Cricket is one of the most loved sports in India. It not only requires hard work and determination but also demands several sacrifices to get success. Did you know that the most successful and your favorite cricketers had a different profession in their past? These players prove that hard work pays off by rising from the ashes.
However, it is never easy to switch professions and start playing cricket at the greatest level of the game. These cricketers were courageous enough to take the chance to come out of the bubble and make the ends meet.
So let us have a look at the past profession of famous cricketers and get inspired from their journey.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni - TTE
MS Dhoni is an inspiration to everyone. His journey is full of struggle, hard work, and challenges. Dhoni worked as a Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) at the Kharagpur railway station from 2001-2003. Since he was always passionate about cricket, Dhoni joined the Indian cricket team in 2004. He is famous for his captaincy and the way he used to change the results of the match. He holds numerous records for his incredible performance as a captain. He led the team in the 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 World Cup, and the Champions Trophy.
AB de Villiers - An All-Rounder in All Sports
AB De Villiers doesn’t need any description. He is known as one of the most destructive, innovative, and greatest players of all time. Notably, apart from cricket, AB has played various sports namely, Tennis, Rugby, and Football during his school days. He also set an Under-9 breaststroke record at Warmbaths Primary School. Although the player says that he is not good at other sports and played them just for fun.
Yuzvendra Chahal - A Chess Player
Yuzvendra Chahal is famous for his spin bowling. You will be surprised to know that he is a former chess player who has represented India at youth levels. Now Chahal uses the same intellect to fool the best batsmen of the world with his bowling. He is a regular player of One-Day and T20 matches. The leg-spinner has taken 91 wickets in the 54 ODIs for the Indian Cricket team.
Brad Hodge - Petrol Pump Employee
Brad Hodge is a former cricketer and current coach of Australia. He is one of the most hardworking Australian batsmen. Earlier, the player worked as an employee at a local petrol pump. He has also featured in 66 IPL matches.
Varun Chakravarty - An Architect
Varun Chakravarty’s story is totally like a fairy tale. After giving up on cricket to becoming a mystery inspiration he proves that destiny is with those who work hard for their dreams. He played as a batsman and wicketkeeper until he was 17. But soon after getting rejected from age-group cricket multiple times, Varun took an architecture degree. Later, he got bored of the work and made his List A debut for Tamil Nadu. After seeing his outstanding bowling, he was selected for IPL. Consequently, Varun has also appeared in the Indian Cricket Team.
Dwayne Leverock - Policeman
If you are a cricket lover, then you surely remember this name. Dwayne Leverock is remembered for his iconic catch against India in the 2007 World cup. The bowler was earlier a policeman who used to drive the police van.
Isn’t it true; destiny plays an important role in achieving success, but what’s more important is hard work and determination. What are your views on it?