Cricketers Who played Football Too: Many players have tried their hand in football before playing cricket. Players like Vivian Richards, Ian Botham, Kapil Dev, Ellis Perry are also included in this list.
Let’s talk about Vivian Richards first. Richards is counted in the list of the greatest players in the world. He has played a total of 4 World Cups for the West Indies. Richards used to be an excellent footballer before the 1975 World Cup. He played a football World Cup qualifier match for Antigua at the age of 20. However, later he made cricket his profession. Pic Credit: Sadhguru Twitter
Australia’s legendary player Alice Perry is also included in this list as a female player. Ellyse Perry participated in the 2011 FIFA World Cup. He also scored a brilliant goal against Germany in the quarter-final match. Ellyse Perry has so far scored 875, 3427 and 1627 runs for Australia in 11 Tests, 132 ODIs and 142 T20s respectively. Pic Credit: Ellyse Perry
Former England cricketer Ian Botham has also played football. He played a football match for Lower League side Scunthorpe United in March 1980. He appeared a total of 11 times while playing for the Irons. When it came to choosing between cricket and football, he made his career in cricket and emerged as a legendary all-rounder of England. (Pic Credit: ICC Instagram)
Indian team’s great player and 1983 World Cup winner Kapil Dev has also played football. But he took part in the football match after his cricket career. In June 1992, he signed to play football from East Bengal. Kapil Dev played football for about 23 minutes at the Salt Lake Stadium. Pic Credit: kapil dev-Instagram
Denis Compton has been one of the great English players. His average in Test cricket was fifty. He won the Football Association Challenge Cup in 1950 while playing for England’s famous club Arsenal. Dennis’ team defeated Liverpool in the final. Pic Credit: ICC Twitter