5 Cricketers Who Started As Batsman But Became Bowler

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Nowadays Aussie batsman Steve Smith has become a huge sensation. His latest performance in The Ashes was phenomenal. He single-handedly took his team to victory and regained the coveted urn.

However Smith didn’t start his career as a batsman. He was a leg-spinner and usually came to bat at No. 7/8. As time flew by, his bowling got reduced and his batting picked up pace.         batsman but became bowler

As a result he is at present one of the best batsman. In Test cricket, Smith is currently the top-ranked player. Like Smith there are many players who started as bowlers but later changed their focus to batting.

On the other hand, we don’t talk much about the vice-versa case. There are a lot of players who gave up their dreams to be a batsman. Rather they took the leather in their hands and reached their maximum potential with it.

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Here is the list of 5 players who were batsman but became bowler later in career:

1. Ravichandran Ashwin

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One of the most prominent Indian cricketers, Ravichandran Ashwin, made his international debut a decade ago. This happened after some serious consistent performances on his part in the IPL and domestic cricket.

However the spinner from Tamil Nadu began his career as an opening batsman. In U17 cricket, Ashwin opened the batting for his team quite a few times. Later Ashwin became an off-spinner for Tamil Nadu.

The change proved vital for Ashwin as well as for India. Ashwin became one of the most successful spinners of the Indian team. He proved vital in all the three formats before being ousted from the shorter ones. However he is still a vital part of the team in red ball cricket.        batsman but became bowler