The motto of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is ‘talent meets opportunity. It has more often than not lived up to this billing. The IPL has paved way for many international careers. It has changed the lives of many cricketers overnight. The IPL has been an instrumental force in shaping up cricketers’ lifestyles. There have been many cricketers who couldn’t even afford basic means but post bagging an IPL contract, their lives changed forever. Here are the Inspiring Life Stories Of IPL Cricketers.
We look at 4 Inspiring Life Stories Of IPL Cricketers:
#4 Parvez Rasool
Parvez Rasool’s career in itself is an inspiration for many. He became the first player from Jammu & Kashmir to represent India and also in the IPL. SRH bought Rasool for INR 95 lakhs in the 2014 auctions. More than just the money, it was the faith showed in him that inspired cricketers from the valley. Abdul Samad has now followed in his footsteps.
#3 Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja is a royal in the truest sense of the word. His sword celebration is part of cricketing folklore. But not many are aware of the fact that Jadeja comes from a very modest background. He lost his mother while he was very young. The family punted on him making it big. Even though Jadeja excelled in the U-19 World Cup in 2008, it was when he bagged an IPL contract that his life changed for the better. Jadeja went to the next level in 2012 when CSK acquired him for a speculated sum of more than INR 10 crores.
#2 Mohammad Siraj
Mohammad Siraj is the toast of the country after a series of great performances. He fought all odds to reach the position he is in currently. Siraj led the pace attack in just his 3rd Test. He lost his father when he was away on tour to Australia. His story becomes even more special knowing he made the grade despite everything stacked against him. Siraj’s late father was an auto-rickshaw driver. But it was his father’s dream to see Siraj playing for the country one day. His career received a boost in 2017 when SRH acquired Siraj for INR 2.6 crores. Siraj’s life changed overnight.
#1 Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya is easily one of the most flamboyant Indian cricketers. It will be hard for anyone to say that Hardik once struggled to even a decent meal. He and his elder brother, Krunal served on a diet of Maggi during their early days. But his career received a major boost when he was picked for INR 10 lacs in the 2015 IPL Auctions. MI’s faith in Hardik completely transformed his career, lifestyle, and life!