We often think that celebrities are only interested in their line of work involving movies, songs, dance and advertisements. But our vision changed when IPL started back in 2008 and we saw Bollywood superstars like Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta owning various IPL franchises. We often saw them attending several IPL matches and cheering and supporting their respective teams.
This Australian movie actor who is famous for portraying ‘Wolverine’ in the X-Men series, is a self-confessed cricket buff. In an interview he said, “I used to come to every day of every Test match … all day long you’re hearing people yell out: ‘Have a go, have a go you mug’ … it’s not just enough to win, it was more your attitude that people loved and I always say that is something great about Australia.”
In high school, the actor played both rugby and cricket, and involved himself heavily in sporting activities before switching his profession.
2. Daniel Radcliffe
The 24-year-old Harry Potter star told the Daily Mirror last year that he had gone off football but: “I still love cricket. I play EA Cricket on the computer – I am a nerd.”
3. Russel Crowe
New Zealand’s famous Oscar-winning actor, who is a cousin of former Kiwi skippers Martin and Jeff Crowe, is a huge fan of the game. He once told BBC on a visit to watch Australia play England in 2009 that it had “been my dream for 30 years” to go to the home of cricket.
4. Mark Wahlberg
According to The Sun, the American actor who starred in movies like The Departed and Planet of the Apes is a recent convert to the game, and just last month, the 42-year-old bought a stake in a team in Barbados.
5. Elton John
Elton John, who is one of the best selling music artist in the world, famously celebrated with the England cricket team following their 1986/87 Ashes win Down Under, inviting Ian Botham back to his hotel suite in Melbourne for an all-night party. The singer-songwriter told TMS back in 2006: “Tests are far more interesting (than one-day internationals), they are more of a chess game. Test match cricket is far more worthwhile and relaxing. I do think you see the best cricket in Tests and I like the fact that you can play for five days and no-one wins.”
6. Eric Clapton
The legendary English musician has always had a strong interest in the game and can often be seen either at Test matches or more likely playing in the annual Bunbury cricket festival. Although the 70-year-old did admit in 2003: “I love watching cricket but I hate playing it.”
7. Mick Jagger
The lead vocalist of the Rolling Stones is so passionate about the game that he even set up his own internet company in 1997, called Jagged Internetworks, so as to be able to watch England play a one-day international tournament in Sharjah!
8. Lily Allen
The singer shocked many during the 2009 Ashes series in England when revealing her real passion for cricket in an interview with Test Match Special presenter Jonathan Agnew in which she said: “I like the beauty of the game, the whites against the green, the pace of it, and the fact that you’re allowed to drink in the stand, which you can’t do at football.”
9. Sam Mendes
The Oscar-winning English film director can often be seen in a box at the Lord’s Test match and revealed his true love for the game in Simon Hughes’ book Cricket’s Greatest Rivalry: A History of the Ashes in 10 Matches, when he said: “Football was like film – ninety minutes of fast-moving entertainment, which is exciting but doesn’t always leave you with a great deal at the end. Cricket is more like theatre – you need to invest more time to understand the themes, but it gives you greater reward at the end.”
10. Piers Morgan
The former editor of the Daily Mirror, and now host of Piers Morgan Live on CNN, has always retained a strong interest in the sport, despite his first love being that of Arsenal FC. The 48-year-old even famously got star England batsman Kevin Pietersen to turn out for his local village team in 2008!
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