Good Sports: FOURTEEN-YEAR-OLD PHENOM
The United States national women’s cricket team recently won a three-match series against Canada, thanks partly to a 14-year-old bowler of Indian descent.
Lisa Ramjit, an eighth grader at Northwest Middle School in Taneytown, Maryland, started playing cricket at age 7, taking up a sport that both her parents, Satnarine and Liloutie, played in their native Guyana.
Lisa bowled in the first match against Canada and took five wickets in 11 overs, including the first international T20 wicket in the team’s cricket history. At the end of August, she will travel with the national team to Scotland to compete in the T20 World Cup qualifier, facing Bangladesh, Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, Thailand, and Zimbabwe. The top two teams will qualify for the 2020 World Cup in Australia.
“I’m just trying to make the most out of it and enjoy the experience,” Lisa told the Baltimore Sun. “I know not many people get to experience this and get to go out of the country and represent the country and play against other nations and compete.”
Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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