Cricket is quite religiously followed in India and cricketers are looked down as role models by the upcoming generation. There is no doubt that millions of individual want to play for the country. But very few individuals manage to actually do that in their life.
However, the ones that represent India in cricket have some similar kind of qualities like patience, perseverance and determination. Interestingly, these qualities are usually found in individuals working in government jobs, which are equally difficult to crack as far as India is concerned.
Meanwhile, there are some cricketers, who have been rewarded with some good posts in the government sector. These players didn’t give any examination. However, they proved their worth by delivering astonishing performances on the field.
So, here we are with the names of five cricketers who hold government jobs:
KL Rahul, the right-handed Indian batsman is certainly one of the best in India. He has cemented his place in the national side on the back of his prolific batting performances in the past couple of years.
The right-handed batsman is quite able to bat at any position in the side. Moreover, he is quite quick behind the stumps. The 28-year-old also did exceedingly well on his tour to New Zealand earlier this year.
Surprisingly, the RBI had recognized his talent quite early before he became a regular face in Team India. The Reserve Bank had appointed him as the assistant manager, who previously featured in an RBI advertisement in which he was spotted promoting the financial literacy and its importance in the country.
Joginder Sharma, the former Indian pacer, who bowled the final over in the 2007 T20 World Cup against Pakistan. He dismissed in-form Misbah-ul-Haq and helped Team India in winning the match by a small margin of 5 runs. This also helped Men in Blue in becoming the first-ever champions in the history of T20 World Cup.
His heroics forced the government to reward him with a post in the Haryana police. At the moment, he is working as the Deputy Superintendent of Police. He bid adieu to international cricket a few years ago.
MS Dhoni, the former Indian skipper is rated as one of the finest captains in the history of international cricket. He is the only skipper to win T20 World Cup, 50-over World Cup and Champions Trophy. Also, he holds several records in batting and wicketkeeping as well. Interestingly, he also had a strong connection with government jobs in his life.
Before making an international debut, he used to work as a ticket collector at Kharagpur Railway Station. However, he left his job to focus on cricket. Soon, he was picked by the national selectors for Team India and the rest is history.
In 2011, Team India won the 50-over World Cup after a span of 28 long years under his captaincy on the back of his heroic knock against Sri Lanka in the final at Wankhede Stadium. Afterwards, he was conferred with the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel by the Indian territorial army in the same year.
Sachin Tendulkar, the former Indian cricketer doesn’t need any introduction. He played for more than two decades for Team India. He achieved several milestones in cricket that stands till date.
The 41-year-old is one of the highly decorative batsmen, who was a nightmare for the opponent bowling unit during his playing days. On numerous occasions, he was compared with the cricketing legend Sir Donald Bradman.
Tendulkar was also given several nicknames by the fans like ‘Master Blaster’ and the ‘God of Cricket’. And, it will not be wrong to say that he has made an enormous contribution to Indian cricket in comparison to any other player. So, it was the job of the government to reward him for his brilliant work. And in 2010, he was honoured with the post of Group Captain in the Indian Air Force.