Cricket and movies are quite closely related, the stardom, the fame and the immense acknowledgement that both the fields bring is something unimaginable. These two professions can overnight transform an individual from nobody to somebody everyone might worship. Actors and cricketers are perhaps the two most famous personalities in South Asia with an incomprehensible fan base yet what is even more interesting is the crossover. Though we have rarely seen an actor venturing into professional cricket but we have for sure seen many cricketers playing the angry hero in conventional film. Take a look at some of the most celebrated cricketers’ acting career and how well it turned out for them.
Mohsin Hasan Khan
Former cricketer Mohsin Hasan Khan played 48 Tests and 75 ODIs from 1977 to 1986 for Pakistan. A reliable opening batsmen and amongst the few openers who could comprehend Australian and English wickets early on in his career. After taking a sabbatical from cricket Mohsin ventured into Bollywood, his good looks and emphatic personality complimented him on screen. He started his film career with renowned director JP Dutta ‘s 1989 film Batwara. His biggest success in Bollywood was Mahesh Bhatt’s crime thriller Saathi (1991).
Famously known as the Little Master, veteran cricketer Sunil Gavaskar was the first to get 10,000 Test runs and 30 centuries for India. A phenomenal batsman who represented India in 125 test matches and 108 ODIs, scoring more than 3000 runs in ODI cricket. After retirement Sunil aka Sunny went to dominate Bollywood. He first starred in a Marathi movie while he was still playing for India. The movie was ‘Savli Premachi’ and came out in 1980. He also had a guest role in the 1988 movie ‘Malaamaal’, a film featuring Naseeruddin Shah in which Gavaskar played himself in a cricket match
Kambli was a fierce batsman who played with all the grit and power but unfortunately lacked the discipline. He played for India as a middle order batsman but could not make a lasting impact. He holds a unique record of being the first man to score a century in a One-day International on his birthday. Despite having the highest career batting average for an Indian test Cricketer of 54, he played his last Test when he was just 23 years. His cricketing career concluded in 2000 after which he tried his hand in movies, starring in the movie ‘Aanarth’ alongside Sunil Shetty, however, it didn’t do well at the box office.
Though Kamran Akmal is quite a big hero on field too, his off the field acting stints have also not gone unnoticed. He made a small cameo in the film Patiala House starring Akshay Kumar and Anushka Sharma in the lead. Kamran essayed the role of a cricketer and played one shot during the whole match. You can easily guess who bowled Akmal out, yes; it was Akshay Kumar- the hero- of the film.
Lee was recognized as one of fastest bowlers in the world of cricket. He is known for his consistency of pace, and has bowled over 150 kilometres per hour. Lee played for the Australian team that won the 2003 World Cup. He announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket on 12 July 2012, having played his first Test in 1999. Lee made his acting debut with a film called “UnIndian” which was shot in Sydney. Australian cricket legend Brett Lee plays an English teacher who falls in love with a single mother played by Bollywood star Tanishtha Chatterjee.
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