Inspirational Stories of Indian IPL Players

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has acquired the status of one of the biggest sporting event in the world in a very short time.

In a cricket crazy country like India, the IPL has become the zenith of commercialization of sports and it has given an opportunity to youngsters to perform at the big stage and make a name for themselves in world cricket.IPL by the virtue of popularity has gained many folds in the last 10 years and now in 2018, it is the most followed cricket T20 league in the world.

IPL has given many cricketers a chance of a lifetime and help them grow professionally and financially. Here is an inspiring story of few cricketers whose life has changed after playing in IPL


Kedar Jadhav, son of a clerk in the Maharashtra State Electricity Board comes from a small town of Madha in Solapur district of Maharashtra. Kedar was not much into studies and did not go to school after 9th standard but he was a very good club level cricketer.

In 2004 he got selected in the state under 19 cricket team, after that for many years he was consistent run-getter in domestic cricket for Maharashtra. In 2013 edition of IPL Kedar Jadhav was picked up by Delhi Daredevils and since then he never looks back.

With his good performance in IPL and domestic cricket, he made his international debut in 2014 and now he is a regular member of India`s ODI team.


Mohammed Siraj, son of an auto-rickshaw driver living in Hyderabad has always had a dream of playing cricket for India. But due to his modest financial background, it was not easy to pursue his dream but Siraj don’t lose hope, he learned the basic of cricket by himself by watching cricket matches and practising with the tennis ball.

Siraj made his Ranji Trophy debut in 2015 and picket 41 wickets only in 9 matches. His hard work paid off in 2017 when in IPL auctions he was picked for whopping Rs 2.60 crores by Sunrisers Hyderabad whereas his base price was only Rs 20 lakhs.

After good performance in domestic cricket, he has earned national call-up soon but he has not been impressive in the 3 matches he played so far for Team India. For a boy with a humble background this is just a beginning, maybe another impressive IPL season this year gave Siraj much-needed confidence and make him play for India again.


Thangarasu Natarajan has a very financially unstable background, when he was a kid then sometimes his family was not even assured of their next meal. T Natarajan, son of a textile factory worker, would run around to help is father and mother who sold snacks by the highway passing through their village in Chinnappamatti near Salem in Tamilnadu.

Until the age of 20, T Natarajan only plays cricket with the tennis ball as he can’t afford a proper cricket kit. To fulfil his dream of playing cricket he moves to Chennai and start playing for Jolly Rovers Club, this is the same club where international cricketers like Murali Vijay and R Ashwin have played before.

He got a chance to play in Tamil Nadu Premier League in 2016 and this was a turning point in his cricketing career. After a terrific performance in Tamil Nadu Premier League, he was picked by Kings 11 Punjab for a huge sum of Rs 3 Crores. This motivates his young pacer to do more hard work and make a name for himself in the cricket world.


Nathu Singh a son of a factory worker, like many other young boys always has a dream of playing cricket at the highest level. After few struggling years and hard work he got a chance to play for Rajasthan in Ranji Trophy and he announces his arrival in domestic cricket with a 7 wicket haul in his debut match.

Soon he becomes a taking point in the domestic cricketing circle and eventually got a chance to trained under Glenn McGrath at MRF Pace Academy in Chennai. In 2016 Nathu Singh was picked by Mumbai Indians for Rs 3.20 Crores and his life change forever.


Manzoor Dar who works as a labourer in Jammu and Kashmir has a very difficult time in fulfilling his family financial needs.

This attacking right-hand batsman always looks ways to earn more money and during this period he got a chance to play in local club cricket matches, as playing more matches can earn him more money he can’t say no to the proposal.

He plays club cricket in the daytime and works as a security guard in the night. Soon he got selected in the state cricket team and after few matches and gets noticed by Kings 11 Punjab franchise and gets Rs 60 lakhs to play in 2018 edition of IPL.

For a family who struggles to have ends meet this is a dream come true situation.

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