One can easily find Indians all around the globe. With a massive population of 1.3 Billion that means every eighth person on Earth is an Indian. In history, there have been many players of Indian origin cricketers who have played from other countries. Here’s a list of some top players in the same category, some of them might surprise you.
Let’s take a look at top Indian Origin cricketers representing other nations in cricket
- Nasser Hussain, England
The former England captain was surprisingly born in Mudras (now Chennai). Nasser has played 96 tests and 88 ODIs for the English side. Moreover, he is now a widely known English commentator.
- Hashim Amla, South Africa
Prolific South African batter belongs to a Gujarati family. Amla throughout his international career has played 124 Tests along with, 188 ODIs. He has been a part of some great Proteas victories and played a major role in them.
- Ravi Bopara, England
Ravi Bopara is another English player who had been a significant member of their national side for a good chunk of time. Born in a Sikh family, Bopara also has Indian origins.
- Ish Sodhi, New Zealand
Ish Sodhi was born in Ludhiana, Punjab. However, his family soon migrated to New Zealand, hence, bought up in the Australian subcontinent Sodhi has played 17 Tests and 33 ODIs. Moreover, he has been an essential part of the Kiwi T20I team, playing in two T20 World Cups so far.
- Jeetan Patel, New Zealand
Jeetan Patel is another kiwi player with Indian-origin parents belonging to Navsari in Gujarat. However, he was born in New Zealand’s Wellington and has played 24 Tests and 43 ODIs for the Kiwi side.
- Sunil Narine, West Indies
West Indies mystery spinner is hugely famous in India for his performance in IPL. Narine has roots of Indian origin however, he has played 6 Tests and 65 ODIs for West Indies’ national side. Unfortunately, the T20 specialist Narine doesn’t receive as many opportunities on the West Indian side. Hence, what a delight it would have been to see him play for India.
- Stuart Clark, Australia
Astonishing to see Stuart Clark on this list, right? The former Australian bowler was born to Anglo-Indian parents. His father Bruce Clark hailed from Chennai, while his mother Mary belonged to the Kolar Gold Fields. Playing for the Aussies, Clark has taken 94 wickets in 24 Tests, and 53 wickets in 39 ODIs.
- Keshav Maharaj, South Africa
Keshav Maharaj was born in Durban but has roots from India. Currently, Maharaj could be considered the Maharaj of spin bowling with the red ball. The premier spinner ranks second in the list of most wickets for South Africa.
What is interesting to know is that his father Athmanand, an Indian, born in South Africa dreamt of representing his nation. However, the Apartheid regime prevented him from following his dream. Nevertheless, his son is certainly achieving his dream with full passion.
While the list goes on and on. What a delight it would have been to have these players playing for India.
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