In many fields, a son looks forward to pursuing a career in the same field as his father, drawing inspiration from his father’s accomplishments. In cricket, there have been father-son duos where a son has followed in his father’s footsteps and pursued a career in the sport.
In international cricket, any player’s prospects are little to none, and the competition is tough. The squad is chosen solely on the basis of merit and performance. In international cricket, nepotism has very little room to operate. It’s even more difficult to comprehend when two or three generations of a family represent their country at an international level.
In this article, we look at the duo of Father and Son who played International Cricket.
1. Lala Amarnath and Surinder Amarnath
In 1933, Lala Amarnath made his debut for India. Lala represented India in 24 Test matches. Surinder Amarnath, his son, went on to play for India after that. Surinder Amarnath represented India in ten Test matches. But the most memorable moment of their careers occurred in 1963 when both father Lala and son Surinder participated in a match. The match was held in Mumbai for a good cause, and Lala, 52, took part in it, as did his 15-year-old son.
2. Vijay Manjrekar and Sanjay Manjrekar
Vijay Manjrekar was recognized as one of India’s first Test batting stalwarts following independence. Against excellent seam bowling, the technically sound stroke player was regarded as one of the finest cricketers of his age. In the mid-1980s, Sanjay Manjrekar was one of the most promising cricketers to emerge from the Mumbai stable. Sanjay, like his father Vijay, had a method that was highly compact and well structured.
3. Denis Streak and Heath Streak
Denis Streak was born before Zimbabwe was granted Test status, yet he still managed to represent his country. Heath, on the other hand, performed admirably for Zimbabwe, amassing over 2000 runs and taking 216 wickets.
4. Roger Binny and Stuart Binny
During the 1980s, Roger Binny was one of India’s top limited-overs all-rounders. Stuart Binny, like his father, was a useful seam all-rounder who bowled medium speed in seam-friendly conditions and chipped in with quick-fire runs as an aggressive middle-order batsman.
5. Yograj Singh and Yuvraj Singh
Another prominent father-son combo that played India in international cricket is Yograj Singh and Yuvraj Singh. Yuvraj was more successful than his father Yograj Singh. Yuvraj was a game-changer with the bat and could also chip in with wickets. He was also a superb fielder.
6. Stuart Broad and Chris Broad
Stuart Broad is regarded as one of the best red-ball bowlers in the world. Chris Broad, his father, was an opening batsman who also bowled right-arm medium pace. Stuart bats left-handed and bowls right-handed, much like his father.
7. Usman Qadir and Abdul Qadir
Usman Qadir is the son of Abdul Qadir, Pakistan’s renowned spin bowler. Usman dreamed of pursuing a profession in Australia. However, due to his father’s illness, he returned to his own country and made his international debut in 2020. Usman, like his father, is a right-arm leg-break bowler.
8. Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Tagenarine Chanderpaul
Shivnarine Chanderpaul was a famous batsman for the West Indies, having played the most Test matches in the team’s history. Chanderpaul continued to play domestic cricket after that. In the same year, his son Tagenarine Chanderpaul was spotted batting with Shivnarine Chandrapal during a domestic cricket match in the West Indies, signaling a significant change in his life.
9. Doug Bracewell and Brendon Bracewell
Doug Bracewell is a New Zealand cricketer who plays fast bowling and all-rounder. Bracewell has represented New Zealand in 27 Tests, 19 ODIs, and 18 T20Is. Doug’s father, Brendon Bracewell, was a New Zealand international cricketer from 1978 to 1985. He was a fast bowler who represented his country in six Tests and one One-Day International.
10. Keaton Jennings and Ray Jennings
Ray Jennings represented South Africa, while his son, Keaton, made his international test debut as an opener for England. During the suspension, Ray was one of South Africa’s best wicketkeepers. In 2016, Keaton made his debut against India in Mumbai. He produced an amazing 112 on debut, but he has yet to establish himself as an opener.