5 Cricketers Who Started As Batsman But Became Bowler

2. Ravindra Jadeja

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Just like Ashwin, his spin twin Ravindra Jadeja also started his career as a top-order batsman. His batting genius can be known from the fact that he scored three triple tons in Ranji Trophy cricket.

However he never took his bowling lightly. As a result his bowling gradually improved and because of that he left an extra mark in international cricket. Jaddu never got much opportunity to bat in the top six in any format.

As a result his reputation became that he is a bowler who can bat as well. At present he bats at No. 8 in both Test and ODI format. Because of his accurate left-arm spin, Sir Jadeja has become an indispensable member of the Indian team.

3. Ajit Agarkar

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Indian pacer Ajit Agarkar has done something extraordinary which legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar failed to achieve. Agarkar’s name is etched in the honours board at Lord’s. This is because he scored a century on that ground in 2002.

Surprisingly that score was his one and only fifty-plus score in Test cricket career. In the age-group cricket, Agarkar started as a batsman. He scored a lot of runs in the U15, 16 and 19. When everyone was thinking that another Tendulkar was in the making, Agarkar turned out to be a bowler.        batsman but became bowler

Since making his ODI and Test debut in 1998, Agarkar remained a regular member of the team in the early 2000s. He took 349 international wickets. However he failed to fulfill the promise with his bat down the order.