10 Prominent cricketers who beat the odds to play professional cricket

10 Prominent cricketers who beat the odds to play professional cricket

These cricketers not only inspired the cricketing fraternity, but also the entire world through the battles they have fought in their life to defy all the odds.

Thangarasu Natarajan
Thangarasu Natarajan. (Instagram and Getty Images)

Cricket, the gentleman’s game, has seen lots of illustrious careers taking form in front of its eyes. The cricketing careers have been a motivation to many budding youngsters, who dreamt about representing their nation in the future. These professional careers always have a story of hard work, practice, and sacrifices they made to share with the youngsters.

Among these cricketers, there are those who have not only inspired the cricketing fraternity, but also the entire world through the battles they have fought in their life to defy all the odds and represented their nation, making the whole nation proud. Let’s have a look at 10 cricketers who beat the odds to play professional cricket.

Here are 10 prominent cricketers who beat the odds to play professional cricket:

1. Bhagwat Subramanya Chandrasekhar (India)

Bhagwat Subramanya Chandrasekhar
Bhagwat Subramanya Chandrasekhar. (Photo by Patrick Eagar/Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Chandrasekhar was a former Indian cricketer who played as a leg spinner during 1964–76. He played 58 Test matches and took 242 wickets for India. But to reach these heights he had to overcome the biggest hurdle in the form of a polio attack.

His right arm, also his bowling arm was withered due to a polio attack during his childhood. After the hard-fought battle and medication, he recovered and moved to Bangalore, and started practicing as a leg spinner. Later in 1964, he made his debut for team India, and the rest is history.

He was awarded the player of the year by Indian Cricket the same year and was later named Wisden Cricketer of the year in 1972. In 2002, he won the Wisden award for “Best bowling performance of the century” for India, for his six wickets for 38 runs against England at the Oval in 1971.