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Top 10 Indian Cricketers and their educational qualifications

Delve into the diverse educational backgrounds of India's cricket stars in this intriguing exploration of the intersection between academics and sport.

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Top 10 Indian Cricketers and their educational qualifications

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Delve into the diverse educational backgrounds of India's cricket stars in this intriguing exploration of the intersection between academics and sport. From players who chose to prioritise the cricket field over higher education to those who successfully balanced both, the article offers a comprehensive look at the academic journeys of some of India's most skilled cricketers.

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Whether it's pursuing the whole nine yards academically or choosing to trade formal education for the love of the game, the piece sheds light on the varied paths taken by individuals shaping Indian cricket. Gain insights into the educational tapestry that makes up the cricketing landscape in India, revealing the diverse stories behind the nation's cricketing talent.

Anil Kumble

Anil Kumble

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Former India spinner and head coach Anil Kumble, esteemed as one of India's most educated cricketers, earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Rashtriya Vidyalaya College of Engineering (RVCE). Making his debut for the Indian cricket team in 1990, Kumble amassed over 400 appearances during his illustrious 18-year international career.

Murali Vijay

Murali Vijay

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Hailing from a scholarly Tamil family, star India Test batter Murali Vijay took a detour from academics at 17, leaving home following board exam setbacks. Embarking on a cricketing journey, he emerged as a prominent Test opener in modern cricket. Despite the initial divergence, Murali Vijay eventually resumed his education, achieving a postgraduate degree in economics from SRM University.

Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid

Renowned as 'The Wall' of Indian cricket, the current head coach of the Indian Cricket Team, Rahul Dravid, earned his bachelor's degree in commerce from St. Joseph's College of Commerce, Bangalore. Selected for the Indian cricket team during his pursuit of a Master's in Business Administration, Dravid's academic journey aligns with his stellar cricketing career.

VVS Laxman

VVS Laxman

VVS Laxman, the current NCA chief, is renowned as the 'God of 4th Innings.' Originating from an intellectual family, he initially pursued medicine post-schooling but ultimately opted for a cricketing career. In recognition of his contributions, Teri University, New Delhi, bestowed upon him an honorary doctorate in 2015.

Kapil Dev

Kapil Dev

Kapil Dev, a legendary fast bowler and all-rounder, earned the adoration of India as he led the team to its inaugural World Cup victory in 1983. Joining the ranks of Indian cricketers, Kapil Dev pursued education until the 12th grade, graduating from D.A.V. School. His journey from the academic realm to the international cricket stage began in 1978, when he made his debut, marking the commencement of a remarkable sporting career.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

MS Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, a former India skipper, has a remarkable history. Fondly known as 'Captain Cool,' he led in a total of 332 matches. Initially pursuing a B.Com. at Christ University, Dhoni eventually withdrew due to his demanding schedule, wholeheartedly dedicating his time to the sport of cricket.

Aavishkar Salvi

Aavishkar Salvi

Aavishkar Salvi, renowned as the most educated Indian cricketer, entered the international stage against Bangladesh. Despite grappling with severe injuries that curtailed his cricketing career, he attained a PhD in astronomy, showcasing his intellectual prowess beyond the boundaries of the cricket field.

Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan

Affectionately known as 'Gabbar' among fans, Shikhar Dhawan, too, prioritised cricket over conventional education. He completed his schooling at St. Mark’s Senior Secondary Public School, Delhi, up to the 12th grade before fully committing himself to the sport. Making his international debut in 2010, Dhawan now serves as an opening batsman for the Indian cricket team, showcasing his dedication and prowess on the cricketing stage.

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli, a standout talent in Indian cricket, currently captains the Test team and boasts an impressive record of 70 centuries in international matches. Surprisingly, despite his cricketing prowess, Kohli is a 12th-grade pass-out, having foregone graduation for intensive cricket training. His decision to prioritise the sport over formal education may come as a revelation to many fans, yet it's a choice for which many are grateful, given the stellar contributions he has made to the cricketing world.

Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma, the present captain of the Indian national cricket team, is among those cricketers who prioritised the sport over higher education. Encouraged by his coach, Dinesh Lad, Sharma transferred to Swami Vivekanand International School, offering superior cricket facilities and a scholarship. Over the subsequent four years, he dedicated himself to cricket, completing his 12th standard before choosing to forgo further education, concentrating exclusively on his burgeoning cricketing career.

 

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