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10 Cricketers who overcame physical barriers

Len Hutton England cricket
Len Hutton continued to fascinate English cricket fans even after he was left with a shortened arm
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The worst thing that can happen to someone is losing the thing that helps her/him earn the bread. The thing about passion is that it does not always bring one an influx of greens and, at the end of the day, it is the only thing that can help in one’s quest for survival.For sportspersons, the greatest fear is becoming physically disabled. The hand that feeds them becoming the source of excruciating pain, both mentally and physically, is perhaps the last thing they want.Another thing with sportspersons is that they don’t play only to earn money, they do it because they love it. It is one of the fewest professions where almost every professional completely enjoys their work.However, not all of them are lucky enough to play with no physical disability or illness as there are some cases where cricketers have had to overcome such barriers and make a name for themselves. And here are such instances…

#1 Len Hutton

He is widely regarded as one of the best English batsmen to have ever played the game. In fact, some quarters of the England fans believe that he was the most technically sound batsman the United Kingdom has ever had since the Second World War.

However, an unfortunate accident in the gym, while doing commando training during World War II, damaged his arm so badly that he needed an operation and it was 8 months in the hospital before he was discharged.

The result of this terrible event was a shortened left arm, by 2 inches, and this happened just after he broke the then world record of the highest individual score in Tests by scoring 364 runs against Australia at the Oval.

But like all the greats do, his incredible determination and unparalleled mental strength meant that he didn’t give up and worked really hard to resurge his career. He later went on to score 14 more Test centuries and also became the first ever professional captain of the England team.

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