Budding UTCA women cricketer Amanjot Kaur received India-A call from BCCI to play in the T20 Challenger Trophy tournament in Puducherry.
Daughter of a carpenter and hailing from a humble family of Punjab, Amanjot had to face many difficulties on her way to learn the sport. India-A call has helped her move one step closer to achieving her dream.
Amanjot Kaur captained Chandigarh in the Under-23 T20 Trophy and made 184 runs and took 10 wickets in 7 matches for her team . She is an all-rounder who idolizes Hardik Pandya.
Earlier, Kaur had represented Punjab in the Under-19 and Under-23 categories. In 2018, she was selected to play for India Green in Challenger Trophy.
Talking to Pratyush Raj of Times Of India, Kaur recollects the difficulties that she had to face when she first took up the sport. “You know the kind of society we have. When I showed interest in cricket, people used to say ladki hoke cricket khelte ho, ye ladkon ka game hai (you are a girl and playing cricket, which is a boys’ game). I used to be the only girl on the pitch. I think I became stubborn while playing with the boys”, she admits.
Family support is something which was constant for her. Her father, Bhupinder Singh, always backed her. “My father made sure I met all the requirements to achieve my aim. He used to accompany me to the practice ground every day. When I turned 18 last year, he gifted me a Scooty and now I travel on my own.”
Things really changed for Amanjot when she changed her coach four years ago after moving to Chandigarh. She started training under Nagesh Gupta who is a BCCI level-II cricket coach. Gupta considers Kaur as a hardworking girl. He also tells that she is very disciplined and a keen learner.