Few years back a rumor about South African cricketer AB de Villiers surfaced. There it was stated that he played other sport like Rugby, Badminton, etc. The fans believed it to be true considering the amount of fitness ABD possesses.
However in his autobiography, ABD cleared that those were myths. He said that he has represented his country only in country. However there are some cricketers who played other sport. A few of them even represented their country in that sport too.
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Yuzvendra Chahal – Chess
Nowadays in limited-overs cricket, wrist spinners have become a necessity. India is blessed to have a quality wrist spinner in the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal. The cricketer from Haryana has been Kohli’s go-to man.
Chahal has the ability to pick wickets during powerplay, in middle overs and also in the death. However before cricket, Chahal used to play chess. He even won the National Under-12 Championship in Kolkata, 2002.
He also represented India at Asian and World U12 Junior Championships. However lack of sponsorship stopped his further progress. Instead he began practicing cricket on their own agricultural land.
Since his debut for RCB in 2014, Chahal has grown over the years. He took 23 and 22 wickets in 2015 and 2016 season. The 29-year-old has a tally of 100 IPL wickets. This is a magnificent achievement considering the fact that RCB’s homeground Chinnaswamy Stadium is small.
Because of his IPL performances, Chahal got a call from the national team. In 2017 he registered the figures of 6/25 against England in Bangalore. This is the best by an Indian in T20Is. He is currently a vital cog for the Men in Blue in limited-overs cricket.
Andrew Flintoff – Boxing
Big Freddie’s height was 6 feet 4 inches and he weighed over 200 pounds. His heroics with bat and ball in the 2005 Ashes at home will always be remembered. In 5 matches he scored 402 runs at strike rate in the 70s.
This included 3 fifties and a hundred. Along with that he also took 24 wickets at an average of 27. Deservedly he took home the Man of the Series award. After retiring from cricket in 2009, Freddie decided to enter the boxing ring.
He fought America’s Richard Dawson on 30 November 2012. Although Freddie won the match yet he decided to retire. Later he appeared in TV films and documentaries. The 41-year-old is currently doing commentary in T20 leagues.