Those people who had said that I couldn’t do anything are messaging me now. I have become popular overnight. I am enjoying it but my father tells me to stay grounded, and that fame doesn’t last long,” Avesh Khan has turned philosophical in a blink.

Good things are happening in his life. His performances in the Indian Premier League (14 wickets) brought recognition from people in his hometown. He will now travel to England as a stand-by for the World Test Championship final and the subsequent five-Test series against England.

The journey to here hasn’t been easy. When Khan was 14, his family faced a sudden reversal in fortunes. Father Mohammad Ashique Khan had a small paan shop by the roadside in Indore, which was demolished by the local authorities to widen the road.