As cricket fever sets in, here are some inspiring lessons from India’s top women cricketers.
Cricket may be a gentleman’s game, but that doesn’t mean it’s only for men. The recent few years have seen the emergence of women’s cricket, and the Indian team has been and is a prominent part of the scene. Our country has produced some amazing women cricketers, each of whom can teach us inspiring lessons that we can apply to our personal finance habits and life in general.
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A formidable all-rounder, Kaur is known for her aggressive batting and formidable medium pace bowling. With a quick strike rate and a liking for boundaries, she certainly is an integral part of the team. Not one to hesitate before going for a big shot, Harmanpreet Kaur can get crucial runs in pressure situations. She considers Virender Sehwag to be her role model, and that’s clearly seen in the way she bats.
The lesson to learn here is ‘Don’t hold back’. Be assertive, be bold and believe in yourself. A lot of women aspire to be financially independent, and it is imperative that they start off their journey with confidence and conviction.
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Fast bowlers are always special, and Jhulan Goswami clocks in impressive speeds. In fact, she’s regarded as one of the fastest women bowlers in the cricketing world today. Successful in both tests as well as one-day internationals, Goswami has also captained the Indian team.
What every woman can take away from Jhulan is the importance of identifying one’s individual strength and nurturing it. When it comes to your finances, you can always identify what it is that you do well, and enhance it. For instance, if you’re a saver by nature, mix up your investments and optimise your wealth.
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A star born out of the Railways team, Neetu David is a well-known left-arm spinner who knows how to vary her delivery to her advantage. She usually traps batsmen with her tricky flight delivery. Her ability to turn the ball even on wickets that aren’t necessarily spinner-friendly is something truly noteworthy.
Like Neetu, you too can be versatile and know when to use the right tools to boost your finances. Even when the going gets tough, you can learn how to use your skill to reap the benefits you wish for.
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Smriti shot to fame with her consistently awesome batting performance in the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup. Her interest in cricket started at a very early age, and fueled her ever since as she went on to become the first Indian woman cricketer to score a 200 in an ODI in a state-level match at the tender age of 17 – that’s right.
Smriti’s story is inspiring in more ways that one. Firstly, it teaches us to not dismiss childhood dreams, but instead to go realise that dream in full throttle. We can apply this valuable lesson to pretty much anything we do.
Secondly. Smriti has also recovered well from an injury that temporarily dampened her prospects. The lesson we can take away here is that challenges are a part of life, but everything will pass if one keeps their spirits up.
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An engineer by academics, Shikha’s heart was always in cricket. She grew up in Goa, where she played the game alongside men. The only thing she loves as much as cricket is flying, and it is commendable to see that she has kept both these dreams alive. Today, she is not only a cricketer but is also a traffic controller for the Indian Air Force.
Like Shikha Pandey, you too can achieve great things if you put your mind to it. Even if you’re chasing multiple goals at once, be it professional or personal, don’t let anyone else’s views discourage you; you go get ’em, tiger!
Considered as one of the best women batters to grace the cricket pitch, Mithali Raj has more than 8,000 international runs in her kitty. She has played many a match-winning inning including her famous 214-run knock against England back when she was just 19. In 2003, she received the Arjuna Award for her contribution to cricket. Her experience and skill truly set her apart.
Just like India banks on Mithali’s experience, you too can use your personal experiences with finances to make calculative decisions.
We hope these heroines of cricket inspire you to tap your true potential and reach new heights every day! Psst… there are more such role-models in our women’s cricket team; watch them play and you’ll be proud.