Here is Will and Guy's collection of amusing cricket nicknames.
Mark Waugh was known as Afghanistan since he was often the forgotten Waugh; also he was
known as Audi after he got 4 ducks in a row which were recorded in the scorebook as 0000.
Steve Waugh, on the other hand was known as Tugga or Drobe.
Dizzy (Jason) Gillespie (After the Jazz artist)
Glen McGrath = pigeon ??????????????
Don Bradman = The Don
Ritchie Benaud = Diamonds
Ricky Ponting = Punter
Shane Warne = Warney, Hollywood, The Sheikh of Tweak
Marcus Trescothick = Banger (Loves
eating sausages apparently)
Michael Vaughan = Vaughny!!!!! and Virgil (Thunderbirds)
Andrew Flintoff = Freddie (After Freddie Flintstone the
Derek Randall = Arkle
(Reflects his speed when fielding)
Ashley Giles = King of Spain ( Ashley ordered several coffee mugs to be made to sell to raise money in his testimonial year. Apparently they were to have read '
King of Spin'
. They didn't
and the rest is history as they say)
Robert Russell = Jack (Excellent wicketkeeper/ batsman for Gloucestershire and England. Also an excellent painter)
Phil Tufnell = The Cat (Phil liked taking naps)
Chris Old was known as Chilli (C Old)
Graham Dilley was known as Picca
Graham Gooch of course was Zap (Emilio Zapata moustache)
W.G. Grace - the Doctor
Ian Botham = Beefy
Paul Collingwood = Nice Ginger
Kevin Pietersen = K.P.
Keith Fletcher = The Gnome of Essex
Derek Underwood - Deadly
An update on Cricketer's Nicknames - Aussie Twenty20 team
The Aussie Twenty20 team took to the field against England in January 2007 with their
nicknames on the back of their shirts. Thus we learn:
- Adam Gilchrist - Church. Because the last syllable of his surname is "Christ"
- Matthew Hayden - Haydos. Not the most imaginative choice
- Ricky Ponting
- Punter. He likes a bet, especially on the horses and the dogs
- Mike Hussey - Huss. His name would be his nickname if his nickname was his name. Get it?
- Andrew Symonds - Roy. His dad's choice, after Roy
of the Rovers.
- Michael Clarke - Clarkey. Yet another unimaginative one
- Cameron White - Bear. Apparently because he is believed to resemble the Bundaberg Rum Bear, a polar bear used to advertise an
- Brad Hogg - George. Brad is his middle name - George is his first
- Nathan Bracken - Andy G. He looks like Andrew Gunsberg, host of reality show Australian Idol
- Ben Hilfenhaus - Hilfy.
It's easier to say than Hilfenhaus
- Shane Harwood - Stickers. Because of his liking for tattoos.
True story from 1976
BBC announcer - '
Its over to Brian Johnson and the latest Cricket from the Oval'
Brian Johnston : 'The bowler's
Holding; the batsmen's
(Peter Willey was England's
number 6 and he did not last long.)
I really cannot read what Harbhajan is doing between his balls.
(Radio 4 Commentator Henry Blofeld, on the pre-delivery wrist exercises
of Indian off-spin bowler Habhajan Singh.)
See another interesting cricket report.
Sachin Tendulkar = Little Master
Saurav Ganguly = Maharaj, Prince of Calcutta, Dada, Bengali
Harbhajan Singh =The Turbanator, Bhajji (by team-mates)
Anil Kumble = Jumbo
Rahul Dravid = The Wall (Difficult to bowl at or get out)
Wasim Akram =
Prince of Pakistan, Sultan of Swing
Inzamam ul Haq = Aloo (potato)
Saqlain Mushtaq = Saqi, Professor (wears glasses and outsmarts the batsman)
Shoaib Akhtar = Rawalpindi Express (Fastest bowler in the world born in Rawalpindi)
Allan Donald = White Lightning (Extremely fast bowler)
Lance Klusener = Zulu
Graeme Pollock - The Little Dog
Peter Pollock - The Big Dog
Shaun Pollock - Polly
Muttiah Muralitharan - The Smiling Assassin, Murali
Joel Garner - Big Bird
Brian Lara - The Prince
Clive Lloyd - Super Cat
Whispering death Michael Holding
Henry Blofeld - Blowers
Frindall - The Bearded Wonder
Brian Johnston - Johnners
Christopher Martin-Jenkins - CMJ
Harold Bird = Dickie Bird
Brent Bowden - Billy
Steve Bucknor - Slow Death