Indian cricketers are loved all over the country and their names are household. However, many few have come across the nicknames, given to your favourite cricketers by their parents or their playing habits. Here’s a look at them-
Virat Kohli- Cheeku
The Indian captain is fondly known as Cheeku. He revealed that his big ears and chubbiness in childhood made his coach call him “Cheeku”.
Ajinkya Rahane- Ajju
India’s vice skipper is fondly called Ajju, which is a shorter version of his name.
Ravindra Jadeja- Jaddu
The Saurashtra cricketers’s nickname is derived from his surname.
Harbhajan Singh- Bhajji or Bhajju
The turbanator is unaware of the fact that who created his surname, but it is rightly understood that the name is derived from “Bhajan”. He was better known as Sonu in his childhood.
Suresh Raina- Sonu
The southpaw cricketers nickname was given to him by his parents.
Rohit Sharma- Shaana or Hitman
The vice skipper of Indian limited overs team is also known as “Shaana”. This name was given to him by Yuvraj Singh as he felt that he was the real “shaana” in the team.
Yuvraj Singh- Yuvi
The former Indian cricketers surname is derived from “Yuvraj”.
Shikhar Dhawan- Gabbar
The Indian opener is also known as Gabbar. He revealed that this name was given to him by his Ranji teammates and used to field at silly point during his Ranji days and when the opposition had a good partnership going, he would joke around to boost team morale and yell -“Bohot yaarana lagta hai,” which is a famous dialogue of Gabbar from the movie “Sholay”.
Hardik Pandya- Hairy
The junior Pandya often comes up with different hairstyles which is why he is named “Hairy”.
Ravichandran Ashwin- Ash
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The off spinner’s nick name is a short form of “Ashwin”.
Anil Kumble – Jumbo
Kapil Dev — The Haryana Hurricane
Rahul Dravid — The Wall, Mr. Dependable, Jammy
Mahendra Singh Dhoni — Mahi, Captain cool
Sunil Gavaskar – Sunny, Little Master
Sourav Ganguly – Dada , The Prince of Kolkata
Gautam Gambhir – Gauti
Zaheer Khan – Zak
VVS Laxman – Very Very Special
Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi — Tiger
Virender Sehwag — Viru , Nawab of Najafgarh Sultan of Multan
Sachin Tendulkar – Little Master , Master Blaster Tendlya , God of Cricket
Robin Utthappa – Robbie
Ajit Agarkar – Bombay Duck
Parthiv Patel – Bachcha
Venkatapathy Raju – Muscles
Ishant Sharma – Ishu , Lambu
Ravi Shastri – Shaz
Navjot Singh Sidhu – Sherry , Sixer Sadhu
Javagal Srinath – Babu , Mysore Express
Dilip Vengsarkar – Colonel
Gundappa Viswanath – Vishy
Anshuman Gaekwad – Charlie
Mohinder Amarnath – Jimmy
Bhuvneshwar Kumar- Bhuvi
Murali Vijay- The Monk
Dinesh Karthik- DK
Cheteshwar Pujara- Pujji
Yuvzendra Chahal- Yuzi
Kuldeep Yadav- Kuli