Did you know Jasprit Bumrah's father passed away when he was age 5?

Updated: 10 October, 2019 15:58 IST | Shawn.Dsouza
  • Jasprit Bumrah

    Jasprit Bumrah: The Indian pace bowler revealed that he endured quite a struggle during his younger years. Bumrah lost his father at the tender age of five. Bumrah's mother Jasprit could not afford anything much. Hence, Jasprit would have just one pair of shoes and a t-shirt which he would wash and use repeatedly. Mumbai Indians' recognized his talent and he was recruited in the IPL team in 2013. After that, there was no looking back. Jasprit Bumrah is currently one of the most sought-after bowlers in Team India

  • MS Dhoni

    MS Dhoni: After his family moved from Uttarakhand to Ranchi, Dhoni’s father Pan Singh worked in junior management positions in a public sector undertaking. Dhoni himself was a Train Ticket Examiner (TTE) at Kharagpur railway station for a couple of years, before eventually hitting his way to fame with the bat. Pic/AFP

  • Mohammad Shami

    Mohammad Shami: India’s star pace bowler, 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 a day. Pic/AFP

  • Harbhajan Singh

    Harbhajan Singh: Had the offie not been selected for 2001 series against Australia at home, he might well have been driving trucks in the US for a living. After his father passed away, being the only son of the family, Harbhajan was obliged to support his family, which also included unmarried sisters. But, fate had something better in store for the ‘Turbanator’. Pic/AFP

  • Mohammed Siraj

    Mohammed Siraj: The Hyderabad-based Indian pacer recently made headlines when he was selected as part of the Indian cricket team for the first time for the upcoming T20Is against New Zealand. Siraj and his family live in a small, rented flat near Banjara Hills area. His father Ghouse Mohammad has was driving an auto rickshaw for the last 30 years. Before this, Mohammed Siraj was first selected in the IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad for a whopping Rs 2.6 crore

  • Virender Sehwag

    Virender Sehwag: The son of a grain merchant, Sehwag was born in a Jat family in Haryana, and grew up in a joint family that, apart from his siblings, uncles and aunts also comprised of sixteen cousins. He had been enrolled in a college, which had a good cricket programme, but actually traveled 84 kms every day by bus for cricket practice and to play matches. Pic/AFP

  • Zaheer Khan

    Zaheer Khan: The man who has spearheaded India’s bowling department in the last decade hails from the humble town of Shrirampur, located about 40 kms from Shirdi in Maharashtra. The place known more for its sugar factories didn't have even one proper turf wicket, and yet Zaheer managed to find his way to the top. Pic/AFP

  • Vinod Kambli, Sachin Tendulkar

    Vinod Kambli: The former batsman was once the rockstar of India cricket. It wasn’t an easy ride to the top though. Kambli was born and brought up in a chawl in Bhindi Bazaar, Mumbai, where 18 people were crammed up in one room. And that was all not, all 18 of them had to share a common toilet. Kambli’s father Ganpat Kambli was a mechanic who earned a meagre Rs 500-600 a month. Pic/Marcus Couto

  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar: India's swing bowler Bhuvi'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 arranged for a pair with great difficulty. Pic/AFP

  • Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan

    Irfan and Yusuf Pathan: Born in Baroda, Irfan grew up with his elder brother Yusuf (who has also played for India) in a mosque in Vadodara, in an extremely poor family. His father served as the muezzin at the mosque. Irfan and Yusuf played cricket at the side of the mosque, and this is where they picked up the early nuances of the game

  • Munaf Patel

    Munaf Patel: Born in Ikhar in Gujarat, Patel belonged to an extremely poor family. His father was a landless labourer (as described by himself in an interview) who once earned a salary of Rs 7 per day. During his Don Bradman oration a couple of years back, Dravid had revealed, “After Munaf Patel made his debut for India, the road from the nearest railway station to his village had to be improved because journalists and TV crews from the cities kept landing up there.” Pic/Suresh K.K

  • Umesh Yadav

    Umesh Yadav: The fast bowler 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

  • Wasim Jaffer

    Wasim Jaffer: The former India opener’s father Abdul Kader was a bus driver in BEST. Expectedly, Kader had to face a lot of hardships to bring up Jaffer and his family in general, which comprised a total of 12-members. Pic/AFP

  • RP Singh

    RP Singh: The pacer and his family lived in a two-room house Rae Bareli. His father Shiv Pratap Singh is an operator in the technical wing of the Indian Technical Institute. Although it was a tough decision financially, his father decided to send RP to Guru Govind Singh Sports College in Lucknow observing his interest in cricket. The move paid off as Singh went on to make an impressive debut for India a few years later. Pic/Atul Kamble

  • Ramesh Powar

    Ramesh Powar: The former Indian off-spinner is the son of a small-time cricketer from Matunga in Mumbai. Both his parents passed away much before Powar could achieve fame in the sport. However, his elder sister Geeta ensured that her father’s dream of watching Powar play for India was fulfilled, facing many hardships in the process. Pic/AFP

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About The Gallery

Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who had faced many hardships growing up, recently revealed the same in an interview on social media. We take a look at the struggles and hardships some of our cricketers faced before finding success in the game

First Published: 13 July, 2019 07:07 IST