Indian Women Cricketer, Challuru Prathyusha is one of the youngest members of the team. Her ideology is that consistency is the key to success. The young team player is just 23 years old. Challuru Prathyusha belongs to the state of Karnataka. She is indeed an inspiration for all the women in the world. Her career has just taken off and she has been performing really well. She is a dedicated and consistent performer both on and off the field.
Moreover, the young girl played cricket with the boys back in the day. As stated by her, MS Dhoni was the first influence on her. In addition to his leadership skills, Prathyusha is awed by his supportive nature. Furthermore, she looks up to Virat Kohli’s performance as well. She absolutely admires how these two have won so many games for the country. Not only did she become ingrained to play cricket. But also, she got the urge to prove herself to honour her country.
Challuru Prathyusha, at a youthful age of seven years, started playing cricket. She also used to go to summer camp. This camp is Herons Sports Club at NR Colony, Bangalore. In her early days, the young woman was full of energy. She never backs down from a challenge. While playing with lads in her early days, she boosted her confidence.
The lucky woman has been blessed with supportive and understanding parents. In addition to the sport of cricket, Challuru Prathyusha also fancies many other sports such as Football, Tennis, Badminton, Skating, etc. Growing up while watching a typical Indian father, Challuru Prathyusha got her goal from him. Her father used to watch cricket matches on television, which sparked her curiosity.
Challuru Prathyusha broke into Karnataka’s side. As the stepping stone, Prathyusha felt really ecstatic and excited about her work. In the year 2010, she becomes a member of Karnataka’s Under 16 squad. Moreover, it was her first experience in the field. She was super excited for her first big game.
Further ahead, Prathyusha played in the under 19 squad. She played as a pacer in the initial stages for Karnataka State Cricket Association. Later on in the year 2014, Challuru Prathyusha tried bowling leg-spin. This made her realize that she could make a greater impact this way. Therefore, her coach at Falcon sports club her to bowl leg-spin.
“I think the hardest part of being a leg spinner is consistency. If you can get better at that, you can pick wickets and be that wicket-taking bowler for your team. For this, you need to do a lot of spot bowling”, stated Challuru.
During her run in 2018, Prathyusha played in the Challenger Trophy Tournament for India Blue. The match was India Blue vs India Green. India Blue defeated the Greens by 33 runs. Moreover, it was the sixth trophy won for Indian Blues. Challaru Prathyusha picked up 4 for 23 in 6.2 overs. Nuzhat Parween, the wicketkeeper-batter, was removed by Prathyusha after 15 runs.
Rise of the Pandemic
Towards the end of the year 2019, coronavirus already started to spread around. The whole nation was under total lockdown as well. At that point in time, Challuru Prathyusha kept fulfilling her ideology. Consistency is the key to success. Meanwhile, as per the guidelines no movement was allowed. Nevertheless, she has a bowling net at her place. The practice did not stop even the games stopped. Moreover, all the Karnataka team players used to do fitness Zoom sessions. She stated in an interview that indeed it was a difficult time to stay away from the ground.
Big thanks to the Falcon sports club which enabled players to play amidst the pandemic. Amidst the pandemic, Prathyusha captained the team of Kini RR. Not only did she become the captain but also, they won the Nippon cup. It was a really good experience for her career. This was her first leading a team stacked with Indian players.
The likes of Indian players like Punam Raut, Radha Yadav, Arundhati Reddy, and Nuzhat Parween were on her side. All the players were experienced and supported Challuru Prathyusha. She acted as a true leader and listened to everybody’s advice.
Challuru Prathyusha said in an interview that one day she woke up and glanced at her phone. And the next thing she saw was a message from the Indian Cricket Team. It was a selection notification for her. Excited about the news, she informed her parents and went ahead with the game. It was an overwhelming and career-changing moment for her. Her debut was against one of the strongest competitors, South Africa. She even managed to take a wicket of well-set Anne Bosch.
Prathyusha had an energetic experience sharing the locker room with the giants. Some of them are Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, and Harmanpreet Kaur. There she learned that there are going to be ups and downs throughout. It is necessary to acknowledge the current status of the team. Upgrading the technique of playing should be in sync with the team.
To conclude, all that can be said is that Challuru Prathyusha is an upcoming star player. She is yet to achieve a lot in her career. “Definitely, I am looking forward to it. If given a chance, I will look to give my best. It will be a really good experience sharing the dressing room with many foreign players as well”, Prathyusha.