Who is the tallest cricketer in the world at the moment?

Who is the tallest cricketer in the world at the moment?

Kevin Omuya
January 24, 2023 at 3:36 AM

Can you name the tallest cricketers in the world currently? Cricket is a highly challenging sport that calls for exceptional concentration and brainpower. To succeed as a player, you must always be one step ahead of your opponent. There may not be a huge correlation between a player's height and their performance, but there are some advantages to being on the tall side.

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Mohammad Irfan of Pakistan celebrates dismissing Alex Hales of England during the 4th One Day International match at Headingley on September 1, 2016, in Leeds, England. Photo: Gareth Copley
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In cricket's long and storied past, the tallest players tended to be the bowlers. A higher bowler's height means more bounce, which helps them strike fear into the hearts of batters and get them out of the game.

Top 10 tallest cricketers in the world

10. Shaheen Shah Afridi – Height: 6'6″

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Shaheen Shah Afridi of Pakistan during the Pakistan v England Men's T20 Cricket World Cup Final match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on November 13 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Morgan Hancock
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He was born on April 6, 2000. He is a professional player from Pakistan who bowls quickly with his left arm. He was Pakistan's first-ever international player to debut in April 2018 and first played in a Test match in December 2018. He is among the tallest Pakistani cricketers.

In 2017, Afridi, then 17 years old and standing at a towering 6 feet, 6 inches, was hailed as a prodigious hitter and fast bowler with a 90 mph speed. He considers himself an all-arounder and works hard to be the best at all three of the game's essential skills. He is the tenth tallest player in the world at an astounding 6 feet, 6 inches tall, almost the same size as Sri Lankan's tallest cricketer Lasith Malinga who is 6 feet 4 inches.

9. Tom Moody – Height: 6'7″

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Sri Lanka cricket director Tom Moody speaks during a press conference in Colombo on March 25, 2021. Photo by Ishara S. Kodikara
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The right arm, moderately quick Aussie Tom Moody, was born on October 2, 1965. Both his physical and athletic profiles were towering. Moody overcame his hesitance while facing short bowling early in his career to become a powerful hitter who excelled at driving the ball between the covers and down the track in his prime.

Currently, he serves as the Sri Lankan cricket team's director. He has played for Australia in both test matches and one-day internationals. Moody is the Sunrisers Hyderabad director of cricket in addition to his other roles (Indian Premier League). Tom Moody got the nickname "Long Tom" because of his towering 6 feet and 7 inches in stature. With a height of 7 feet and 3 inches, Long Tom Moody is the ninth tallest cricketer on our list of the top 10 tallest in the world.

8. Steven Finn- Height: 6'7″

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England's Steven Finn delivers a ball during a practice session at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in St. John's, Antigua, on March 2, 2017. Photo: Jewel Samad
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Steven Finn, one of the tallest cricketers in the world, was born in Watford on April 4, 1989. He has played for England and made his county debut for Middlesex at sixteen, the youngest ever.

There are three different game formats, and Finn has played in all three for the England national team. He is the eighth tallest player in the world at a towering 6 feet, 7 inches tall.

7. Sulieman Benn – Height: 6’7″

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Sulieman Benn (right) celebrates the wicket of Aaron Finch of Australia with Dwayne Bravo during the ICC Twenty20 World Cup warm-up match. Photo: Jan Kruger-ICC
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Sulieman Benn was born in Saint James, Barbados, on July 22, 1981. Benn, who stands at a towering 6 feet, 7 inches, and bowls with an orthodox left arm for the West Indies cricket team, is a decent player.

One of cricket's tallest players, he's been a mainstay for the West Indies since 1999 across all three formats ( Tests, ODIs, T20Is). Among the world's tallest players, he comes in at number seven. He is West Indies' tallest cricketer.

6. Curtly Ambrose – Height: 6'7″

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Former West Indies Cricket player Curtly Ambrose poses with his new autobiography 'Time to Talk' during a portrait session on June 4, 2015, in Roseau, Dominica. Photo: Ryan Pierse
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On September 21, 1963, Curtly Ambrose was born. He becomes a part of history as a West Indian great pacer. In 2000, the great player, also one of the sport's tallest players, announced his retirement. When he used to handle the ball in the first over of an inning, his towering stature of 6 feet, seven inches, was a formidable obstacle for the batsman.

There was a Hall of Fame nomination for him at ICC as well. He is one of the tallest cricketers in India and ranks sixth overall.

5. Jason Holder – Height: 6'7″

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Jason Holder of the West Indies looks on during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup match between West Indies and Scotland at Bellerive Oval on October 17, 2022, in Hobart, Australia. Photo: Steve Bell - ICC
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Jason Holder, the right-handed West Indian fast bowler, was born in Barbados on November 5th, 1991. Holder, who stands at a towering 6 feet, 7 inches tall, is an asset to the West Indies team because he may be an unconventional bowler because of his height. Jason is among the tallest Indian cricketers.

Since he first stepped foot on the world stage in 2013, he has been spectacular. He is now the team's youngest-ever captain in both the Test and One-Day International formats, and Jason is the world's fifth-tallest professional player.

4. Peter George – Height: 6'8″

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Peter George (left) of the Redbacks bowls to Dominic Thornely of the Blues during the Ford Ranger Cup match at Adelaide Oval on February 24, 2010, in Adelaide, Australia. Photo: Morne de Klerk
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Peter George, who plays for the Adelaide Strikers in the Australian League, was born on October 16, 1986. He is the only cricketer in Australia to reach a staggering 6 feet, 8 inches in height. He threw some mean bouncers with his right arm and was a swift right-arm fast bowler.

Regarding international competition, he only played for Australia in Tests. The tall player is regarded as one of the best fast bowlers. Peter George stands at a good 4 feet, 10 inches, making him the tallest professional cricketer.

3. Chris Tremlett – Height: 6'8″

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Chris Tremlett during fielding practice at the Sydney Sixers Big Bash League training/media session at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 9, 2014, in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Matt King
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At 6 feet 8 inches, Chris Tremlett is another tallest cricketers for England. He was born on September 2, 1981, in Southampton, England, and he was a star in both the bowling and batting departments.

Tremlett played for England in the 2011 ashes. However, he was cut from the team after suffering many injuries. He stands at the right height of #3 among all players.

2. Joel Garner – Height: 6'8″

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Joel Garner of the Port Adelaide Power handles a rugby league ball during a South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL training session at Redfern Oval on December 5, 2017, in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Matt King
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Big Bird, whose real name is Joel Garner, was born on December 16, 1952, in Christ Church, Barbados. His incredible height of 6 feet and eight inches earned him the nickname "Big Bird" on the West Indian team. Former West Indies player and lightning-fast fast bowler Joel Garner had a stellar career in the 1970s and 1980s.

He threw ordinary but deadly yorkers. In 1979, Garner was a vital member of the team that won the World Cup. In terms of height, he is the second-tallest cricketer ever.

1. Muhammad Irfan – Height: 7'1"

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Mohammad Irfan of the Multan Sultans looks on before the T20 match between Multan Sultans and the MCC at Aitchison College on February 19, 2020, in Lahore, Pakistan. Photo: Philip Brown
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On June 6, 1982, Muhammad Irfan was born in Punjab, Pakistan. He is playing for the Pakistan national team. Irfan is the tallest cricketer ever, standing at a towering 7 feet, 1 inch. He is the tallest cricketer in the world.

He masters a consistent 140 km/h bowling speed, and his incredible height offers him an edge in getting the ball to bounce higher. In the 2013 Pak-India series, Muhammad Irfan was the star performer, and Muhammad Irfan stood head and shoulders above the others.

In Africa, the tallest cricketer from South Africa is currently Morne Morkel. He is 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m) tall. He is a former South African who played all formats of the game for South Africa. He was known for his aggressive fast bowling and was a vital South African cricket team member.

Muhammad Irfan is the world's tallest cricketer. Bowlers dominated the list, which makes sense, given that a tall bowler can potentially deliver faster than a shorter bowler. Conversely, the tallest woman cricketer is Krista Engebretson from Australia, and she stands at 6 feet 2 inches.

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