playing 463 ODI matches and scoring a colossal 18,426 runs. The little master has emerged as the God of Cricket in India and he has given even the tallest bowlers a runs for their money. He was lauded the Bharat Ratna award – the highest civilian award given in India for his extraordinary contribution to the game. Soon after, he took some time off the game and returned to mentor Mumbai Indians for IPL 2014.
- Parthiv Patel- Height: 5’3
Parthiv Patel born 9 March 1985 is an Indian cricketer, wicketkeeper-batsman, and a former member of the Indian national cricket team. 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. He Played for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL.
- Umar Akmal – Height: 5’2
Once upon a time there was Umar Akmal who was considered to be the power hitter in Pakistan’s middle order but he soon lost his position due to callous attitude and inconsistent performance. Umar Akmal was one of the shortest player in Pakistani team as he was just 5 feet 2 inches but the sixes he used to hit were quite huge. Umar Akmal played 116 tests for Pakistan making 3044 runs. He represented Pakistan in 92 T20s and has made more than 1600 runs. He played his last ODI in 2017 and from then he struggles to find a place in the team.
- Momin ul Haque- Height: 5’3
Momin who is only 5 feet 3 inches made his test debut against Sri Lanka on 8 March, 2013 at Galle. He scored a half century in his debut and ended up scoring 156 runs in 3 innings at an impressive average of 52.00. Mominul has scored 2170 Runs in 29 test matches. In 28 ODIs, he scored 557 runs.
After reading this article hope you realize that it doesn’t matter how tall or short you are, what really matters is how well you play and how big an impact you can create.
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