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In pictures: Indian cricketers and their tales of struggle

On Indian pacer Mohammad Shami's birthday, we take a look at the many ups and downs some of our cricketers faced in their lives before reaching the big stage

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    Mohammad Shami

    India’s latest pace sensation, Shami was born and brought up in a village name Sahaspur in UP. Although his father was a fast bowler in the village, Shami’s dream of playing for India seemed far-fetched. The village did not have any cricket facilities, not even grounds. Mud fields were all that were available to be used as cricket grounds. It was recently reported that even now Sahaspur gets electricity for just eight hours in a day. Pic/AFP

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