In adverse conditions, the talent sprouted and this was demonstrated by the young cricketers of India who created history of victory in Australia. Not only within the field, but also from outside, these youngsters who have come here, have inherited the spirit of not giving up. There was no lack of passion among the players who were the architects of Indian victory. The courage shown by the team in the most difficult of circumstances was praiseworthy. If a player was a big city in this team, then someone started writing his success story from the small town. Some such players know the story of the struggle.
Rishabh Pant: Rudki has always been known as some of the best engineering colleges including the best IITs but it is Rishabh Pant’s home town. Pant used to relax in the gurdwara many times after practicing at the Sonnet Club in Delhi with his mother during his childhood days. He continued to play matches in the IPL even after the death of his father Rajendra.
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Mohammad Siraj: Siraj is the son of Hyderabad-based auto driver Mohammad Gaus. His father died after his arrival in Australia with the team but decided to remain with the team. He got emotional while dedicating it to his father by taking five wickets in his first series. This young player kept himself on the tour despite facing racist abuse and did not let it go on display.
Navdeep Saini: Saini, son of Karnal’s bus driver, used to play cricket with a tennis ball in Delhi for a thousand rupees. Delhi first-class player Sumit Narwal brought him to the net practice of the Ranji Trophy, where the then captain Gautam Gambhir picked him for the tournament. Gambhir however faced opposition for this as he was a player from outside Delhi. Gambhir remained adamant on his decision and even threatened to resign if Saini was dropped from the team.
Shubman Gill: The player, seen as Virat Kohli’s successor (future Indian captain), was born into a thriving farmer family in a village in Fazilka, Punjab. His grandfather had prepared a pitch for his dearest grandson at the farm itself. His father decided to stay in Chandigarh to fulfill his son’s cricketing ambitions. He was a member of the India Under-19 World Cup team. Recently, with his Instagram account, he supported the farmers’ protest.
Cheteshwar Pujara: This Rajkot player does not express much emotion. He became a mentally strong player after facing difficult situations in which his father and coach Arvind Pujara contributed a lot. His mother died while playing junior cricket but he did not miss the target.
Shardul Thakur: At the age of 13, the Palghar player hit six sixes in an over in school cricket (Harish Shield). He has been a student of Vivekananda International School where Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma also studied. Both these players have been coached by Dinesh Lad.
Washington Beautiful: His father combined Washington with Sundar’s name to pay tribute to his mentor PD Washington. He was an opener in the under-19 team in 2016. Seeing his off-spin bowling, Rahul Dravid and Paras Mahambre advised him to concentrate on bowling.
T. Natarajan: This player from a remote village Chinnappampatti in Tamil Nadu is the son of a daily wage laborer who did not even have the money to buy shoes with spikes needed for bowlers. He did not forget his roots and started a cricket academy in his village.
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Ajinkya Rahane (Captain): Rahane has been a karate champion (black belt), traveling from Mulund to Azad and Cross Grounds to play cricket during childhood. His skills flourished under the supervision of former Indian batsman Praveen Amre. Do you know Rahane made his first-class cricket debut in Pakistan? Yes, the match was played between Ranji champions Mumbai and Quaid-e-Azam Trophy champions Karachi Urbans.