Posted Thu, December 1, 2011 11:30am IST

Sunil Gavaskar, Salil Ankola, Ajay Jadeja and Vinod Kambli …these cricketers have been demi gods on the field, but they never quite managed to woo fans in their filmi avatars. Though some of them were watchable on screen, others failed miserably while chasing elusive silver-screen success. With India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni all set to make his film debut for his best friend John Abraham’s next, will the lucky lad break the prevailing jinx and prove that cricketers can act too?

He‘s the toast of the cricketing world with enviable record wins for his team. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the captain of the Indian cricket team, is a role model for many. His fans believe that this boy from Ranchi was born with the Midas touch and, going by his unending winning glories, they are not wrong. And now Mahi is making his Bollywood debut with a long-time buddy, actor John Abraham. We take a look at some of the on-field heroes who tried to make it big in Bollywood….