“Cricket has over one billion fans globally and Indians alone constitute more than
90 percent of them” – ICC
We can rather say that, if we shout “sports” in India, it will echo “cricket”.
India is a country with a population of 135.26 crores, where approximately 90% of people have played or participated in Cricket at least once in their life and more than 20% of them somewhere believes to become a cricketer someday.
The journey starting from a huge population and reaching to playing 11 is always inspiring, but this blog has more for you.
So wrap your hands, sit back, scroll and read!
Cricketers with an inspiring journey
- Rohit Sharma
If you have the zeal to follow your dreams, you become unstoppable!
This is a glimpse of his life, Rohit has seen everything starting from penury to rolling in money. He was born on 30 April 1987 in the middle-class family of Nagpur. The financial conditions of Rohit’s family were hand to mouth.
His father used to work for a transport company. There was a time when his father lost his job and due to the financial difficulties he was sent to his grandparents at the age of 10 years, this turned to be a blessing in disguise for his cricket career. Rohit was passionate about cricket since childhood. Looking at his passion his uncle contributed with financial support and helped him join a cricket academy under the coach Dinesh lad, His coach advised him to start schooling at a better cricket facility school named “Swami Vivekananda”. Rohit couldn’t afford the fees of that school, therefore, Dinesh held him with a scholarship for the next 4 years.
In those 4 years, Rohit tried learning every detail of cricket.
Initial years of his career were spent practicing as bowling allrounder with spin bowling as a specialty. His coach spotted his batting talent and that’s how he became a front batsman. Everyone soon started knowing him for his aggressive batting style. Finally, the time came for his dream to become reality with the opportunity to play for the state cricket team, where he played with Sachin Tendulkar at the age of 17 years. He came under limelight after scoring 142 runs in 123 balls against the North zone at Udaipur.
He played for India A and got selected for champions trophy 30 players. However, he was not selected in the final players. This is before he made his debut in Ranji trophy, he debuted in Ranji in the year 2006-2007 but couldn’t perform best.
After his amazing performance in 2009 Ranji was called again in the team and got selected for ODI in Bangladesh. Even after being selected “his starts were not moving right” as Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli were in the form Rohit didn’t get an opportunity to be a part of team 11.
Rohit again had to prove his worth and he did it by scoring a century against Zimbabwe and made another century in the next match, marking his place in the team. In 2013 he was made opener of the team and helped India to win champion’s trophy, Scored a double century against Australia, and never turned back.
- Hardik Pandya
Do you know Hardik Pandya left his studies after 9th just to practice cricket?
Born in Surat, Gujrat on October 11, 1993. Hardik was a cricket lover from an early age. The love towards cricket soon turned to be a passion to achieve. His father used to run a car finance business. To achieve his goal he took admission to Kiran More Academy along with his brother, who is a remarkable cricketer too. Both the brothers Hardik and Krunal used to go to the cricket academy together, for formal education Hardik used to go to MK highschool.
Both the practice and formal learning made his schedule hectic and he made a decision to give cricket all his attention. From being selected in Baroda Cricket Team for Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy to slowly and gradually attaining a position in Indian squad shows determination towards his dream.
In the year 2015, he got the opportunity to play in IPL, he supported Mumbai Indians and became the “man of the match”. Later in the T20 international match and ODI Debut, he marked his footprints.
Well, all I would say now is “it all seems easy when we look back but, you can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs”. I hope you understand what I mean!.
- Jasprit Bumrah
A right-arm fast-medium bowler of India’s International cricket team also known as Yorker King.
Bumrah decided to enter cricket at a young age of 14 years and today he is shining like a star. Let’s revise the time and see how he made it. No one would have thought that India’s bowling would be the best bowling in the world. India was always known for its spectacular batting lineup but fast bowling was never our cup of tea.
The journey of becoming the world’s best bowler started on 6 December 1993, when Bumrah was born in Punjabi middle-class family. At 7 years of age, his father died.
His mother always wanted him to settle abroad but the universe had bigger plans. Since childhood cricket always fascinated Bumrah, he loved watching or playing cricket more than studies. Like all the other Indian cricket lovers “batting never attracted Bumrah, that’s how he attained a unique bowling style”.
Well, the credit of his amazing bowling style goes to Kishore Trivedi too, who recognized and appreciated his action. He realized at an early age that yorker bowling will give him a wicket. So he started practicing the same.
His mother didn’t let him go out and play but they had a big hall and he kept on practicing there for hours and hours. In 2013 he was selected to represent Gujarat U 19 in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, he became the man of the match in the first T20 match. After proving himself in the Domestic journey he then got the opportunity to play for IPL at 19 years of age. In his first match, he took 3 wickets for Mumbai Indians. Finally, on 26 Jan 2016 in a match against Australia, he gave his international debut for t20 cricket. Where he provided only 23 runs and took 3 wickets. Soon, he became the world’s number 1 bowler in t20.
Long story short, his tremendous bowling style made his mark on every form of cricket and his place in every cricket fan heart.
- Umesh Yadav
Umesh was born on 25 October 1987 in Nagpur, Maharashtra. In a family with financial crises. His father was labor in a coal mining factory. Umesh studied till 7th and had to leave studies because of financial issues. He always wanted to join the army but he could not make it.
After facing so many rejections, he thought to leave everything the way it is. However, soon situations flipped around. He started releasing aggression through fast bowling. The more the aggression, the more was bowling speed. According to him, this was the way to bring out the negative energy in a positive way.
He always practiced with a tennis ball as he could not afford the leather one, soon Umesh started playing for his town’s team. His enthusiasm and playing style was recognized making him “man of the match” in every tournament which helped him earn 500 to 1000 rupees per match.
At the age of 20 years, he joined Vidarbha Gymkhana where he played with leather ball for the first time. His bowling was undoubtedly fast but there was no line or direction. Whoever watches him play used to advise that “his bowling format is raw, he needs the practice to make it right”. And he did so “with practice and hard work, he turned out to be an extraordinary player”.
On 3rd November 2008, he made his 1st class debut and started achieving wickets from the first match. Numerically speaking, he played 4 matches for Ranji Trophy and took 20 wickets. Umesh got selected for the Dilip trophy to represent the central zone. He was amongst the top names of domestic players and finally got a chance to play for Delhi Daredevils along with 20 lakhs cash. Finally, In the year 2010, he was selected for the Indian ODI team against Zimbabwe.
Since then he has become a regular part of playing 11.
You do not excel to play for a country in a day or month. It takes years of effort and hard work to reach there. Every cricketer be it MS Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly, Virat Kohli or Yuvraj Singh had their own challenges.
So if you have the potential to play with passion, play with us. – Fancy11