WPL: Jasia Akhtar – From playing in bathroom slippers to wearing Delhi Capitals jersey | cricket news

Jaipur: It’s been almost 17 years since that horrific experience of infiltrating militants Jasia AkhtarHis house in Barari Pora village of Shopian district in Jammu and Kashmir. She was held at gunpoint, and her father was told ‘haan nahi khelenge Bharat ke liye’ (she will not play for India). The 34-year-old batsman shared that she considers herself lucky to have survived that harrowing time, and even more fortunate as the episode didn’t stop her in her steps for too long.
“I was into shot put, kabaddi and cricket. But when terrorists entered our house in 2006, the whole family was shaken by this incident. Thankfully there was no bloodshed, but I stopped playing for five years, before resuming my journey as a cricketer in 2011. I got emotional thinking about all the things I went through and today I am one of the women who will be playing for the first time. edition of the Women’s Premier League (wpl),” he told TOI.
jasia is selected delhi capitals 20 lakhs and she is the only cricketer from the valley to be a part of the inaugural WPL starting March 4.


Jasia is the eldest of five siblings and her father, Gul Mohammad Wani, owns a small piece of agricultural land from which she earns a meager income.
The right-handed batsman shared that before starting her domestic career, she used to play in bathroom slippers and things changed drastically in 2019. , And then my father bought shoes for me several times which cost 400-500 something, but the sole used to come off in no time. Neither could I afford good shoes nor did I have any idea about the shoes to be worn while playing. Things changed when I started playing domestic cricket. But improvement came in 2019 when I played the Women’s T20 Challenge and in the same year Punjab became T20 champions in the domestic season of 2018-19. Then the money started coming. Before that I couldn’t afford a pair of nails. And now, after I got the WPL contract, Puma has become my sponsor for life,” she said.


Jasia, with a strong build, started her cricket career representing Jammu and Kashmir for a year. After that she moved to Punjab between 2013-2020 and from last two years she is playing as a professional player for Rajasthan. “Jammu and Kashmir lacked infrastructure and then the weather was also a problem. We only get three months to play, the rest of the time it’s very cold and there’s snow, then it rains for a few months.”
Jasia has been doing well in the domestic circuit for the last few years but this season she has been outplayed in all the tournaments. She was the top scorer in the Senior Women’s ODI Trophy with 501 runs in nine matches. In the Senior Women’s T20 Trophy, the Jammu and Kashmir cricketer was the second highest run-scorer with 273 runs from seven matches, including an unbeaten 125. In the senior women’s Inter-Zonal T20, she was the third highest run-scorer with 202. Scored runs in six matches and was the fourth highest run-scorer in the Senior Women’s T20 Challenger Trophy with 114 runs in four matches.
The right-handed batsman believes that nothing matters except hard work when it comes to achieving the target. He further added, “I think if you are willing to work hard then success will come to you irrespective of your age and background.”

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