The current Indian team led by Virat Kohli is already being touted as one of the best ever side to play in the limited overs. Most of the players in the team have proven themselves to be matchwinners and few like Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni have shone through with their consistency. These players have climbed the ladder of success with their efforts and by being featured in the national team, they have now become endorsement magnets. However, most of them had humble beginnings and were not born with a silver spoon in their mouths. Their rags to riches stories are not only riveting and intriguing but also serve as an inspiration to those who want to follow their footsteps. These cricketers make us believe that consistent hard work and perseverance pays rich dividends at the end.
In this article, we will show you the pictures of old houses of our star cricketers before they became renowned and those of their new and uber residencies.
1. Sachin Tendulkar:
Known as the God of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar is the holder most records in the sport, be it the highest number of centuries or most runs across all formats. But, you would be intrigued to know that Sachin too did not start out easy. He belonged to a regular middle-class family and lived in a conventional housing complex in Mumbai. It was there that he picked up the bat for the first time and steadily made his own space in the world of cricket. He shifted from his apartment and built his new, modern house in Bandra West.
2. Mahendra Singh Dhoni:
Hailing from the cricketing backwaters of Jharkhand, MS Dhoni has led India to two notable World titles and has arguably been India’s most successful captain till date. The Ranchi Rambo has really made it big in life coming from a place not known to produce cricketers. MS Dhoni has come up the hard way having lived in a government flat which is in stark contrast to his new, swanky residence.
3. Virat Kohli:
The current Indian skipper has become the face of the national Indian cricket team and has become the face of brands like Audi, Tissot and Colgate. However, things were not so hunky-dory for the Delhi lad. He belonged to a lower middle-class family and it took sheer hard work for him to get to where he is today. Currently, he is the toast of the nation and as the captain, he has equalled the Dhoni’s record of most number of consecutive ODI wins. Have a look at his former den.
4. Ravindra Jadeja:
Hailing from Saurashtra, Ravindra Jadeja, too, has had humble beginnings. Born a Rajput, it is his hard work that helped the all-rounder climb the ladder and feature in the national team. He is a key cog in India’s scheme of things and has time and again proven to be an asset. He has also become the numero uno bowler in Tests. Here is a look at his old house.
5. Suresh Raina:
One of the finest limited overs cricketer to have donned the blue comes from Meerut. Raina, also known as Sonu, is also one of the very best fielders in the country. He was also a part of the 2011 World Cup winning squad. Raina, too, did not have a smooth ride to the top. He faltered and learned from his mistakes and finally made it to the national team after which he attracted many endorsement deals. His new house stands as a testament to the magnitude of his growth.
These tales of hard work, patience and strong will surely serve as a source of inspiration of those who feel the need to be motivated.