Musician, politician, PRO! They all were part of India-Australia series in 1998
As India and Australia resume their Border-Gavaskar rivalry, we go back in time and look at some players from the epic 1997-98, who went beyond the cricket field and discovered new passions
Gavin Robertson (left). Pic/AFP
Gavin Robertson: The former made his debut in the Chennai Test in 1998. He ended up playing only four Tests. Robertson became more famous a member of the band Six & Out, which also features Lee brothers – Brett and Shane. Robertson plays the drums and supplies backing vocals.
Navjot Sidhu and Mohammad Azharuddin
Navjot Sidhu: The former opener had an excellent series, and is renowned for softening Shane Warne during the series. Sidhu has gone on to become a famous and eccentric commentator, albeit somewhat controversy. He has dabbled in many other fields like politics, and even appears as ‘laughing guest' on comedy shows.
Paul Reiffel: A medium pacer, who was a decent bat, Reiffel was part of Australia's 1999 World Cup winning squad. Post retirement, he took up umpiring, and has been rather good at it as well. He was recently in the news after being hit on the head during the recent India-England Test in Mumbai.
Mohammad Azharuddin: He led India in the famous 1998 series, and was also man of the match for his splendid hundred at Eden Gardens during the same series. After being banned for match-fixing, he ventured into politics. He was elected as an MP from Moradabad constituency on a Congress ticket in 2009.
Rajesh Chauhan: The former offie played a supporting role to Anil Kumble in the series. He is famous for hitting a match-winning six in an ODI against Pakistan. His career later got embroiled in chucking controversies. Currently, he runs a business in Chhattisgarh, and is also a PRO in Bhilai Steel Plant.