Listing the most impactful Test batsman from each of the last 5 decades
- Each decade has a single dominant batsman; here is a look at that figure from each of the last 5 decades.
There have been several great batsmen in the history of cricket. From Don Bradman to Sunil Gavaskar, and from Gary Sobers to Steven Smith, the list is endless. All of them played hard and won matches for their team.
When you talk of impactful batsmen, you look at the ones who are the trendsetters and the leaders of the pack. Their teammates and rivals try to emulate their demeanor, style of play, and approach to the game. The fans, meanwhile, are in awe of their batting ability and performances.
Here is a list of the most impactful batsman of the last five decades, going back to the 1960s.
#5. Garfield Sobers - 1960s
Sir Garfield Sobers was a genius; he bowled splendidly, batted superbly and fielded exquisitely.
Sobers was perhaps the best all-rounder of all time. He was a left-handed batsman who had the ability to play attacking shots and also defend his wicket when required.
Sobers was strong on the off-side. He could play on good pitches and bad ones, and off the front foot as well as the back foot. His cover-drives and square-cuts were amazing.
Sobers made his debut in 1954 and within a span of five years, became the leading batsman of his generation. In the 1960s, he played 49 Test matches and scored 4,563 runs. This comprised 15 centuries and 19 half-centuries.