6 New Zealand cricketers with an Indian connection
The New Zealand cricket team is currently touring India to play 3 Tests and 5 ODIs against the host nation. Over the years, this team from the southernmost country of the world has produced a number of fine cricketers who have excelled in different skills of the game.
There is a sizeable population of Indian-origin people in New Zealand and therefore, it is not a surprise that some current and former Kiwi players are descendants of the Asian nation. Apart from the ones who have already played international cricket, there are also quite a few budding cricketers who hail from an Indian descent.
Here are 6 players from New Zealand who have a connection with India:
#1 Dipak Patel
Former Kiwi off-spinner Dipak Patel was born in Nairobi, Kenya but moved with his family to England as a 10-year-old in 1968. For a decade or so, he played county cricket for Worcestershire and came up with some fine all-round performances.
However, owing to a constant snub from the England selectors, Patel decided to emigrate to New Zealand in order to pursue his dream of playing international cricket. Just a year later, in 1987, his wish was fulfilled as he made his Test debut against the West Indies at Wellington.
Dipak Patel played 37 Tests in all, scoring 1,200 runs at an average of over 20 and also picking up 75 wickets. He represented the New Zealand team in three consecutive World Cups – 1987, 1992 and 1996 – and is known most for opening the bowling during the 1992 World Cup.