Off The Field
| On May 20, 2021 1:44 PM IST

What if they weren’t cricketers?


Ever wondered what cricketers would be doing if they weren’t cricketers? If cricket was not an option, what sort of careers would players choose? Had Sachin Tendulkar not graced the 22-yards of the game, what he would be? Here’s a compilation.


Sachin Tendulkar – Shuttler

The master blaster had Badminton pedigree at the tender age. He has often professed his love for the racquet sports, badminton in particular. He would have been a shuttler. After all, he is made for Sports!

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Rahul Dravid – Full-time Coach/Mentor

Rahul Dravid is a mentor anyone would be blessed to have. Dravid has been preparing and grooming the junior cricket teams so effectively. The former India captain would have been a mentor, if not cricketer, which he has become eventually. A Dravid-like coach is all you need!

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Virat Kohli – Footballer

Virat Kohli’s passion for football is well-known. The run-machine Kohli would have been an attacking midfielder or striker. Virat Kohli also own a stake in a team in the franchise-based football tournament, Indian Super League.

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MS Dhoni – Soldier

MS Dhoni would have been serving in Indian Army if he weren’t a cricketer.“Once my cricket career is over, I would definitely like to serve in the Army,” said Dhoni when inducted as an honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the elite Parachute Regiment in 2015.

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Anil Kumble – Photographer

Kumble’s photography skills will definitely bowl you over! One of the two bowlers in the history of cricket to claim perfect 10 wickets in an innings, Kumble was often seen holding a camera while he was the coach of Indian Cricket Team.

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Suresh Raina – Musician

If you follow Suresh Raina on social platforms, you would be aware of his singing talent. Fond of music; for sure, he would have been a musician if not a cricketer.

Image: Suresh Raina/Instagram

Ravindra Jadeja – Jockey

Ravindra Jadeja is hooked on horses. Known for his horse-riding, Jadeja keeps adding horses to his farmhouse. Every time he is off the field, he spends time riding Kesar, Dhanraj and Ganga, his three chargers.

Image; Twitter/Ravindra Jadeja
Himanshu Sharma

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