Let us have a look at some of the popular nicknames of Indian and international cricketers and the reason why they are called so...

Anil Kumble: Jumbo
This legend is called 'Jumbo' because his deliveries used to be as fast as a jumbo jet, for a spin bowler. Also, as noticed by his teammates, he has very large feet.

Rahul Dravid: Jammy
Rahul Dravid is also called 'Jammy' by his teammates because his father worked for Kissan, a jam manufacturing company. There is also a tournament organized in Bangaluru which goes by the name 'The Jammy Cup' and the man-of-the-match gets the title of 'Jammy of the Day'.

MS Dhoni: Captain Cool
Known for being calm and composed in any kind of on-field situations, the captain of ODI Indian cricket team is called 'Captain Cool'.

Brett Lee: Binga
This retired Australian great who is also an actor now, is called 'Binga' after a chain of electronics store Bing Lee.


Shoaib Akhtar: Rawalpindi Express
Akhtar's hometown is Rawalpindi and he was a feared pacer, this nickname seems to make total sense.

Lasith Malinga: Slinga
He is called 'Slinga' which is a reference to both his name and his bowling style.

Herschelle Gibbs: Scooter
Incapable of driving a car as a teenager, Gibbs's friends started calling him scooter.

Navjot Singh Sidhu: Sherry
According to this former Indian cricketer and a commentator, his father was drinking sherry at the time of his birth and that is how he got this name.


Ricky Ponting: Punter
This former Australian captain is called 'Punter' because of his inclination towards gambling sport, greyhound racing.

Andrew Flintoff: Freddie/Fred
The similarity between his surname and cartoon character Fred Flintstone fetched him this nickname.

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