Not so Khiladi: Childhood pictures of sports personalities

Every year in India, Children’s Day (14th November)  is celebrated by flooding the internet with childhood pictures. We bet you must have seen a number of pictures of your favourite celebs but these rare portraits of your favourite sports personalities will leave you guessing. 
 

As a kid, she was brilliant at studies and wanted to be a doctor. She started playing badminton when she was just 8 and a half year-old. Till date, she is coached by Pullela Gopichand.
She is the first Indian Woman to bag an Olympic medal. She is also honored with the Padma Shri Award.
 

PV Sindhu
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All India Roundup

Since childhood, he was an athletic student, but was more interested in badminton and football. He was the goalkeeper of his school football team. He pursued cricket only after 10th standard and is now known as the ‘Captain Cool’
 

MS Dhoni
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Essentially Sports

Since childhood, he wanted to play cricket. ‘Jumbo’ joined Young Cricketers club at a tender age of 13. Known as the most skilled bowler of the Indian cricketing team, he holds the prestigious Arjuna Award along with a Padma Shri. 

Anil Kumble
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India Times

Since the age of three, Cheeku has been swinging his bat anywhere and everywhere. His passion for cricket is unfettered and one can say that this is the reason why he is looked upon by budding cricketers. He is now married to one of the leading actors of Bollywood

Virat Kohli
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Pinterest

He was obsessed with Hockey so much so that he got selected in Karnataka’s junior state hockey team. People call him ‘Jammy’ as his father worked at a jam making factory. In the cricket world, they call him ‘The Wall’
 

Rahul Dravid
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India Times

He was given a scholarship in school just because of his cricketing skills. He did was reluctant to take up batsmanship. In fact, he started as an off-spinner but later decided to become a batsman. He is also known as ‘Shaana’

Rohit Sharma
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India Times

The Nawab of Cricket grew up in a doting environment with his joint family in New Delhi. He is the only Indian cricketer to score a test triple century. He goes by nicknames like ‘Multan ka Sultan’ and ‘Nawab’ 
 

Virender Sehwag
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India Times

He was expected to be an Army officer by his father but he fought for his passion. ‘Sir’ hailed from a traditional Rajput community and is known to be an adept Swordplayer.

Ravindra Jadeja
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Wiki Bio

Her love towards boxing developed at a very young age. Hailed as the most successful boxer in the history of amateur world championships, she is now known as ‘Magnificent Mary’

Mary Kom
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Wiki Bio

She was fond of Bharatnatyam but left it for the love of cricket. She is the youngest female cricketer to score a hundred in her ODI debut. 

Mithali Raj
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Wikio Bio