Most Overrated Cricketers of All Time


Cricket has witnessed many players who had created a lot of buzz, hype and talks but failed to live on the expectations. So the article contains the list of 3 most overrated cricketers from known cricket playing nations.


We aren’t saying that these cricketers were nothing or anything like that. But the amount of fame they got certainly hasn’t done justice with their performance. Simply, they were not as comprehensive or dominant as people thought they would be.


Here is the list of 3 most overrated cricketers from each country. Please don’t get offended if you find your favourite cricketer in the list. Because all these are facts and reality.

“Numbers don’t lie?”

Overrated Cricketers of Australia


1. Glean Maxwell


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Don’t you guys think Maxwell is too overrated? Yes, his ability to hit big shots is remarkable. But the thing is he always struggles against quality bowling lineup especially fast bowlers.


Fast bowlers exploited his weakness against bouncers on a regular basis. Hence he finds it difficult to face a quality & pacy fast bowler.


Apart from this, he plays brainless cricket in pressure situations, how often we have seen Maxwell getting out playing a ridiculous shot. However, over the years he has improved his game & now he has become a bit mature as compared to his early days in international cricket.



2. James Faulkner


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James Faulkner looked exciting and promising at an early part of his career but later on, he fades away like a shadow.


He came in the picture with a match-winning performance in IPL for Rajasthan Royals & that 30 over run against Ishant Sharma. But like every dream has to come to an end his career is now questionable.


Nowadays. he has lost his pace and ability to bowl yorkers as well as he isn’t that handy batsman in the lower middle order.

Do you know once in an interview James Faulkner himself concluded that he is a Gay. Brave enough, wasn’t it?



3. Matthew Wade

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Um, few told me he is in the team just to say “Noyce Garry” (complimenting Nathon Lyon). 






Matthew Wade has decent BBL (Big Bash League) stats but at the international level, he doesn’t look like a stable or consistent batsman.




After his comeback in the Australian side, he has made a couple of centuries on a good surface as well. But still, it’s not wrong to say Australia has struggled to find a good wicket-keeper batsman after Adam Gilchrist. 





He may be the average cricketer but he is a great fellow when it comes to the friendship. He has a tattoo of Phil Hughes on his arms.



Very few of you might know this but Wade had fought against cancer as well.




Apart from these, I feel even Mitchell Johnson was a bit overrated. You may not agree with me but he is overrated for his bowling and underrated for his batting.








Overrated Cricketers in India





1. Yusuf Pathan





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Once in a blue moon” here I’m just describing Yusuf Pathan’s batting performance. Forget international cricket but he is not even consistent in IPL.





Luckily, he was part of Indian cricket team on both the occasion, 2007 T-20 World Cup as well as the 2011 World Cup. He has a couple of good knocks for India – a match-winning ton against New Zealand where India where 5 down chasing 300+, a well-composed century against South Africa which had gone in vain in the series decider.





Also, you have to admit it he was one of the main reason for Rajasthan Royals to lift first IPL title.







2. Rishabh Pant





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If you want to learn how to waste golden opportunities then learn from Rishabh Pant. A guy full of skills but waste every chance by playing needless shots.




He can play a Ramp shot, scoop over mid-wicket, flashy drive over extra cover but the only problem is his mindset & inability to understand the situation.




Despite facing a lot of criticism he has the potential to come back well and cement his spot in the Indian team. Also, we can not deny the fact that he has a test century in England & Australia.




Hopefully, if he learns from his mistakes and then he is ready to become the next big thing in Indian cricket.


Not sure is it still too early to judge him?






3. Vijay Shankar 




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Hero of Nidahas Trophy final 😀 If you talk about 2019 World Cup he is like Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah. Virat Kohli in bowling and Jaspreet Bumrah in bowling :-D, Haha.




Many deserving cricketers are waiting but don’t know why and how Vijay Shankar’s name comes ahead of everyone else in the selection panel. He doesn’t have a pace in his bowling, class in his batting but still he somehow finds a place in a team.




But above all, you still need to respect him for his efforts (he cried after a performance in Nidahas Trophy final) shows he also wanted to do well but sometimes just it’s not your day and you have to accept that.




Like Rishabh Pant is it too early to judge Vijay Shankar as well? Hi, Stuart Binny 😛






Overrated Cricketers of England




1. Alex Hales




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Alex Hales came with a bang by hitting a sensational century in T-20. He opened for England in limited over formats along with Jason Roy. But he never looked settled in his career.




However, we cannot say his career is a failure despite playing averagely his stats are decent in T-20 and ODIs. But the point here is he hasn’t lived to English fans expectations.




He always looks unsettled at the start of the innings but once he gets set he quickly changes his gears and turns the beast mode ON.




More often than not he throws away his wicket cheaply, especially in swinging conditions.






2. Jade Dernbach




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Dernbach came in England squad as death over specialist but to be honest he never looked like a good death bowler. 




After his debut, he soon became run leaking machine for England. We can say the same thing for Steven Finn as well. 




The duo was in talks that England has got good pacers but they never lived to the expectations. Now both are out of the England team and their chances are very less as England already have quality quicks like Jofra Archer.





3. Kevin Pietersen




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Very very surprised after finding KP’s name in the list? But the reason behind adding Pietersen in the list is simple.




Yes, he has done a lot for England cricket but still, I feel fans had created over hype for him. He certainly wasn’t the best in the England side but he overshadowed the other England Legends like Alastair Cook.






Overrated Cricketers in Pakistan




1. Shahid Afridi 




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If someone asks who is the overrated cricketers of all time? Shahid Afridi is the first name which comes to my mind.




Afridi and scoring ducks still a better love story than Twilight? The amount of duck he had scored made him famous with a new name “Duckridi” 😛 No offence to Afridi fans.




Yes, he can go for big hits from a ball one, no doubt about that but power without a brain is simply waste. He had scored few centuries in his career but interestingly, he hasn’t faced a hundred balls in a single inning. Much like Misbah hasn’t scored a single century in his entire ODI career.




In later part of his career, Afridi became more like bowling all-rounder and Pakistani team used him as a pinch hitter. 




Let ignore all these things, Shahid Bhai you honestly tell me whats your age? 😀





2. Umar Akmal 




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Remember those words from Pakistani Legend,


Umar Akmal will be a better batsman than Virat Kohli“.


But even after playing more than 100 ODIs, he is struggling to find a place in the Pakistani team.




Along with Umar Akmal, their legends said the same thing about Ahmed Shehzad and now they’re saying this for Babar Azam (good player though). Not sure why they always compare their every player with Virat Kohli. Maybe it simply means Kohli is the best in world cricket.




He (Umar Akmal) still thinks he hasn’t got much chance and support from his team and PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board).




On comparison with Virat Kohli, he said, 


I haven’t got the opportunity to bat higher and on the other hand Virat had a lot of opportunities for India” – Umar Akmal





3. Mohammad Aamir 


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Yes, Aamir got pace, swing and discipline that a good fast bowler needs but still I think Pakistani media and fans have created over the hype of Mohammad Aamir.




They see how he trapped Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in Champions Trophy 2017 final but don’t see the runs Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli scored against Aamir in Asia cup or World T-20 2016.




But despite all these things you have to admit he was unbelievable when he was just 19 years old and rattled England batting order. 




He could be a big thing in Pakistan cricket but fixing, ban and controversies destroyed his career. Although he came back strongly he isn’t as effective as he used to be. Even he had announced retirement from test cricket. 




There are a lot of better bowlers than Aamir in world cricket but don’t know why Pakistani fans don’t accept this. 






Overrated Cricketers of New Zealand 




1. Martin Guptill




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Martin Guptil is known as the ability to torn opposition bowlers but he more often than not fails to convert a good start into a big or match-winning inning.




A good 30 or 40 won’t help your team always. You just can’t rely on Kane Williamson to do the job every time. 




Apart from this, Guptill struggles against a quality spinner. After bashing fast bowlers usually, spinners traps him in middle overs. That’s another reason why he isn’t able to convert a good start.




Do you know in childhood he had a drastic accident due to Guptill has only 2 fingers in his foot. People call him 2 toes as well.




Despite all these tragedies he never gave up and now he is one of the best fielders in world cricket. Truly inspiring, isn’t it?






2. Colin Munro




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Like his other opening Partner Martin Guptill, Colin Munro also doesn’t know how to convert a good start into a match-winning knock.




He has all the big hits in armoury but not able to get best out of it is certainly a problem for him. He feels pressure when he doesn’t get boundaries hence loses his patience and throws his wicket. That’s why Colin Munro is one of the overrated cricketers of New Zealand.



But he is a bit underrated for his bowling. He can chip in with few overs if his captain and team want.





3. Corey Anderson




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Apart from fastest ODI hundred (now the second-fastest after Abd’s 31 balls hundred) against West Indies and innings against Rajasthan Royals in IPL (Where Mumbai Indians had to chase 190+ in 14 overs). I don’t think he has achieved anything in his career.




Corey Anderson got a chance to play in IPL for RCB as well but he was ineffective there as well. He has represented New Zeland in Test as well but didn’t able to make his mark.




He may be one of the strongest hitters of the ball but he lacks consistency which you expects at an international level.




His bowling also isn’t effective even much more average than his batting. Nowadays, you can not even use him as your defensive bowler.






Overrated Cricketers of South Africa




1. David Miller




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Killer Miller, oh really? one good or bad knock can not make you or break you.




David Miller got this tag of Killer Miller after a miraculous hundred against RCB.




But whenever cricket South Africa wanted him to deliver, he failed on most of the occasions.




Forget test, he failed on a lot of occasions in ODIs as well. Like South African team he also chokes in pressure situations. He always finds himself in trouble against spinners.




Playing spin is an art which everyone doesn’t know “.




Despite being one of the best fielders in world cricket, based on above things we have selected David Miller in the list of overrated South African cricketer.






2. Albie Morkel




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Hitting big sixes isn’t everything. No one can understand this better than Albie Morkel.




He came in limelight and news as South Africa thought they got one more quality allrounder after Kallis and Shaun Pollock. But after a few good performances, Albie Morkel never looked promising.




Soon he lost his place from South African side and after waiting for a comeback for so long Albie Morkel finally retired last year.




He has some memorable performance for CSK in IPL whether it’s smashing 125 metres ( longest six in IPL history) or smashing 28 runs in Kohli’s over which was match-turning (19th) over of that match.






3. Ashwell Prince




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Ashwell Prince was an average ODI batsman and above average test batsman (averages more than 40).




He used to play in the middle order for South Africa and like other cricketers, he isn’t lived on fans expectation.




Where everybody thought he can play 100 tests for South Africa he finished his career with 66 test matches.




He never becomes a great cricketer like everybody thought he could. But still, he was a decent test batsman but never made his mark like Amla, Devilliers and Smith.






Overrated Cricketers of West Indies




1. Kieron Pollard




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Another classic example of once in a blue moon. Inconsistency, occasional big-hitting, luck by chance that sums up Kieron Pollard.




If you give him 10 matches he will perform in just 1 or 2 with a bat or bowl. Over the years his bowling is declined as well. But his fielding is still world-class, no doubt about that. Even his captaincy moves are good enough.




In IPL Mumbai Indians have huge faith in him but like his nature, he only delivers in a couple of matches in the entire season, which makes him one of the most overrated cricketers of West Indies.






2. Carlos Brathwaite 




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Like his teammate Kieron Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite falls in the category of overrated cricketers.




After that heroic (4 balls 4 sixes) against Ben Stokes, compare where is Ben Stokes and Carlos Brathwaite now. You will get the difference.




In 2019 World Cup he scored a century from nowhere and gave West indies a hope against New Zealand but still, West Indies lost that match by 5 runs.




He led the West Indies team in few T-20s. But apart from these instances, I don’t think Carlos Brathwaite has done anything worth remembering in his entire career.






3. Dwayne Smith




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Another overrated cricketer from the Caribbean whose entire career can be ratted as failure or average.




Dwayne Smith had an average of 61. Don’t be surprised that’s Test, ODI and T-20 combined average 😀 




That’s the only problem with West Indies cricket nowadays. Inability to produce a consistent player. Though they have full of power hitters the question here is how to use those power at the right time.




Should I add Marlon Samuels in the list as well?






Overrated Cricketers of Sri Lanka






1. Dinesh Chandimal




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After CB series 2012 in Australia everybody thought Sri Lanka has finally got a batsman whom they were looking for. But as usual, after few good innings, Dinesh Chandimal performance also fade away.




Dinesh Chandimal has a very average and disappointing strike rate in all formats of the game. Still, Sri Lanks is persisting with him as they don’t have many options.




Now he is a senior player in Lankan side but still, his performance is questionable. How often we have seen a player who looked promising but hasn’t done justice with the expectation.






2. Ajantha Mendis




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Remember the time of 2008 when everybody was in fear of Mendis which he started in Asia cup 2008 final with Sehwag’s wicket.




But it hasn’t lasted long when Sehwag and other Indian batsman found his antidote very soon. 




After that, every team had a clue what to expect from Mendis & soon a mysterious spinner became an ordinary spinner.




He never looked dangerous or threatening after his comeback.






3. Thisara Perera 



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Probably an average all-rounder, well stats surely say this at least in longer formats (Test and ODIs).


He is playing for Sri Lanka from a long time but still Sri Lanka cannot rely on him completely because he isn’t that capable or consistent as Sri Lankan board thought.


Well, he has a lot of cricket left in him he can still change this but it isn’t a cakewalk to transform himself from an average all-rounder to a quality all-rounder like Ben Stokes.



Overrated Cricketers in Bangladesh


1. Mustafizur Rahman


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Like Mendis after an early fizz, Mustafizur Rahman doesn’t look threatening now.


He created his buzz in a debut series against India & later on troubled other teams as well but now teams are quite aware of his abilities.


Apart from his slower ones and cutters now we don’t see anything special in Mustafizur Rahman.


To survive in international cricket, you need to reinvent yourself every time & Mustafizur Rahman surely needs to address this.



2. Sabbir Rahman


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If he could score from mouth he would have already scored 500 runs alone in a single ODI match 😀


Everybody knows Bangladesh is highly reliant on Shakib, Rahim but this fellow always wants to be in limelight not because of his performance but his ridiculous highly impractical statements.


It will be a wise move if he focuses more on his performance & cementing his spot in Bangladesh cricket rather than giving statements.



3. Rubel Hossain 

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Another fast bowler who likes to act over smart and fight with oppositions unnecessarily. 


How often we have seen him leaking runs. One good example that hit my mind is Karthik smashing him in Nidahas Trophy final.


Still, Bangladesh cricket thinks he is their asset and backs him a lot. He has been part of Bangladeshi cricket team for so long but hasn’t transformed himself into a match-winning fast bowler yet.





So, guys, that was the list of overrated cricketers from each cricket playing nation.


Sometimes we rate some cricketers so much high irrespective of his performances and this list has a lot of names like that.


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