In India, every cricket match and tournament is treated as a festival. Cricket is considered an important game all over the world, and young people look up to cricket stars as role models. While some are noted for their excellent achievements, not everyone has emerged victorious. Many cricketers in the international cricket do not serve the place of their origin, and instead play for other nations for various reasons. Many high – profile cricketers have been raised in India but represented another country in international cricket over the course of time. The list is topped by English and Pakistani players, most of whom were born before independence. In this article, we will be taking a look at some international players who were raised in India but represented another country.
1. Hashim Amla
Surat in Gujarat is where the Proteas cricketer was born. He was the type of cricketer India would have loved to have on their team. But, unfortunate enough for India, Amla moved to South Africa. and He scored a tonne of runs for the Proteas. In the 50 – over format, he was the fastest to reach the two- thousand- run milestone.
2. Monty Panesar
England’s former spin bowler, Monty Panesar, was also born in Punjab, India. However, his parents migrated to Luton in 1979. He was then traded to England’s spin bowling squad. In the 2012 test series against India, Panesar and his partner, Graeme Swann led England to a historic victory. Mounty represented England in 50 Test matches and 26 One – Day Internationals.
3. Nasser Hussain
Nasser Hussain, the former England captain and currently recognized as a commentator, is the third Indian-born player we have on the list. Nasser was born in Chennai, and his parents moved to England in 1968 to get the advantages of the English educational system. The former skipper amassed 5664 runs in 96 tests and 2333 runs in 88 One – Day Internationals. Nasser also hit a century in England’s last Test innings, allowing them to thrash the opposite team.
4. Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Shivnarine Chanderpaul was a West Indian player who was recognized for his elegant batting posture. He was a hero of the West Indies as he scored a lot of runs for them. Chanderpaul was born into a family of Indo – Guyanese descent. Because of the bonded labour system, his parents went from India to West Indies. He became the first Indo – Carribean cricketer to play 100 tests for his country.
5. Ish Sodhi
The New Zealand spinner continues to be a limited -overs standout. Ish Sodhi was born in the Punjabi city of Ludhiana. When Ish was four years old, his parents relocated to New Zealand. Sodhi now plays for the Blackcaps in all three forms, as well as in T20 leagues such as the IPL, BBL, CPL amongst others.
6. Jeetan Patel
Jeetan Patel is the second Indian – born player for New Zealand in the list. Jeetan Patel was born in Gujarat and later relocated to New Zealand. However, he never had a successful career. He made his debut in 2004. He appeared only in 43 One – Day Internationals and 24 Test matches. Patel gained a lot of opportunities from the Warwickshire side in English county cricket. In 293 first – class games, he had taken 892 wickets.
7. Ravi Bopara
This player from a Sikh family owned the middle – order seam bowling in England. Bopara could have had a bright future as a batsman. But he lacked consistency; which is why he failed to build a name for himself in international cricket. Ravi Bopara’s Test career came to an end in 2012, and he played an ODI for the last time in the 2015 World Cup. He now competes in T20 leagues all around the world.
8. Douglas Jardine
On October 23, 1900, a former England captain named Douglas Jardine, was born in Bombay, India. He is well known for his bodyline tactics during the 1932 – 33 Ashes. Jardine initially demonstrated his leadership abilities when he commanded his high school cricket team. He has left his mark in the history of cricket despite playing only 22 Tests for England. His adoption of the bodyline techniques to curb Don Bradman’s scoring of runscemented his place in history.
9. Bob Woolmer
On May 14 1948, the highly acclaimed and popular coach Bob Woolmer was born in Kanpur. In the later period of his life, he had coached Warwickshire, South Africa, and Pakistan. Clarence Woolmer, Bob Woolmer’s father, was a cricketer who represented the United Provinces. Clarence is believed to have placed a cricket bat and ball in Bob’s cot when he was born, expecting that he would grow up to be a cricketer. Woolmer received his education in Kent and went on to play for the county team. He made his England debut in 1972 and was a regular before joining Kerry Packer’s renegade World Series team.
10. Ramnaresh Sarwan
Ramnaresh Sarwan, a West – Indian cricketer of Indian descent, was the Windies’ strongest middle – order batsman. Sarwan succeeded Brian Lara as the captain of the West Indian team. In his 87 Test matches for the Windies, he scored 10,000 runs. He also played the 50 – over for the West Indies, scoring six boundaries in one over. Sarwan was a capable spin bowler as well. However, following the 2007 World Cup, his career was cut short.