Cricket’s fan following is huge in India. It is followed like a religion and people are mad about it. Almost everyone has watched a cricket match at least once in his or her life. But, have you ever thought about the academic qualification of your favourite cricketers?
Of course, they have studied apart from perusing their passion. You will be shocked to know that there are some cricketers who have engineering, IAS, commerce, astrophysics, and other degrees.
Here is a list of 9 Indian cricketers who are highly qualified:
9.) Ravichandran Ashwin
The backbone of Team India in Tests, Ravichandran Ashwin, did his schooling from Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan and St. Bede’s Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School. He went on to pursue engineering, graduating in Information Technology from the SSN College of Engineering, Chennai. Ashwin also worked for Cognizant Technology Solutions for a while.
8.) Javagal Srinath
Former India speedster, Javagal Srinath, did his engineering in Instrumentation Technology from the Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering, now known as JSS Science and Technology University, Mysuru.
7.) Avishkar Salvi
Avishkar Salvi, the right-arm medium pace bowler with the technique similar to Glenn McGrath’s is rather a known name in India’s domestic circuit. He holds a doctorate degree in astrophysics.
6.) Anil Kumble
The leading wicket-taker of India in Tests, Anil Kumble, did his pre-university college education from National College Basavanagudi, and completed his engineering in the stream of Mechanical from Rashtriya Vidyalaya College of Engineering (RVCE), a private college in Bangalore.
5.) Rahul Dravid
The current coach of India A & India U-19, Rahul Dravid, completed his schooling from the prestigious St. Joseph’s Boys High School, and went on to graduate from the St. Joseph’s College of Commerce with a degree in commerce. Dravid was studying MBA in the St Joseph’s College of Business Administration when he was called up to represent India in cricket.
4.) K. Srikkanth
Former Indian captain, Krishnamachari Srikkanth is an electrical engineer who graduated from College of Engineering, Guindy in Chennai.
3.) Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan
Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan is an Engineering Graduate from Madras University. He played Test cricket for the Indian cricket team and later became an umpire.
2.) Murali Vijay
Current Team India Test opener, Murali Vijay, was not good in studies and scored just 40 per cent in the XII standard. He left his home after the poor result in order to learn more about life. The Indian opener was more into travelling and sea life and this what kept him away from the studies. However, he did return back and realize the importance of studies. He then joined the Vivekananda College in Mylapore, Chennai. According to cricket.com.au, he now holds a degree in economics and masters in philosophy.
1.) 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.