Every individual goes through ups and downs in life. At times, extraordinary feats on the field of play fuels that invincible atmosphere, which supposedly puts them far ahead of their race. It is not that they are not human, just that they handle certain aspects of life better than others. Playing for a nation is a huge responsibility but having the undying commitment towards it, or playing even during a crisis is something extraordinary.
Sports people are human after all. Like every other person, they too face situations where the sports person is needed in his family much more than is needed in the team, but there are some who choose the latter during such emergencies.
Here are five Indian cricketers who played even during family emergencies are:
#1 Sachin Tendulkar
Turn the clock back to 1999 World Cup when the master blaster smashed 140 not out against Kenya at County Ground in Bristol. Sachin Tendulkar put behind the sorrow of losing his father, just a few days before the game, and made a crucial hundred to keep team India afloat in the World Cup. India won the game by 94 runs and Tendulkar was named the Man of the Match.
Tendulkar in his autobiography wrote, “After spending four days in India, I returned to England to rejoin the team on the eve of the match against Kenya. That, it seemed to me, was what my father would have wanted me to do, and that’s what prompted the decision to return to London to play the remaining World Cup matches”