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Five famous cricketers who also played professional football

When it comes to two of the biggest sports in the world, without a doubt cricket and football have a major competition going on. FIFA World Cup 2022 is going on and every cricket fan is inclined toward football right now.

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However, there are very less cricket fans who are aware that Football is a part of the training program for all cricketers. Football requires more fitness that can help sportsmen to play other sports like cricket. More athleticism leads to more longevity in a cricketing career.

In this article, we have compiled a list of 5 famous cricketers, who at one point in time played Football professionally.

Here is look at those cricketing heroes that made a mark in football field as well.

5) Sir Vivian Richards

The West Indian legend, who helped his team to reach new heights in international cricket, Sri Vivian Richards, was at one point a professional football player and represented West Indies in World Cup qualifiers matches.

Sir Richards was responsible to win two cricket World Cups in 1975 and 1979 for West Indies and became a mythical figure for every cricketing fan.

His tactics are still admired by every young batsman in international cricket. He also represented Antigua and Barbuda in the qualifiers for the 1974 World Cup in football.

4) Sir Ian Botham

The greatest English cricketer ever to play the game for England, Sir Ian Botham, was part of the lower-league football clubs in the early 1980s.

He made 11 appearances with Scunthorpe United as a Center back and made his debut as a professional footballer. In cricket, he is known for his fearless approach and for helping England to win many international trophies.

Without a doubt, Sir Ian Botham is the player who still inspires the new generation of English cricketers who are yet to make their way into international cricket.

3) CB Fry

Charles Burgess Fry was one of the most versatile sportsmen who was ever born on this planet. Not only cricket and football, but Fry was also part of athletics and rugby unions in his prime.

His biggest achievement, after being an excellent cricketer, is that he had a world record for the long jump. Not only in sports, but after his retirement, Fry became active in politics and tried his hand in the system post World War 1. A dual international, Fry played in 26 Tests in cricket and just the 1 international in football.

He was part of the FA cup in the 1902 finals with Southampton. Fry was part of every game with the Saints but the team lost in the final fixture against Sheffield United.

2) Ellyse Perry

There was a time when players were not involved in a hectic schedule of their primary sports and that's when they were part of dual sports. However, these days it is next to impossible to do that.

However, Ellyse Perry is one of the sportswomen who is doing that and managing it very well. She made her debut in cricket and football both at the age of 16 and excelled in both games.

Perry has played 4 Tests for her country and currently turns out for Sydney FC in the W-League, the top professional football league for women in Australia.

1) Denis Compton

Denis Compton is and will be remembered as one of the best cricketer from England. He is one of the few batsmen to achieve an average of 50 in the Test format.

He is an ICC Hall of Famer, former Middlesex captain, and the only player to score 25 first-class cricket centuries.

However, very less people are aware that he also had a successful career in football while playing for Arsenal. He played as a winger and won FA Cup in 1950 and the league title in 1948.

Because of the situation in world war 2, he was unable to play any international football matches. Read more related Sports News on your favourite sports.

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