Jasprit Bumrah might have been making waves for India in international cricket but one of his family members is living in extreme difficult condition. The right-arm pacer from Baroda, who made his India debut last year, has cemented his spot in India’s limited-overs team in a very short span of time because of his tight line and accuracy. His recent exploits with the ball most notably in Mumbai Indians’ victorious IPL campaign this season has made him one of the best limited-overs bowlers in the world right now. But while the bowler is leading a lavish life, his grandfather Santokh Singh Bumrah is living in a rented place and drives an auto to make ends meet.
According to news outlet ABP, Bumrah’s 84-year old grandfather lives in Uddham Singh Nagar of Uttarakhand and is dependent on the tempo to sustain his life since he moved here from Ahmedabad after his son, Jasveer Singh Bumrah, Jasprit Bumrah’s father died and he suffered a huge loss in his business which forced him to sell his three factories.
But despite the hardship, Santokh is very delighted to see his grandson playing for India and wants to meet him once.
“Jasprit Bumrah is my grandson. I saw him on television and I was very happy. I somehow manage my expenses. I ride a tempo to make ends meet,” Santokh told ABP news. “It feels great to see Jasprit on television screen performing so well in international matches. I pray to god for his success and meet him once before I die.”
“After Jasbir’s death in 2001, the fate turned and I started running into losses. Sold out factories and shifted to Kiccha with my brothers” Santokh added.
Revealing the reason for his decision to leave Ahmedabad in 2006, he said: “Jasprit’s mother was not willing to see us. Though recently my daughter visited Ahemadabad. I tried hard to get Jasprit’s contact but couldn’t. I would be grateful if you could please help.”
Here is a clip of Bumrah’s grandfather speaking about his life and his grandson: