Cricket has produced some of the finest athletes. Numerous players have played only a handful of ODI and Test matches, but they have made a great impact on their respective teams. The average career of a cricketer is about eight to ten years. Post-retirement cricketers either continue with cricket commentary, coaching or choose a completely different profession. Let’s look at some of the greatest players of cricket who have taken an alternate career post-retirement.
NAVJOT SINGH SIDHU (INDIA)
Navjot Singh Sidhu, India’s most popular top-order batsman, was well-known for his six- hitting abilities. Navjot made his debut for India in the year 1984. The sixer Sidhu had a career span of 19 years and scored 3,202 runs from 51 Tests, and 4,413 runs from 136 ODI matches.
The quintessential Punjabi is an all-rounder of all sorts. Post-retirement, he has featured in multiple television shows and was a permanent guest in the Kapil Sharma Show. He also joined politics and was elected a member of Parliament in Lok Sabha.
IMRAN KHAN (PAKISTAN)
Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi is one of the finest players and the most successful captain the sport has ever witnessed. The player was known for his elegance and charm on and off the field. The cricketer has played 175 ODI, 88 Test matches in total scoring 3,709, and 3807 runs, respectively.
Imran was the fastest bowler during the time he played and has the world record of taking most wickets as a captain. He also has a record of taking 62 wickets in just 9 Test matches. Khan took 50 wickets in a calendar year with the lowest average by any bowler in Test history. Imran retired in the year 1992, and in 1996 he founded a political party
Tehreek-e-Insaaf. Currently, he is the 22nd prime minister of Pakistan.
DILIP DOSHI (INDIA)
Dilip Rasiklal Doshi was India’s best left-arm spinners in the 1970’s and early 80’s. He had to wait until the age of 32 to be part of the Indian Test team. He is considered to be one of the only four players who have played their first test after the age of thirty. Doshi has played only 33 Test matches and taken 114 wickets with a bowling average of 30.71. He took 100 wickets in just 28 Test matches.
Clarrie Grimmett, Australian leg spinner, and Doshi are the only two players to reach this landmark. Doshi ended his cricketing career in the year 1983. In the year, 2006 he became the managing director of Entrack India, a commercial firm that markets Montblanc pens in India.
ANDREW FLINTOFF (ENGLAND)
Andrew Flintoff, also known as Freddie Flintoff, is one of England’s leading all-rounders and a player who cannot be portrayed, only based on statistics. Flintoff had been acknowledged as the top international all-rounder in both the Test and ODI formats. The English cricketer has played 141 ODI and 79 Test matches and has scored more than 3000 runs in both the formats.
He has a record of the most number of sixes by any English player. Since his retirement, he has been part of numerous projects, and one of such profession was boxing. He became a pro-boxer in 2012 and beat American boxer, Richard Dawson. Flintoff has also written autobiographies such as Being Freddie, Ashes to Ashes, Good Times, Bad Times, etc. He is
also involved in the real estate business.
JOGINDER SHARMA (INDIA)
The former Indian cricketer, Joginder Nath Sharma is a right-arm medium-fast bowler hailing from Haryana. He has played 16 matches in the Indian Premier League and represented Chennai Super Kings. The bowling all-rounder gained attention when he dismissed the top order Rahul Dravid, V.V.Laxman, and Yuvraj Singh in a match against the national team. He is acknowledged as of the unsung heroes of the 2007 ICC World T20 final match.
The World Cup final against Pakistan made him very famous and the Haryana government offered him Rs. 21 lakhs for his contribution. After the success of the 2007 World Cup, he was appointed as the DSP by the Haryana police in October 2007.