Kepler Wessels, Robin Jackman, Anderson Cummins, Kevin Pietersen……So many cricketers had played for countries other than their origin.
Such a long list is there for Indian origin cricketers too. From Ravi Bopara to Deepak Patel, some have achieved the success they dreamed of, while quite a few others have fallen by the wayside. Here is our pick of top 5 Indian Origin Cricketers Who Never Played For India.
5. HASIM AMLA
This South African Opener, who can trace his roots to Gujarat ailments, is the Fastest man to reach 2000,3000,4000,5000 runs in ODIs.
Controversially, TEN Sports commentator Dean Jones referred to Amla as a “terrorist” in a match against Sri Lanka. Later Dean publically apologized for the same.
But we love to call him the True Successor of Rahul Dravid.
4. NASIR HUSSAIN
One of the finest captains that England have ever had, Nasser Hussain was born in Madras (now Chennai) to an Indian Muslim father and an English mother.
He started his career as a talented leg spin bowler in Essex.
His 2005 autobiography “Playing With Fire” won the Best Autobiography category of the 2005 British Sports Book Awards.
3. Shivnarine Chanderpaul
He is the first Indo-Caribbean to play 100 Tests for the West Indies, and captained them in 14 Tests and 16 One Day Internationals. A left-handed batsman, Chanderpaul is well known for his unorthodox batting stance, which has been described as crab-like.
In a test in 2001 Australia series, the two sides scored exactly the same total in their respective first innings, and Australia then reached 417 in their second, leaving West Indies requiring 418 runs to win. No side had ever successfully chased that many runs to win in a Test previously; writing for Cricinfo, Andrew Miller reported at the end of the third day that “Victory [for the West Indies is as unlikely as ever, but it remains a remote possibility.” On the final two days, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Chanderpaul—batting with a broken finger—both reached centuries, and the West Indies completed the record run-chase with three wickets remaining!
2. Alvin Kallicharran
Alvin Isaac Kallicharran (born 21 March 1949) is a former West Indian batsman of Indo-Guyanese ethnicity who played from 1972 to 1981. A left-handed batsman and right-arm off spinner, Kallicharran was known for his elegant, watchful batting style.
One of his most noted international innings, a knock of 158 against England, was shrouded in controversy when he was run out by Tony Greig on the final ball of the first day. He attempted to join World Series Cricket, but failed, and was appointed captain of the West Indies in 1977–1978 when Clive Lloyd resigned over the Packer issue.
1. Rohan Kanhai
Rohan Bholalall Kanhai (born 26 December 1935) is a former Guyanese cricketer who represented the West Indies in 79Test matches. He is widely considered as one of the best batsmen of the 1960s.
He was famous for his unorthodox shots, most notably the “falling hook” shot, in which he finished his follow through lying on his back.
Kanhai scored 6,227 runs in 79 Tests at a robust average of 47.53, with his highest score of 256 and 11,615 first class runs for Warwickshire at an average of 51.62, which is the highest for any batsman who played for the county for a considerable time.
No wonder why Sunil Gavaskar named his son Rohan after Kanhai.
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