Indians are spread all across the globe. And, they are often found representing the other nation at the international level. We’ve seen many players of Indian origin playing for other countries and excelling. Let’s look at the ten Indian origin players who played for other countries.
1. Hashim Amla
Amla is a prominent face of South African cricket. He made his debut against India at the age of 21. Amla managed to register more than 9,000 runs in tests and more than 8,000 runs in ODIs. Amla is the fastest batsman in the world to score 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 runs. However, the lesser-known fact is that his roots are Indian, his father was from Surat, Gujarat and went on to settle in Durban, South Africa.
2. Naseer Hussain
Former English Captain, Naseer Hussain was an enticing batsman with over 30,000 runs under his belt. He was also awarded with an OBE in the New Year’s Honors list in 2001 for his contribution. Hussain achieved heights while playing for England; however, he was born in Madras to a Tamil Speaking Family. His family relocated to England when he was seven, where he decided to pursue his dreams.
3. Ish Sodhi
Ish Sodhi is a kiwi bowler who was born in Ludhiana District of Punjab, India and moved out of India when was just 4. One of the significant bowlers in the T20 format for New Zealand, Sodhi has taken 57 T20I wickets till now and intends to register more. The right arm leg spinner surged from no. 10th to no.1 ranking in the ICC rankings for T20I bowlers in 2018.
4. Muttiah Muralitharan
The veteran Sri Lankan spinner’s grandfather came from South India to Sri Lanka in 1920 and settled here. However, Muralitharan’s father moved back to India while Murali decided to stay. His 800 test wickets and 534 ODI wickets put him on the list of top wicket takers. He has taken 10 wickets haul against every test playing nation except Australia. Muralitharan also has the Overseas Citizenship of India which makes him eligible to come to the country without a Visa.
5. Ramnaresh Sarwan
Ramnaresh Sarwan is a former West Indian cricketer who is of Indian Origin and a Hindu as suggested by his surname. Having scored almost 6,000 runs in both formats of the game, Sarwan went down as one the prolific batsmen. He captained the West Indian side for a couple of games after Brian Lara, however he bid adieu to the game in 2016.
6. Anshuman Rath
Anshuman Rath is an Indian cricketer and former Hong Kong Cricket team captain. He made his international debut for Hong Kong in 2014 and was named as the captain in 2019. However, he left the Hong Kong Cricket team to pursue his dreams in India. He became eligible to play domestic cricket in 2021 and is set to represent Odisha in the upcoming Domestic season.
7. Shivnaraine Chandrapaul
It is said that Shivnarine Chandrapaul’s ancestors were Indians and that apparently gives Chandrapaul an Indian descent. With over 20,000 runs under his belt, Chandrapaul displayed consistency with his bat and scored runs in crucial games and registered 41 centuries and 125 half centuries. After his batting, what was widely famous was his unorthodox batting stance.
8. Ravi Bopara
Ravi Bopara is English all-rounder who plays for Sussex. Bopara was born into an immigrant Indian Sikh family and went on to represent England when he made his debut in 2007 against Australia. He played in various T20 Leagues such as IPL, BBL, PSL and many others, however, his career could not last long. He is counted among the few cricketers to have smashed three consecutive tons in the white ball cricket.
9. Sunil Narine
Popularly known as the mystery spinner, Sunil Narine is a West Indian off-spinner. He is a Trinidadian of Indian Origin. Once in an interview he revealed that his father was a huge fan of Sunil Gavaskar hence named his son after him. He is one of the successful bowlers in the T20 format of the game and is seen playing all the major T20 leagues. Apart from his bowling what makes him unique is his ability to bat and clobber boundaries against bowlers.
10. Ravi Rampaul
Who doesn’t remember Rampaul’s spell against India in the 2011 WC where he got five batsmen including the little master? Just like many others he is also of Indian Origin. He took 49 wickets in 18 test matches at an average of 34.79 and 117 ODI wickets at an average of 29.35. He plays for Trinidad and Tobago in domestic cricket and for Surrey and Derbyshire in County.