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IN Sports ON 26 Jan, 2016
Most often in sport a player is known by hs nickname rather than the original name. Sachin Tendulkar is known as 'Master Blaster' Dhoni is often referred to as 'Mahi' while 'Dada' is much closer to fans than Ganguly. Every such nickname has some story behind it. Some incidents related to players give them very unique nicknames. Let's take a look at some of the nicknames and the story behind it.
India's young captain is often referred as "Cheeku" in the team. This nick name is associated with Virat for a long time now. Virat was playing under 16's national tournament in Mumbai where he had a haircut. After that, he looked like a cartoon character from a magazine "Champak". That character's name in the magazine was Cheeku and hence, his teammates started calling him by that name. After all, those years Cheeku became one of the famous names in the country.
Virat's consistency with bat proves that Cheeku's season goes on throughout the year, at least in Indian cricket.
One of the lesser known nicknames is that of John Wright. John Wright was a legend for New Zealand cricket. He was also the first foreign coach for India. He played a key role in the rebuilding of Indian team along with Sourav Ganguly. His nickname was 'Shake' for a very interesting reason. Often cricketers have huge kit bags and fitting all cricket equipment in is quite a task. John Wright used to put all his equipment and shake the bag until everything fits perfectly in it.
Hence, his teammates started calling him "Shake."
When Harbhajan Singh made his debut back in 1998. He was the youngest member of Indian team during that period. The credit for his nickname must go to Nayan Mongia who was doing the glove work behind the stumps. While chanting Shabass..Shabass to encourage the bowlers, he needed something else to add up with that. Thus, he came up with an abbreviation as Bhajji when Harbhajan was bowling. It was very catchy and later in became a nickname of Harbhajan Singh.
Ravindra Jadeja was a talented young batsman who made it into Indian cricket team when he was just 20. Jadeja was often criticized for lack of performance and he got to a new low when he scored 20 of 33 balls against England in 2010 T20 world cup. However, Jadeja soon showed his class to become a permanent member of the Indian team. Jadeja's performances are either too good or too bad because of which he was referred as SIR for doing epic things in India's victory as well as defeats. Even Indian captain M.S.Dhoni often trolls Jadeja for his Sir sobriquet.
Unlike other players, Mark Waugh had couple of nicknames. Initially, he was referred to as 'junior' as he replaced his elder brother Steve Waugh to make his debut for Australia. The other nickname, perhaps the famous one was Audi. Mark Waugh got out on zero in 4 consecutive matches thus making it 0000 which looked similar to the logo of Audi.
One of the most iconic players of the game was Rahul Dravid. Dravid's father- Sharad Dravid used to work in a Kissan factory. Kissan is famous for its yummy jam's products. Taking this reference, his teammates started calling him 'Jammy'. Later on, the maestro showed his class as he became the backbone of India's batting. His rock solid technique got him lots of adulation. Most bowlers couldn't get him out during his Hay days thus Rahul Dravid became 'The Wall' for India.
Brett Lee has been nicknamed "Binger" that is, person full of eccentricities and mood swings. That's what Brett Lee is. He is prone to destruction, though - destroying batsmen's egos, sometimes their limbs, and often their wickets. Deriving from a nickname "Binger", he is usually called "Bing" and sometimes "Binga."