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5 Not So Famous Sporting Siblings

Raj Amit
1.98K   //    25 Jul 2011, 22:46 IST

When we look at our palm, we see no two fingers are of the same size and shape, same is the case when it comes to living our lives. Often we see that despite being brought up in the same family, with almost the same facilities at the disposal, two siblings are not too similar when it comes to successes with the professional career. Here is the classic case of siblings who had similar paths in life but just different fortunes with the journey.

The infamous Underarm Incident

 Trevor Chappell, Cricket

Trevor is the youngest of the Chappell brothers, with Greg and Ian being the elder two. His international career includes 3 tests (all on the 1981 Ashes tour) and 20 ODI’s with 1983 World Cup. Contrary to his brothers who were pure batsman, he was a bowling all-rounder. He never got settled in the test arena, with a career aggregate of 79 runs with 27 being his highest score. In ODI’s he had a century to his credit and also chipped with few wickets. He is famous for his underarm delivery to New Zealander B. McKechnie on the order of his brother and captain Greg, something which overshadowed his entire cricketing career. After retiring Chappell went on to coach the Bangladesh cricket team and also a fielding coach for the Sri Lankan cricket team.

Ralf : No way Near Michael

Ralf Schumacher, Formula One

The younger brother of seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher, Ralf represented the sports for 11 seasons from 1997-2007. He made his debut for Jordan in 1997, and very soon found him on the podium in just his 3rd start at the Argentina Grand Prix. Later in his career he raced for Williams and Toyata, where he received decent results. A formula one career with 6 race wins and over 20 podium finishes is pretty, considering he never drove in a competitive car which challenged the likes of Ferrari, McLaren etc. Ralf and his younger brother Michael Schumacher are the only brothers to win races in Formula One, and they were the first brothers to finish 1st and 2nd in the same race, in Montreal in 2001and 2003.At the time of him retiring from F1, he had the second most salary behind Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen. Since 2008 he has been racing in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters series with Mercedes.

Murrays: Brothers in crime

Jamie Murray, Tennis

Jamie Robert Murray is the elder brother of Andy Murray, unlike his younger brother Andy he is a doubles specialist. As a junior he was World Number 2, however he failed to recapitulate the success on the senior circuit with his wins coming only on the doubles tour. The biggest scalp of his career was the mixed doubles Wimbledon 07 title, partnering Jelena Jankovi? and a year later he finished runner up in the US Open. Both the brothers have featured in many ATP tournaments, the best of the lot being a semifinal finish in the Junior US Open,2004. Both the brothers represent the British Davis Cup Team and have been instrumental in Great Britian qualifying back to World Playoff group, last fortnight.

Mark Gasol Learning the tricks from Pau

Marc Gasol, Basketball

He is the younger brother of current Lakers forward Pau Gasol. Born in Spain this 7’1”, he was drafted as 48th overall, by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2007 NBA Draft. In 2008 he was traded for his brother Pau to Memphis Grizzlies, making the deal the only one of its kind in NBA’s history. He was a part of the Spanish Team which won silver at 2008 Beijing Olympics, gold at 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan. He has been quite instrumental in the Memphis Grizzlies success this year with 81 regular season starts. In the playoffs he was remarkable, averaging 11.7 points and 7 rebounds per game and the silver lining of the season was the win over top-seeded San Antonio Spurs in 2011.

Anton: Losing his temper

Anton Ferdinand, Football

The younger brother of Manchester United and English center back Rio Ferdinand, Anton has been in the footballing scene for a while. Soon after Rio was sold to Manchester United for a record 30 million pound, he joined West Ham as a trainee in December 2002. He made his first team appearance for the Hammers in 2003 and in his six year stay at the club he was in the spotlight both for his on field and off field performances. He later joined Sunderland in 08, and since then has been a part of the Black Cat squad. He never met his potential, an Under 21 and an Under 19 player for England, he never got an English senior cap. He has been a shadow of his brother and also has landed himself arrested for an assault charge.


Raj Amit
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