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International Lefthanders Day: All-time XI of India’s Most Prolific Lefthanders

August 13 is observed as the international Lefthanders’ day to ‘celebrate the uniqueness and differences of the left-handers’. Left-Handedness has always been looked at as being unconventional, with roughly ten percent of the world population being left-handers. But, set aside the small percentage, left-handers have had, and continue to have, their share of success. Joan of Arc, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Julius Caesar, Napoléon Bonaparte, Fidel Castro, Lewis Carroll, Henry Ford, Neil Armstrong, HG Wells, Albert Einstein, Sir Paul McCartney, Charlie Chaplin, Barack Obama are some of the famous left-handers’ world has seen. Closer home, there’s Mahatma Gandhi, PM Narendra Modi, and Amitabh Bachhan; even Sachin Tendulkar – he writes with his left hand.

In cricket, left-handers are revered. A left-handers’ cover drive is something that is always put at a pedestal. Watch Brian Lara, Sourav Ganguly or David Gower execute the cover drive, it just is better. Similarly, a left-arm bowler, particularly, pacer, is a rare commodity in the world of cricket and again, revered — Wasim Akram, Mitchell Johnson, Daniel Vettori, Chaminda Vaas to name a few.

So on this occasion, we present to you India’s most prolific left-handers- batsmen and bowlers across all formats.

Batsman — Runs

Sourav Ganguly — 18433

Yuvraj Singh — 11686

Gautam Gambhir — 10324

Shikhar Dhawan — 9591

Suresh Raina — 7988

Ravindra Jadeja — 4338

Vinod Kambli — 3561

Irfan Pathan — 2821

Robin Singh — 2363

Ajit Wadekar — 2186

Sadagopan Ramesh — 2013

Bowlers — Wickets

Zaher Khan — 597

Ravindra Jadeja — 439

Irfan Pathan — 301

Ravi Shastri — 280

Bishan Sigh Bedi — 273

Ashish Nehra — 233

Kuldeep Yadav — 167

Vinoo Mankad — 162

Venkatapathy Raju – 156

Maninder Singh — 154

Yuvraj Singh — 147

Overall

Batsman — Runs

Kumar Sangakkara — 28016

Brian Lara — 22358

Sanath Jayasuriya — 21032

Shivnarine Chanderpaul — 20988

Chris Gayle — 19321

Bowlers — Wickets

Wasim Akram — 916

Chaminda Vaas — 761

Daniel Vettori — 705

Zaheer Khan — 610

Mitchell Johnson — 590

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