There is a popular hindi saying “padhoge likhoge to banoge kharab, kheloge kudoge to banoge kharab”, which loosely translates to “If you study you’ll do well while if you indulge in playing, you wouldn’t go nowhere”. And, we as kids have heard it from our parents million times. And, you can’t really fault our parents for saying so. That is because we as kids are enthralled and sucked into the fame and glamour of our favorite sportsperson. We want to be like them but little do we realize that a career in sports in fraught with glorious uncertainties.
For every one success story, there are atleast 100 stories where a budding cricketer or sportsman had given everything that he had to pursue his dream but still couldn’t find himself anywhere near the national team. We ultimately follow what our parents advice and forgo our dreams of pursuing a career in sports. But, have you ever wondered that your favorite sportsperson have also gone through that same dilemma in their formative years and unlike most of us they chose to go against their parents advice and pursue a career in sports?
Here’s a look at such cricketers who went against the wishes of their family:
The Tamil Nadu seam-bowling all-rounder shot to fame during the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League while playing for the Chennai Super Kings. Gony finished as the leading wicket-taker of the MS Dhoni and his sustained pain and aggression caught the eyes of one and all.
But do you know, Gony’s entrance to cricket was fraught with so many obstacles, none bigger than the reservation of his parents, who constantly objected to his decision of pursuing his cricketing dream as they wanted him to take up a secure career.
Gony, though, stuck to his decision and eventually made it to the Indian team in 2008. He, however, failed to maintain his form and soon fell off the radar after having played just 2 ODIs.