It is truly said that cricket is a lucky game; it can bring you fame or shame. This game has shaped the lives of numerous players. There are many hardworking cricketers who were poverty stricken but now they are earning a whopping amount.
Here is the list of 5 such renowned Indian cricketers who overcame gruesome circumstances through their determination of playing cricket and have become legends now.
Virender Sehwag: Famous for his furious batting style earns Rs. 15 lakhs for every Test, Rs. 6 lakhs for ODIs and for every T20I he gets Rs. 3 lakhs each. But he went through plenty of hardships before he could attain success. Son of a wheat merchant, Sehwag spent his childhood in a house which was shared by 50 members of the joint family. He had to travel 84 km every day just to attend his cricket practice.
Ravindra Jadeja: Presently the top ranked Test bowler and all-rounder, Jadeja’s initial days were quite tough. His father, who was a security guard, wanted him to become an army officer. However, his mother supported him in choosing the career he dreamt of. Unfortunately, in 2005, he lost his sole supporter in an accident after which he was ready to quit cricket, however her aunt encouraged him to continue the game. Today Jadeja earns Rs. 15 lakhs for every Test, Rs. 6 lakhs for ODIs and for every T20I he gets Rs. 3 lakhs each.
Harbhajan Singh: He is the third highest Indian wicket taker in test cricket. He made his debut in the game in 1998, but was kept out of the squad for 3 consecutive years. Meanwhile his father passed away and the legendry cricketer thought of quitting cricket. He moved to Canada to become a truck driver. But lady luck smiled on him in 2001 and he was selected for the Border-Gavaskar trophy against Australia.
Zaheer Khan: One the best pacers of Team India, Zaheer Khan’s road to success was littered with thorns. Playing for India was his childhood dream. He got the chance to play for Mumbai’s National Cricket Club but had to leave his home and move in with her aunt who worked in a hospital. She made an arrangement for him to stay in a small hospital room without any bed or pillow. Finally, he was called up for the national side in 2000 and represented India in 3 World Cups thereafter.
Umesh Yadav: Umesh Yadav, who has become an integral part of the Test team, had first thought of becoming a policeman. His father worked in a coal mine to eke out a living. When he got selected for a bowling camp, he explored his bowling skills. Thereafter he left his studies and focused completely on his bowling. He was included in the national team in the year 2010 against Zimbabwe. Umesh now earns Rs. 6 lakh for a Test match, 6 lakhs for an ODI and Rs. 3 lakhs for every T20I game he plays.