Meet Saurabh Kumar, India's newest Test player
The Uttar Pradesh left-arm spinner quit the Air Force to pursue his ambition of playing professional cricket
The UP guy
He had a secure central government job with all the perks but his heart pushed him to play professional cricket and earn that coveted India jersey
Air force job
"There comes a moment in life when you have to take a decision.
Jo bhi ho lena padhta hai
," the 28-year-old orthodox left-arm spinner said
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He loved being an Indian Air Force man and part of Indian defence but there was a part in him that felt that he had it in him to play for the country
Playing for country
source : thehindu
Hailing from a middle-class family, his father worked as a Junior Engineer at All India Radio. His parents were supportive of his decision to trade profession with passion
From Baghpat, UP
One of the turning points for Saurabh as a young cricketer was coming under legendary Bishan Singh Bedi's tutelage.
Training under Bishan Singh Bedi
Saurabh during his two seasons of 51 and 44 wickets had once got a call-up for Irani Cup which had to be called off due to COVID-19 in 2020
Performance in Irani cup
Saurabh was once picked for ₹10 lakh by Rising Pune Supergiants back in 2017 but this time, he went unsold at the IPL auctions.
Unsold at IPL auction