Many great cricketers have graced the game by their presence and have retired as legends of the game. However, some of them have had successful second innings in terms of giving it back to society and have emerged as social heroes. They have been a source of inspiration to millions in their country as well as around the world with their work for the betterment of humanity. Here is a look at some cricketers who became an inspiration to many and became real-life heroes.
The God of Indian cricket, Sachin Tendulkar has entertained one and all for 24 long years and has carried the expectations of billions of people on his shoulders. Not only did he create many records, but he also inspired young players like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to take up the game of cricket.
After retiring in 2013, Sachin has been endorsing different brands and remains one of India’s highest-paid cricketers. But he has been an ardent contributor socially too. Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, Tendulkar decided to donate INR 25 Lakhs to the PM CARES Fund. He also has decided to aid 5000 people in a month by providing them complete ration. In this way, this man continues to be a fantastic contributor to the country even after leaving the 22 yards.
Joginder Sharma will always be remembered by the Indian fans as the one who bowled the final over in the 2007 T20 World Cup and helped India win the coveted title. His performances in the semifinals and final were not enough though for him to receive a national call-up again. He continued to play for the domestic side, Haryana until he got a job in Haryana police. He is currently the Deputy Superintendent of Police of Haryana and has played a vital role in helping the locals get what they need during the COVID -19 crisis. He also helped patients reach to the nearest hospitals in quick time and continues to be on duty during this pandemic. This effort of his towards the welfare of the people makes him a great social hero.
One of India’s cleanest hitters of the ball, Yuvraj Singh’s major contributions to Indian cricket were his heroics throughout the 2011 World Cup. He was rightly adjudged as the player of the tournament. However, what he did not know was that he was battling lung cancer. He fought through that pain throughout the World Cup. After a year, he was back playing for India and was in and out of the side until he finally retired in 2019. Yuvraj’s inspirational story did not stop there as he began an NGO named “You We Can” that raises money for the treatment of cancer patients. He also has been contributing to other NGOs. In this way, he continues to be a source of inspiration off the field too.