From Unmukt Chand To A Legendary English Captain, Here Are The Indian-Born Players Who Went On To Play International Cricket For A Different Country

Published - 01 Jul 2023, 02:33 PM

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From Unmukt Chand To A Legendary English Captain, Here Are The Indian-Born Players Who Went On To Play International Cricket For A Different Country. The Indian cricket team is indeed one of the best teams globally, and it has achieved many successes in the international cricket circuit. It is no surprise that there are many Indian Players who have represented other countries as the Indian population makes up a significant portion of the world’s population.

While Indian cricketers are building a name for themselves, certain Indian-descent players are accomplishing the same for other countries. They are all of Indian heritage, and while some were born in the countries they represent, many were born in India and went on to represent their adopted countries. Here are the top five Indian players that have represented different countries.

From Unmukt Chand To A Legendary English Captain, Here Are The Indian-Born Players Who Went On To Play International Cricket For A Different Country

1. Unmukt Chand (Indian born but plays for USA)

Unmukt Chand, India
Unmukt Chand (Image Credit: Twitter)

Unmukt Chand is an Indian cricketer who currently represents the United States of America. He captained the Indian U-19 cricket team to victory in the 2012 ICC U-19 World Cup. He is the first Indian player to be named to the USA Cricket squad. He made his debut for the USA in 2019 and has since become an important member of the team.

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2. Ish Sodhi (Indian born but plays for New Zealand)

Ish Sodhi
Ish Sodhi. (Photo: Twitter)

Inderbir Singh Sodhi, a leg spinner from New Zealand, was born in 1992 in Ludhiana, India. His family moved to Auckland when he was four years old, and he has since become one of New Zealand’s go-to white-ball bowlers. Sodhi has demonstrated a strong capacity to execute under duress as the Kiwis’ second-highest wicket-taker in T20Is. He has also been an integral member of the New Zealand team, contributing to several triumphs.

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3. Nasser Hussain (Indian born but plays for England)

Nasser Hussain
Nasser Hussain. (Photo: Twitter)

Nasser Hussain was born in 1968 in Madras (now Chennai) and is a descendant of Muhammad Ali Khan Wallajah, the 2nd Nawab of Arcot. Hussain’s family relocated to England in 1975, and he rapidly became active in cricket, eventually being chosen to captain the English cricket team in Test and ODI matches. Hussain was a successful captain, winning 45 of the 101 matches he led and later becoming a well-known cricket commentator. Many young cricketers are inspired by his achievements and legacy in the sport.

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4. Ajaz Patel (Indian born but plays for New Zealand)

Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajaz Patel
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Ajaz Yunus Patel recently made history in a test match against Indian National Cricket Team. Patel of New Zealand became the third bowler to take all ten wickets in an inning in the second Test against Indian National Cricket Team in 2021.

His achievement is all the more impressive given that he accomplished it in his birth country, India, and in the city where he was born Mumbai. His family is from Tankaria village in Bharuch, Gujarat. He left India when he was eight years old and was raised in New Zealand.

5. Monty Panesar (Indian born but plays forEngland)

Monty Panesar
Monty Panesar (Image Credit: Twitter)

Monty Panesar is a former English cricketer who was born in Luton, England to Punjabi parents who immigrated to England from India in 1979. He is a slow left-arm bowler who made his test debut in Nagpur against Indian National Cricket Team in 2006.

He has taken 167 test wickets, with his best performance being against India in Mumbai in 2012, when he grabbed 11 wickets. Panesar rose to prominence in England and was regarded as one of the top spinners in the world. Many young Punjabis in England were inspired by his success.

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