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These 7 Indian Cricketers Suffered Real Poverty Before Getting Stardom

They say you never know when and how the destiny turns its table for you! Some become rich from rags or others rag from a rich. Relating to it, before the multi-crore contracts, garages packed with supercars and Bollywood biopics, here are some cricketers who actually fought a battle with real poverty but became the top international sportsman.

1) Ravindra Jadeja

Known as ‘Sir’ Ravindra Jadeja had a tough journey to get to where he is. His father was a security guard at a shipping complex. They faced the financial crisis that certainly made life hard. Due to the poor condition of the house, Jadeja also worked as Watchmen. However, he took time to focus on cricket and his focus took him to the sunshine.


2) Umesh Yadav

Born in Nagpur, Umesh Yadav belongs to a very poor family. Yadav’s father was a coal mine worker. Umesh left his studies after 12th due to poverty. To run home, Umesh began wages with his father.  Before becoming a professional cricketer, Umesh unsuccessfully applied to join the army and the police force.

3) Manoj Tiwary

Manoj Tiwari’s father used to work at the railway station. He has 5 family members, so spending extra amount on cricket was difficult for his father. So Manoj also started working in stores located on the station. After seen Manoj’s talent, his brother Rajkumar enrolled him in cricket club.

4) Munaf Patel

Munaf Patel’s family was so poor that his father used to work on someone else’s farm. He was the only earning member of the family. But destiny had some other plans for him.

5) Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan

The Pathan brothers duo also survived poverty. Their father was the Muezzin at the local mosque. Both brothers were also helped father in cleaning the mosque. It is said that the two brother dream to be cricketers was a topic of ridicule among some of the people in the mosque, where their father worked. Beating all the odds, the brother went on to pursue cricket and eventually represented the Indian team.  

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6) Vinod Kambli

His family lived in a chawl in Bhindi Bazaar, Mumbai. His father Ganpat Kambli was a mechanic.

8) Kamran Khan

He was the son of a woodcutter, Kamran has struggled with poverty. He said once in an interview that,

“Be it Lucknow or Kanpur, I used to sleep at platforms. I used to buy a platform ticket and spend the night there … I always had monetary problems. I never dared to ask money from my brothers. I had one pair of white clothes for trials”. 

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