WWE superstar Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson once said “Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” For 22-year-old Priya Punia, a native of Churu, Rajasthan practice, hard work and consistent performance on the domestic circuit helped her earn a maiden call-up to the Indian women’s T20 squad touring New Zealand.
According to The Times of India, it was Priya’s father Surendra Punia’s effort and support that helped the swashbuckling batswomen to achieve her dream. Surendra who was transferred from Delhi to Jaipur as an employee of Survey of India in 2016 sold his property, acquired loans, and purchased a 1.5-bigha plot of land which cost him Rs 22 lakh on the outskirts of Jaipur. He set up proper nets and a pitch so that his daughter can have a proper practice without any hiccups.
Priya who plays domestic matches for Delhi was rejected entry into a cricket academy in Jaipur for being a girl. But to fulfill his daughter’s dream of playing for the country, Surendra became a coach and mentor for his young daughter. While athletes take every possible help to ensure they get a chance to represent the country, Priya had made up her mind to make it to the national side on the basis of her performance. She even rejected a backdoor offer from a high-ranking BCCI official for a spot in the Indian women’s team.
In spite of all the struggles, Priya’s hard work and Surendra’s faith on his daughter finally paid off as she will be now heading to New Zealand for the T20 matches.