Siblings participating on national teams is nothing new in cricket. Since the sport's beginning, numerous brothers have represented their country's national team. True, a sport typically runs in families, and siblings often develop a fondness for it. Several examples of brothers defending their countries have occurred. And, for any individual, serving a country with a sibling is a dream come true. There have been cases where siblings with a similar love for the sport and a desire to play for their country's national squad have competed on the same international field. Below is a compilation of famous cricketers who are brothers and have shaken the entire world together:
1. Hardik Pandya & Krunal Pandya
Krunal and Hardik are two of the finest players in the world right now. For the past five years, they've served Mumbai Indians, the IPL's most accomplished team. On February 6, 2019, the Pandya brothers of Vadodara made their debut international outing jointly in a T20i against New Zealand.
2. Albie Morkel & Morne Morkel
The Morkel brothers have played cricket for South Africa several times. Albie Morkel was an all-rounder and a powerful batsman in cricket. Morne was a right-arm speedy bowler with a lot of experience. Albie and Morne Morkel have become the first siblings in 56 years to be selected as Annual Cricketers of the Year by South African Cricket in the same season.
3. Irfan Pathan & Yusuf Pathan
Amongst the most prolific sibling pairings in international cricket is the Irfan and Yusuf pairing. They even took part in the inaugural T20 World Cup in South Africa, which India won after beating Pakistan in the final. Irfan joined the national team in 2003 and was recognized for his ball-swinging abilities. Yusuf, unlike Irfan, was noted for his powerful hitting.
4. Tom Curran & Sam Curran
As Tom and Sam Curran played in the final One-Day International against Sri Lanka, they were the sixth set of siblings to play for England in 2018. Tom made his first appearance in 2017, while Sam started his career facing Australia.
5. Brendon McCullum & Nathan McCullum
Between 2009 and 2016, the McCullum siblings were members of the New Zealand team. Throughout that time, they appeared in practically every international match for the New Zealand team. Their playing styles couldn't have been more dissimilar. Brendon McCullum was a powerful hitter, while Nathan McCullum was an off-spinner and a dependable lower-order batter.
6. Kevin O’Brien & Niall O’Brien
Kevin and Niall O'Brien have played for Ireland in the ICC World Cups in 2007, 2011, and 2015. Brendan O'Brien, their father, is a veteran Irish player. Kevin O'Brien is an all-rounder with a lot of expertise. He also has the record for being the first Irish batsman to hit a hundred in a Test match. Niall, who is the older of two is a more collected and focused batsman.
7. Michael Hussey & David Hussey
During 2008 and 2013, the Hussey brothers had multiple performances for Australia. Both were also members of Australia's ODI World Cup team in 2011. Mike Hussey, the older Hussey, started his career against India in 2004 and quickly cemented himself as an essential member of the Australian team. David, on the contrary side, was an expert in the league's smallest version. David was noted for his propensity to score runs as well as his off-spin skill to take wickets.
8. Shaun Marsh & Mitchell Marsh
The Marsh brothers have competed alongside Australia in numerous international cricket games. Geoff Marsh, their father, has played 50 tests and 117 One-Day Internationals for Australia. Shaun, the older brother, is a solid left-handed hitter. Mitchell Marsh is an excellent all-around player. In all forms, he has served Australia.
9. Andy Flower & Grant Flower
During the 1990s, the Flower brothers laid the groundwork for Zimbabwe cricket. Both players have a combined total of 21,608 runs for Zimbabwe, ranking them the best batsmen the nation has ever produced and one of cricket's greatest brothers. Zimbabwe's most famous siblings were frequently involved in long-term relationships that came to the team's rescue in a variety of situations.
10. Steve Waugh & Mark Waugh
Steve and Mark Waugh, the very first identical siblings to compete in an international match jointly, are iconic. Steve was one of international cricket's most distinguished captains. In one-day international cricket, Mark made 16,529 runs and was considered a superior batsman to Steve. Steve Waugh was an ideal captain. Both of the Waugh brothers were outstanding batsmen for Australia.