Story of Sajana Sajeevan: Lost home in Kerala Floods in 2018, Won hearts in Bengaluru in 2024

Sajana Sajeevan, fondly known as Sajana, has a diverse background, holding a degree in Political Science and even appearing in a Tamil film in a supporting role. Hailing from Kerala, she showcased her athletic prowess during her teenage years, captaining the football team in her hometown of Wayanad district and excelling in track and field in college.

Sajana Sajeevan.
Sajana Sajeevan.

Her journey, observed with mixed emotions by coach Biju George from the Delhi Capitals dugout, began with impressing local cricket coaches in Wayanad and training at the residential women’s academy there. Despite setbacks like losing her home in the 2018 Kerala floods and financial challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, Sajana Sajeevan persevered with the support of individuals like Nazir Machan from the Wayanad District Cricket Association.

She underwent trials with multiple franchises ahead of the 2024 WPL and was eventually bought by the Mumbai Indians. Sajana’s journey from obscurity to becoming the talk of the town in one of the premier women’s cricket leagues is the stuff of fairy tales.

Born and raised amidst the picturesque backwaters of Kerala, Sajeevan’s life took an unexpected turn when tragedy struck in the form of the devastating Kerala floods. However, out of the ruins emerged a resilient spirit determined to defy all odds.

Cricket wasn’t just a sport for her; it was a flame of passion that burned bright even in the humblest of settings. Despite the lack of resources and facilities, Sajana Sajeevan honed her skills playing cricket in the fields, driven by an unyielding determination to succeed at all costs.

The catastrophic Kerala floods of 2018 wreaked havoc on Sajana’s life, washing away not only her home but also her dreams. Left with nothing but the sheer will to survive and succeed, Sajana refused to let despair consume her. Instead, she turned to cricket as a source of solace and strength, using the sport as a means to rebuild her life, one ball at a time.

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With her remarkable talent, it was only a matter of time before she caught the eye of scouts, thrusting her into the spotlight. Her journey from the paddy fields of Kerala to the consecrated grounds of professional cricket is a testament to her unwavering perseverance and dedication. Despite facing numerous setbacks along the way, Sajana remained undeterred, fueled by a burning desire to make a name for herself in the cricketing world.

In a fairy-tale twist of fate, Sajana’s hard work finally paid off when she was signed by the Mumbai Indians, one of the most prestigious franchises in the world of franchise cricket. Her awe-striking shot on the last ball of the innings to win her team the match quickly made her a fan favorite, earning her the admiration of cricket enthusiasts across the globe.

With the match set for a spectacular finish as Mumbai Indians needed 12 runs off the last over, little did Sajana know that this match would provide her with a chance to be the hero for not only her team but the millions of girls who idolize her.

With 5 needed of the last 2 deliveries, the captain Harmanpreet Kaur played quite an unnecessary shot which led to her being dismissed. Sajana walked in with 5 needed off the last ball and as Alice Capsey came in to bowl the last ball of the match, Sajana trusted all those hard yards and hours of turmoil in the training grounds as she stepped out of the crease to send the ball into the stands. As the ball traveled into the stands she could see all her hard work bear fruit as she led her team to victory.

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Sajana’s meteoric rise from obscurity to WPL stardom serves as an inspiration to aspiring cricketers everywhere, proving that with talent, determination, and a never-say-never attitude, nothing is impossible. Her story exemplifies the resilience of the human spirit and underscores the transformative power of sports in overcoming adversity.

In conclusion, Sajana Sajeevan’s journey is a testament to the indomitable human spirit and the boundless possibilities that lie ahead for those who refuse to give up on their dreams. From facing the wrath of nature to conquering the cricket field, Sajana’s story resonates with hope, perseverance, and the unwavering belief that with hard work and dedication, anything is achievable. As she continues to shine on the cricketing stage, Sajana’s legacy will inspire generations to come, reminding us all that greatness knows no bounds.

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