Whenever there's a mention of the millions of cricket dreams across India, the picture that automatically appears in mind is that of a boy(s). Be it the gully cricket or the many cricket academies, the world of Indian cricket is hugely dominated by men. Even though the Indian Women's cricket team still lacks the popularity and appreciation it deserves, it certainly had inspired a lot of girls across India to live their blue dream. In Arihant Cricket Academy, Dwarka, there are several girls who sweat through day and night for the passion of Cricket and the dream to play in Indian Women Cricket Team, someday.
Apeksha Anand (13), a resident of Heritage Tower, Dwarka Sector-3, says, “I’m playing cricket for the last 2 years, and my parents are very supportive. When I started playing cricket, I used to love bating. Later my coach trained me to bowl as well. Even though I wasn't interested in bowling, after a few weeks of practice, I started to love it. Now whenever I take a wicket, it feels so good. I dream to play for India someday.”
Rumki Yadav (12), a resident of Chhawla, says “When I started playing cricket, I had no knowledge of it. It's been one year that I have been playing cricket now and I play as a batsman.”
Tanishka Rana (14), a resident of Goyla Dairy, says “It’s been four years that I have been playing cricket and this game is now my life. My role model is Jhulan Goswami and I love her bowling techniques. I’m a medium-pace bowler and want to bowl like Jhulan one day. In the future, I want to join the Indian Women Cricket team to accomplish my dream to play for India as a bowler.”
Tia Shokeen (12), also a resident of Chhawla, says “My parents are very supportive. Cricket is my passion and my dream. I used to watch cricket with my father and Virat Kohli is my role model. I joined the academy one year ago. After a few months of joining, I started watching Indian Women's Cricket too and Smriti Mandhana became another role model of mine. I’m a fast bowler on my team and one day I will play for India.”
Nikita Kumari (17), a resident of Baprola Vihar, says “I’m an all-rounder and love to bat and bowl equally. My inspiration is Mahendra Singh Dhoni and I want to play for my country and make my parents proud.”
Preksha Tiwari (23) native of Himachal Pradesh and currently living in Najafgarh says, “My role model is my brother because he plays cricket too and he inspired me to play cricket. Right now I’m playing Ranji Trophy from the team of Himachal. Cricket is my life and the Indian Cricket team is my one and only dream.”