Since its inception in 2008, the Indian Premier League IPL has changed the lives of many cricketers.
Despite what some old-school cricketers may say, the IPL has evolved over the years and has been a boon for players, who have reaped the most benefits from it.
Many names from the underprivileged have risen to prominence as a result of the league’s sizable prize money. They became household names with their franchise and received unprecedented financial benefits from the Indian Premier League (IPL).
As a result of the IPL, people’s attitudes toward cricket have shifted, and many now want their children to pursue a career in the sport. The Indian Premier League (IPL) has played a significant role in this shift in thinking, as even a relatively unknown player can land a spot in one of the ten franchises and have their life completely transformed.
Many IPL cricketers, from Mohammad Siraj to Yashasvi Jaiswal, have gone from rags to riches. IANS profiles a few of these cricketers.
Many people have been inspired by Yashasvi’s cricketing journey. Despite coming from a low-income family, he overcame obstacles to achieve his goals.
Jaiswal, the younger brother from Bhadohi, Uttar Pradesh, left home to pursue a cricket career in Mumbai. He didn’t object because his father was struggling to feed the family.
In Mumbai, however, he was struggling because he had nowhere to stay. His uncle, Santosh, owned a house, but it was too small for him and his family to live comfortably in. He’d asked the owners of the Muslim United Club if the boy could stay in the tent where he worked.
During that time, Jaiswal stayed in that tent for a total of three years. This would have meant the end of his cricket career, so the adolescent went to great lengths to ensure that his problems did not reach Bhadohi.
Father’s sporadic financial assistance was never sufficient for him. Among the tasks he had to complete in Azad Maidan during the Ram Lila were pani-puri and fruit sales. Despite this, he went to bed hungry some nights because his tentmates were fighting.
Despite his difficulties, Yashasvi was a member of India’s U-19 team, which finished second in 2020. Jaiswal was purchased by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 2.40 crore ahead of the IPL 2020 season as a result of his performance in India’s Under 19 World Cup 2020 campaign, which had a significant impact on him and his family.
Rajasthan retained Yashasvi for Rs 4 crore ahead of the 15th season of the Indian Premier League.
Siraj’s father, an auto-rickshaw driver, struggled to make ends meet, let alone live a decent life. However, fate had different plans for the family.
Despite his hardships, Siraj continued to play cricket and made his Ranji Trophy debut in 2015. Hyderabad advanced to the Ranji Trophy quarterfinals thanks to his 41 wickets in nine games, putting him third all-time in the tournament’s wicket-taking standings.
That performance earned him widespread acclaim and a spot on the Sunrisers Hyderabad roster for the tenth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Because of the high demand, he increased his starting bid from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 2.6 crore.
Despite only appearing in six games for SRH that season, he took ten wickets at a high cost. Royal Challengers Bangalore became aware of Siraj’s potential over time and began bidding on him in the 2018 auctions. They outbid four other teams to acquire the pacer in Bangalore for Rs 2.6 crore.
IPL mega auction: Prior to the 2022 IPL mega auction, RCB retained Siraj for Rs 7 crore. He didn’t play in the first few games, but he quickly established himself as Kohli’s go-to death bowler. In all three formats, he has established himself as a regular in India’s bowling lineup.