#KnowYourStars: Arundhati Reddy – Living The Dream

It was 1983 World Cup win which gave many Indians inspiration to take up Cricket. Few of them went on to play for India such as Sachin, Dravid, Ganguly. Then there was another milestone in Indian Cricket which triggered same amount of inspiration in youth and it was 2007 World T20 win. Arundhati Reddy, was among the many who dreamt of winning the trophy for India when Dhoni & Co. lifted the trophy in 2007.

Arundhati Reddy was born on 10th April 1997 in Hyderabad. She developed interest in cricket very early in her age while playing with neighbourhood kids. She told her mother about her interest in cricket and it was her mother’s support since then which has been unchanged till now. She started to practice alongside her cousin with coach there. She was sent to Hyderabad Cricket Association’s summer camp by her coach.

She wanted to be a wicket-keeper but it was her coach who emphasized that her bowling is good and she needs to improve on it. Although she hated bowling at first, she started to take interest in bowling and has now been a part of India’s T20 bowling line-up.

Her whole family is fond of cricket who were happy to hear Arundhati’s decision to follow cricket as a career. However, as most of the athlete’s parents, her parents were also on the other side of criticism by others. But Bhagya, her mother and a volleyball player herself for her university stood firm behind her daughter’s dream.

She was picked up in U-19 team but her performances were not consistent enough to get a national team call. Later, playing for Indian Railways she took 9 wickets in a match in U-23 interzonal match which was a significant effort. It was in September when her idol Jhulan Goswami announced her retirement from T20, Arundhati was the first choice to replace her following her challenger trophy performances.

Though she mentions that it was her dream to play alongside Jhulan Goswami, she will be always her inspiration. She idolize Mithali Raj who gave her debut cap. She attributes her success to her mother who struggled a lot to make sure Arundhati’s dream have no obstacle.

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