“If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.” ― Zig Ziglar
This quote by motivational speaker Zig Ziglar holds true in all aspects of life. An example of this is 18 years old Akshara Srinivasan whose determination to pursue a career in cricket created a path for her from Oman to Chennai in India.
This youngster was passionate about sports from a very young age and tried hands-on various games before being devoted towards cricket at the age of 14. Back in Oman, she was a part of Oman’s national women’s cricket team as a bowler after her great performance in an inter-school domestic tournament where she took a hat-trick against a Pakistani school and was rewarded with the best bowler of the year award.
After coming to Chennai, she made it to Tamil Nadu Cricket Association’s U-16 team and now to their U-19 team as well. A student of Abdul Malik Cricket Academy, this year Akshara has represented her academy in three tournaments- Iron Lady, Cricket Maidan & Queens Premier league and have scored 700 plus runs with a top score of 104 not out. This budding player has also won several players of the match, best batswoman of the series, and player of the series awards.
In an interview with Ashok Venugopal for New Indian Express, she shares how the Covid-19 lockdown disrupted her training but her determination towards the sport helped her stay motivated and work on maintaining her fitness. She also talks about her experience playing as an opening batswoman in the boy’s team at her coaching academy which helped her to up with the games and stay.
“Shifting to India wasn’t that hard because I made up my mind and had a goal set. I got all the support from my parents. Even my mother moved with me to Chennai to help me achieve my goal.”, Akshara said.
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