Did you know that former England captain Nasser Hussain was born in Chennai? Any guesses on where we are heading? Well, today we will discuss players who aren't representing India but were born in India.
Ajaz Patel (New Zealand)
The star of the second Test until now for New Zealand was Ajaz Patel as he picked all the wickets on the first day of the ongoing second Test. Ajaz Patel made his debut in 2018 for the Kiwis against Pakistan.
The 33-year-old was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra in India and then emigrated from Mumbai when he was just eight years of age. He has managed to pick 29 wickets in 10 Tests for the Kiwis that including a fifer in his debut against.
Formerly a seam bowler, Ajaz Patel certainly made the right choice once again as we now see him as one of New Zealand's budding bowlers.
He looked at it last night and now Ajaz Patel has booked his spot on the Wankhede Honours Board! He breaks through in the 2nd over of day 2 getting Saha LBW for 27. Then next ball he has Ashwin clean bowled! India 224-6! Live scoring | https://t.co/tKeqyLOL9D #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/YWqrUq7eVG— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 4, 2021
Simi Singh (Ireland)
Simranjit Singh also known as Simi Singh features Ireland in International cricket but he was born in Bathlana, Punjab in 1987. He earned his central contract from Ireland in 2019 and 2020, he was awarded the contract on a full-time basis.
Simi Singh made his ODI debut in 2017 against New Zealand, made his T20I debut in 2018, and is yet to feature in a Test match.
Simi Singh's numbers
# In July 2021, Simi Singh became the first-ever cricketer to score a ton in ODI batting at no.8 or lower.
Ish Sodhi (New Zealand)
Another Kiwi who has been representing New Zealand for quite a while, Sodhi was born in Ludhiana, Punjab. Inderbir Singh or "Ish" Singh moved to New Zealand with his family when he was just 4-years-old.
Sodhi made his Test debut in 2013, T20I debut in 2014, and ODI debut in 2015. Let's have a look at his numbers.
Sandeep Goud, Jatinder Singh, Ayaan Khan (Oman)
The reason why we are mentioning Oman here instead of the player name is that we have four players with an Indian origin but they are Omani cricketers.
Starting with Sandeep Goud, who was born in Hyderabad and made his debut in 2019, Sandeep is an all-rounder who was also named In Oman's squad for the T20 World Cup held a couple of months ago.
Another player born in Ludhiana, Punjab is Jatinder Singh, AB explosive batsman who represents Oman in International cricket. He debuted for Oman in 2015 in T20Is and 2019 in ODIs.
Singh has almost 700 runs in T20I for Oman in 28 matches, an average of 27.88, with the highest score of 68*.
Ayaan Khan, another player who plays for Oman but was born in India, Ayaan took birth in Bhopal and has also featured for Madhya Pradesh in the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy in the 2015-16 season.
He made his international debut for Oman in ODIs and T20Is in 2021.
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