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In this post, we will check out the top 10 best finishers in cricket history.

Cricket is one of the most popular sports around the world. The game brings a lot of excitement thrill and enjoyment for the fans. Finishing the game is one of the prominent responsibilities in cricket and today we will look out to some of the game-changer in the history of the game.

The game is loved by all people despite gender and age. Cricket is a game that requires a lot of skills and finishing is something that is not a cup of tea for every player.

Finishers are the players which are known for staying on the crease and finishing the game with ease under high-pressure games. That’s why we have seen a bunch of great finishers in the history of cricket.

Let’s go ahead and check out the top 10 best finishers in cricket history who have done wonders in high-pressure situations. We relate the players as the most reliable batsmen. Here is our list of the top 10 best finishers in cricket history.

Top 10 Best Finishers In Cricket History

10 Javed Miandad

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Javed Miandad is a Pakistani cricket coach, commentator and former cricketer acknowledged for his unique style of captaincy and batting.

The player is referred to as one of the finest cricketers Pakistan has ever produced. Javed Miandad is one of the most talented right-hand batsmen in cricket history.

He played for Pakistan in Tests and One-Day Internationals between 1975 and 1996. He is well known for his unique technique and extraordinary control.

During his career as a player, he has achieved many records and achievements. Apart from having a unique playing style, he had the ability to find the gaps with ease.

He is still remembered for his historic last ball big six against India in 1986 at Sharjah. Winning that time of the game at that era is just amazing, he is also great when it comes to reverse sweep.

Javed Miandad’s performance in world cups is also something every cricket fan must be proud of. He had scored 1083 runs in 33 games during the progression of six World Cup tournaments.

After his playing career, Miandad has continued as the coach of the Pakistan cricket team on several occasions, as well as secured important positions in the Pakistan Cricket Board.

In terms of finishing the game, he is one of the finest players of the game. His unbelievable finishing skills make him one of the best finishers in cricket history. He is number 10 in our list of top 10 best finishers in cricket history.

9 Jos Butler

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Jos Butler is an English cricketer who is also the current vice-captain of the England One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International (T20I) teams.

He is rated as one of the best white-ball batsmen in the world. The consistency with the bat makes him one of the talented cricketers in world cricket. Jos Buttler is one of those exceptional players who have mastered both opening and finishing the game.

He has the ability to understand the situation and play both defensive and attacking cricket. Right now he is without a doubt one of the best finishers in cricket. 

Jos Butler is England’s second-most-capped T20I player behind Eoin Morgan. He holds the record with Adil Rashid for the highest seventh-wicket stand in ODIs: 177 against New Zealand during their 2015 tour of England.

He also holds a record with Dawid Malan for the highest second-wicket stand in T20Is: 167* against South Africa during England’s 2020 tour.

His strike rate and average also show how great the player is. He is England’s second-highest run-scorer in T20Is behind Morgan also endures the England T20I record for most half-centuries with 16.

Buttler is surely one of the most acclaimed finishers in world cricket. He is number 9 in our list of top 10 best finishers in cricket history.

8 Viv Richards

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Viv Richards is a retired cricketer who served the West Indies at Test and international levels. He is considered one of the greatest batsmen of all time.

In December 2002, he was elected by Wisden as the greatest ODI batsman of all time, as well as the third greatest Test batsman of all time, after Donald Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar.

Viv Richards is one of the most prominent names in Cricket history. He is also known for his finishing skills and is one of the finest finishers in cricket history.

Viv Richards is known for his fearless approach and could destroy and bowling lineup with his attacking mindset. With Viv on the pitch, any match could be won easily.  

His constant batting display resulted in him becoming the first cricketer in ODI history to achieve 20 Man of the Match awards.

He had scored a total of 8,540 runs at an average of 50.23 in 121 Test matches, including 24 centuries. The number speaks the greatness of Viv Richards.

As a captain, he won 27 of 50 Test matches and lost only 8. He also scored nearly 7,000 runs in One Day Internationals and more than 36,000 in first-class cricket.

Richards is definitely one of the greatest batsmen of all time. There are several batsmen in the history of the game however Richards was the most destructive and entertaining batsman to watch during his era.

He could change the course of the game in the blink of an eye. Richards can frighten and rip any bowling attacks to pieces. He’s still rated as one of the greatest finishers the world cricket has ever seen.

7 Abdul Razzaq

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Abdul Razzaq is a Pakistani former cricketer, who played all formats of the game. He is a right-arm fast-medium bowler and a right-handed batsman.

The Pakistan international is one of the excellent all-rounders in cricket. Abdul Razzaq is a player quietly effective in both batting and bowling.

Razzaq is one of the best finishers in cricket history. He has finished the game multiple times for his country.

Razzaq was part of the Pakistan Cricket Team who won the ICC World Twenty20 2009. He played 265 ODIs and 46 Tests. In the death overs, if someone could finish the game with ease is none other than Abdul Razzaq.

His hard-hitting ability could take down any bowling attack in any situation. The right-handed batsmen are a treat to watch towards the end of the inning.

He is one of the most dangerous batsmen in Pakistan. Abdul Razzaq played a total of 265 ODI matches and scored 5080 runs and was a not-out on 57 different occasions. 

He was a player capable of making big shots. Abdul Razzak’s unforgettable innings vs England is still impossible to be matched again. He scored 47 runs in just 11 balls, however, he is unable to make the record of the fastest fifty.

Abdul Razzaq is one of the most flamboyant finishers and rated as number 7 in our list of top 10 best finishers in cricket history.

6 Lance Klusener

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Lance Klusener is one of the best finishers for the South African team. He was appreciated for his aggressive batting and his fast-medium swing bowling.

Klusener was one of the most exciting left-handed batsmen and also considered as one of the most elegant one-day international all-rounders in cricket history.

He had finished the game multiple times for his country. A talent that is still not replaced in the South African team. He brings life to the game when the others thought the game is over.

Klusenar started his career with the team in 1991 and established himself as one of the greatest finishers throughout his career.

He had played a total of 49 test matches and scored 1,906 runs with a top score of 174. However, in ODI’s he had played 171 matches and scored 3576 runs while being not out on 50 occasions.

He is also referred to as one of the greatest one-day international all-rounders the world has ever seen. His game understanding and finishing skills have always been a threat for the opposition team. He is number 6 in our list of top 10 best finishers in cricket history.

5 Michael Hussey

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Micheal Hussey is a former international cricketer, who impersonated all forms of the game. Hussey is also popularly known by his nickname ‘Mr. Cricket’.

The Left-handed player is one of the most prolific players or Australia in all forms of the game. Though he came late at the international stage however his impact is irreplaceable.

He is well known for his technique, all-around gameplay, finishing, and understanding of the game. He had played a total of 79 matches and scored 6235 runs with an implacable average of 51.5

His record in ODI’s is equally impressive. He played 185 matches and scored 5442 runs while being not out on 44 occasions.

He had a highly thriving international career, being the top-ranked ODI batsman in the world in 2006. The cricket fans still have not forgotten his epic innings vs Pakistan when 18 required off from the last six balls.

The left-hander shattered Ajmal’s spin bowling and secured back-to-back sixes to help the team win the game. His devastating batting and unbelievable finishing skills make him one of the best finishers in cricket history.

4 Shahid Afridi

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Shahid Afridi is a Pakistani cricketer and the former captain of the Pakistan national cricket team. Afridi is broadly recognized as one of the most successful and destructive cricketers.

He is also one of the top all-rounders the world has ever seen. Afridi holds the record for having hit the most sixes in the history of ODI cricket.

He grew to popularity is mostly because of his hitting ability and finishing the game with ease in the toughest of situations. Afridi is one of the most popular Pakistani cricketers in world cricket.

Afridi was player of the match in the 2009 T20 World Cup Final of the 2009 T20 World Cup scoring an unbeaten 54, has also been the player of the tournament in the 2007 edition.

He also helped Pakistan to reach the semi-final of the 2011 Cricket World Cup where they have been beaten by the arch-rival India. He also won multiple matches for Pakistan because of his exceptional finishing ability.

Afridi is one of the confident players in world cricket as he knows that he can pull off any game from any situation. His aggressive playing style and the ability to hit six can switch the game in his favor at any ground in any situation.

One of the most memorable games which show his finishing skills was against India at the Asia Cup when he hit two consecutive sixes that too against one of the best spinners in cricket (Ashwin) to help Pakistan win the Asia cup.

It was still believed that matches were not finished until Afridi was at the pitch. That’s how great aura does Afridi has in world cricket. He is number 4 in our list of the top 10 best finishers in cricket history.

3 Michael Bevan

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Michael Bevan is a former Australian cricketer. He is a top-class left-handed batsman and a slow left-arm wrist-spin bowler. He has been recognized for inducting the art of finishing matches. 

His unbelievable finishing skills and being calm under pressure on most occasions made him one of the best finishers of all time.

He was elected as a batsman in Australia’s “greatest ever ODI team.” Bevan is part of the Australian team in three world cups in which Australia won the tournament twice. He played 232 One Day Internationals (ODIs) for Australia.

Bevan has totally done justice and performed quite effectively as a finisher for Australia for the majority of his career. In ODIs, he had plenty of unforgettable innings.

2 AB De Villiers

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AB De Villiers is a former South African professional cricketer. He owns the record for fastest 50,100 and 150 in ODI cricket and he is the only batsman ever to average above 50 with a strike rate of above 100 (batsmen with minimum 5000 runs).

He is popularly considered as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. AB De Villiers is known for his record-breaking skills. He has produced fabulous records in the history of cricket.

De Villiers was elected as the ICC ODI Player of the Year three times during his 15-year international career and was one of the five Wisden cricketers of the decade at the end of 2019.

AB de Villiers is known with the name Mr. 360 and has been one of the finest finishers the world cricket has ever seen. He has won many matches for his club and the country with his capability of scoring runs in every part of the ground.

He batted at different positions in the batting order but mostly played a part in the middle-order. Considered one of the most innovative and devastating batsmen in the modern era.

De Villiers has been a yielding run-scorer for the team during his career. He is one of the very few batsmen in the world who have a batting average of over fifty in both forms of the game.

AB de Villers has surely made cricket worth watching for the fans. He is number 2 in our list of the top 10 best finishers in cricket history.

1 MS Dhoni

top 10 best finishers in cricket history

MS Dhoni is a former Indian international cricketer who captained the Indian national team in limited-overs formats from 2007 to 2017 and in Test cricket from 2008 to 2014.

He is one of the dependable and attacking batsmen of all time. History has known him as the only captain to win all the ICC trophies.

Other than that when it comes to finishing this man has no competition. He is the man for different occasions. His tendency of being calm, confident, and reading of the game makes him one of the most destructive batsmen to bowl in death overs.

Dhoni is one of the highest run-scorers in One Day Internationals (ODIs) with more than 10,000 runs scored and is regarded as a powerful ‘finisher’ in limited-overs formats.

He has a different style of playing. He targets the bowlers on the basis of their weaknesses and stimulates the opponent to make mistakes, which eventually led the side to victory in a tough situation.

Dhoni had directed several matches in India’s favor with his game-changing abilities. He is dangerous and destructive in death overs when comes to finishing the game.

Dhoni holds numerous captaincy records which include the most wins by an Indian captain in ODIs and T20Is, and most back-to-back wins by an Indian captain in ODIs. 

Dhoni has been the recipient of many awards, including ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009.

Due to his deadly and attacking abilities at the end of the game, he is considered the most reliable finisher and one of the most flourishing captains in cricket history.

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