Umesh Yadav's birthday: Indian cricketers and their tales of struggle

Indian pacer Umesh Yadav, who had it going tough back in the day, turns a year older today. On this day, we take a look at the many ups and downs some of our cricketers faced in their lives before performing on the big stage

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Yadav is the first player from Vidarbha to represent India. His father was a coalmine worker, and Yadav thus grew up in a village of miners near Khaperkheda, in Nagpur. Until 2007, Yadav had only played tennis ball cricket! Before becoming a professional cricketer, Yadav had even applied for a job with the police force. Pic/AFP

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    Yadav is the first player from Vidarbha to represent India. His father was a coalmine worker, and Yadav thus grew up in a village of miners near Khaperkheda, in Nagpur. Until 2007, Yadav had only played tennis ball cricket! Before becoming a professional cricketer, Yadav had even applied for a job with the police force. Pic/AFP

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