5 Famous Cricketers Who Changed Their Names

3. Tillakaratne Dilshan

The man behind the Dil-Scoop. There was hardly anything on the cricket field that Dilshan could not do. Born to a father who belonged to the Islam, he was named to Tuwan Mohammad Dilshan at the time of birth. At the age of 16, after the separation of his parents, the Lankan veteran changed his religion to that of his mother’s Buddhism and his initials TM have since then stood for Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage.

2. Suraj Randiv

Sri Lankan off-spin bowler Suraj Randiv will be most remembered for bowling the no-ball that denied Virender Sehwag a well deserved ODI century and eventually led to a one-match ban for the bowler. Just like compatriot Dilshan Ronde converted his religion to Buddhism in 2010. After being born as Mohamed Marshuk Mohamed Suraj in 1985 to a family that practiced Islam, he has come to be known as Suraj Randiv ever since.

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1. Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi

He succeeded his father Iftikhar Ali Khan or better known as Nawab of Pataudi Senior as the sixth Nawab of Pataudi after the latter died when junior Nawab was just 11. Having made his Test debut in 1961 and becoming India’s youngest Test captain in 192, Pataudi continued to play under his older name till 1961 when the government of India officially ceased to recognize princely titles. In the limited appearances he made for India post-1971, he played under the name Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi. The dashing batsman got to play only seven matches post his name change and his batting form dipped drastically.

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