Over the years, the gentleman’s game has changed quite considerably. From more protection for the players to heavier bats and field restricts, the nitty-gritty of the game has evolved with time. Besides the on-field permutations, off-field consequences has also changed. With franchise-based T20 tournaments, lucrative brand endorsement deals and many such more, the standard of living has become extravagantly luxurious. But even then, there are quite a few who prefer to live a simple life.
It would be a mistake to think that things haven’t changed for former cricketers. With advisory roles in T20 leagues and attractive TV deals, they are also getting their share of the bread. For the superstars of today, a lavish style of living has become very common. In this increasingly PR-driven day and age, some cricketers still manage to hide from the limelight.
Let us take a look at five cricketers who live a humble lifestyle:
5. Steve Waugh:
Former Australian skipper, Steve Waugh had a calm demeanour on the field. A legend of the game, he represented his nation 493 times in the international arena. As a batsman, Waugh was extremely composed and didn’t opt for flashy, showboating shots. Similarly, he does not lead a very flashy lifestyle and prefers to give back to the community in whatever way he can.
Besides being a cricketer, Waugh was a wanderlust at heart. He used to maintain a diary for his travels. When he came to India in 1986, he was saddened to see the condition of patients suffering from leprosy. Since then, he has been actively supporting these ailing families, and also helped in setting up a charity for the daughters of lepers in Kolkata, known as the Udayan Home.
In his homeland, he has set up the Steve Waugh Foundation which helps improve the lives of children suffering from rare diseases. Never known for an extravagant lifestyle, Waugh prefers to stay busy in these low-key associations.
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