The top 5 heaviest cricketers in the world

Rahkeem Cornwall is both the fattest and the heaviest cricketer in the world.

Who weighs the most among cricket players?

Now before we start this article, it should be pointed out that this is by no means a derogatory article, in which players are criticised for their weight. This article will just explore the top 5 heaviest cricketers in the world and why they have extra the weight. There are many good reasons such as muscular, height or heredity.

However, with fitness a big part in modern-day cricket, a lot of coaches aren’t very fond of excess weight because it is found to affect performance in general.

So, who are the five heaviest cricketers on the planet, including both current players and those from the past?

5. Kieron Pollard

Kieron Pollard weighs over 100KG and is one of the heaviest cricket players in the world.
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – NOVEMBER 27: Kieron Pollard of the West Indies bats during game one of the International T20 series between New Zealand and the West Indies at Eden Park on November 27, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Kieron Pollard, the West Indian all-rounder is number five on this list. He is estimated to weigh 100KG. However, he is much fitter than the others on this list. This is because he is very tall and has a large quantity of muscle mass, rather than fat tissue. Pollard regularly works out in the gym, in order to improve his ball-striking ability.

This is crucial for him because hitting sixes is his strength, as he admitted himself on YouTube. He loves to wow the crowd with such skills when he plays for various franchises such as the Mumbai Indians and also for his National Team.

Kieron Pollard is number five on our list of “Top 5 heaviest cricketers in the world.”

4. Mohammad Irfan

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 05: Mohammad Irfan of Pakistan celebrates taking the wicket of Aaron Finch of Australia during game two of the International Twenty20 series between Australia and Pakistan at Manuka Oval on November 05, 2019 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Mohammad Irfan features at number four on our list, thanks purely to his height. He is a fantastic athlete, but his height of 7 foot 1 means that he weighs 105KG, despite a lot of this being bone density and muscle.

Irfan is tall and slim and has had a good career for Pakistan. He has played 4 Tests, 60 ODIs and 22 T20Is for his country. The left-arm fast bowler’s strength is his pace and bounce. Plus, he hails from the long line of left-seamers to come out of Pakistan. He has troubled many batsmen domestically during his time.

Mohammad Irfan is number four on our list of “Top 5 heaviest cricketers in the world.”

 

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3. Dwyane Leverock

Port-of-Spain, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: Bermuda Cricketer Dwayne Leverock successfully dives to take the catch of India Cricketer Robin Uthappa off Malachi Jones during a group stage match betwen India and Bermuda, at the Queen’s Park Oval stadium in the Port of Spain, in Trinidad and Tobago, 19 March 2007. Bermuda captain Irving Romaine elected to field after winning the toss against India in a World Cup match at the Queen’s Park Oval. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP via Getty Images)

Dwyane Leverock weighs an estimated substantial 127KG, putting him number three on this list. Unlike the other two above, Leverock does not have a tall and muscular body, but rather has a lot of fat tissue. However, this has had no impact on his cricket career and he has done well at both the domestic and the international level.

His claim to fame is the catch that he took off Robin Uthappa during the 2007 Cricket World Cup. This is because it was a sensational one-handed diving effort in the slips. Dwyane Leverock has shown great athleticism in the outfield and should be applauded for such efforts.

Dwyane Leverock is number three on our list of “Top 5 heaviest cricketers in the world.”

2. Warwick Armstrong

Warwick Windridge Armstrong, Victoria and Australia, circa 1905. (Photo by George Beldam/Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)

In second place is the former Australian cricketer, Warwick Armstrong, who weighed an estimated 133KG. He represented his nation between 1902 and 1921. He was a fine all-rounder, who scored 2863 runs at a batting average of 38.68 and picked up 87 wickets at a bowling average of 33.59.

His highest score by a number 11 on debut stood until broken by Ashton Agar in 2013 vs England. He was nicknamed “The big ship” and was a nemesis of England for many years. He was initially slim at the age of 19 but got bigger in size, with age.

Warwick Armstrong is number two on our list of “Top 5 heaviest cricketers in the world.”

 

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1. Rahkeem Cornwall

Rahkeem Cornwall (L) and Kraigg Brathwaite (R) of West Indies walk off the field at the end of day 1 of the 2nd Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka at Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda, on March 29, 2021. (Photo by Randy Brooks / AFP) (Photo by RANDY BROOKS/AFP via Getty Images)

In first place on our list is Rahkeem Cornwall. The West Indian all-rounder weighs 308lbs or just over 139.7KG, making him the heaviest cricketer in the world. A lot of this can be attributed to his height of 6 foot 7. Cornwall has both a mixture of muscle and fat tissue and an argument could be made that he could perform better, should he slim down.

However, he has had a great start to his international career to date. In just 6 Tests, the right-arm off-spinner has picked up 31 wickets, which is very healthy. He has also scored a half-century with the bat. Rahkeem Cornwall continues to be criticised for his 22 stone weight because we live in a modern world where fitness and body shape is amongst the most important things, especially being an athlete.

Rahkeem Cornwall is number one on our list of “Top 5 heaviest cricketers in the world.”

 

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