3 Indian Origin Players Who Captained Other Nations: In the sporting world, playing for a different country that the nation you were born in is not uncommon. All around the world, whether in cricket or other sports, players migrate from their birth country to other country in search of better and more opportunities in their field of play.
For some people, it is lesser pay in their own country – like Ireland and Zimbabwe players going to England – and for some, as plenty of South Africans has done, it is because of a lack of opportunities.
You will be shocked to know that even some players born in India have moved overseas and not only played but captained another country.
Here are 3 players of Indian origin who captained other countries:
One of the most prominent names on this list is former England captain Nasser Hussain. Hussain was born in 1968 in Madras (now Chennai). His family moved to England when he was a young child, and he joined Essex’s youth team and began his professional career with Essex in 1987.
Hussain made his England ODI debut in 1989, and Test debut a year later. He retired from international cricket in 2004 and soon after became a notable voice in the commentary box.
Hussain led the England Test team for 45 Test matches, winning 17 of them, from 1999 to 2003 and in 56 ODIs. He finished with 5764 runs in Tests and 2332 runs in ODIs.
Perhaps the most famous name in the Canada cricket team among Indians is Ashish Bagai.
Bagai was born in 192 in Delhi, and studied at St. Columba’s School before moving to Canada at the age of 11. The wicket-keeper batsman had his dream come true when he captained the Canada team in the 2011 World Cup in India.
Bagai played 62 ODIs, captaining in 27 of them, and 9 T20Is for Canada, the last of which came in 2013, ending a decade-long glorious career in Canada cricket.
Born in Durban in 1983, the South African legendary batsman Hashim Amla is of Indian origin: hailing from a Muslim family, Amla’s grandfather had migrated to South Africa from Surat, India, in 1927.
He was one of the most prolific batters of his generation, scoring over 18,000 international runs with 55 international centuries to his name and bringing many accolades to the South African team.
Amla captained South Africa in 14 Tests, winning 4 and losing 4, and also in 9 ODIs and 2 T20Is.