“I remember I was in eighth grade when we got a memo saying that there was a cricket trial for the women’s team of our school. I was not too interested in it but one of my cousins who studied with me in the same class  made me raise my hand and made sure my name was there for the trials.”

“More than success, I’ve seen a lot of failure in my life. You see it’s like this graph that goes up and suddenly comes down. It’s not about the game itself or the skill, it’s the mind. Maybe I was too confident at times, maybe I was doubting myself too much. Whenever I have a bad match, I always overthink and when I have a good match, there would be no stopping me. I wouldn’t want to blame every failure I have had on external factors, I think that maybe they happened because of me as well.”

“My dad once called me and asked me why I take cricket so seriously. He taught me to first enjoy it as a game. My dad showed me how I was taking in too much pressure. I needed to let go of it and enjoy the sport while I’m still playing and his lessons made a huge impact on my game.”

“Cricket actually teaches you life lessons, it is just that we often don’t realize it. For me, taking up responsibilities came with the game. Every time I went out there to bat, it was not that I was going out there alone, I had the responsibility of taking the team to the next stage. From the game I also learned how to support ‘your’ people when they really need it. I learnt when your teammate might have had a bad match, supporting them and standing up for them was really important.”

“P Srinivas Murthy and Kalpana Venkatachar were really instrumental in shaping who I became as a sportswoman. There have been days when I felt down and out and questioned why I play cricket. I read a few interviews of Mayank Agarwal and Shreyas Iyer to understand what their mindset would be during these times and realized that I will someday get my chance too. You never know when the call is going to come. I am Divya Gnanananda.”