People who love cricket will start playing from their childhood and choose to be perfect in one type of bowling or batting. But few cricketers started their career with a role or style and changed it after specializing in one and achieved success. Out of those few cricketers below, I mentioned the top 5 Cricketers who changed their roles after specializing in one.
1 Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble is a previous Indian cricketer, mentor, and observer, who played Tests and ODIs for a very long time. A right-arm leg-spin bowler, he stepped through 619 wickets in Test cricket and stays the third-most highest wicket-taker ever.
He was a fast bowler until he is 14 years old. His friends complained to him about his bowling action. So, he had to practice spin for perfect action, later he became the no.1 leg spinner in his era. His height and the fast bowling practice gave him big support in his spin bowling.
2 Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen MBE is a cricket commentator and previous England International cricket player. He is a right-hand batsman and intermittent off turn bowler who played in each of the three organizations for England somewhere in the range of 2005 and 2014.
He was a bowler in the initial days of his career. When he found less opportunity for bowlers then he shifted to a batsman.
3 Steve Smith
Steven Peter Devereux Smith is an Australian worldwide cricketer and previous captain of the Australian public group. Smith is reliably evaluated as one of the highest level Test batsmen on the planet, as indicated by the ICC Player Rankings.
Steve Smith has joined the Australian team as a spinner. He has taken 17 wickets in the test, 28 wickets in ODI, and 17 wickets in T20. In the initial days of his career, he batted in his own style which helped in making centuries for his country. Soon he started focussing on batting by leaving bowling and the rest is history.
4 Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindrasinh Anirudhsinh Jadeja, generally known as Ravindra Jadeja, is an Indian global cricketer. He is an all-rounder, who plays as a left-hand batsman and moderate left-arm standard bowler. He addresses Saurashtra in top of the line cricket and the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.
Ravindra Jadeja has joined the Indian cricket team as a middle-order batsman. He used to bowl as a part-time bowler. Due, the poor performance he has put aside by the Indian team in 2010. He realized his capabilities in his spin bowling and focused more on his bowling. Later he rejoined the Indian cricket team and the rest is history.
5 Scott Styris
Scott Bernard Styris is a New Zealand cricket commentator and previous cricketer, who played all formats of the game. An all-rounder, Styris played as a forceful right-hand batsman and a right-arm medium speed bowler.
Scott Styris joined his team as a spinner. Due to his knee injury, he has to focus on batting. Later he has scored 5 centuries in test cricket and 4 centuries in ODI’s.