Today, we bring to you some lesser known stories of off-field heroism which reveal the hidden aspects and qualities of our favourite cricketers:

1. Sachin Tendulkar: The world came crashing down for 'Cricket's God' when his father passed away while he was in the middle of the World Cup 1999. However, this did not deter the master blaster from his aim and he came back to England after attending, and conducting the last rites of father Ramesh Tendulkar in Mumbai, India. What followed was a cracking century against Kenya. The entire incident still evokes a myriad of emotions in every cricket fan's heart. That innings by Sachin saved India from potential ouster from the qualifying stage itself. In his words, “After spending four days in India, I returned to England to rejoin the team on the eve of the match against Kenya. That, it seemed to me, was what my father would have wanted me to do, and that’s what prompted the decision to return to London to play the remaining World Cup matches”.

2. Yuvraj Singh: Can you ever erase the image of an overwhelmed Yuvraj crying on the shoulders of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni after claiming the World Cup title in 2011? Likely not! Even more heartbreaking was the fact that he was suffering from first stage of mediastinal seminoma, a germ-cell tumour located between his two lungs. The star cricketer won Man of The Tournament award and shut all his critics who had written off Yuvraj before the World Cup. Amid prayers and well wishes from the fans, Yuvraj went to USA, got his treatment done and came back to play like a fighter he always had been. Today, Yuvraj is one of India's key T20 players.

3. Virat Kohli: Here we have another example of a cricketer giving his game priority over a personal loss of highest gravity. The afternoon of December 19th, 2006 would gift Indian cricket its new hero and everyone present at Feroz Shah Kotla was a witness to the history in making. An 18 year old Virat Kohli walked back to the pavilion having scored 90. No one knew what to say to the teenager who had lost his father at 3 in the morning but came out to bat, not only because his team needed him but also because he did not want to deter his commitment to the game and team because of a ‘personal’ loss. He was told that his family needed him more but Virat knew that his father would have wanted him to play, and so he did. Ten years on, Virat Kohli is being hailed as the pivot of Team India and commands immense respect from the entire Cricketing fraternity.

4. Anil Kumble: The Antigua Test of 2002 against West Indies will always be remembered for the heroics of this veteran spinner who got hit on the jaw off a Merv Dillon delivery. Despite being adviced to rest, Kumble batted for twenty minutes, before India declared the innings at 513. However, he took everyone by surprise when he stepped on to the crease with a face covered in bandages, ready to cut through the strong West Indies’ batting line-up. You can say that he succeeded because not only did he bowl 14 overs, but also took an important wicket of Brian Lara.

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