Cricket is the second-most watched sport in the world. Male and female cricketers have been playing the sport for several years now. The sport has a massive fan-following in India.
On the other hand, there has always been a tough competition in international cricket. It’s not that easy to break into the playing XI with plenty of talents around.
However, some cricketers have cleverly shifted their base to other nations in order to play the sport they truly love and cherish.
We have seen Indian-origin players shifting their base to the United States to represent the team at the international level.
Now, in this article, we will take a look at the eight origin players who played for Australia at the international level.
1. Bransby Cooper
For the unversed, Bransby Cooper was born in 1844 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. When he was born, Dhaka came under India. As a result, he is one of the Indian origin cricketers who represented Australia at the International level. He played only one game where he scored 18 runs.
2. Rex Sellers
Rex Sellers was born in Valsad (located in Gujarat). He was a lanky leg-spinner by trait. Rex played a solitary Test for Australian cricket team at Calcutta (now Kolkata). He bowled six overs and went wicketless.
3. Stuart Clark
Stuart Clark is one of the Indian origin players who played for the Australian cricket team. He played 24 Tests, 39 ODIs and 9 T20Is and finished his career with 160 international wickets across formats.
4. Lisa Sthalekar
Hailing from Pune (India), Lisa Sthalekar went on to play for Australia at the highest level. She went on to become one of the best all-rounders in Australia’s women’s cricket history. Notably, she won the Women’s International Cricketer of the Year in 2007.
5. Gurinder Sandhu
Did you know? Gurinder’s parents moved from Punjab to Sydney in the late ’80s. He made his ODI debut in 2015 and went on to become only the first-ever Indian-origin cricketer to play for Australia in ODIs. Nonetheless, the lanky fast bowler played only 2 games for Australia.
6. Tanveer Sangha
Tanveer Sangha represented Australia at the U-19 level. His father was from Punjab and had shifted to Australia for education. The family currently stays in Sydney. The leg-spinner was the team’s leading wicket-taker at the 2020 U19 World Cup tournament.
7. Jason Sangha
Jason was the Australian skipper for the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup. Notably, he was the team’s highest run-scorer in that particular series.
8. Arjun Nair
Meanwhile, Arjun Nair is another Indian-origin cricketer who donned the Australian outfit at the international level. He played for the Aussies at U-19 level.