5 Cricketers who played other sport before playing cricket

These players had the ability to play for their country in other sports as well but they chose cricket.

Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum. (Photo Source: Twitter)

There is one thing about sports. The confidence and instinct from one sport naturally helps a person to develop skills from another sport. A footballer could be great in athletics while a hockey player could use his instincts to learn basketball quickly. Basically, it all boils down to mental toughness and physical strength which all sports require.

Over the years, we have seen several individuals who have aced two sports. It’s very rare to see a person playing two sports at the same time, but it has happened in the past. For instance, back in the day, Sir Ian Botham and Sir Vivian Richards were two prominent cricketers who had also played a fair bit of professional football. In this article, we will discuss some more legends who have played some other sport and not just cricket.

5 Cricketers who played other sport before playing cricket:

1. Ellyse Perry

Ellyse Perry
Ellyse Perry. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ellyse Perry is one of the finest all-rounders to have played the game. As she a woman cricketer, she might not get the same amount of fame as other male cricketers but her record is just too good to ignore. In 112 ODI matches, Perry has scored 3022 runs at an average of 52.1. Other than this, she has also picked up 152 wickets average of 24.29.

If that record isn’t something to be proud of, then we don’t know what else is. But Perry is a true all-rounder in real-life. Other than being the one of the the best all-rounders ever to have played the game, she is also a full-time soccer player. She has represented Australia football team at the international level 18 times.

She has also played for Canberra United and Sydney FC, two prominent clubs of Australian women’s football. Interestingly, the 29-year-old made her debut for Australia in both cricket and football at the age of 16. She has also represented the Australian women’s team at the World Cup in both football and cricket.


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