Chandigarh: Coming from a humble background, the father of young leg-spinner Rahul Sharma, who has been picked in India's squad for next month's ODIs against England, wanted him to pursue academics but is glad that he chose to follow his dreams on the cricket field instead.
The 24-year-old Jalandhar-based bowler can't thank his family enough for the support he got in his days of struggle.
"My dream has always been to play for India and wear the blue jersey. Hard work and perseverance have paid off. Despite odds, I remained focused and that helped," Sharma told PTI.