Ankola made his Test debut in the same match as Sachin Tendulkar and Waqar Younis in Pakistan in 1989. This was unfortunately the first and last Test match he played.
After retiring from cricket, Ankola made his celluloid debut in 2000 with the Sanjay Dutt-starrer Kurukshetra. He also acted in movies like Pitaah and Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne, which saw the debut of Esha Deol and Zayed Khan. In 2004, he did his last film, âSilence Please...The Dressing Roomâ.
He then shifted focus to his television career acting in serials like Karam Apna Apna, CID Special Bureau, Ssshhhh...Koi Hai, Zindagi Teri Meri Kahani, Kehta Hai Dil, Kora Kagaz, etc.
In 2007, speedster S Sreesanth put his acting skills to test with the release of a music video featuring him. The video of the song 'Jago India', sung by Sreesanthâs brother-in-law, saw the volatile cricketer acting. Besides appearing in the video, the Kerala pacer also penned the lyrics of the song.
This Saurashtra all-rounder, who left cricket after getting embroiled in a match-fixing controversy, made his foray into Bollywood with Khel alongside Sunil Shetty, Celina Jaitley and Sunny Deol.
He also acted in the 2009 movie Pal Pal Dil Ke Saat. He was part of a couple of TV shows as well. He was a contestant on the celebrity dance show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa and TV show Comedy Circus.
He was also roped in for a special appearance in Abhishek Kapoor's âKai Po Cheâ.
Sandeep Patil was a dashing batsman and a useful medium-pace bowler. An aggressive batsman, he had a penchant for big hits. He is most famous for his 174 against Australia at Adelaide after getting concussed by a bouncer in the previous Test.
He was one of the first cricketers to enter the Bollywood with â âKabhi Ajnabi Theâ opposite Poonam Dhillon, a leading actress of the 1980s. The film also had other cricketers like Syed Kirmani and Clive Lloyd.
He made the record books for sharing an unbroken partnership of 664 runs in a school match with Sachin Tendulkar. Kambli started his Ranji trophy career with a six off the first ball he faced and followed Sachin in to the Indian team. Kambli made two double-centuries and two centuries in seven tests. Unfortunately, off-field issues meant he played his last Test match at the age of 24.
This Mumbai southpaw, who was famous for his histrionics on the cricket field, made his B-Town debut with âAnnarthâ that starred Sunil Shetty.
A flamboyant opener, Mohsin Khan was the first Pakistani batsman to score a Test double century at Lord's. He quit his international cricket career to pursue acting. He debuted with JP Duttaâs Batwara and later went on to star in movies like Saathi, Fateh and Madam X.
The World Cup-winning skipper has acted in some Hindi movies, but only made guest appearances. The films include -- âIqbalâ, âStumpedâ, âChain Kulli Ki Main Kulliâ, âMujhse Shaadi Karogiâ
The veteran cricketer is all set to make his television debut with "Hum Ne Li Hai..Shapath". The former all-rounder has been roped in to be part of special episodes revolving around cricket and will play himself.
Madan Lal was a member of the 1983 World Cup winning squad and one of the best utility cricketers of his era.
Syed Kirmani is one of India's greatest wicketkeepers of all times. As a batsman, he scored two Test hundreds. He played a crucial role in India's triumph in the 1983 World Cup.
He played a karate-chopping killer who undergoes a change of heart in 'Kabhi Ajnabee The' (1985). The Indian wicketkeeper stole the show from hero and team-mate Sandeep Patil.
Sunil Gavaskar made his acting debut in a Marathi film called Savli Premachi. Sunil Gavaskar was roped in by umpire Piloo Reporter to act with his sister Madhumati in Svali Premachi. The batting maestro also acted in Zakol (another Marathi film). Then after a break, he tried his hand at Hindi films with âMalamaal' alongside Naseeruddin Shah.
The legendary leg-spinner retired from international cricket before trying his hand at acting. He made his acting debut in a cricket-based flick âMeerabai Not Outâ starring Mandira Bedi, Anupam Kher and Mahesh Manjrekar.
Interestingly, commentator Charu Sharma also made a special appearance in the film.
Former Indian opening batsman Sadagoppan Ramesh has acted in a few films. In 2008 he made his debut in the Tamil movie Santosh Subramaniam and then in 2011, he was the hero in his second movie, Potta Potti.
Ramesh has the distinction of being the first Indian player to take a wicket off his first ball in ODI cricket, the victim being West Indian Nixon McLean.
An all-rounder, Durrani was a slow left-arm orthodox bowler and a big hitting left-handed batsman. Durrani was the hero of India's series victory against England in 1961-62. He was the first cricketer to win Arjuna award.
He starred in Charitra (1973) alongside late Parveen Babi. Durani had revealed in an interview that he was paid Rs 80,000 for the rich, playboy industrialist's role.
The climax scene of Sajid Nadiadwala`s Mujhse Shaadi Karogi saw some Indian cricketers making a special appearance. The cricketers who appeared in the film were all-rounders Irfan Pathan and Harbhajan Singh, former wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel, Mohd. Kaif, ex-strike bowler Javagal Srinath, and Ashish Nehra
Another film to have cricketer making a special appearance was the Harman Baweja-starrer Victory. Indian cricketers R.P.Singh, Praveen Kumar and Dinesh Karthik appeared on screen along with their Aussie colleagues Brett Lee, Brad Hogg, Stuart Clark and Simon Katich.
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Today is the birthday of former Australian paceman Brett Lee, who also went on to act in a film. We look at other instances when cricketers also tested their acting abilities
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