10 Cricketers Who Previously Played Other Sport

Sir Ian Botham – Football

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One of the greatest all-rounders of all time, Sir Botham have over 5000 runs and 383 Test wickets. He was the first to achieve a ‘double’ of scoring a century and taking 10 wickets in the same Test match. His contributions in 1981 Ashes is herculean.

Apart from being a great cricketer, he was also a talented footballer. Botham played as a professional center-half from 1978 to 1985. In that period he played 11 games for Scunthorpe United in the English Football League. For Yeovil Town, he appeared for the Football Association XI during the 1984/85 season.

Currently Botham has become a world-renowned commentator. But still he plays sport like Golf and Shooting. He was included in England’s greatest Test XI during England’s 1000th Test in August last year. Botham received his knighthood in 2007 and was inducted in ICC Hall of Fame in 2009.

Suzie Bates – Basketball

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She is one of the optimum all-rounders in the arena of Women’s cricket. In ODIs, she is the leading run-scorer for New Zealand with over 4000 runs at 42 including 25 fifties and 10 centuries. In T20Is, she is all time highest-scorer with 3100 runs to her name at an average of 30 to go with a century and 21 fifties.

The former Kiwi skipper also represented her country in Women’s Basketball in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She played for Christchurch Sirens in the Australian Women’s National Basketball league (WNBL). There she played in 24 games between 2007 and 2008.

After that she moved to Otago Gold Rush in 2009 and the Logan Thunder in 2010. But after becoming the captain in cricket, she had to give up basketball. In Big Bash League she took 28 wickets and scored over 1300 runs. She became ICC Women’s ODI cricketer of the year in 2013 and 2015. Along with that she also won the ICC Women’s T20I player of the year in 2015.