In the last few years, cricket has changed the life of many players. But, it is not that people play this game just for money. It is hard to reach here. From time to time, fans get to know stories related to the struggles of their favorite players in films, books or any other way.
There are many current and former players in the Indian cricket team who have risen from poverty to higher positions. Here we are telling you about five such cricketers.
#5 Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag, who scored two triple centuries in Tests and a double hundred in ODI cricket changed the way the game is played. He redefined the opener's role at the Test level. Sehwag's father was a wheat trader and he lived in a collective family of 50 people. There was only one house for 50 people to live in. Sehwag had to travel 84km every day for cricket practice.
#4 Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja is currently the top-ranked Test bowler and all-round player. However, in the early days, he too has faced poverty. His father used to be a watchman in a private company. Barely the household expenses could have been met by his father's minor salary. Since childhood Ravindra Jadeja has been surrounded by economic difficulties.
Even after this, Jadeja made way to the Indian team with his hard work and determination. Very few careers in international cricket have transcended the myth as that of Ravindra Jadeja, nicknamed as "Sir". He has made a comeback to the ODI side and will be looking to seal the spot ahead of the all-important World Cup.
#3 Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh, who was a pure match-winner for team India in Test cricket, is on the third spot. Harbhajan had stepped into cricket in the year 1998 and only after the first series he had to sit out for another three years. Once upon a time he decided to go to Canada and drive taxi. Although he was back in the team in 2001 and there was no turning back since then.
#2 Zaheer Khan
Since childhood, Zaheer Khan wanted to play for Team India. He had also got the opportunity to play in the National Cricket Club of Mumbai, but he had to go to another city with his aunt working in a hospital. He lived in a small room in the hospital, in which there was no bed. After some time he started doing a job. And finally, in 2000 he got an opportunity to play in the national team.
#1 Umesh Yadav
Umesh Yadav's father used to work in Coal Mine and could barely afford to give two meals of food to his family. Umesh joined the Indian team on the back of his hard work. Today, Umesh is one of India's fastest bowlers and has continuously impressed everyone. He has been the go-to bowler of Virat Kohli in the Indian side.