Hyderabad: She is little over five feet and aged just 12. But give a ball or bat to her, she will not yield even an inch. She is a fierce competitor on the field. Gongadi Trisha at 12 is the new women’s under-19 all-rounder sensation.
The Hyderabad cricketer was the top wicket-taker with 13 victims in the recently concluded South Zone under-19 tournament in Vijayawada. She was the third highest wicket-taker in India at the end of the league stage. Bowling her fastish leg-spinners, Trisha had two four-wicket hauls and, most importantly, she was the most economical bowler. She bowled as many as 21 maidens in the five matches.
“It is nice to be the top wicket-taker of the tournament although we could not qualify for the knock-out stage,’’ said the promising Trisha, an eighth-class student of Sri Chaitanya Techno-School in East Marredpally. She is good with the bat also as she struck two half-centuries as an opener.
Veteran leg spinner Mahendra Kumar, who is guiding the women’s teams in the State, said Trisha is an exciting talent. “She is very fast through the air. She has posed problems to the batters but if she attacks more, she can take a lot more wickets. I would like her also to learn the flipper,’’ said Kumar.
Ananya Upendran, a member of the senior women’s team, said Trisha has a very unorthodox action. “She skids the ball. She does not bowl the conventional leg break and is very quick off the air. For her age, she is exceptional.’’
Interestingly, father Rami Reddy had decided that his daughter would be a cricketer at the age of two. “I would give a bat and she would sweep the ball. I was keen that she should take up cricket from a young age.’’
Reddy, a physical fitness trainer, said he chose cricket for his daughter for the simple reason that they were short in height, this game was best suited as other games like tennis, badminton or athletics would not give the desired results. Reddy, being employed in ITC Bhadrachalam in Kothagudem, Trisha represented Khammam in inter-district tournament at the age of seven years. She went on to represent the Hyderabad under-16 team for South Zone championship from 2014. She was the highest scorer in South Zone in 2016 and she also took part in the BCCI women’s under-23 South Zone tournament.
In fact, Reddy shifted to Hyderabad to further his daughter’s career. “As there was not much of competition or matches in Kothagudem, we moved over to Hyderabad as it would help Trisha to become a better cricketer.’’
She was enrolled in St John’s cricket academy in Marredpally. Such is the passion of father Reddy that he reels out the number of the overs his daughter bowls in the season. “In Hyderabad, she gets to play against the boys. That helps her improve her game. She gets to bat against good bowlers and bowls to a much stronger batsmen,’’ he said.
Her father also ensures that Trisha took all the fitness drills to make a fierce cricketer on the field.
As she practises in St John’s Cricket Academy, she gets the opportunity to bowl to Indian captain Mithali Raj. “It is always challenging to bowl to a batter like Mithali. I love it. I even bowled to the Indian women’s team members,’’ said Trisha.
Trisha is just 12 but dreams to play for India. “My goal is to represent the country.’’ Her father echoes in: “My ultimate dream is she should don the India colours. The next few years are very crucial but we are on the right track,’’ said Reddy.