Every now and then, we come across images from our childhood and we immediately fall into this weird limbo, comparing how we have grown to look so different with time. Even then, there is something really special about these pictures which allow us to reminisce about the good old days.
Here are the childhood pictures of some of India's finest cricketers:1. Virat Kohli
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Known for his excellent batting skills and being one of the most successful captains of the Indian Cricket team, Virat Kohli has come to be a real gem for a nation of the craziest fans of the sport.
But, before he was a record-breaking machine, Kohli was a momma's boy with his hair tied back in a ponytail, who'd easily get distracted with the smallest of things and clearly had no interest in getting pictures clicked.2. Sachin Tendulkar
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Probably the best India has ever produced, Sachin Tendulkar has been felicitated with a lot of awards and medals but we can best describe him as the 'God of Cricket'.
Alternatively, we could also describe him as this chubby kid who loved his long hair and was probably the most fashionable bloke in the block.3. Rohit Sharma
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Breaking records both, individually and as a member of potentially the best Indian side ever, Rohit Sharma has proved his critics wrong time and again. His records for the most number of 150s in the history of ODI cricket along while outscoring the entire opposition twice, makes the Indian opener a scary force to reckon with.
But after looking at this image, the batsman doesn't seem so frightening, does he? With a black tika on his forehead and the typical goodie good boy hairstyle, nobody could have possibly guessed he would be such a beast on the pitch.4. Shikhar Dhawan
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The big, bad Gabbar of cricket, Shikhar Dhawan is fierce (when he is in form, anyway). One of the most entertaining of the lot, Dhawan can hit it big when given the opportunity. He also took his IPL team, Hyderabad Sunrisers to the final last year.
You can see the pure determination in the eyes of the left-handed batsman. Even when he was a kid, he was better than all the others around him and was the lead-scorer during the 2000-01 Vijay Merchant trophy when he was 15.5. Rishabh Pant
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Probably the leader of the next generation of great Indian cricketers, Rishabh Pant has made a mark on international cricket with his performance during the Test series between India and Australia where he scored a massive 159*.
Come to think of it, Pant's childhood picture does give you a hint that he would one day become a sledger so great, that even the Australian Prime Minister would remember your words.6. Prithvi Shaw
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Following Pant's leader is another miracle just waiting to happen. The 19-year-old Prithvi Shaw is considered to be the 'next big thing' who' take India's millennial team to great heights.
Born to be a cricketer, Shaw began to train for greatness at an extremely early age. It seems like all the hard work is finally coming to fruition as the teenage made an excellent debut against the Windies last year, in which he even scored a century.7. VVS Laxman
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Before MS Dhoni, there was VVS Laxman who'd come out to bat mostly in the lower-middle order and make big plays to win or save games for the team. His fearless aggression against the world's most worrying bowlers like Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie won him the name 'Very Very Special' Laxman.
But in his childhood, it seems as if our VVS Laxman was Very Very Sanskari Laxman. With big glowing eyes and buttoned up shirt, baby Laxman exuded discipline and maturity.8. Harbhajan Singh
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The one who doesn't need any introduction, Harbhajan Singh was the most accomplished spinner in his time with the team. Playing with all-time greats like Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, Bhajji was a lot of fun to watch.
Who would have thought that this innocent, little child would one day become the bane of Andrew Symonds' life?9. Yuzvendra Chahal
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Yuzi Chahal was the X-factor who replaced Kuldeep Yadav in the final ODI against Australia and boy did he impress everyone.
Notching the best numbers of his ODI career to become the 'Man of the Match' and win the series, Chahal is having the best run as a member of the Indian cricket team right now.
Go ahead, baby Yuzi, with the win you brought us the other day, you can pose however you like.10. Jasprit Bumrah
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The right-hand pacer was an integral part of India's Test cricket roster which that beat the Aussies on their own soil earlier this month. During the third match of the series, Bumrah completed his third 5-wicket-haul and became the only Asian bowler to take five wickets against Australia, England and South Africa each, in the same calendar year.
One glance at his childhood image and you'd realise that he knew that he was born to be great. Winking right back at you, Bumrah!