Catches to Chords: Cricketers Who Turned to Tunes
Diversity : The art of thinking independently together -Malcolm Forbe
There is nothing better than music to connect people from different cultures across the world. On this, we can agree, it is a unifying language of the planet. Much like music, in sports we see diversity reigning the world of cricket. So what can one expect when cricketers take a step towards music?
Here’s a list of cricketers who swapped their cricket kit with a pick & six string:
ABD redefined the meaning of ‘All Rounder’. He’s a batsman par excellence, remarkable fielder, diligent wicketkeeper, unpredictable bowler but dependable skipper. His multi-faceted personality is not limited to just cricket. ABD showcased his multilingualism by releasing an Afrikaans-English pop album in collaboration with singer-songwriter Ampie du Preez. With theme of the album being ‘Follow Your Dream’, one can’t help but wonder how many more dreams this man has to fulfill!
While he had a modest test career, his foray into music has been nothing short of spectacular. Sir Eric Clapton described his music as ‘great stuff’. He took up the guitar at the age of 13 and started song-writing even before that. In 2010, his band released their first album called ‘Songs from the Sun House’.
Curtly Ambrose & Richie Richardson
Popularly known as ’Calypso Cricketers’, who would have expected the duo of a fiery pacer & a fearless batsman from West Indies to double as mellow and laid-back reggae artists !? But that's exactly what happened as Curtly 'Little Bird' Ambrose, started playing the bass guitar for reggae band 'The Dread & the Baldhead.' Skipper Richie Richardson, accompanied him on rhythm guitar.
Whether it is cricket or music, Graeme Swann is a born entertainer. A man who was adept at mesmerizing opponents with his wily off breaks, Swanny would often carry his guitar with him on tours. He is currently the lead vocalist & guitar player for his local Nottinghamshire rock band - ‘Dr. Comfort and the Lurid Revelations’. They mainly perform covers across pubs in the UK.
The Aussie paceman Brett Lee's penchant for music is well known among cricket enthusiasts. He started a band with his brother Shane & New South Wales teammates - Brad McNamara, Gavin Robertson and Richard Chee. Lee also collaborated with Indian legend Asha Bhonsle to record a single which topped the charts in India & South Africa. He's currently working & touring for his new project 'White Shoe Theory'.
With these spectacular collaborations and more, we can be sure that cricket and music is a partnership that will go a long way!
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