Let’s admit it, India is a Cricket crazy nation and though as other sports gain in prominence, the country’s first love will always be cricket. Thus not surprisingly Cricket facts, records, numbers and names are at the tip of most tongues. Yes, the masses may cheer for Boxing, Football and Hockey, but when it comes to trivia Cricket takes the whole 9 yards. So taking this Road Most Taken, let’s explore the world of Football.
Sir Viv Richards (need I mention he is from West Indies), was not only a great Batsman, but also a good Footballer. Being the only Cricketer to have played in both the World Cups, namely Cricket and Football; representing the Antigua Football Team in the 1974 Football World Cup. Similarly the reputed international Empire Steve Bucknor also played the referee in the World Cup qualifier between El Salvador and the Netherlands Antilles in 1988.
This next question goes out to all die-hard Cricket fans who live, sleep and dream Cricket: Who is Sir Bobby Moore? The answer is: He was a County Cricket player for the Essex Youth team. However, not Cricket but Football brought him glory, when England won the 1966 Football World Cup under his Captainship. The funny thing being, that people who saw him play County Cricket still swear that he played better Cricket than Football.
Cricket fans will be forgiven not to know the next player. While, growing up in Australia this player harbored dreams to be a great Cricketer, idolizing the legendary Allan Border. Border would later claim that the boy would have made a fine Test cricket player, if only his father hadn’t moved to Italy, where the young boy eventually became the lead striker in the Italian national Football Team. Any Guesses, who we are talking about (this one is for the Football fans)? Yes, it’s none other than Christian Vieri – the man who went on to become Italy’s highest ever goal-scorer in the FIFA World Cup.