Cricket is no less than a religion in India and cricketers are worshipped like God’s by the Indian fans. These world class cricketers have had the ability to turn the game on its head by some stellar performances and have been able to help India win so many games of cricket.
However, these players also have a very stable backup with a high-ranking government job. This is just in case their cricketing career doesn’t go the right way. It is also a way to keep earning and working post their retirement from the game of cricket. They are sort after with regards to job security and thus we look at 7 such Indian players who have a high-ranking Government job.
One of the modern stars of Indian cricket, KL Rahul had a great start to his career in 2014. He had made more hundreds in Test cricket than fifties. He also is one of the few Indian players who have hundreds in all three formats of the game. He has been in scintillating form over the past one year and has cemented his place as India’s first-choice wicketkeeper-batsman in white-ball cricket.
In 2018, he was appointed as the Assistant Manager of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on the recommendation of S.S. Mundhra, who was the then Giverner of RBI. He still holds the position and has encouraged the young generation to come forward and have a cordial relationship with RBI.
Joginder Sharma had a very brief career with the Men in Blue. However, he will always remain immortal in the history of Indian cricket as he was the one who bowled the final over of the 2007 T20 World Cup final. Defending 13 runs off the last over, Joginder Sharma bowled a wide ball and was hit for a six by Misbah-ul-Haq. But he managed to claw his way back by picking up Misbah’s wicket which helped India win the tournament. He was awarded INR 21 Lakhs and a job in Haryana Police after this fantastic performance. Currently, he is the Deputy Superintendent of Police at Pehowa in the Kurukshetra district.
Kapil Dev is arguably one of the finest all-rounders India has ever produced. His major contribution in cricket was leading the Indian team to their maiden World Cup title as they beat defending champions West Indies in the 1983 World Cup Final. Kapil Dev was highly competitive as an all-rounder and had a great rivalry with other all-rounders of his time like Sir Richard Hadlee, Sir Ian Botham and Imran Khan. He also was the head coach of the Men in Blue for few years after his retirement. In 2008, he got the privilege of being recognised by the Indian army and was given the position of Lieutenant Colonel for the territorial army.
Umesh Yadav made his debut for India back in 2010 and had made a reputation for himself to be the next big thing in Indian cricket. Even though he has not lived up to that reputation yet, he has certainly shown glimpses of brilliance in Test cricket. Especially with his line and length coupled with the extra pace. Yadav wanted to become a police constable but failed to clear the exam before becoming a cricketer. In 2017, RBI roped him in as an Assistant Manager through the sports quota.
Arguably India’s most successful captain in white-ball cricket, MS Dhoni has been one of the modern-day greats of the game of cricket. He still remains the only captain to have won all the three ICC white-ball tournaments – the T20 World Cup, the ODI World Cup and the Champions Trophy. He also led the Indian team to the No.1 ranking in Test match cricket in 2009. In 2011, his services for the nation were recognized by the Indian Territorial Army and like Kapil Dev, even Dhoni was given the position of Lieutenant Colonel. After the end of the 2019 World Cup, Dhoni even went on to serve the Indian Army by taking a sabbatical of two months.
Yuzvendra Chahal made his debut for India back in 2016. He went on to become one of their most important bowlers in white-ball cricket. Chahal also was a professional chess player before he decided to dedicate his entire time to become a professional cricketer. Both him and Kuldeep Yadav had formed a lethal combination for India. They used to pick wickets in the middle- overs and used to break the back of the opposition middle-order. Chahal’s father revealed to Mid Day back in 2018 that Chahal was roped in by the Income Tax Department as an Income Tax Officer
Sachin Tendulkar is the God of Indian cricket and arguably one of the best batsmen to have ever played the game of cricket. His records across white-ball and red-ball cricket speak volumes about his achievement as a player. He played cricket for India for 24 long years and shattered many records and created some that might never be broken. In 2010, he was given the special rank of Group Captain by the Indian Air Force