Approximate number of fans: 2.5 billion

Thanks to the British Empire, this sport has spread across the globe. While references indicate that it may have been played as far back as the 16th century, it wasn’t until the early 1700s that the sport fully developed and was codified. It is still popular across the ex-British colonies, particularly India and neighboring countries, the countries of Australasia, and West Indies, Southern Africa, and the British Isles. With large teams and long games – sometimes up to 5 days in length – matches are usually played by county or national teams, with limited matches per year. England and India are the top international teams, followed by Australia and South Africa.

indian-cricket-player-sachin-tendulkarSachin Tendulkar born 24 April 1973) is a former Indian cricketer widely acknowledged as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. He took up cricket at the age of eleven, made his Test debut against Pakistan at the age of sixteen, and went on to represent Mumbai domestically and India internationally for close to twenty-four years. He is the only player to have scored one hundred international centuries, the first batsman to score in aOne Day International, the only player to complete more than 30,000runs in international cricket.and the 16th player and first Indian to aggregate 50,000 runs or more in all forms of domestic and international recognised cricket.