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5 Current and Past Indian Athletes who Switched from Cricket to Other Sports Disciplines

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When it comes to sports in India, there are various Indian sportspersons who made a transition from cricket and made their names in the other sports. They leaped from cricket to other sports, some played in childhood while some represented India also.

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Here are five Indian sportspeople who switched from cricket to other sports disciplines

1. Cotah Ramaswami

Cotah Ramaswami - Switched from Cricket
Cotah Ramaswami

He was a dual sports international player who had played for India in both cricket and tennis. In 1922, Ramaswami represented India in the Davis CupIn 1922, Ramaswami had reached the second round when he took part in Wimbledon. In 1923 he won the singles title at the South of England Championships defeating Gordon Lowe in the final in three sets.

His had appeared two times in Test matches, once in England in 1936 when he was already 40. He was a left-handed batsman and played as an attacking player.

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2. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu

Gurpreet Sandhu - Switched from Cricket
Gurpreet Sandhu – Switched to football

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu the star goalkeeper of Indian men’s national football team and the only Indian player to have played in the Europa League. He is also the first Indian footballer to play UEFA Europa League after featuring against the Welsh side Connah’s Quay Nomads FC in 2016.

Football was not the first sport he tried his hands on. He started off with cricket and looked to pursue it but cricket did not “excite” him much. He wasted no time in showing his football talent to his parents and his constant hard work made him rise up the levels.

  1. Neeraj Chopra

Neeraj Chopra - Switched from Cricket
Neeraj Chopra – Switched to Javelin Throw

Neeraj Chopra the golden boy of Indian sports started his career by playing cricket and volleyball but was made to shift to javelin by his uncle at the age of 13.

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He came into limelight in 2012 where he broke the U16 national record with a throw of 68.46m and won gold at the 28th Junior Nationals in Lucknow. Two years later, he broke the U18 national mark as well with a 76.50m effort. He subsequently broke all sorts of records in every tournament he participated. This included his gold medal at the South Asian Games in 2016.

Recently has won gold in CWG 2018 with a season’s best effort of 86.47m in the final.

4. Pullela Gopichand

Pulella Gopichand - Switched from Cricket
Pullela Gopichand – Switched to Badminton

Pullela Gopichand became the second Indian ever to win the All England Open Badminton Championship in 2001. He also won the silver and bronze medal at 1998 CWG in team and men’s singles event respectively. He was also awarded the Arjuna Award after his performance at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

He wanted to become a cricketer in his youth, However, his elder brother felt his talent could be utilized somewhere else and thus encouraged him to pick up the badminton racquet.

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5. Subimal Goswami

Chuni Goswami - Switched from Cricket
Chuni Goswami – Switched to Football

He is famously known as Chuni Goswami, is one of the best Indian multi-sport athletes till date. He was an extremely talented footballer as well as a cricketer. The one-club man played his entire career with Mohun Bagan and captained the club for five seasons.

His talent in cricket was no less. Even though he had to leave cricket a number of times to play football, he did not let it affect his career in the Gentleman’s game. Leading Bengal to a Ranji Trophy final and the numbers of 1592 runs and 47 wickets in 46 first-class matches.

He played for India in 50 international matches including in Olympics, Asian Games, Asia Cup and Merdeka Cup.

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Saad Kazi
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