In a country like India, two things are loved by the fans i.e cricket and movies. Both cricket and movies go hand in hand with cricketers swapping bat for glamour. While some have managed to do well there have been cricketers who have failed to do well in their acting career. Here’s the list of Indian cricketers, who failed to get off the mark in the acting career.
He was one of the best all-rounders in the Indian team alongside Robin Singh in ’90s. Even though he had a great cricketing career, all the hard work was overshadowed by a 5-year ban for match-fixing which was later quashed by Delhi High Court in 2003. He played 15 Tests and 196 One Day Internationals for India between 1992 and 2000.
Currently, Jadeja can be seen on television as cricketing anchor and analyst. Off the cricketing field, he tried his hands in films such as Pal Pal Dil Ke Ssaat, in the year 2009 and Khel (2003). Both the films failed to do well on box office.
The legendary cricketer and World Cup-winning skipper has a stellar career on the field and was named by Wisden as the Indian Cricketer of the Year (2002). One of the greatest all-rounders to have played the game, and has been inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in 2010.
Apart from cricket, he has also been part of the film industry by playing cameos roles in some well known Hindi films like Iqbal, Chain Khuli ki Main Khuli and Mujhse Shadi Karogi. He is currently active on the golf circuit.
The left-handed batsman has been in news for all the wrong reason couple of months back. Even though he is known for his unbeaten 664 run partnership with Sachin Tendulkar in school cricket, he even had a brilliant career for tea India scoring two double centuries and two centuries in the seven Tests that he played for the national side.
After a short cricketing career Kambli appeared as an actor in two films, Annarth (2002) and Pal Pall Dil Ke Ssath alongside fellow cricketer Ajay Jadeja and Satish Shah. Currently, he is coaching youngsters at a cricket academy in Mumbai.
The ‘Little Master’ is widely regarded as the greatest opening batsman in Test history till date. By the time he finished his career, he has set many records in his playing career which was later broken by Sachin Tendulkar. Gavaskar was also a member of the 1983 Cricket World Cup winning Indian team.
After success on the cricket field, Gavaskar also played a small inning in the film industry with a lead role in a Marathi film “Savli Premachi” and a cameo role in the 1988 Hindi movie “Maalamal”.