5 Indian cricketers’ houses before and after they played international cricket
Some of these rags to riches stories can inspire youngsters of this generation to become the future superstars.
Published - Aug 18, 2019 8:48 am | Updated - Aug 18, 2019 8:48 am
Every sports person dreams of making his country proud, no matter how much the earning scope is in their respective sports. Cricketers, fortunately or unfortunately, have been the richer of the sports personalities in our country and have enjoyed a great monetary advantage when compared to the others in the last two or three decades.
This is one of the main reasons why youngsters look up to the lavish lifestyles of these players and wish to follow the same path, thus joining the heavy waiting list. No matter how much they earn, one thing needs to be said that it is very difficult to be an Indian cricketer, with fans scrutinizing you all the time for your actions.
We have had some iconic rags to riches tales in cricket, which inspired youngsters to take cricket as their profession. Celebrating some of those stories, let’s take a look at five Indian cricketers’ houses before and after they became a superstar in the gentleman’s game.
1. Sachin Tendulkar
The god of cricket as they call him, Sachin Tendulkar was one of the first cricketers in the country to receive a humongous marketing appeal. He was the most recognized sporting face in the country and endorsements came in a flurry for him, making him one of the richest sportspersons of that time.
Sachin currently lives in Bandra West in his lavish independent house, but in the early days of his life, he lived in a small apartment in the Sahitya Sahawas Cooperative Housing Society with his two brothers, sister, mother and father. He also lived in his aunt’s house for a good amount of time during his formative years.
In a career spanning 24 years, Tendulkar went on to become the greatest cricketer of his generation, if not all time. He became the highest run-scorer in ODIs and Tests and in his final attempt, he lifted the World Cup in 2011 in front the home fans in Wankhede. The great man was also awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award for his contributions to the field of sport.
2. MS Dhoni
From a small town named Ranchi, a boy dreamt big against the sporting stereotypes. He went on to scale great heights, made it to the Indian team and on 2nd April 2011, Mahendra Singh Dhoni became only the second Indian captain after Kapil Dev to collect the World Cup trophy. How can anyone ever forget “That winning shot” from his bat in this lifetime?
In a career which spanned over a decade and a half, Dhoni has given this country many iconic moments. The finisher as they call him, attracted many fans with his unorthodox strokeplay. After Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni perhaps is the most marketable cricketer in the country and has endorsed numerous renowned brands.
Dhoni lived in a railway quarters apartment growing up in Ranchi alongside his mother, father and sister. He also worked in Railways for a good amount of time before taking cricket seriously. He now owns a humongous independent house in Ranchi named Kailashpati. This three-storeyed bungalow has become a huge tourist spot in recent years.
3. Virat Kohli
Sachin inspired many kids of the 90s to take cricket seriously and emulate his iconic feats. One kid took it very seriously and is quite literally emulating what the great man did in those days. Virat Kohli already has 43 ODI hundreds with power and time to add and is inching closer to Sachin’s all-time record of 49 ODI hundreds.
Kohli lived in a small house in Uttam Nagar, Delhi. His father was a criminal lawyer and his mother was a housewife. Their family struggled a lot when his father passed away in 2006, that was the time when Kohli was making his mark in Ranji cricket. One year later, he went on to lead the Indian U19 side to a World Cup triumph.
Kohli lived in Delhi for a good amount of time after becoming a cricketer and now has bought a 34-crore worth flat in Worli, Mumbai to live along with his wife Anushka Sharma. So clearly, the Indian captain sees his personal future in Mumbai.
4. Ravindra Jadeja
In the U19 World Cup where Virat Kohli was perhaps the biggest attraction to the fans, a youngster by the name Ravindra Jadeja made his mark in the team and was picked up by Rajasthan Royals in the IPL. Shane Warne back in the day suggested this lad will be a rockstar and almost a decade later, he became perhaps one of the greatest fielders of all time.
Ravindra Jadeja played just two games in the recently concluded ICC World Cup but made his presence felt with his fielding exploits. The all-rounder almost did the unthinkable in the semifinal against New Zealand but remained a little distance away from a fairytale victory. Nevertheless, he has won back the love of the Indian fans big time.
Jadeja’s father was a watchman and he also lost his mother at a very young age. He lived in a small house in Navagamhed, Gujarat. He now owns a lavish bungalow in Rajkot and lives with his wife and daughter.
5. Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya
One of the most iconic brother duos of Indian cricket, Krunal and Hardik Pandya came a long way together. From the rags of Baroda, where they grew up listening to the tales of another iconic sibling duo of Irfan and Yusuf Pathan, they went on to achieve million-dollar contracts in IPL and are an integral part of the Indian setup.
Hardik Pandya made his debut well before his elder brother and is perhaps the most famous all-rounder in the country right now. He is also being touted as one of the style icons in the country and endorses various brands. He is expected to be a huge part of the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Hardik Pandya alongside his mother, father, brother, and sister-in-law live in Diwalipura, Vadodara. Their house has a 4000 square feet penthouse to go with several lavish amenities. The brothers are really living their dream and will inspire perhaps another set of siblings to do the same.