While talking about cricketers, our perception is that he or she is more or less as someone who hated studies, and that’s why he/she became a cricketer
But, this is a narrow way of looking at things as there has been quite a lot of players who were very good at studies as well
Therefore, here, we discuss the Top 15 most educated cricketers who could’ve had a bright career even if they carried on with their studies
So, without any further due, let us get on with this list
15. Douglas Jardine
John Arlott, the famous English Journalist, mentioned Douglas Jardine as one of the most disliked cricketers of the world.’
His employed bodyline tactics was a menace even for the Australia that had the great Donald Bradman in their line-up
So, John Arlott was right about the former English captain as even Sir Don’s average came down to the 50s due to that tactic
Yes, he was notorious, as captains should be, but it was also due to his quick thinking thanks to his education
Douglas Jardine studied History at Oxford University and even at the legendary Winchester College.
Winchester’s discipline was harsh, but Jardine always came out on top, showing brilliance in both sports and academics.
Cricket fans can’t forget The Historic Eden Test match (2001), and I can’t forget the magical innings of 281 from VVS Laxman
Known for his incredible wrist work, incredible strokeplay, VVS took the Indian team to new heights in his era
Son of Dr. Shantaram and Dr. Satyabhama, VVS Laxman started pursuing MBBS after completing higher secondary education
But, a sudden national call-up meant he had to choose cricket instead of a career in medicine
VVS scored 8781 Test runs, 2338 ODI runs along with 23 international centuries and deservedly got Padma Shri in 2011
Recently he also received an honorary doctorate from Teri University, New Delhi
Former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the cricketing history
He made his test debut in 1996 and played his last match against England in 2012
Known for his calm and collected attitude, Rahul led India in both Tests and ODIs
He did schooling at St. Joseph Boys High School and graduated in commerce from St. Joseph College of Commerce in Bangalore
While studying MBA in St. Joseph College of Business Administration, he was selected for the National Team
Now, he is serving as Director of Cricket Operations at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru
12. Kumar Sangakkara
Whenever you listen to Kumar Sangakarra, things that come to your mind that is intelligence, pragmatism, and good-quality education
Not only this man this great for his elegant way of playing cricketing shots but also for the sportsmanship he has shown on the field
If you can check Kumar Sangakkara’s MCC Spirit of Cricket Lecture, you will surely understand why we say so
Sangakarra studied at the famous Trinity College in Kandy and was awarded the Ryde Gold Medal for being the best all-around student in his year.
Sangakarra passed his advanced level examination in Arts and followed his lawyer father’s footsteps to join the law college
But unfortunately, his cricket commitments didn’t let him complete his law degree, but in an interview with Star Sports he said that he wishes to achieve that soon
Javagal Srinath, the fastest Indian pacer to 300 ODI wickets, was one of the best fast bowlers India has ever produced
Srinath made his test debut in 1991 against Australia and played his last ODI against Australia in the 2003 Cricket World Cup
He became the first Indian bowler to hit 150 clicks and was the most underrated fast bowler of his time
He has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Instrumentation Technology from Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE), Mysuru
He received the prestigious Arjuna Award in 1999 and currently serving as an ICC. Match Referee
362 test wickets, 150 ODI wickets, Ravichandran Ashwin, is one of the most successful spinners India has ever produced
But, what we don’t realize is that he also one of the most educated cricketers that the cricket world has ever seen
Ashwin made his Test debut back in 2011 and regarded among the greatest spinners India has ever produced
But, his knowledge of flight and trajectory is also due to his understanding of science in his engineering days
Ashwin attended SSN College of Engineering, graduated with a B.Tech degree & worked for Cognizant for some time
Before that, he studied at St. Bede’s School, and you will see that his education is always evident when he is facing the camera
9. Rameez Raja
Former opening batsmen Rameez Raja was an essential member of the 1992 World Cup-winning Pakistan cricket team
Post-retirement, Rameez has become quite popular both as a cricket commentator and a cricket administrator
Raja has worked as a commentator for Sky Sports, Channel 9, and many other reputed media channels
He briefly worked as the chief executive of the Pakistan Cricket Board but resigned citing increasing media commitments
He continues to provide his views on cricket both through the media channels and his Youtube videos
Rameez studied at the prestigious Aitchison College and then went on to attain an MBA from Punjab University.
Post-MBA, Rameez worked as a banker for American Express for some days before committing himself completely into cricket.
8. Geoff Lawson
Geoff Lawson was a former Australian fast bowler and former coach of the Pakistani cricket team
180 Test wickets, 88 ODI wickets, and over 1200 international runs, he was always a fighter on the cricket field
In the 1980s, people usually thought that fast bowlers don’t have the brain to use in their bowling
But Geoff Lawson, with a bachelor’s degree in Optometry from the University of New South Wales, evidently was not one of them
Although not a practicing optometrist, he could have had an equally distinguished career if he had not been a cricketer.
7. Michael Atherton
Former England captain Michael Atherton is one of the most popular commentators in the world right now
Opening batsmen, known for his staunch resistance against hostile fast bowling, Michael Atherton led England in 54 Test matches
Nowadays, he divides his time between commentary for Sky Sports and his role as cricket correspondent of The Times.
He has also written many cricket-related novels like ‘Gambling.’ which shows his immense knowledge about the game.
His vast knowledge about the game is due to his ability always to keep learning, which he gained in his student life
His days in the Manchester Grammar school, graduation from the prestigious Cambridge University, all contributed to his excellent learning habit and his immense knowledge of cricket
After Jhulan Goswami’s retirement, Shikha Pandey is now the spearhead of Indian women pace attack
But not only cricket, but this cricketer has also managed to have an excellent academic career along with cricket
Shikha was an outstanding student and scored a 90-plus aggregate in both her Class X and Class 12 CBSE exams.
Then she completed her B. Tech in Electronics and Electrical engineering and is currently working for the Indian Air Force
She became the first national team cricketer from Goa and played a crucial role in India’s first-ever series victory in Australia
Anil Kumble, with a record 619 Test and 337 ODI scalps is no wonder one of the greats of the game of cricket
Today with the advent of T20s accuracy has got its due importance, but he was the first one who showed us that accuracy could get you wickets
Anil Kumble became a mechanical engineering graduate from Rashtriya Vidyalaya College of Engineering (RVCE) while topping in every examination
So, he could have had a very successful alternative career in that field as well
Yes, that dream was not successful, but looking at his career, you will feel that indirectly that education helped him a lot in his career
Notably, the infamous Sydney Test in 2008, it was his composure that kept the team united in that tough time
He has received the Padma Shri award and remains one of the few Indian cricketers to feature in the ICC Hall of Fame
4.Mansoor Ali Khan, Nawab of Pataudi
Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, nicknamed “Tiger,” was the first Indian captain to lead India towards their first overseas test victory.
He studied at Welham Boys’ School in Dehradun and then went to England to complete his education at Winchester College.
He also studied Arabic and French at Balliol College, and it was during his college days when he got selected to play for Sussex
Known for his stylish batting and outstanding slip fielding, he lost his right eye in a car accident in Hove at the peak of his county career
But, he fought his fears and went on to captain India in 40 test matches and went on to score over 3000+ international runs
3. Imran Khan
At this position, we have got the great Imran Khan, and its needless to say how big a cricketer he was in his days
362 test wickets, 7500 international runs, his record speaks about his greatness as a cricketer
The way he led his relatively weak Pakistani team to a World Cup triumph correctly defines his character
But, the reason he became great was his hard work and the quality of education he received in his student life
Initially, he studied in Lahore’s prestigious Aitchison College and then followed his cousin Javed Burki’s footsteps to join Oxford
At Oxford, Imran studied Politics, Economics, and Philosophy, and that education always reflects whenever you listen to him
Ed Cowan, from Australia, is one of the most learned cricketers of the present era.
He holds a Bachelors Degree in Commerce and Master’s degree in Applied Finance.
He worked as a Research Analyst at Gresham Partners, while playing for New South Wales.
Though his cricket career showed a lot of promise, he was not able to make it as big as he wanted
In May 2014, he co-rounded ‘Tripod Coffee,’ a premium capsulated coffee business offering retail and corporate wholesale solutions.
1. Mike Brearley
Mike Brearley, one of the best captains for English cricket, tops this list, and for good reasons
Mike Brearley was never that prolific a batsmen like his contemporaries but what set him apart was his mental toughness
This mental toughness and his excellent understanding of the psychological aspect of the game was due to his education
Brearley was a tripos in Classical and Moral Sciences both at undergraduate and postgraduate level
Mind you; he was never a great batsman but still made to the top and that is all due to a great cricketing mind
After retirement, he is now a psychoanalyst, motivational speaker and also works as a part-time cricket commentator
All thanks to his vast knowledge of both cricket and behavioral sciences that he received while studying