Indian cricket’s small-town heroes
Little do people know that the man who has taken Indian cricket to all new heights – their skipper MS Dhoni, was a ticket collector in Kharagpur. The Pathan brothers, Irfan and Yusuf, were brought up in a small room in a local mosque in Vadodara and buying a decent pair of shoes was a big financial decision for the family. There are many more inspiring tales.
These cricketers have made a name for themselves despite coming from the little known districts and remote corners of the country, some of which do not even have proper infrastructure and facilities at the grassroots level.
Following their cricketing heroes and with a dream to be bracketed amongst them one day, these players have travelled miles and endured hardships to pursue their passion for the game.
Courage, determination and hunger to perform at the big stage, encouraging families, supportive school staff, hardworking coaches, there is a story to each one of these success tales.
We at MSN India take a look at some of the most popular cricket heroes who have made it big despite their humble backgrounds
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