Cricketers are sheer entertainers and the amount of cricket that is being played today is surreal. Besides the international format, there are several other franchise T20 leagues across the world.
The craze for the sport is still alive and kicking. Today, cricket is one of the most-watched sports in the world. Cricket is the second most popular sport in Asia. It is most popular in South Asia.
Notably, cricket is also the most-watched sport in India. On the other hand, cricketers who made a name for themselves in the modern era were also good at academics.
In this article, we will now take a look at the ten cricketers who were also excellent in their studies.
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10. Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson is one of the very few players with no haters. He is considered one of the most highly-rated batters in the modern era. The New Zealand skipper is one of the fab four batters of the present era and was excellent in studies.
9. Axar Patel
India’s bowling all-rounder Axar Patel is one of the players who was excellent in his studies. He also pursued Mechanical Engineering in his career. Today, he is a regular starter for Team India across three formats.
8. Rudie van Vuuren
Namibian player Rudie van Vuuren represented the country in the ICC Men’s 2003 World Cup. On the other hand, he also played rugby for the country. Later, he called it quits on the sport. As per the Wikipedia page, he is the physician of the President of Namibia, Dr. Hage Geingob.
7. Smriti Mandhana
As per several media outlets, Smriti Mandhana wanted to pursue Science. Needless to say, her family wanted her to take Commerce instead. This decision let Smriti focus on her game.
6. Mike Brearly
For the record, Mike Brearley played for Cambridge University. The former England skipper completed his post-graduation in Classical and Moral Sciences. She called it quits from cricket a long ago. Mike currently works as a psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, and motivational speaker.
5. Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid is currently the head coach of the Indian cricket team. Popularly known as The Wall of Indian cricket, Dravid was excellent in his studies. The Gentleman was pursuing MBA when he got an opportunity to play for Team India.
4. Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara was one of the greatest captains of Sri Lanka. He was also the greatest-ever wicketkeeper-batsman. He completed a Master of Law at the University of Colombo. Notably, he also received an award for being the best all-around student in school days.
3. Javagal Srinath
Javagal Srinath is the second leading wicket-taker for India in ODIs after Anil Kumble (334). Srinath took 315 wickets to his name. Notably, he completed his B.E. and specialized in Instrumentation Technology from SJCE, Mysore.
2. Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin is the second leading wicket-taker for India in Tests (449) after Anil Kumble (619). Ravi Ashwin worked at an IT company before announcing his arrival into the sport.
1. Shikha Pandey
Not many know that Shikha Pandey was excellent at her studies. She even did a B.Tech degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering to her name. During the 10th and 12th standards, she had a staggering aggregate of 90%.