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4 iconic Indian sportspersons who switched from cricket in their childhood

The goalkeeper plies his trade with Bengaluru FC
Modified 18 Sep 2017, 01:29 IST
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We all know how Mahendra Singh Dhoni switched from being a goalkeeper in football and a national level badminton player to become one of the greatest cricketers ever. Yuzvendra Chahal also took up the cricket gear after representing India in chess.

However, there are a number of Indian sportspersons who took the opposite route and made their marks in the other Indian sports as well. Here are four Indian sportspeople whose first love was cricket but they made the country proud in another sport!

#1 Gurpreet Singh Sandhu

The star goalkeeper of Indian men's national football team became the first Indian footballer to play in a European top division league in May 2016. He is also the first Indian footballer to play UEFA Europa League after featuring against the Welsh side Connah's Quay Nomads FC in 2016.

However, what most people don't know about this Manchester United and Edwin van der Sar fan is that his father made him join a cricket academy before he picked up the keeper's gloves. The latter was a huge cricket fan and didn't want Gurpreet to pick up any other sport.

However, after a short stint with cricket, the shot-stopper realized that his love was only Football. He wasted no time in showing his football talent to his parents and his constant hard work made him rise up the levels.

Sandhu was named captain of the Indian national team for the friendly match against Puerto Rico on September 3 2016, a match India won 4-1. He is currently plying his trade with Bengaluru FC and playing an important role in India's AFC Asian Cup qualification run.


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Published 18 Sep 2017, 01:29 IST
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