Cricket is like a religion in India. Apart from the fandom and fame they enjoy, our cricketers have always been a major source of inspiration for the nation. Fans know almost every detail of the players who play for the national team. Be it about their professional life or personal life, fans know it all. But usually education of cricketers is highly underestimated.
Here are the names of 9 Indian cricketers who parallelly excelled in academics along with cricket.
1- Ravichandran Ashwin
Ashwin is the number one spinner of the Indian cricket team who has excelled across formats because of his wicket taking abilities. He did his schooling from Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan and St. Bede’s. He attended SSN College of Engineering and graduated with a BTech in Information Technology & worked for Cognizant Technology Solutions.
2- Javagal Srinath
He was one of the best Indian fast bowlers. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Instrumentation Technology from Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE), now known as JSS Science and Technology University, Mysuru.
3- Avishkar Salvi
Avishkar Salvi was the right-arm medium pace bowler for Team India. His bowling style has been compared to that of the Aussie legend Glenn McGrath. He holds a doctorate degree in astrophysics.
4- Anil Kumble
The former spinner, Anil Kumble completed his pre-university college education from National College Basavanagudi. He is graduated in Bachelors of Engineering from Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering (RVCE), Bangalore in Mechanical Engineering.
5- Rahul Dravid
One of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket, Dravid did his schooling at St. Joseph’s Boys High School, Bangalore and earned a degree in commerce from St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, Bangalore.
6- K. Srikkanth
Former Indian captain, Krishnamachari Srikkanth is an electrical engineer who graduated from College of Engineering, Guindy in Chennai.
7- Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan
Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan played Test cricket for the Indian cricket team and later became an umpire. He is an Engineering Graduate from Madras University.
8- Murali Vijay
Murali Vijay was not good in studies. After scoring just 40 percent in XII standard, he left his home to learn more about life. He was more into traveling and sea life and this is what kept him away from the studies. However, he realised the importance of education and returned back. He then joined the Vivekananda College in Mylapore, Chennai. Now he now holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics and a Masters Degree in Philosophy.
9- Amay Khurasiya
Khurasiya, a left-hand batsman, has the rare distinction of clearing the formidable and highly regarded Indian Administrative Services exam (IAS) before he started playing for India.