Birthday special in pics: Indian cricketers and their tales of struggle


Kumar’s father is a sub-inspector with the Uttar Pradesh Police. Kumar’s family moved to Meerut from a small village. It is said that when Bhuvneshwar first told his parents he wanted to join a cricket club, they were rather dazed. Still, they somehow managed to afford it. Kumar actually used to carry his kit bag for one kilometre since that’s where the nearest tuk-tuk stand was. During the trials for the Under-17 team some years back, Bhuvneshwar did not have a proper pair of shoes. His sister arrange for one with great difficulty. Pic/AFP

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Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who had faced many hardships growing up, turns a year older today. On this day, let's look at the many ups and downs some of our cricketers faced before making it big