Playing international cricket is a dream for many cricketers. Even after retiring, some cricketers like to be connected with the game in some way or another, be it coaching or mentoring a team or taking up commentary. However a few cricketers after retirement, like to be amidst the action on the cricket field and take up umpiring. Umpires hold enormous powers with the game in their hands. Their decisions on the cricket field are sacred and no one dares to question (except reviews) them. Here is a look at 5 such international level cricketers who became umpires after calling it day from international cricket:
#5 Srinivas Venkataraghavan
Srinivas Venkataraghavan, one of the best spinners to play cricket for India in the 1970’s, had a very successful career as an umpire after retiring from the game of cricket.
Venkataraghavan, who made his debut in international cricket in 1965 had an illustrious career of 18 years, representing India in 57 Tests and 15 ODIs. In 57 Tests, Venkataraghavan scalped 156 wickets at an average of 36.11. He captained the Indian ODI team in the first two editions of the World Cup tournament i.e. 1975 and 1979.
After retiring, he took up umpiring and was one of the most respected umpires of all time. He was known for his accurate decision making in a day and age when the Decision Review System (DRS) was unheard of. Venkataraghavan officiated in 73 Tests and 52 ODIs before retiring from umpiring in March 2004.