There have been numerous Indian origin cricketers who have played for other countries and many of them have been great players of the game. Hashim Amla is the most well-known contemporary player of Indian-origin to have etched his name in cricket history. However, many other greats ranging from the likes of West-Indian great Alvin Kallicharran to current day sensations like Sunil Narine can boast of Indian ancestry.
Here’s a look at 5 such phenomenal cricketers to have some unique claim t the history books of cricket records.
#1 Rohan Kanhai: First man of Indian origin to lead the West Indies at the highest level
Rohan Kanhai is famous for being part of the West Indian team that won the inaugural 1975 Cricket World Cup. However what is not popularly known is Kanhai was the second player of Indian origin after Sonny Ramadhin to play for the West Indies and holds the record for being the first Indian-origin player to captain the West Indies at the highest level.
The Guyanese cricketer with a Bhojpuri origin captained West Indies in 13 Tests in 1973-74 setting precedent for players like Alvin Kallicharran, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan. He also has the record of being West Indies’ first ODI skipper.
256 for West Indies against India in Kolkata in 1958 was also the record for the highest score by a visiting batsman against India until 2005 when Younis Khan scored 267 in Bangalore. His 256 was also the first Test double at the Eden Gardens and was the record highest score at the ground until VVS Laxman scored his epic 281.
[Trivia : Sunil Gavaskar's son is named after Rohan Kanhai. Gavaskar wrote about him - "To say that he is the greatest batsman I have ever seen so far is to put it mildly."]