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6 Indian Cricketers who hold an engineering degree

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It is quite often said that India is a country where you become an engineer first and then decide what you need to do with your life. Well, given the fact that the country has more than 3000 engineering colleges, it comes as no surprise. The reasons behind this obsession with engineering are many and I will leave that discussion for another day.

Now, given this background, it becomes really difficult for an average Indian to venture into something as mundane as, say sports. I mean imagine if Roger Federer or Usain Bolt would have been asked to become an engineer before entering the field of sports.

So, it usually takes extraordinary skills if one has to succeed as a sportsperson in India.  After all, one cannot get everything in life and choices have to be made. But in this world of making choices & sacrifices, there are few exceptions.

There are Indians who are engineers and have still excelled at sports at the highest level. Surprising as it may sound, but it is true and it is a testimony to the dedication of these engineer turned players.

And when it comes to sports, cricket is by far the most popular game in the country. So today, being Engineer’s Day; we take a look at six Indian cricketers who are also qualified engineers.

#1 Anil Kumble

Anil Kumble

Anil Kumble is easily the most famous engineer turned Indian cricketer. With 619 test & 337 ODI wickets, he is the highest wicket-taker for India in both the formats. He was India’s main strike bowler for most of his career and has been foxing the batsmen across the world.

But did you know that he might have been using his analytical skills to get the better of the best of batsmen? Kumble has a BE degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering, Bangalore. He got his degree in 1991-92 and also made his ODI debut around the same time.  

Speaking about the importance of education, Kumble had once said, “"It helps to balance the good and bad. In cricket, you can't guarantee success, so education equips you to deal with it."

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