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Nicknames of all the Indian cricketers and the story behind them

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

Rajasthan Royals can still qualify for the IPL 2018 playoffs: RahaneIndia’s vice skipper is fondly called Ajju, which is a shorter version of his name.

Ravindra Jadeja- Jaddu

From gym freak to worst dancer: Ravindra Jadeja reveals the biggest secrets of the teammatesThe Saurashtra cricketers’s nickname is derived from his surname.

Harbhajan Singh- Bhajji or Bhajju

Harbhajan Singh suggests the ideal batsman for India at number 4 and its not Rahul or ShankarThe 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

Bad air quality in Delhi not a concern for skipper Rohit SharmaThe 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

Yuvraj Singh fumes with anger, explains how he was forced to retireThe former Indian cricketers surname is derived from “Yuvraj”.

Shikhar Dhawan- Gabbar

Virat Kohli gives a big update about the injury of Shikhar DhawanThe 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

My selection entirely depends on what other people perceive of my cricket: ASHWINThe off spinner’s nick name is a short form of “Ashwin”.

  1. Anil Kumble – Jumbo
  2. Kapil Dev — The Haryana Hurricane
  3. Rahul Dravid — The Wall, Mr. Dependable, Jammy
  4. Mahendra Singh DhoniMahi, Captain cool
  5. Sunil Gavaskar – Sunny, Little Master
  6. Sourav GangulyDada , The Prince of Kolkata
  7. Gautam Gambhir – Gauti
  8. Zaheer Khan – Zak
  9. VVS Laxman – Very Very Special
  10. Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi — Tiger
  11. Virender SehwagViru , Nawab of Najafgarh Sultan of Multan
  12. Sachin Tendulkar – Little Master , Master Blaster Tendlya , God of Cricket
  13. Robin Utthappa – Robbie
  14. Ajit Agarkar – Bombay Duck
  15. Parthiv Patel – Bachcha
  16. Venkatapathy Raju – Muscles
  17. Ishant SharmaIshu , Lambu
  18. Ravi Shastri – Shaz
  19. Navjot Singh Sidhu – Sherry , Sixer Sadhu
  20. Javagal Srinath – Babu , Mysore Express
  21. Dilip Vengsarkar – Colonel
  22. Gundappa Viswanath – Vishy
  23. Anshuman Gaekwad – Charlie
  24. Mohinder Amarnath – Jimmy
  25. Bhuvneshwar Kumar- Bhuvi
  26. Murali Vijay- The Monk
  27. Dinesh Karthik- DK
  28. Cheteshwar Pujara- Pujji
  29. Yuvzendra Chahal- Yuzi
  30. Kuldeep Yadav- Kuli
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