“I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen”- Frank Lloyd Wright.
Priya Punia, 22 years old form Churu, Rajasthan went for Indian women’s T-20 squad touring New Zealand. While playing for domestic matches for Delhi, she is rejected for being entered into a cricket academy in Jaipur just for being a girl. Seeing her dedication and hard work for playing for the country, her father Surendra Punia efforts made her achieve her dreams. After his transferred from Delhi to Jaipur, he sold his property, acquired loans, and purchased a 1.5 bigha plot of land worth Rs. 22 Lakh. He himself becomes her coach and mentor, also set up proper nets and a pitch so that Priya can practice properly without any difficulty.
In Delhi, Priya took the cricket coaching for 7 years from the coach Rajkumar Sharma, the same coach who also give the cricket training to the captain of Indian team Virat Kohli. Priya represented Delhi in the senior women’s one-day championship held in Bangalore and in 8 matches she scored 407 runs at an average of 50. She scored 125 against Gujarat and143 runs against Tamil Nadu.
After her remarkable performance in the match, she was rewarded and joined Indian women’s T20 team, where the team had played against New Zealand in February. In childhood, she used to play badminton but with the passage of time, she developed her interest in cricket. So later she joined Surana Academy of cricket at an age of 9.
Looking on her education side, she is graduated in Commerce from Jesus and Mary College of Delhi.
After her selection in the team, she said she had been waiting for this opportunity for a very long time. She will give her one hundred per cent on the pitch every time.