Cricket is a religion in India. A memory of a past when the sub-continent was a colony of the British, cricket as a sport is unparalleled in popularity. Despite having popular sports like football, hockey, kabbadi, badminton and tennis; cricket is the single sport that unites the nation and an India vs. Pakistan cricket match, practically brings down traffic to a standstill and sees massive leave requests in offices and colleges. Contrary to popular beliefs that cricketers aren’t well-educated, we profile some cricketers who have some solid degrees to their name!
Mr. Nice Guy, The Wall, Jammy – these are just some adjectives used to describe Rahul Dravid. The man for all seasons and reasons, he has donned every conceivable role for the team’s sake, be it wicket-keeping, opening the batting, pushing himself down the order or staying outside the team to feature an extra bowler; he is still respected by everyone and along with VVS Laxman he scripted a remarkable turn-around for India against Australia at the Eden Gardens many years back. Dravid is an engineer and has an incomplete management degree.
Mike Brearley led England to victory in the Ashes in 1981. A player known for his people-management skills rather than batting; he was a terrific slip fielder and motivated his team to bring out the best in them. A student of Cambridge University, Mike holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the Classical and Moral Sciences. He is a trained psychoanalyst and psychologist and also a renowned motivational speaker.
After Kapil Dev’s retirement, Srinath spearheaded the Indian team’s pace bowling attack quite admirably. Currently he is an ICC-certified match referee officiating matches around the world. He holds a B.Tech in Instrumentation Engineering.
People often joked that Anil Kumble was more of a medium pacer than a spinner. Can anyone forget the ten wickets in an innings haul against Pakistan? Or that iconic image of his jaw all plastered and held together as he bowled his heart out in the West Indies? Anil Kumble holds a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering degree.
A member of the Indian women’s cricket team, Shikha holds a B.Tech in Electronics and Electrical Engineering and is employed as an Air Traffic Controller with the Indian Air Force. A truly remarkable achievement indeed.
All his life he will have to bear the pun – “Misbah-one-run” following the loss to India in the inaugural T:20 World Cup. Jokes apart, he is the most balanced player and one of the sanest minds in the Pakistan cricket team for a long time. Level-headed and calm he has helped balance the team’s mercurial heavy-weights and the talented youngsters. Misbah holds an MBA from the University of Management and Technology, Lahore.
The man who single-handedly revitalised a team’s fortunes and helped motivate Pakistan to lift the World Cup; Imran Khan studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Keble College, Oxford. Currently he heads a political party – ‘Tehreek-e-Insaaf’ in Pakistan.
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