Sports with Sara

‘Lewis Hamilton-My favorite sport player’ by 11 year old Avyukt.S from Chennai

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10 year old sports loving storyteller Sara from BookosmiaHey friends, your favourite drama-athlete, Sara here!  I love sports and I love drama. It seems only fair that my friends call me a ‘drama-athlete.’  And that’s why I couldn’t be more  excited to see your entries pouring in to my ‘Sports with Sara’ section. Keep them coming-your favourite sports people, sports memories, upcoming match predictions and so much more.

Today’s well researched write up on Lewis Hamilton, an F1 driver has been sent by 11 year old Avyukt.S from Chennai. Listed in the 2020 issue of Time as one of the 100 most influential people globally, Lewis Hamilton is a role model for many.

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Avyukt lives in Chitlapakkam, Chennai. His ambition is to become a cricket player. He loves to watch cricket and F1 championship. He also enjoys reading books.
Avyukt is a student of  NSN Memorial Senior Secondary School, Chennai.
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Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton ( born 7 January 1985 in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England, 30 miles north of London) is a British racing driver currently competing in F1 for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 team. He is six times F1 World Champion.

 

He is widely regarded as the all time greatest driver by many.  His first victory was at the World Drivers Championship with McLaren in 2008, before he moved to Mercedes in 2013, with whom he has won a further five  titles.

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One of the most successful drivers in the history of the sport, Hamilton’s six World Championship titles is the second most of all time, while he holds the record for the most wins ( 91; tied with Michael Schumacher ) , career points (3661),  pole positions (96), podium finishes (160), grand slams in a season (3) and Championship points in a season (413).

 

This later resulted in an F1 drive with McLaren in 2007, making Hamilton the first and only black driver to race in the sport, as of 2020. That season,  Hamilton set  numerous records as he finished runner up to Kimi Raikkonen by one point. The following season, he won his maiden title in a dramatic fashion,  making a crucial overtake on the last corner of the last lap in the last race of the season to become the then youngest F1 World Champion in history!

 

Born to Carmen and Anthony, at the age of five Hamilton took up karate to defend himself as a result of bullying at school. Considered to be first and only black driver to race in Formula One, Hamilton has been subject to racist abuse throughout his career.

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‘MS Dhoni-My favourite sportsperson’ by 13 year old Gofiaa from Chennai

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10 year old sports loving storyteller Sara from BookosmiaHey friends, your favourite drama-athlete, Sara here!  I love sports and I love drama. It seems only fair that my friends call me a ‘drama-athlete.’  And that’s why I couldn’t be more excited to see your entries pouring in to my ‘Sports with Sara’ section. Your favourite sports people, sports memories, upcoming match predictions and so much more.

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Here is 13 year old Gofiaa from Chennai sharing a well researched write up on her favourite player- Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Gofiaa loves to explore new things. She always likes to be unique in whatever she does. Her hobby is learning new languages. She is a student of NSN Matricultation Higher Secondary School, Chitlapakkam

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My favourite sports person is Dhoni. Not only because of his helicopter shot  but for his inspiring life story. So here is Mahindra Singh Dhoni’s life story.

Dhoni was not born to a rich family but to a middle class family in Ranchi,  Jharkhand. His father was an employee in a junior post. His mom was a house  wife. He had an elder brother and an elder sister.

During his school days, he was a good goal keeper. On seeing his capabilities,  his school’s cricket coach asked him whether he would be interested to take  part in cricket coaching. At first Dhoni hesitated, but later agreed. His coach  wanted him to become a wicket keeper so he always made him keep wickets.

 

Dhoni was also fond of batting but his coach wouldn’t allow him to bat. Once,  the coach went out and they kept practicing. At that time Dhoni batted for the  first time. He batted pretty well. At that time coach came and he was surprised by his abilities for batting. He trained him for both batting and wicket keeping. Dhoni played in under 16 matches and he performed well.

 

After that he played many matches and focused only on cricket. During his  high school, once he had his exams and match practice on the same day. Both were important to him so he decided to finish exams quickly, then pick a train  and go to matches. He would be really exhausted after practices but he  -studied for the next day exam.

 

After he finished school, he got a job in railway station as ticket examiner. He  didn’t want to go to that job but due to his parent’s will he did. He worked there for two to three years. Once, he asked himself why he should do this job as he is passionate about cricket. He believed in himself, that someday he would  achieve. So, he gathered courage and asked his dad about quitting his job and  taking cricket as his career. Dhoni’s father agreed because he believed in him.

 

After that, he played numerous matches at different levels. Then he was recognized and became a part of Indian team. He rescued the team during a lot of critical matches. After Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement, Dhoni was chosen  as captain for Indian team. Everyone in the team would admire Dhoni for his techniques, calmness and the way of bringing everyone together. He has received Padma Bhushan award from the President of India.

 

Dhoni is married to Sakshi and they have a daughter named Ziva.

 

According to me success came to his life was because he believed in himself.

 

He may have retired from international cricket but he is still a person who inspires many people. So, that was the life story of ‘Captain Cool!’

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Hey, your friend Sara here again! Enjoyed reading? Want to enjoy, understand and express your own thoughts on sports? Grab your copy of Howzzat, the first ever sports journal for kids in India and become an elite member of the Bookosmian club where your submission not only gets published, but you also get free invites to our amazing events.

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Match Washed Out ! Poem #IPLwithSara

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10 year old sports loving storyteller Sara from BookosmiaHey everyone! It’s me, Sara, your new best friend who loves sports and stories.

Ever thought you could find poetry in a match getting washed out? Here is 7 year old Vedant Garg from Noida, doing just that, when rain plays spoil sport!#IPL2020 #IPLforkids #IPLwithSara

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Vedant is a passionate boy, loves to read, loves sports and loves to relax.

 

 

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The IPL game was going on,
On a pitch.

When the lights got fused and
everyone thought it was a glitch.

 

The match continued without light
After sometime, some players got into a fight.

 

Ten minutes later the pitch was flooded with rain

It was the most awful IPL game!

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IPL & Dhoni- Coming together of my two favourites! #IPLwithSara

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10 year old sports loving storyteller Sara from BookosmiaHey, IPL fans, your best friend Sara here!  For anyone new to the game, 9 year old Sriakshay Kalagarla from Bangalore brings you up to speed on the format and key details. Dont miss this insightful write up by him especially his love for MS Dhoni.

While MS Dhoni has hung up his boots on a 16-year illustrious career for Team India, he will be seen donning the CSK colours in the 2020 edition of the league. So keep watching and keep writing in!

#IPL2020 # IPLforkids

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Sriakshay Kalagarla is 9  years old and a student of CMR NPS, Bangalore.

He is a big fan of football and MS Dhoni.

 

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On 13 September 2007, the BCCI announced the launch of a franchise-based Twenty20 cricket competition called Indian Premier League. It was said to be the mastermind of Lalit Modi. The league is based on a round-robin group and knockout format.

 

IPL has teams named after major Indian cities. The matches generally begin in late afternoon or evening so that a part of the match is played under floodlights at night. There are 8 teams.

 

I like IPL because many more people get to play cricket. The best bowler in IPL history is Lasith Malinga. The best batsman in IPL history is AB de Villeirs. The player to score the most runs is  Virat Kohli with 5412 following by SK Raina with 5368 runs and RG Sharma  with 4898.

 

According to me, the best captain is MS Dhoni because he won 100 matches as a  captain which no other captain achieved. He is also the best keeper in IPL history with 132 dismissals (94 catches and 28 stumpings). He is also the record holder for the biggest six in IPL history, covering a distance of 111m!

 

Mumbai Indians is considered the best IPL team by many.

I am supporting Chennai Super Kings because their captain MS Dhoni is a very good keeper and can run out many batsmen. Also there are other very good  players in CSK.

 

Now because of the pandemic, the matches which were supposed to be played in India are now being played in Dubai because the Indian government has not given permission.

 

My favourite player is MS Dhoni because he is the best captain and keeper!  Also Virat Kohli because he scored the most runs in the IPL.

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IPL starting. Chips and Pepsi, please? #IPLwithSara

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10 year old sports loving storyteller Sara from BookosmiaHey everyone! It’s me, Sara, your new best friend who loves sports and stories.

We have an RCB fan in the house! 8 year old Mahit Verma from Kolkata shares his excitement with the IPL kicking off. Its infectious! Read on.

#SaraReads #GratitudeduringCovid Young author Mahit Verma

Mahit is a student of La Martiniere for Boys Kolkata.

He is a happy go lucky child. An avid reader who enjoys to write and act. He enjoys dancing and playing the guitar. He is true avenger fan who loves travelling, Taewkondo and playing football.

#IPL2020 #IPLforkids #IPLwithSara

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We belong to a land where CRICKET is synonymous to religion. Cricket is one language binding India.

And IPL being one of the most loved form.

In this pandemic, I was upset that it wont be hosted but much to my surprise it  began on 19th September. I experienced what they mean by happy tears!

 

Starting Saturday, here are some of the words which you’ll hear in my
home!

“It’s a Six!”

“It’s a Four!”

“Oh No!”

“Don’t move from your place.”

“Chips and Pepsi, please?”

 

What is intriguing is how the team changes each season! New players come in, yet my loyalties lie with RCB- the team that I had met. My friends and I have  been maintaining the score sheet of our respective teams but this time as  RCB says, “The cup is ours!!”

Enthusiasm, cheerleading, music is at its best.. and I get to watch TV uninterrupted. Virat Kohli and AB De Villers are a treat to watch especially  their cover drive and sweeps.

The difference this time is they will be playing without a live audience in the stadium. But don’t worry! RCB our cheers from our homes will reach you for  sure.

 

With you always ! Lets get the CUP home!

 

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Joginder Sharma-Once a hero, always a hero. Literally.**Sara’s ‘Be a sport’ series**

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Hey everyone! It’s me, Sara, your new best friend who loves sports and stories.

Hey friends, your favourite drama-athlete, Sara here!

Sometimes we wonder what happened to a lot of heroes from the past. I thought of one such forgotten star of Indian cricket- Joginder Sharma. Till I realized, he is still a star, maybe not as visible but twinkling contentedly in the background.

Do you know that India won the first cricket T20 world cup thanks to an unknown bowler? And what if I told you that everyone had forgotten about this bowler until he resurfaced recently as a true superhero of India? Intrigued? My friends, this, is no fictional tale. This, is the incredible true story of Joginder Sharma, champion cricketer and human being par excellence.

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At the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg that day, no finger nails survived the tension. It was the year 2007 and the first ever world Twenty-Twenty (T20) cricket world cup final had two unlikely finalists – India and Pakistan.

After a see-saw start, the match went down to the final over. Pakistan needed 13 runs from 6 balls to win. It was do or die for both teams.

Newly appointed captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni faced the biggest decision of his life. Should he give the ball to Harbhajan Singh, a proven world class performer who was having a bad day or should he give it to newcomer Joginder Sharma? Dhoni chose the latter.

In the third ball of the over with just 6 runs needed, Joginder cleverly bowled a ball at the stumps and Misbah played a scoop shot that fell straight into Sreesanth’s hands.

 

That was it!

 

There was a deafening roar across the world as India won the first ever T 20 world cup. The unlikely hero turned out to be Joginder Sharma, son of a small shop owner in Haryana.

 

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Joginder was not unknown anymore. A billion people chanted his name and even if he did not play another match in his life, he knew he would always be remembered. For most people,  that’s enough. But Joginder, was not like most people.

 

Due to his heroics on the cricket pitch, the Haryana government offered him a job with the Haryana Police department.

 

No one paid much heed to it. He was a successful international cricketer after all, used to a fast life, travel, money, why would he take a policing job seriously?

No one heard much of him after that. Whenever people discussed that iconic final, they would always wonder where Joginder had disappeared to and that was that. Until, last week.

As the Covid-19 virus raged on, the government decided to enforce a lockdown across India to reduce the spread of virus. It was the police’s job to make sure the orders were complied with.

In the streets of Hisar in Haryana, a policeman with a mask roams the streets, day and night. He is the leader of a task force in charge of patrolling, assisting citizens with medical aid and making sure goods with essential commodities pass through safely. He is the Deputy Superintendent of Police in Haryana.

He is none other than Joginder Sharma. The very same bowler who had bowled India to victory in the first T20 world cup.

As it turns out, Joginder hadn’t disappeared. He is very much around. While many of his colleagues moved on to lucrative jobs after cricket, Joginder is still doing what he loves most – serving his country, this time with the police uniform.

And that was not all. In an interview to AFP, Joginder revealed that his contribution as a police superintendent is bigger than his heroics on the cricket pitch.

“It was also a big thing, winning the World Cup for India, but here we have to save the nation. And even if I am playing a small part in this, then it is huge,” said Joginder.

With his exit from cricket, Joginder’s fame may have vanished but his passion for the country hasn’t changed one bit.

The man who had once kept his cool to give India one of the most prestigious cricket trophies now uses his talents to keep India safe.

This, my friends, is what a real hero looks like.

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Poonam Yadav – The girl who bowled ‘impossible’ for a duck! **Sara’s ‘Be a Sport’ series**:

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10 year old sports loving storyteller Sara from BookosmiaHey friends, your favourite drama-athlete, Sara here! Sometimes, we get teased about how we look and it makes us wish we could change that about ourselves.

I know of a girl, who was teased for her short height. You know what she did? She went on to make her short height, her greatest strength.  Curious to know more? I bet you are! Presenting, the story of Indian cricketer Poonam Yadav, a girl who bowled the word ‘impossible’ out of the dictionary.

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The boys in the colony had just finished arguing over how tall the drawing of  the stumps on the wall should be. A small figure hovered around them.

“It’s her, again,” one of the boys sighed.

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“Why can’t you go make rotis or play ghar-ghar like the other girls?” another boy remarked. The girl gave him a glare and sped towards the line they had marked as the bowling crease. Someone was threatening to complain about her to her mother for not behaving like a ‘girl’. Why couldnt she be happy with kitchen sets and pretty dolls. Don’t all girls enjoy that?

Not her.

The batsman at the other end saw a pint- size girl running towards him and tightened his grip on the bat. Those fiercely determined eyes, they could not belong to an ordinary girl, he thought. And he was absolutely right.

Poonam Yadav childrens story Saras corner The girl’s name was Poonam Yadav and she was anything but ordinary.

Poonam loved sports but in the small city her army father was posted in, the idea of girls playing a sport, let alone with boys, was frowned upon. She was the first person in her family who had wanted to be a sportsperson, making it all the more difficult for her to convince them of her passion for sport.

When she was around 15, her father was transferred to Agra and she had her first taste of professional coaching . There she trained under the watchful eyes of her first coach M K Afghani and later Manoj Khushwaha.

For Poonam, it all seemed like a dream. The days of being ridiculed and being doubted on seemed far away but unexpectedly, a bigger challenge appeared.

The coach wanted a word with her, privately.

That was never a good sign.

The coach sat her down gently and explained that she was not effective as a medium pacer (a bowler who doesn’t bowl too fast or too slow). One of the reasons for this was her height, which was just a tinge below 5 feet. If she continued to bowl medium pace, there was likely no future for her.

Poonam felt devastated on hearing this. She had not come so far to give up for something that was not in her hands, her height. She asked the coach what she could do.

“There is one thing,” the coach said after some thought. “But it is a long shot. You may take a lot of time to pick up this skill or it is possible you may not learn it at all. If that is the case, you will never become a cricketer.”

“What is it, sir?” asked Poonam, feeling like her whole life depended on the answer.

“Leg spin,” said her coach as a couple of eavesdroppers around them gasped. Leg spin wasn’t just a challenge. It was a mountain. A tall, slippery and unpredictable cricket mountain where a young bowler had to have immense dedication to even learn the basics let alone excel at it.

“I will do it sir,” said Poonam and she was off to climb her mountain.

Come rain or shine, she was at the academy every morning at 6 am, the lone leg spinner there. Between her fitness and skill sessions, she averaged more than 8 hours on the field everyday, taking no days off.

When she was not playing, she was thinking. She would pick the brain of former India player and her mentor Hemlata Kala and a new idea began to form in her head.

Generally, spin bowlers rely on things like flight, trajectory, length and the right pace for their skill to be effective. And being tall, or at least of average height can be of great help.

For Poonam, her short height was a major disadvantage. But she realized something that most people fail to. A physical feature becomes an advantage or disadvantage depending on how we choose to use it.

Poonam decided to make her lack of height, her weapon.

While Poonam became an expert at bowling googlies like other great bowlers, her short height gave her the extra advantage of making  the ball take longer to reach the batter. Waiting would make the batter impatient and they would often mistime their shots.  With this combination of excellent flight of the ball and a longer wait time for the batter,  even the best batting talent in the world gets fooled into playing the wrong shots.

Poonam had done it. Where others saw a problem, she saw a solution. She developed a deadly googly along the way and with it came a bucket of wickets in India as well as tournaments abroad.

In September 2018, she became India’s highest wicket-taker in Twenty20 Internationals with 57 wickets from 39 T20Is and continued to crush her opposition in every series. In August 2019, Poonam was awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award for outstanding achievement in sports.

Many years ago, a young girl was teased for her short height. Her height almost threatened to derail her cricketing career. She had two options before her. She could either feel defeated by her height and give up on her dream. Or she could prove to the world that what they saw as her liability was in fact, her greatest strength. She chose the latter and the rest, as they say, is history.

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Hey, your friend Sara here again! Enjoyed reading? Want to enjoy, understand and express your own thoughts on sports? Grab your copy of Howzzat, the first ever sports journal for kids in India.

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To listen to Poonam’s message urging Bookosmians to get out there and play, click – https://youtu.be/8nb6olSvgYo

 

Not the next Usain Bolt. He is the first Srinivasa Gowda! Sara’s ‘Be a Sport’ series

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10 year old sports loving storyteller Sara from BookosmiaHey, your best friend Sara here  I love sports and I love drama. It seems only fair that my friends call me a ‘drama-athlete’.  Any excuse to bring out the popcorn, am I right?

 

Today I will talk to you about a real life story that was recently in the news. It has lots of drama (he he..obviously) and makes you think about how for some people, sports isn’t always about the number of trophies or the glory or the size of the audience. Ok ok, stop staring at me, I will tell you the story right away!

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In a small village in Karnataka, 28 year old Srinivasa Gowda woke up feeling happy. It was ‘Kambala’ day.

Kambala means a muddy field which is used for growing crops. In this traditional sport, contestants race through the slushy field holding the reins of two speeding buffaloes. And they do this on foot, not sitting on carts!
Srinivasa was a construction worker, who helped build houses for a living, but his true passion lay in Kambala, even though it added almost nothing to his wages.
Bookosmia's drama athlete Sara talks about Srinivas Gowda and Usain Bolt That day, as the two handlers let go of the buffaloes at the starting line, Srinivasa let out a cry of determination. With the spectators cheering for him, he held on tight, balancing himself on tricky, slippery slush as the magnificent animals ran in full speed. When he reached the end, there was a roar.He hadn’t just won the competition, he had covered 100 metres in 9.55 seconds.
This meant he had gone faster than the world record of 9.58 seconds set by Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt!

The next day, newspapers from across the world carried Srinivasa’s photo and feat and wondered if the world’s fastest man was actually a humble daily wager and not an elite athlete. From India’s sports ministry to Karnataka’s sports federations, everyone hailed his achievement and asked him to try out for track and field events so he could win a medal for India at the Olympics.
Srinivasa couldn’t believe the adulation he was getting. It seemed like overnight, everyone in India knew his name!

 

He was thankful beyond words, but he refused to be compared to Bolt. His Saras corner Srinivasa Gowda and Usain Bolt kambalalove Kambala, was about knowing the buffaloes’ running rhythm as much as he knew his own. It was a rural race on mud where he did not even wear shoes. Athletics seemed too different to him.

 

After some thought, Srinivasa humbly declined to join the trials for the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo.

Perhaps Srinivasa Gowda wouldn’t be able to match Usain Bolt on the running track but it is to be wondered. Would Usain Bolt be able to match Srinivasa Gowda on the Kambala track?
That’s the beauty of sport. It’s about passion and not just the number of medals or trophies you win.

 

So…what did you think about the story? Do you think Srinivasa made the right decision to not try out for the Olympic trails?What would you have done if you were in his place?

 

Leave your comments here and I will share the most interesting one on social media. See you soon with another awesome story!

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Notes:

*While Kambala is a much loved rural sport, it has faced criticism for its inhumane treatment of buffaloes due to which the sport was banned in 2014. Kambala races were allowed again in 2018 with strict new rules about not pressuring or hurting animals in any way.

*Two weeks after Srinivasa’s race, another Kambala racer named Nishant Shetty broke Srinivasa’s record by covering the distance in just 9.51 seconds!

*In an interview with India Today, Kambala academy president K Gunapala Kadamba said that they will install an automatic starting laser system for future Kambala races so the timings are accurate and transparent

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Did someone say cricket is a boy’s game? Ask Shafali Verma.**Sara’s ‘Be a Sport’ series**

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Sports with Sara read sports stories for kids by BookosmiaHi, My name is Sara. My friends call me a drama- athlete because I have a natural flair for sports and a love for drama. And there is almost always enough inspiration in the dramatic lives our players lead to reach where they are.

This one is my favourite,on Shafali Verma. Did you say who? Read on.

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In 2013, in Lahli, a sleepy town of wrestlers in Haryana, India’s greatest cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar played his final match. Present in the audience was a 10 year old daughter of a jeweler who was so inspired by him that she decided to become a cricketer.

Bookosmias Shafali Verma story Women T20 World Cup for kids

The girl’s name was Shafali Verma.

Shafali ate, slept and dreamt cricket. Her biggest hero was Sachin Tendulkar and she wished she could play for the Indian team one day. At her colony, she played with the boys, playing better than them on most days. Her father, Sanjeev began to take her to local cricket clubs so she could learn to play cricket from a coach, but to their surprise, she was not accepted by any of them!

“She’s just a girl.”

“We don’t play with girls.”

“She can’t match up to boys.”

“She will get hurt.” These are some of the remarks they heard.

Finally, one day, her father decided to get her a very short haircut and took her to a cricket club disguised as a boy. She was accepted and not just that, she destroyed the bowlers with her big hits!

When her neighbors got to know, they made fun of her. But she did not stop playing.

In 2019, at the age of 15, Shafali made her debut for India in the T20 series against South Africa making her the youngest ever Indian player to do so. She also broke her idol Sachin Tendulkar’s record when she became the youngest Indian to hit a half century (50 runs) in an international match.

The Womens’ T20 World cup is going on in Australia, with the top cricket stars. It’s her first major tournament but is Shafali the kind to be nervous? Not at all!With unbelievable knocks in almost all league matches, she is the reason why India was the first team to qualify for the semi-finals.

On Thursday, March 5, India will play their semi-final and the whole of India will be cheering her on, including the boys who once refused to play with her because she was ‘only a girl.’

Ha! Isn’t that an amazing reply to those who made fun of her?

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Hey, your friend Sara here again! Enjoyed reading? Want to enjoy, understand and express your own thoughts on sports? Grab your copy of Howzzat, the first ever sports journal for kids in India and become an elite member of the Bookosmian club where your submission not only gets published, but you also get free invites to our amazing events.

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