Years of hard work pays dividend for hockey’s Yuvraj

first_imgThe meagre reward offered to the hockey players, as announced earlier, is nothing compared to the crores awarded to India’s cricketers and the contrast in their lifestyles couldn’t be more stark. A case in point is the way India’s rising hockey star Yuvraj Walmiki is forced to live.  Hailed as the new prince of Indian hockey and recognised as one of the finest young talents in the game, Walmiki has enjoyed a dream start with the national team. Having scored three goals including the crucial third strike in the tie-break against Pakistan in the finale of the recently concluded Asian Champions Trophy, the young Mumbaikar’s fine showing has lent new hope to the national sport. But his foray into the national side has been fraught with many a hurdle. A 200-sq feet shanty without electricity or a permanent roof at a corner of a residential building in Mumbai has been home to Yuvraj, his three brothers and parents for nearly three decades. His family struggles to make ends meet from meagre earnings of his father, who works as a driver in the building. “We requested all the people here, chairman and the secretary. They tell us to go from here. We can’t provide you anything,” Yuvraj’s brother Devendra Walmiki says. Years of hard work has finally borne fruit for the young hockey player, but more importantly it brings with it the promise of a better future for Yuvraj and his family.last_img

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