It is said that once you become famous, no one asks about your degree. Some people believe that sports people do not study well. They don't go to any college or have any graduation degree. It can be confirmed at some percent. As sportspeople have different tournaments and they want to pursue their career in a particular sport, it might be possible that they prefer sports over their graduation degree or higher education. But here are some examples that will surprise you, your favorite cricketers went to college to become engineers, doctors, or for masters degrees. Here are some cricketers who are well educated but chose to become cricketers over their education.
1. Ravichandran Ashwin
He is one of the greatest spinners in India. Ravichandran Ashwin is the fastest to reach 350 test wickets, along with spinning legend Muralidharan. The Indian off-spinner holds a B.Tech degree in information technology. He studies in one of the reputed colleges in India Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar college of engineering.
2. Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid is a former Indian captain known as the wall of Indian cricket. He has left a great legacy to be proud of. He also holds a degree in commerce from St. Joseph’s college, Bangalore. He was pursuing his MBA from St. Joseph college, he got selected for Indian national cricket team. Also, he has played significant role in discovering new talent and polishing them for the Indian team.
3. Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara is a former Sri Lankan professional cricketer. He is known as the greatest batsman in history. He was not able to finish his degree in law faculty of the university of Colombo due to his cricket. But later, he completed his master’s in law from the university. Currently, he is the coach of the Rajasthan Royals IPL team.
4. Imran Khan
Imran Khan is known as the world cup-winning captain of Pakistan. He made his first-class cricket debut in Lahore at the 16.He has a great academic background. He had studied in a Royal Grammar School in England. After that he went to Oxford and studied economics, politics, and philosophy.
Misbah Ul-Haq is former Pakistani middle order batsman. He is known for his aggressive stroke play. He also has captained the Pakistani team. Misbah-Ul-Haq has an impressive academic background. He holds double degrees in Mathematics and Physics. Also he has completed his MBA degree from university of management and technology, Lahore.
6. Michael Atherton
Michael Atherton is a former English cricketer. He was the opening batsman for the England team. Michael was a technician with a bat. He was selected to study at Manchester Grammar school. He studied history in Cambridge University and got his degree. He also played cricket at his university before representing the country.
7. Mike Brearley
Mike is the former skipper of the English team. He captained the team for 31 test matches from 1977 to 1981.He did study in Cambridge university. After retiring from cricket, Mike worked as psychotherapist and psychoanalyst. Also he was president of the British psychoanalytical society from 2008 to 2010.
8. Geoff Lawson
Geoff is a former Australian cricketer. He has captained the Australian team for nine years. Before choosing cricket as a career, he was a qualified optometrist. He has a bachelor of optometry from the university of New South Wales. After taking retirement, he played the role of coach for the Pakistan team from 2007 to 2008.
9. Ed Cowan
Ed Cowan is a former Australian cricketer. He is one of the most learned cricketers of the present era. Cowan has played primarily domestic cricket. He has a bachelor's degree in commerce and a masters degree in applied finance. He also worked as a research analyst while playing for New South Wales.
10. Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble is a former Indian cricketer. He is one of the greatest cricketers ever. Many people remember him for dismissing all ten batsmen in test match innings against Pakistan in 1999. Also, he has an excellent academic background. He is a mechanical engineer. He studied at Rashtriya Vidyalaya college of engineering. He did top in almost every examination.