List Of 5 Cricketers Who Changed Their Name

Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi

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The sixth Nawab of Pataudi was named Iftikhar Ali Khan and also Nawab of Pataudi Senior. His son Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi was also known as Nawab of Pataudi Junior.

When Mansur was 11 years old, his father passed away in an accident while playing polo. Mansur debuted in Tests for India in 1961. In the next year, he was named the captain. In the process Mansur became India’s youngest Test captain at age of 21.

Until 1971, the legendary batsman played as Nawab of Pataudi Junior. But in 1971, the Government of India officially ceased to recognize princely titles. Thus he changed his name to Mansur officially.

After the change, Mansur played only 7 Tests. In total he played 46 Tests and scored 2,793 runs at an average of 34.91. This included six centuries and 19 half-centuries. His highest score was 203* which came against England in Delhi.

Bob Willis

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Robert George Dylan Willis will always be known as one of the courageous pacers of England. However he is more popularly known as Bob Willis. The story behind his change of name is very interesting.

Willis was awestruck by class and aura of 1960s American musician, the enigmatic Bob Dylan. Willis was so impressed that he decided to borrow the singer’s name. In 1965 through a deed pole, a legal document, Willis changed his name.

On the field, Willis had to endure a lot of pain. He had to undergo operation on both his knees in 1975. However he still played for 9 more years and retired at the age of 35. After retirement, he went into the field of media and formed a strong partnership with Ian Botham for Sky Sports.

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