Bangalore, Sep 16: Ravindra Jadeja is now in the million-dollar cricketers' club thanks to the Indian Premier League (IPL) riches. But the all-rounder, when he started playing cricket, had to make do with very little money, as little as just Rs 10.
The left-hander, as a youngster, had to manage the whole day with just Rs 10. This was revealed by the cricketer himself in an interview to "The Indian Express" on Sunday (September 15).
In 2012, Jadeja became IPL's costliest player to be bought at the auction. He was paid $2 million by Chennai Super Kings (CSK). However, according to reports, CSK splashed $6 million on him to win a secret tie-breaker against Deccan Chargers (now defunct).
Now, a millionaire, Jadeja had to go through tough times when at the beginning of his cricket career.
"There were times when I had to manage the entire day with just Rs 10 in my pocket. When playing matches away from home, where you even had to buy water, it used to get tough," Jadeja said in the interview.
Now too, he said, can manage with "bare minimum" but added he would spend if he earns enough.
"I can still survive on a bare minimum. I am not fussy about what I eat or wear.
"Cricket has given me a lot. If I earn enough, why shouldn't I spend?," he added.
"Sir" Jadeja, who loves horses and also owns them, was asked whether he had pets since his childhood days. For which he answered that it was tough for his family to feed themselves and how could they afford pets.
"We didn't know where our meals were coming from, how would I have kept pets?," he said.