“I wanted a picture with Virat Kohli” – Shreyanka Patil

In the world of cricket, certain figures transcend the boundaries of the game, becoming sources of inspiration for aspiring players. For Shreyanka Patil, an all-rounder for the Indian women’s team and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), that source of inspiration is none other than the talismanic Indian batter, Virat Kohli. Shreyanka’s journey from a fangirl moment to emerging as a rising star in Indian cricket is a testament to the impact cricketing icons can have on the lives and careers of young players.

Shreyanka Patil with Virat Kohli.
Shreyanka Patil with Virat Kohli. PC: Instagram-@shreyanka_patil31


Fangirl Moment at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium

In 2018, Shreyanka Patil had the opportunity of a lifetime when she met Virat Kohli at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. Rooted in the values he epitomizes – a relentless work ethic, unwavering dedication, and indomitable tenacity – her desire for a photograph with Kohli wasn’t just about capturing a moment. Seizing the chance to meet her hero, Shreyanka had just finished practicing for her state team. Her father’s friend, who worked with the RCB management, facilitated the encounter, allowing Shreyanka to have a special moment with Kohli.

Reflecting on the experience, Shreyanka shared, “I wanted a picture with Virat Kohli as he has been my inspiration. So, I finished practicing for my state and went to the Chinnaswamy. Then he came and took the phone to click a selfie. And I was like ‘Wow’. I did not get a chance to talk to him then, which I did later, but it was a special moment to start off.”

Rising Star in Domestic and International Cricket

While Shreyanka Patil’s name may not be widely recognized at this point, her cricketing journey over the past year has been nothing short of remarkable. She made history by becoming the first Indian player to participate in the Women’s Caribbean Premier League (WCPL), representing the Guyana Amazon Warriors and finishing as the highest wicket-taker in the second edition of the tournament.

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Shreyanka’s breakthrough came in the inaugural season of the Women’s Premier League (WPL), where she stood out as a breakout star for RCB. She emerged as the leading wicket-taker for the Bangalore-based franchise with six wickets in seven matches. Her impressive performances extended to international cricket, earning her the Player of the Match title against England in her debut series for the Indian team.

Displaying Resilience and Future Prospects

In the cutthroat world of professional cricket, Shreyanka Patil has demonstrated resilience, overcoming challenges and pressures to establish herself as a rising star in the cricketing arena. At just 21 years old, the Karnataka all-rounder’s future promises a prolonged and illustrious career, with the potential to reach even greater heights.

As Shreyanka continues to ascend in her cricketing journey, her story is only in its early chapters. However, her trajectory suggests that her cricketing ceiling is remarkably high. Inspired by the values of her hero Virat Kohli, Shreyanka Patil is not just a fangirl anymore; she is carving her path to becoming a role model and inspiration for the next generation of cricketers.

Quotes sourced from India Today

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