1. Steve Waugh = Tugga
This one makes total sense. One of the toughest players to set foot on the cricket field, Waugh was called “Tugga” by teammates. Tugga is shortened version of “Tug of War” and Waugh was named for his tough as nails attitude.
2. Glenn McGrath = Pigeon
The lanky Aussie fast bowler got the nickname after a New South Wales teammate poked fun of his thin legs. “You’ve stolen a pigeon’s legs,” teammate Brad McNamara is said to remarked. Makes sense, no?
3. Virat Kohli = Chikoo
Apparently, one day, Virat Kohli got a brand-new hairdo when he was playing Ranji trophy for Delhi and walked into the dressing room. Seeing him, Delhi’s assistant coach Ajit Chowdhary quipped: “You look like a Chikoo!” The name stuck.
4. Imran Khan = Im the Dim
Novelist Salman Rushdie and Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan were never great friends. In 2012, they had a public spat after Khan pulled out of a speaking engagement which featured Rushdie, saying that Rushdie’s book The Satanic Verses had hurt Muslims. Rushdie hit back saying that, back in Khan’s “playboy days”, he was nicknamed as “Im the Dim.” Ouch!
5. Venkatapathy Raju = Muscles
The thin scrawny former Indian spinner got the nickname because of his…uh…delicate frame. No big surprises there.
6. Merv Hughes = Fruitfly
Character, master sledger and big bellied Australian fast bowler, Merv Hughes was named ‘fruitfly’ by his team-mates after the great Australian pest.
7. Roger Binny = Jackie
The all rounder who was a part of the 1983 world cup team is named after a fruit. The Jackfruit, to be precise. Actually, Binny’s curvy bottom is the reason is he is called Jackie, short for Jackfruit.
8. Stuart Broad = Westlife
The lanky English fast bowler is called “Westlife” because of his soft boyband singer looks.
9. Brett Lee = Binga
Brett Lee used to play for New South Wales, which had popular chain of electronic stores called Bing Lee. Hence, Binga.
10. Andrew Flintoff = Freddie
The England all rounder was nicknamed Freddie because of the resemblance of his second name (Flintoff) with that of the cartoon character Fred Flintstone.