November 25 2018
It should come as no surprise that cricketers are good at football. For starters, they often play football as a part of their training routine. It helps them with their fitness and agility. Besides that, cricketers are naturally gifted athletes, so some of them are likely to be good at other sports as well, including football. Here are 5 Indian cricketers who are pretty good at football as well:
As a schoolboy, MS Dhoni played football and was the goalkeeper for his school team. In fact, it was his goalkeeping skills that caught his cricket coach’s attention and the latter convinced him to become a cricketer – or to be more specific – a wicketkeeper. Now the co-owner of the Chennaiyin FC ISL team, Dhoni regularly plays charity football matches with celebrities. He plays as a midfielder and often scores a goal or two.
Considering how fit he is, it should come as no surprise that Kohli is good at football. He is the co-owner of the FC Goa ISL team and plays football with the same aggression with which he approaches cricket. In a recent charity match against Bollywood stars, he scored a brace and was a livewire throughout, running up and down the field.
Kohli himself admits that Manish Pandey is the best footballer in the current Indian cricket team so he must be quite good. We haven’t caught too many glimpses of him playing but there are several reports of him showing off his fancy footwork and step overs.
Being a fantastic reader of the game when it comes to cricket, it is not surprising that the off-spinner has similar skills when it comes to football as well. But a general lack of athleticism means that he positions himself at the back and is usually the one playing out passes from the back and trying to start the attacks.
No skills, no stopovers, no goals. Nothing flashy from Rahane, he just tries to keep it simple. He is the one who makes the simple passes and keeps the team ticking. Sounds familiar? Clearly, he employs his cricketing philosophy in football as well. He has very good footwork which comes handy in football as well.