India is a country where cricket is adored at a whole different level, and this sport has fans in every nook and corner of this country. Cricket is a religion in India. Be it the World Cup or Indian Premier League or even the Test series, Indians never miss a thing. The people are incredibly fond of the Indian Cricketers and also the international cricketers. Many international cricketers love playing and spending time in India. The reason is the love they receive from Indians is mammoth. In fact, more than they get in their own country. IPL has resulted in a great bond between the international players and Indians. Here are some of the international cricketers, and their love for India will surely make you proud.
1. Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle is one of the most popular cricketers globally. He is known as Universal Boss. Chris Gayle has a unique relationship with India and the Indians. He gained popularity after getting selected in the Royal Challengers Bangalore team. Chris has continuously portrayed his love for India and its people, and even the West Indies batsmen have been vocal about this. He is seen to be wearing Indian costumes and even posting on Instagram, appreciating the country.
2. Matthew Hayden
Matthew Hayden, an Australian cricketer, is an aggressive and very powerful left-handed opening batsman. He gained appreciation from Indian fans after he started playing IPL for the Chennai Super Kings. The cricketer often used to play cricket wearing traditional costumes, i.e., lungi, and Indians adored that. He once said ‘Chennai gave me the chance to develop as a player.’ It shows his love for India. Matthew Hayden is currently a commentator on various international cricket formats after being a batsman for over 15 years.
3. Dwayne Bravo
Dwayne Bravo is the former captain of the West Indies and is an impeccable all-rounder. His love for India furthered after becoming a part of IPL. Dwayne Bravo is a part of the Chennai Super Kings team. In an interview, he mentioned that he adores how the Indian population loves him. He also said that he does not receive this much love even in his homeland. Dwayne Bravo also collaborated with an Indian singer and recorded the song ‘Champion,’ a significant hit and gained more followers from India.
4. Jonty Rhodes
Jonty Rhodes is a South African ODI cricketer. He is also known to be the most outstanding fielder of all time. Jonty Rhodes was one of the initial players who showed his love for India. He also conducted a franchise for IPL and showed how much he loves India. Jonty Rhodes has even named his daughter ‘India’ to showcase his love towards our motherland and the Indian culture. In an interview, Jonty Rhodes said that he is always astonished by the delicacies and the various terminologies of India.
5. Brett Lee
Brett Lee is an Australian pacer, and he has mentioned his love for India in various interviews. He retired from international cricket in July 2012. In one of the talks, the cricketer said that India is a unique place for him. He is fascinated with the tone, language, and way of life. He added that Indians encouraged him and took care of him just like a child. Brett Lee also runs a charitable trust in India established in 2007. He was also seen in a special episode of Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain! to promote his movie Unindian opposite Tannishtha Chatterjee.
These international cricketers’ love for India indeed makes every Indian proud. What do you guys think? Who is your favorite player? Let us know in the comments below.