Madhya Pradesh fast bowler Avesh Khan is currently one of the most sought-after talents in Indian cricket given his recent performances in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) for the Delhi Capitals where he rubbed the shoulders with the likes of South African pacers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje. However, nothing has come to him without struggles.
He was named recently in the Indian squad for the upcoming white-ball series against the West Indies and it is more likely that he will make his India debut in either of the formats. In an interview with Boria Majumdar on the Revsportz YouTube channel, Avesh Khan talked about his family’s struggles as he was growing up.
“Only me, mummy and papa have gone through the actual struggle. If I talk about my struggle it will finish within two minutes but we have lived with it for 10 years. I can talk about it but only we can feel what we have gone through. If you want to achieve something in your life you have to struggle irrespective of your family background,” Avesh said.
Avesh Khan was the second-highest wicket-taker in the IPL 2021 after Harshal Patel and impressed one and all with his ability to bowl fast on a consistent basis.
We Had To Buy A Second-Hand Bicycle So That I Could Travel From Home To The Ground: Avesh Khan
Avesh Khan, who will find himself in the IPL 2022 auction and it is expected that he will earn big bucks, shared a story of how his father, Ashique Khan couldn’t afford to buy him a new bicycle so that he could travel from home to the ground in Indore, Madhya Pradesh and had to settle for a second hand, used cycle.
“My father was a shopkeeper and after a span of time he didn’t had any work for two years after his shop was vandalized. The ground was far from our house and the bus fare cost around 20-30 rupees which was a lot for us at that time.
“So I told my father to arrange a cycle for me so that I can go to the ground and school with that and save some money. But my father didn’t had that much money at that time so we had to buy a second-hand bicycle which came to my aid,” he continued.
“This is a small story but I feel happy now that I have a car and whenever we go past that cycle store we all have a small smile on our face. We are also grateful to the almighty for bringing us this far,” Avesh concluded.