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CRICKET TEAMS/PLAYERS WITH NICKNAMES

  • Teams
    Australia’s 1948 tour of England – The Invincibles
    Australian national cricket team – Baggy Greens
    Bangladeshi national cricket team – The Tigers
    Canadian national cricket team – One Man Band
    New Zealand national cricket team – The Black Caps, The Kiwis
    South African national cricket team – The Proteas
    West Indian national cricket team – The Windies, The Calypsos
    Indian national cricket team – The Men in Blue
    Pakistani national cricket team- The Stars
  • Officials, umpires and commentators
    Harold Bird – Dickie Bird
    Henry Blofeld – Blowers
    Brent Bowden – Billy
    Steve Bucknor – Slow Death
    Bill Ferguson – Fergie
    Bill Frindall – The Bearded Wonder
    Brian Johnston – Johnners
    Christopher Martin-Jenkins – CMJ
    Don Mosey – The Alderman
    David Shepherd – Shep
    Bryan Waddle – Wads
  • Players
    A
    Bobby Abel – The Guv’nor
    Jimmy Adams – Padams
    Paul Adams – Gogga (“insect” in Afrikaans), A frog in a blender (for his unusual bowling action)
    Ajit Agarkar – Bombay Duck (for his horror streak of ducks against Australia)
    Jonathan Agnew – Aggers
    Shoaib Akhtar – Rawalpindi Express
    Wasim Akram – Prince of Pakistan, Was, Sultan of Swing
    Terry Alderman – Clem (after Clem Jones, mayor of Brisbane, curator of Gabba and an alderman)
    Mark Alleyne – BooBoo
    Mohinder Amarnath – Jimmy, Amarnought
    Surinder Amarnath – Tommy
    Warwick Armstrong – the Big Ship
    Jason Arnberger – Cheesy
    Kamran Akmal – Kammi

    Geoff Arnold – Horse
    Shahid Afridi – The Boom
    Michael Atherton – Athers
  • B
    Trevor Bailey – The Boil, Barnacle
    Omari Banks – Bankie, Cowheb
    Richie Benaud – Diamonds
    Tino Best – The Best, Ntini
    Michael Bevan – Bevvo
    Andrew Bichel – Bic
    Jack Blackham – Black Jack
    David Boon – Boonie, Keg on Legs, Stumpy
    Allan Border – A.B., Captain Grumpy
    Ian Botham – Beefy,The Both,Guy
    Mark Boucher – Guinness, Billy
    Nicky Boje – Bodge
    Nathan Bracken – Bracks
    Don Bradman – The Don
    Ian Bell – Belly, the team baby
  • C
    Andy Caddick – Caddyshack
    Chris Cairns – B.A. (Bad Attitude)
    Shivnarine Chanderpaul – Tiger
    Ian Chappell – Chapelli
    Ewen Chatfield – Chats, Farmer (Mer) or The Naenae Express
    Stuart Clark – Sarfraz, Stu
    Michael Clarke – Pup
    Paul Collingwood – Nice Ginger, Colly
    Herbie Collins – Horseshoe
    Corey Collymore – Screw
    Jeremy Coney – Mantis
    Colin Cowdrey – Kipper
    Jeff Crowe – Chopper
    Martin Crowe – Hogan
  • D
    Adam Dale – Chipper
    Joe Darling – Paddy
    Phillip DeFreitas – Half-Chocolate, Daffy
    Aravinda de Silva – Mad Max
    Fanie de Villiers – Vinnige Fanie (“Fast Fanie” in Afrikaans)
    Kapil Dev – The Haryana Express
    Mahendra Singh Dhoni – Mahi
    Graham Dilley – Pica
    Boeta Dippenaar – Dipps
    Allan Donald – White Lightning
    Brett Dorey – Hunky, John
    J.W.H.T. Douglas – Johnny Won’t Hit Today
    Rahul Dravid – Jammy, The Wall
  • E
    Bruce Edgar – Bootsy
  • F
    Damien Fleming – Flemo
    Stephen Fleming – Flange
    Duncan Fletcher – Fletch
    Keith Fletcher – The Gnome of Essex
    Andrew Flintoff – Freddy, Twiggy, Fred, family man
    James Foster – The Child
    Graeme Fowler – Foxy
    C. B. Fry – Lord Oxford, Charles III, Almighty
  • G
    Saurav Ganguly – Maharaj, Prince of Calcutta, Dada, Bengal Tiger
    Joel Garner – Big Bird
    Sunil Gavaskar – Sunny, The Little Master
    Chris Gayle – Cramps, Crampy
    Herschelle Gibbs – Scooter, The Sack Man
    Adam Gilchrist – Churchy, Gilly, The Demolition Man
    Ashley Giles – Ash, the King of Spain
    Jason Gillespie – Dizzy
    Darren Gough – Rhino, Goughy, the Dazzler, Dancing Darren
    E. M. Grace – The Coroner
    W.G. Grace – The Doctor
    Mark Greatbatch – Paddy
    Clarrie Grimmett – The Old Fox, Grum
    Subhash Gupte – Fergie
  • H
    Brad Haddin – BJ, Harry, Guildo
    Richard Hadlee – Paddles
    Andrew Hall – Brosh, Merv, Hally
    Stephen Harmison – Harmy (or Harmi), Tinker, GBH (Grievous Bodily Harmison)
    Chris Harris – Harry, Lugs
    Ian Harvey – Freak
    Nathan Hauritz – Horry
    Matthew Hayden – Haydos, Unit
    Nantie Hayward – Wayward Hayward
    George Headley – Black Bradman
    Ian Healy – Heals
    Hunter Hendry – Stork
    Paul Hitchcock – Alfred
    Jack Hobbs – The Master
    Brad Hogg- George, Hoggy, The Postman
    Matthew Hoggard – Hoggy, Shrek
    Michael Holding – Whispering Death
    Bob Holland – Dutchy
    Albert Hornby – Monkey
    James Hopes – Hopesy, Jimbo, Catfish
    Merv Hughes – Fruitfly, Swerve, Swerv’n Merv’n
    Simon Hughes – Yozzer
    Nasser Hussain – Nass (by the commentators)
    Michael Hussey – The Huss, Mr Cricket
  • I
    Inzamam ul Haq – Aloo (potato), Inzy
    Bert Ironmonger – Dainty
  • J
    Ridley Jacobs – Ras Bell, Riddler
    Sanath Jayasuriya – The Matara Mauler
    Gilbert Jessop – The Croucher
    Dean Jones – Deano, Legend (nickname he gave to himself).
    Sylvester Joseph – Bouncing
  • K
    Mohammed Kaif – Kaifu
    Jacques Kallis – Kalahari, Jackes
    Danish Kaneria – Nani Dani
    Michael Kasprowicz – Kasper
    Simon Katich – Stiffler, Kat
    Justin Kemp – Daryll (Shane Warne’s sledging)
    Imran Khan – The Lion of Lahore, The King of Swing
    Michael Klinger – Maxy
    Lance Klusener – Zulu
    Anil Kumble – Jumbo
  • L
    Justin Langer – BNG, Brown Nose Gnome, Alf
    Charl Langeveldt – Langes
    Brian Lara – The Prince
    Gavin Larsen – The Postman (apparently he always delivered!)
    Harold Larwood – Lol
    Bill Lawry – Phantom, Phanta, The corpse with pads on (he loved Phantom comics)
    Geoff Lawson – Henry
    VVS Laxman – Very Very Special
    Brett Lee – Bing, Oswald
    Warren Lees – Wally
    Darren Lehmann – Boof, Shrek
    Henry Leveson-Gower – Shrimp
    Dennis Lillee – D.K., F.O.T (F*****g Old Tart)
    Denis Lindsay – Sporty
    Clive Lloyd – Super Cat
    David Lloyd – Bumble
    Martin Love – Lovey, Pumper
  • M
    Charles Macartney – Governor-General
    Stuart MacGill – Stuey, Magilla
    Ken Mackay – Slasher
    Jimmy Maher – Mahbo
    Ashley Mallett – Rowdy
    Sanjay Manjrekar – Sanj
    Vijay Manjrekar – The Wanderer
    Charles Marriott – Father Marriott
    Geoff Marsh – Swampy
    Rod Marsh – Iron Gloves, Bacchus
    Xavier Marshall – X, Mad Max
    Frederick Martin – Nutty
    Damien Martyn – Marto
    Lloyd Mash – Monster, Bangers (in the UK)
    Greg Matthews – Mo
    Glenn McGrath – Pigeon
    Graham McKenzie – Garth
    Craig McMillan – Macca
    Colin Miller – Funky
    Keith Miller – Nugget
    Tom Moody – Long
    Dave Mohammed – Tadpole
    Danny Morrison – Deke
    John Morrison – Mystery
    Runako Morton – Ronnie
    Muttiah Muralitharan – The Smiling Assassin, Murali, MuMu, Master technician
    Saqlain Mushtaq – Saqi, Professor (wears glasses and outsmarts the batsman)
    Shoaib Malik – Terminator
  • N
    Andre Nel – Nella
    Mfuneko Ngam – Chewey (Chewey’N gam)
    Monty Noble – Mary Ann
    Makhaya Ntini – Macky
  • O
    Chris Old – Chilly (from C.Old)
    Bill O’Reilly – Tiger
    Kerry O’Keeffe – Skull
  • P
    Milford Page – Curly
    Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi – Tiger
    Parthiv Patel – Bachcha (child in Hindi)
    Kevin Pietersen – K.P.
    Graeme Pollock – The Little Dog
    Peter Pollock – The Big Dog
    Shaun Pollock – Polly, Ginger, The Nibbler
    Ricky Ponting – Punter
    Ashwell Prince – Ashy P
  • Q
    Abdul Qadir – Qadu
  • R
    Carl Rackemann – Mocca
    Venkatapathy Raju – Muscles
    Denesh Ramdin – Shoppy
    Ravi Rampaul – Frisco Kid
    Mark Ramprakash – Bloodaxe
    Ranjitsinhji – Black Prince of Cricketers, Ranji, Smith
    Derek Randall – Arkle
    Yalaka Venugopal Rao – Venu
    Abdul Razzaq – Razzler
    Bruce Reid – Chook
    Paul Reiffel – Pistol
    Dave Renneburg – Big Shine
    Harold Rhodes – Dusty Rhodes
    Vivian Richards – Master Blaster, the Master
    Mark Richardson – Rigor, Rig
    Greg Ritchie – Fat Cat
    Steve Rixon – Stumper
    Jacques Rudolph – Jackie
    Ken Rutherford – Ruds or Rudder
  • S
    Mohammed Sami – Salami, The Karachi Express
    Virender Sehwag – Veeru, New Tendulkar
    Paul Sheahan – Timbers
    Bob Simpson – Simmo
    Navjot Singh Sidhu – Sherry, Jonty Singh, Sixer Sidhu
    Matthew Sinclair – Skippy
    Harbhajan Singh – The Turbanator, Bhajji (by team-mates)
    Yuvraj Singh – Yuvi
    Michael Slater – Slats
    Peter Sleep – Sounda
    Sir Aubrey Smith – Round the Corner
    Ian Smith – Stockley
    Graeme Smith – Biff
    Jim Smith – Big Jim
    Martin Snedden – Sneds
    Fred Spofforth – Demon
    Javagal Srinath – Babu
    Keith Stackpole – Stacky
    Brian Statham – George
    Edward Stevens – Lumpy
    Alec Stewart – Wizenedone, Gaffer
    Andrew Strauss – Straussy
    Pieter Strydom – Striker
    Scott Styris – Pig
    Andrew Symonds – Symo, Roy, Golden Bollocks
  • T
    Mark Taylor – Tubby
    Sachin Tendulkar – Tendiya, Little Master, The Master Blaster, Slashin Sachin
    Alan Thomson – Froggie
    Jeff Thomson – Two-up
    Graham Thorpe – The Shagger
    Ernie Toshack – The Dark Prince
    Marcus Trescothick – Banger, Tresco
    Fred Trueman – Fiery Fred
    Hugh Trumble – Little Eva
    Daryl Tuffey – Hightower
    Phil Tufnell – The Cat, Tuffers
    Charlie Turner – Terror
    Sohail Tanvir – Pakha

    Frank Tyson – Typhoon
  • U
    Shaun Udal – Shaggy
    Derek Underwood – Deadly
  • V
    Michael Vaughan – Virgil, Vaughny
    Dilip Vengsarkar – Colonel
    Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan – Venkat
    Daniel Vettori – Lucas, Danny
    Lou Vincent – Flusher
    Maharajkumar of Vizianagram – Vizzy
  • W
    Max Walker – Tangles
    Doug Walters – Freddie, Bikki
    Shane Warne – Warney, Hollywood, The Sheikh of Tweak
    Shane Watson – Watto
    Steve Waugh – Tugga, Iceman
    Mark Waugh – Junior, Afghanistan (The forgotten waugh)
    Cameron White – Carn
    Craig White – Chalky
    Jeff Wilson – Goldie
    Paul Wilson – Blocker
    Matthew Windows – Steamy
    Paul Wiseman – Whizz
    Bill Woodfull – The Rock
    John Wright – Shake
    Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis – The Two W’s, The Sultans of Reverse Swing
    Clyde Walcott, Everton Weekes and Frank Worrell – The Three W’s
  • XYZ
    Jai Yadav – J.P.
    Yousuf Youhana – Yo-Yo
    Waqar Younis – Wicki, The Buruwela Bomber

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