Updated: 15 April 2022
Indian Premier League is by far the biggest cricket league in the world. The money involved in this mega event is humongous. All the stakeholders eye this cricket event every year to fill their bank accounts. Among them are the players who make this cricket league successful.
Some of them already join this league as successful cricketers both as a player and financially, while some’s life takes an upside-down trajectory. They come from impoverished backgrounds, and with the help of IPL, their life has changed completely.
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Let us look at the top 6 IPL cricketers who became poor to rich
The first player who has made highlights is Mohammed Shiraj. The pace bowler from Hyderabad’s journey to cricket is just like a fairy tale. He is the son of an auto-driver who lived in a 6*6 room with his family. His entire childhood was very challenging. But IPL has changed his fortune forever.
Sunrisers Hyderabad picked him up in 2017 for a whopping 2.6 crores. Siraj is currently part of Royal Challengers Bangalore since 2018. Siraj now owns a good house, lives a good lifestyle, and takes care of his family.
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Ravindra Jadeja, (CSK captain, IPL 2022) one of the most valuable players currently in world cricket, had to go through very tough days during his childhood. He lost his mother in his early days, and his father was a security guard whose income was minimal. Jadeja struggled a lot. According to him, there were days when he just had 10 rs in his pocket to spend the entire day.
Life changed for him when he won the under 19 world cup for India in 2008, and subsequently, Rajasthan Royals purchased him for 12 lakh in the inaugural season of IPL. Currently, he is a part of CSK with an IPL salary of 7 crores.
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Another cricketer whose life has changed completely is Yasashvi Jaiswal. He was picked by Rajasthan Royals last year for 2.4 crores in the IPL auction. Yashasvi Jaiswal’s life has been a struggling tale. He used to sell pani-puri throughout the day on the streets of Mumbai to earn a living till 20018.
He even slept on the roadside footpaths due to a lack of proper shelter. Now he owns a decent house in Mumbai and is living a good life. With age with him, the sky is the limit for Yashasvi Jaiswal.
T Natarajan came to the limelight due to his excellent performance in the Tamil Nadu Premier League. Kings X1 Punjab realized his talent and purchased him for a whopping three-crore rupee in IPL 2017 auction. Later, he was purchased by Sunrisers Hyderabad for four crores.
Natarajan hails from a very low-income family backgrounds. His father was a daily wage worker, and his mother a meat seller. Now T Natarajan is married and also has two flats in his name.
Chetan Sakariya is the next rags to riches player on this list. He belongs to be shallow income family. His father used to drive an auto, but he had to stop that due to health issues. Chetan Sakariya used to work at his uncle’s shop to earn some money and pay his cricket expenses. VIVO IPL 2021 has made him become the next sensation. Rajasthan Royals purchased him for 1.2 crores.
His happiness knew no bounds when he was also selected in the T20 squad for the series against Sri Lanka. Though it is early days for this youngster, one thing is sure his financial condition has improved forever.
The last player in this list of rags to riches is Rinku Singh. He came to the limelight when KKR picked him for 80 lakhs in the IPL auction 2018. The story of Rinku Singh is somewhat similar to all rags to riches players. His father was a delivery man who used to deliver LPG cylinders at the home. They used to stay in the storeroom within the same gas agency compound.
With a monthly income of just around 6-7k, it was challenging for the family of 4 to meet both ends meet. But IPL changed his life completely. However, he has not got many opportunities but has managed to stay in the frame of things for the KKR.