5 Cricketers who played for unusual teams
Players have tried to do that for various reasons, one of them being a bid to make national comebacks.
Updated - Nov 1, 2019 4:42 pm
In this day and age, playing for multiple teams is common. With the advent of so many T20 leagues, players tend to play for different teams in different leagues. In fact, their teams change every year as well. Hence, apart from the national team and their state (or rather domestic) teams, players represent multiple teams.
However, there are players who have played for teams one may not even have heard of. Players have tried to do that for money, in order to get more recognition, in their bid to regain their spot in the national side and many other reasons.
Hence, here we look at five such cricketers who have played for unusual teams during their respective careers.
Rahul Dravid – Scotland (Scottish Saltires)
For a decade and a half, Rahul Dravid was India’s Wall at No. 3. While that was in Test cricket, he donned multiple roles in the ODI team. He is one of the few players who have scored more than 10,000 runs in both Tests and ODIs. Majority of these runs have come for India and some have for Asia XI and World XI as well.
However, there is another team that Dravid has represented and not a lot of people know about it. The cricketer from Karnataka has played for Scotland in 2003. He played 11 games over a period of three months. He scored 600 runs at an average of 66.67 which included three hundreds as well.
Gwynne Jones, the Chief Executive of the Scottish Cricket Union wanted Sachin Tendulkar but it was the then India coach John Wright who persuaded to go for Dravid and not Tendulkar. Between 2002 and 2006, Dravid was at his peak and hence, Scotland got the services of him at the right time. However, despite Dravid’s individual brilliance, his team could win just one game out of 12.