5 Cricketers Who Started As Batsman But Became Bowler

4. Shardul Thakur

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This Indian pacer has been in and out of the national team for some time now. However for India ‘A’, he has performed on a consistent basis in a handful of games. Moreover he has done well in IPL and domestic circuit as well.

Shardul made his ODI debut in 2017 against Sri Lanka. However he was soon surrounded by controversy as he donned the jersey No. 10. This is because Sachin Tendulkar used to wear the same jersey number. As a result Shardul had to immediately change it.        batsman but became bowler

He made his T20I and Test debut in 2018. However his Test debut lasted only 10 balls due to groin injury. It is a little-known fact that Shardul also wanted to be a batsman. In fact in school cricket, he had hit six sixes in an over. However with passing time, Shardul became a proper bowler.

5. James Franklin

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The Kiwi pacer played a key role in helping to keep a balance in the New Zealand side. He was very effective with the ball in the white-ball format. Along with that he could do a bit of batting as well.

Franklin had played 179 games for the national side. In Test format also he was very much productive as well. He is one of the two Kiwi bowlers to take a Test hat-trick. Franklin last played an international game in 2013.

Franklin started his career as a batsman. However he slowly turned towards being a bowler and became an effective lower-order batsman. But he made a transition once again and went back into the middle order. As a result he became an enforcer in limited overs format.          batsman but became bowler