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Gongadi Trisha – The Mithali Raj fan eyeing U-19 World Cup glory in South Africa

Gongadi Trisha is a second yr intermediate scholar at Bhavan’s Sri Aurobindo Junior School in Secunderabad. And at a time when most of her pals and classmates are getting ready for the Board examinations – scheduled for early subsequent yr – Trisha is gearing up for a unique take a look at across the similar time – the U-19 Girls’s T20 World Cup.

If issues fall in place, the 16-year-old will don India colors and be on the flight to South Africa the place the inaugural version of the event is to be held and he or she is able to put within the laborious yards to understand her dream.

“Because of matches, I can’t attend classes regularly, but I take tuition classes in the evening and catch up on my studies,” Trisha informed  Sportstar

Regardless of being a scholar of commerce, Trisha hates arithmetic, however is glad so as to add to the distress of opposition bowlers. She top-scored with 36 to information the India U-19 Girls’s group to 176/6 within the second T20 in opposition to New Zealand at Mumbai Cricket Affiliation’s Bandra-Kurla Advanced floor on Tuesday. Chasing a mammoth whole, New Zealand was bundled out for 66, with Hurley Gala (3 for 18) and Archana Devi (3 for 15) claiming three wickets apiece. Trisha, too, bagged a wicket – rattling the stumps of Kayley Knight.

Whereas Trisha is proud of the group’s efficiency, she needs to work on her ‘basics’ as soon as the five-match collection will get over, maintaining the U-19 Girls’s World Cup in thoughts. “I am learning match-by-match and I am trying to make sure that I learn from my mistakes. I don’t want to repeat my mistakes in the next match and that’s how it has been,” she mentioned.

Cricket discovered Trisha when she was simply three years outdated, due to her GV Ram Reddy. He stop his job and moved to Hyderabad in order that his daughter might hone her expertise within the sport.

“My dad supported me a lot. He travels with me everywhere – be it during the camp or even now for the tournament. He really motivates me and it was because of his support that I could come so far,” she mentioned. Trisha ultimately bagged the Participant of the 12 months award from the BCCI in junior-level cricket.

Trisha was simply 12 when she broke into the Hyderabad facet for the senior challengers. Those that have adopted her journey from shut quarters think about her as a prodigy in ladies’s cricket, and her regular rise within the ranks through the years has solely proved them proper.

Mithali Raj, additionally primarily based out of her dwelling metropolis, has been Trisha’s position mannequin rising up and has had a ringside view to Raj’s cricketing prowess on condition that each prepare on the prestigious St. John’s Cricket Academy.

“I have bowled to her at times and have also practised with her sometimes. Frequently, she comes to the academy and we have had interactions,” Trisha mentioned. “What I have learned from Mithali  didi is how to focus on your game and everything that you do…”

As she gears up for the T20 World Cup in South Africa, she needs to debate a factor or two along with her earlier than leaving for the mega occasion. “If I get a chance, I will definitely be speaking to her and take some suggestions,” the teenager mentioned.

Alongside her fashionable batting, Trisha can be an efficient leg-spinner. Within the recently-concluded quadrangular collection, she was a constant performer – having performed innings of 49 and 58 and in addition claiming a wicket to assist U-19 Workforce B win key matches.

When she featured for the state group for the primary time, former India worldwide Nooshin Al Khadeer was her coach. The embellished coach can be on the helm of the U-19 facet and Trisha is decided to profit from her time along with her.

“It’s a great experience for us as this will be our first World Cup at the U-19 level. Personally, I am focusing on my game keeping the T20 format in mind,” she mentioned.

Tuesday’s transient scores

India ladies’s u-19 176/6 in 20 overs (G Trisha 36, Shweta Sehrawat 34, Soumya Tiwari 31; Amie Hucker 2-33, Kayley Knight 2-28)  beat New Zealand u-19 66 in 15 overs (Izzy Gaze 17; Hurley Gala 3-18, Archana Devi 3-15, Mannat Kashyap 2-2) 

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