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What’s in a name: 5 cricketers who changed their names

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With the kind of popularity and following that cricket commands in India, cricketers are household names in this part of the world.

But have we ever thought about the story behind their names? Or what significance does any of the name on a cricket scorecard hold?

Let us have a look at five cricketers who represented their respective countries in international cricket and ended up changing their name, before or during their playing days, from the one they had at the time of their birth.

#5 Mohammad Yousuf

It is a misconception that Yousuf converted to Islam for captaincy
It is a misconception that Yousuf converted to Islam for captaincy

Perhaps the one name on this list that will strike the minds of cricket fans who have followed the sport in the past decade, Yousuf Yohana of Pakistan converted to Islam and has ever since come to be known as Mohammad Yousuf.

Only the fifth non-Muslim player to represent Pakistan cricket internationally, and the only one to captain the team, Yousuf converted from Christianity in 2005, his decision being influenced by then-teammate Saeed Anwar. 

Many people believe that he switched religions only to be able to lead the Pakistan team. However, he had already filled in the shoes of the skipper in 2004, prior to his conversion.

Whatever be the reason, Yousuf's conversion helped him a great deal in batting terms. 2006 was a year when his batting yield elevated him from just another batsman to a great. Having amassed 1788 runs at a Bradmanesque average of 99.33, Yousuf broke many records, including the one for most runs in a calendar year.

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