Have you been following India women’s ICC Women’s World Cup campaign. If yes, then you would have heard about the 31-year old left arm spinner Ekta Bisht. The tweaker hail from a small district in Uttar Pradesh, Almora. Her 5 for 18 against Pakistan in the league stage of the tournament shot her to instant limelight. She decimated the Pakistan women with her wicket-to-wicket bowling. Now that she attempts to take India deep in the coveted event we take a look at tracing her roots, which of course are humble. And here is the spoiler, she happens to be a tea-sellers daughter. It is like the Narendra Modi story, where he becomes the Prime Minister of India after being a chaiwala, once upon a time.
This tournament has been beneficial for the Indian women as some of them have become global names like Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj on the back of good, notable performances.
But why the Ekta Bisht story stands out is because she happens to be tea-sellers daughter, or lets say her father started selling tea to aide for her daughter’s training.
Recently, in an exclusive interview to The Times Of India her father said, “Ekta started playing cricket when she was just six. From then on, her love for the sport only grew,” said Bisht, according to the report.
“We were sure that she would do the country proud and she has done just that since she joined the national team in 2011,” he added.
Her mother also spoke and spilled a few beans, she said, “She loved the sport so much that she started playing cricket with boys. People would come and watch because she was the only girl in a team of boys. It put a strain on our finances but we supported her fully. She was a responsible child and would save the money we gave her during trials”.
— shivaniagarwal (@shivani986) July 2, 2017