New Delhi. There have been many such cricketers all over the world, who have tried their hands in some other sport apart from cricket. Jonty Rhodes, Andrew Flintoff, Ian Bothan, Suzy Bates, Ellyse Perry are just a few of the many foreign cricketers who have played for their country in more than one game. There are 5 such cricketers in India too, who have made a name for themselves in sports other than cricket.
1. Yuzvendra Chahal: Leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is a part of the Indian cricket team. He has shown a great game in white ball cricket. Chahal has taken 121 wickets in 72 ODIs for India with an economy of 5.26. At the same time, he has taken 91 wickets in 75 T20 Internationals with an economy of 8.13. But did you know that Chahal was a great chess player before stepping into cricket. Chahal has represented India in both cricket and chess. He participated in the World Youth Chess Championship before leaving the game. He did not get any sponsor. After this, he left chess and took his steps towards cricket. Chahal’s name is listed in the official site of the World Chess Federation.
2. Kapil Dev: Kapil Dev is unquestionably the greatest all-rounder India has ever produced and one of the best players in the world. His amazing success at the international level inspired the coming generations to take up fast bowling. Apart from performing brilliantly in cricket and making many records, Kapil Dev also got India the first World Cup in 1983. The veteran cricketer represented India in several amateur golf tournaments after his retirement from cricket. He was selected along with Rishi Narayan and Amit Luthra to represent India in the Asia Pacific Senior 2018. In March 2021, he was inducted as one of the board members of the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI). Regarding his attachment to this game, Kapil once said, “I liked football when I was playing cricket. But golf became a passion and now an addiction.
3. Kota Ramaswamy: Kota Ramaswamy has represented India in both tennis and cricket. He played in the Davis Cup in the 1920s and then represented India in two Test matches during the tour of England in 1936. His Test debut happened at the age of 40 and his maximum score was 60 runs. He had a good first class career. He scored 2400 runs in 53 matches at an average of 28.91 with two centuries and 12 fifties. Ramaswamy also took 30 wickets at an average of 33.06.
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4. Ajit Agarkar: Ajit Agarkar also tried his hand at golf after retiring from cricket like Kapil Dev. He had a very successful international career, especially in white-ball cricket. Agarkar took 288 wickets in 191 ODIs at an average of 27.85 and an economy rate of 5.07. He took only 58 wickets in 26 Tests. Agarkar was the bowling hero with figures of six for 41 in India’s famous victory in Adelaide in 2003–04. After retirement, like Kapil Dev, Agkar also played and won many golf tournaments. Agarkar won the India Final of the BMR World Corporate Golf Challenge held at Prestige Golfshire in Bangalore in 2016.
5. Chunni Goswami: Late Chuni Goswami was a famous footballer. He played 50 international matches for India, winning a gold medal in the 1962 Asian Games and a silver medal in the 1964 Asia Cup. He also represented the Indian team that participated in the 1960 Summer Olympics. After retiring from football, Goswami focused on cricket. He represented Bengal in 46 first-class matches, scoring 1592 runs at an average of 28.42. He scored one century and seven half-centuries. With his medium pace, he took 47 wickets at an average of 24.08.
FIRST PUBLISHED : February 24, 2023, 20:35 IST