Jasprit Bumrah

Recalling his tumultuous childhood days, Team India premier fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah on Wednesday revealed that there was a time when he could only afford just one pair of shoes and a T-shirt.

Much before he became the poster boy of Team India’s pace attack, Bumrah had to face a tough time as he lost his father just at the age of five.

The 25-year-old Ahmedabad cricketer, who is currently out of action due to a lower back injury, and his mother Daljit Bumrah reminiscent their struggling days in a video shared by Mumbai Indians on social media.

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“When he (Jasprit) was five-year-old, I lost my husband,” recalled Daljit Bumrah.

The Indian speedster then joined in saying: “After that, we couldn’t afford anything. I had one pair of shoes. I used to have one pair of T-shirts. I used to wash them every day and use it again and again.

“So, as a child, you know you hear stories that sometimes these things happen that some people come and watch you and you get picked up like this. But it actually happened,” he added.

Bumrah burst into the cricketing scene at the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2013 and within six years, went on to become the world’s number one ranked ODI bowler.

“The first time when I saw him in that IPL match on TV, I couldn’t stop crying. He has seen me struggle financially and physically also,” Daljit added.

Jasprit, who is currently in London for the treatment of his injury, said: “All these tough times make you strong because you’ve seen tougher days before.”