Have you ever noticed why cricketers like Jhonty Rhodes and Ross Taylor are masters of Slog Sweeps? It is because they have played hockey professionally. An aspect of a sport become highlight for their batting.
Here is a Trivia:
Jhonty Rhodes was chosen to be a part of squad for South Africa National Field Hockey team that went to 1992 Barcelona Olympics. However South Africa failed to qualify for the tournament.He was also called up for trials to play in the 1996 Olympics but was ruled out by a hamstring injury. Famous sportsmen who played more than one sport professionally.
1. Ian Botham
Ian “Beefy” Botham represented Football league side Scunthrope United as Center Half for 11 times. He also had a chance to play for “Crystal Palace”, but he politely refused it. During 1980’s there was no contractual system, Botham had liberty to play both sport professionally. England cricket management then feared “Beefy” was more prone to injury. One instance can be quoted when he admitted that authorities in English cricket did not appreciate him playing on Boxing Day against hull and then catching flight for West Indies to represent English Cricket team. After this incident he made a choice to play Cricket, the choice did pay off as he became one of the finest all rounder in World of Cricket.
2. Ellyse Perry
Perry has represented Australia 108 times – including four Test matches, 57 ODIs and 47 Twenty20s – scoring 798 runs and taking 136 wickets. She also plays for Sydney Football Club . She has represented Australia’s National Football team(Women) 18 times and scoring 4 goals for the, Interesting Is’nt? She is only 22.
Perry is the youngest person, male or female, to represent Australia in cricket and the first Australian woman to have appeared in both cricket and football World Cups.
3. Michael Jordan
In 1993 Jordan announced retirement from Basketball and took up Baseball as profession in honor of his father who always wanted to see him as a Major League Baseball player. He signed for Chicago White Sox. Though never made a mark in Baseball.In 1995, He made a comeback to basketball. His famous 23 Number sleeve was retired. So he was forced to wear 45. The number he used to wear when he played baseball for college.