38 Famous Cricketers Nicknames That You Never Heard Of

Cricketers are loved by fans and sometimes referred to by a nickname due to some reason. These 38 famous cricketers nicknames are very famous with their fans and the cricketing world. They are many times informally addressed by these names.

I will tell you who was ODI revolutionist, Pigeon, Smudge, father of cricket, Pup or Mad Max.

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Famous Cricketers Nicknames and Reason

1. Sherry – Navjot Singh Sidhu– Sherry is wine, and someone once gave it to Navjot Sidhu’s father. As a result, his father named him Sherry.

2. Wall- Rahul Dravid– He was named as wall as he batted like wall and saved matches when India needed most. He is also called Jammy by teammates and fans.

3. Mr. Cricket- Michael Hussey– This all started in England when Hussey was playing County Cricket. He was in action against Lancashire alongside former England captain Andrew Flintoff and fellow countryman Brad Hogg. After watching Hussey playing in the extreme weather conditions without caring about the weather which was cold and wet, Flintoff remarked that he had never seen anyone who loved cricket more than Hussey and dubbed him “Mr. Cricket.” When Brad Hogg returned to Australia, he spread the name among his teammates, and the rest is history.

4. 360 Degree/ Mr. 360 -AB de Villiers– As he possesses the ability to hit shots around the 360 degrees of field.

5. Haryana Hurricane-Kapil Dev– Was from Haryana and one of the real fast bowlers for India who made an impression in international cricket.

6. Universal boss-Chris Gayle– Christopher Henry Gayle, widely regarded as one of the most celebrated cricketers of all time, continues to perform admirably. He is the highest run-scorer in T20.

7. White lightening-Allan Donald– Because he was lightning fast and used to apply a zinc cream on his nose on lips which looked white. This was the reason why Allan Donald was called while lightening.

8. Mad Max- Glenn Maxwell– For his hitting ability from ball 1, and once he starts hitting, then it is hard to stop him. He plays almost all kinds of short, which any batsman would not try even in the dream. He even sometimes plays reverse sweep from the bill one and has often succeeded in hitting maximum with the sweep shot.

9. ODI revolutionist- Arjuna Ranatunga – He changed how ODIs are played, especially in the 1996 World cup. No one expected Sri Lanka to win the world cup. He reformed the team, and Sri Lanka started the trend of attack in the first 15 overs.

10. Little Master- Sunil Gavaskar/ Sachin Tendulkar – both are seen as batting greats and short in height. That is why they were named little masters.

11. Pigeon- Glenn McGrath – New South Wales teammate Brad McNamara named him Pigeon after seeing his lean legs.

12. Punter- Ricky Ponting– Ricky Ponting used to bet on dog races in the early 1990s and that’s is why Shane Warne named him Punter. In the Australian language, Punter means someone who bets on a horse or dogs race.

13. Captain cool-Mahendra Singh Dhoni – Being cool on the field he has been named as Captain Club.

14. Jumbo- Anil Kumble– During a match Navjot Singh Sidhu called him Jumbo Jet as a ball bowled by him took off, later the jet was dropped and was only named as Jumbo.

15. Prince of Trinidad- Brian Lara– Brian Lara is considered one of the best batsmen of all time and is from Trinidad. In his early days, he was named Prince of Trinidad.

16. Dada / God of offside-Sourav Ganguly– In Bengali Dada means elder brother and Sourav Ganguly was a Bengali. He had a superb hitting ability in off-side and that is why he was named God of offside.

17. The Don-Bradman – The Don of cricket, both it was a short form of his name and he was Don of cricket.

18. Hitman-Rohit Sharma– Due to his ability to hit sixes at ease and to any bowler. He is also the only batsman in history to score 3 double centuries in ODIs.

19. Swing king- Wasim Akram– Akram was one of the bowlers who could swing the ball at will and that was why called swing king.

20. Pup- Michael Clarke– He was the youngest of the 11 when he joined the Australian cricket team. Pup means little in the Australian dictionary. it is a short form of a puppy.

21. Potato / Aloo- Injamam Ul Haq ( It was only referred by Indian fans/ not referred in the cricketing circle)

22. Turbunator- Harbhajan Singh– He was named after the 2001 Australia- India series where he took 30+ wickets in the series.

23. Rawalpindi Express- Shoaib Akhtar- Regarded as the fastest bowler of history and he belonged to Rawalpindi in Pakistan.

24. Sunny- Sunil Gavaskar – This was the short form of his name.

25. Father of Cricket-WG Grace

26. Freddy- Andrew Flintoff– He was named so by John Stanworth, the captain of Lancashire’s second XI because his name was similar to Fred Flinstone, a cartoon character of the sitcom The Flintstones.

27. Gabbar- Shikhar Dhawan – In a domestic match when two batsmen were batting for hours, Sikhar Dhawan went near them and recited the famous dialogue of Gabbar from Sholay “Bahut yarana lagta hai,” and everyone burst into laughter. Then on his teammates started calling him Gabbar.

28. Smudge-Steve Smith

29. Cheeku- Virat Kohli -His childhood friends called him Cheeku due to his hair like a cartoon character.

30. Gilly- Adam Gilchrist

31 Slinga-Lasith Malinga – Due to his slinging and unusual bowling action Lasith Malinga has been named Slinga.

32 Whispering Death-Michael Holding – Due to his sheer pace and the ability to bowl bouncers.

33 Nawab of Najafgarh-Virendra Sehwag – He used to live in Najafgarh and after scoring his first triple century people started calling him Nawab of Najafgarh.

34 Big Bird-Joe Garner

35 Chef- Mathew Hayden – He is a qualified chef and even has written a book regarding recipes and cooking.

36 Binga-Brett lee– He has a chain of electronics showrooms called Binga Lee.

37 Sultan of swing- Wasim Akram

38 Boom Boom– Shahid Afridi


NicknamePlayer Name
Mushie, JaadugarMushtaq Ahmed
The Magician, Saeed BhaiSaeed Ajmal
The Burnley Lara, The Burnley ExpressJames Anderson
Big ShipWarwick Armstrong
MatinMohammad Ashraful
AshRavichandran Ashwin
Athers, FEC, Iron Mike, Cockroach, DreadyMichael Andrew Atherton
The Boil, BarnacleTrevor Bailey
YJBJonny Bairstow
BankieOmari Banks
BunterEddie Barlow
Boris, NoraGareth Batty
FrothMichael Beer
Belly, The SherminatorIan Bell
DiamondsRichie Benaud
EdgarTravis Birt
AB, Captain GrumpyAllan Border
Beefy, Guy the GorillaIan Botham
Fiery, Boycs, ThatchGeoffrey Boycott
DJDwayne Bravo
Brears, ScaggMike Brearley
WestlifeStuart Broad
Brunty, NunnyKatherine Brunt
BoomJasprit Bumrah
ButchMark Butcher
Des, Shack, WingnutAndy Caddick
YuziYuzvendra Chahal
The ChanderwalShivnarine Chanderpaul
ChappelliIan Chappell
YoungrossRoston Chase
Dan the ManDan Christian
Pup, ClarkeyMichael Clarke
Chef, Captain CookAlastair Cook
Electric HeelsLearie Constantine
Cossy, Baby-BoofMark Cosgrove
CreepyJohn Crawley
BomberColin Croft
CrossyKate Cross
HoganMartin Crowe
Patto, CummoPat Cummins
Lady Boom BoomNida Dar
WizardIan Davis
DaffyPhillip DeFreitas
Mad MaxAravinda de Silva
ABD, Mr. 360°A. B. de Villiers
Lord TedTed Dexter
GabbarShikhar Dhawan
Thala, MSD, Mahi, Captain CoolM. S. Dhoni
Pica, DillGraham Dilley
DivaMichael Di Venuto
Dolly, BasBasil D’Oliveira
White LightningAllan Donald
BehemothBrett Dorey
Johnny Won’t Hit TodayJ. W. H. T. Douglas
The WallRahul Dravid
Duleep Mr SmithK. S. Duleepsinhji
DunksSophia Dunkley
Lottie, ChiefCharlotte Edwards
CastroFidel Edwards
HerbMatthew Elliott
Slug, SiucSean Ervine
RomiImran Farhat
The FinisherJames Faulkner
The Watford WallSteven Finn
The Spice ManAndre Fletcher
FreddieAndrew Flintoff
Two-metre PeterPeter Fulton
GautiGautam Gambhir
Prince of Kolkata, God of Offside, DadaSourav Ganguly
Big BirdJoel Garner
Fat GattMike Gatting
Little master, SunnySunil Gavaskar
World Boss, Mr. T20, Universe BossChris Gayle
ScooterHerschelle Gibbs
Fast EddieEddie Gilbert
Gilly, ChurchyAdam Gilchrist
Gilo, Skinny, Splash, The King of Spain, Wheelie BinAshley Giles
DizzyJason Gillespie
StoatDavid Gower
W. G., The Doctor, The Old Man, The ChampionW. G. Grace
Grunners, CarolRebecca Grundy
GuldozerUmar Gul
GuraAsanka Gurusinha
BJ, HaddsBrad Haddin
PaddlesRichard Hadlee
Professor, Professor of SargodhaMohammad Hafeez
BazAlex Hales
Baby BoycottHaseeb Hameed
Harmy, GBH (Grievous Bodily Harmison)Steve Harmison
LugsChris Harris
RyanoRyan Harris
HannibalChris Hartley
Harvs, The FreakIan Harvey
StickersShane Harwood
The DukeJohn Hastings
RitzyNathan Hauritz
Haydos, Big FishMatthew Hayden
Des, DessieRachael Haynes
Black BradmanGeorge Headley
MidgeAlyssa Healy
StorkHunter Hendry
HilfyBen Hilfenhaus
The MasterJack Hobbs
Hodgey, DodgeballBrad Hodge
OggieMatthew Hoggard
Whispering DeathMichael Holding
CatfishJames Hopes
Monkey, The BossA. N. Hornby
FruitflyMerv Hughes
NashwanNasser Hussain
Huss, Bomber, Junior Mr. CricketDavid Hussey
DaintyBert Ironmonger
Dot BabaTamim Iqbal
Jaddu, Sir JadejaRavindra Jadeja
ProPhil Jaques
The Iron DukeDouglas Jardine
Matara Mauler, Master Blaster, SanaSanath Jayasuriya
The CroucherGilbert Jessop
Midge, NotchMitchell Johnson
JJJess Jonassen
JonahErnie Jones
KaifuMohammad Kaif
Little Kalu, Little DynamiteRomesh Kaluwitharana
Nani-DannyDanish Kaneria
KappieMarizanne Kapp
KapuChamara Kapugedera
DKDinesh Karthik
KasperMichael Kasprowicz
KatSimon Katich
KempieJustin Kemp
KeysyRobert Key
The Lion of LahoreImran Khan
ZakZaheer Khan
Uzzie, Captain GrumpyUsman Khawaja
DKDelissa Kimmince
MaxyMichael Klinger
TrevHeather Knight
Knotty, FleaAlan Knott
Bhuvi, The Swing PrinceBhuvneshwar Kumar
KuleNuwan Kulasekara
Apple, JumboAnil Kumble
Alfie, JLJustin Langer
Megastar, Serious SallyMeg Lanning
The Prince of Port of SpainBrian Lara
The PostmanGavin Larsen
Very Very SpecialV. V. S. Laxman
PhantomBill Lawry
HenryGeoff Lawson
BoofDarren Lehmann
ShrimpH. D. G. Leveson Gower
FOTDennis Lillee
Super CatClive Lloyd
BumbleDavid Lloyd
Lynnsanity, Bash BrotherChris Lynn
G.O.A.T, Garry, GazzaNathan Lyon
Governor-GeneralCharles Macartney
Mac, MagillaStuart MacGill
SlasherKen Mackay
FaraFarveez Maharoof
MahboJimmy Maher
Saj, KingSajid Mahmood
RowdyAshley Mallett
Skid, SpeedyVic Marks
Father MarriottCharles Marriott
BisonMitchell Marsh
SwampyGeoff Marsh
Iron Gloves, BacchusRod Marsh
SOSShaun Marsh
NuttyFrederick Martin
MartoDamien Martyn
BangersLloyd Mash
PilotKhaled Mashud
Angie, Superman, JockaAngelo Mathews
MoGreg Matthews
Bash BrotherBrendon McCullum
McGooBryce McGain
Pigeon, MillardGlenn McGrath
GarthGraham McKenzie
Big MacBrian McMillan
MaccaCraig McMillan
FunkyColin Miller
NuggetKeith Miller
Lone warrior, Tuk tuk, Man of CrisisMisbah-ul-Haq
MishiAmit Mishra
TadpoleDave Mohammed
MoonsBeth Mooney
Big MomRoberta Moretti Avery
TipoChris Morris
MysteryJohn Morrison
KoushikMashrafe Mortaza
MuraliMuttiah Muralitharan
Dial MTim Murtagh
ColonelPhil Mustard
The PresidentMohammad Nabi
Nella, GuntherAndré Nel
ChewMfuneko Ngam
Badger, NicoPaul Nixon
Mary AnnMonty Noble
NoffersAshley Noffke
SnorkMarcus North
George, Mdingi ExpressMakhaya Ntini
OberIain O’Brien
ChillyChris Old
SkullKerry O’Keeffe
TigerBill O’Reilly
CurlyMilford Page
SikhipediaShikha Pandey
The Mont-ster, Python, The Beard to be Feared, The Sikh of TweakMonty Panesar
TigerMansoor Ali Khan Pataudi
DaveJeetan Patel
PezEllyse Perry
K. P., Kelvin, Kelv, KapesKevin Pietersen
PudsyLiam Plunkett
PollyKieron Pollard
Pooch, The Big DogPeter Pollock
PollyShaun Pollock
The CheeseMatt Prior
FizzMustafizur Rahman
Mr. IPL, Chinna ThalaSuresh Raina
RampsMark Ramprakash
Arkle, RagsDerek Randall
RanjiK. S. Ranjitsinhji
The Razzler, Bang Bang RazzaqAbdul Razzaq
The TurtleMatt Renshaw
Smokin Joe, Smokey, King Viv, The Emperor, The Master BlasterViv Richards
Fat CatGreg Ritchie
Lil’ JJemimah Rodrigues
Schutter/ShooterMegan Schutt
Mahi, M. S., ShaziMohammad Shahzad
Hit-Man, Shana, 264Rohit Sharma
SandySandeep Sharma
HoofAnya Shrubsole
Sid ViciousPeter Siddle
Bhajji, TurbanatorHarbhajan Singh
MandyMandeep Singh
Yuvi, PrinceYuvraj Singh
Smithy, Smudge, GODSteve Smith
The DemonFred Spofforth
The GafferAlec Stewart
Lord Brocket, Straussy, Levi, Muppet, Johann, Mare ManAndrew Strauss
WashiWashington Sundar
TubbyMark Taylor
Rosco, Pallekelle PlundererRoss Taylor
Thommo, Two-UpJeff Thomson
Tresco, BangerMarcus Trescothick
FieryFred Trueman
Tuffers, The CatPhil Tufnell
The TerrorCharles Turner
TyphoonFrank Tyson
DeadlyDerek Underwood
TanglesMax Walker
WolfieGeorgia Wareham
The King of SpinShane Warne
Afghan – the forgotten Waugh, JuniorMark Waugh
TuggaSteve Waugh
BlockerPaul Wilson
LozLauren Winfield
WizardChris Woakes
WaggyDanni Wyatt
SKYSuryakumar Yadav
RooBruce Yardley
All HandsMonde Zondeki

Wrapping Up Famous Cricketers Nickname

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