How often has bunking school given a moment you would savour for the rest of your life? Mostly it ends in you getting an earful or being grounded. But the story was slightly different with Durga, a grade six student.
Durga, a budding cricketer, had missed school and went to Mumbai's Brabourne Stadium with a cricket bat to watch Tammy Beaumont's England take on Rachael Haynes' Australia. Apart from watching the best in the business in the flesh, she also had a wish of meeting some of her heroes: Anjum Chopra, Isa Guha and Mel Jones
Sensing her enthusiasm, a Twitter user running the Women's CricZone account sent out a tweet tagging Guha, Chopra and Jones in a bid to try and fulfill Durga's wish.
— Women's CricZone (@WomensCricZone) March 23, 2018
Within minutes, cricketer-turned-commentator Jones replied saying, "We'll come to her then! Hang tight." And soon enough, Guha and Chopra went down to the stands to meet Durga, who understandly, was quite ecstatic at meeting her idols.
After the match finished, even Jones joined Durga for a hug and a photo before rushing for the post-match presentation ceremony. Jones later said, "I just met a girl here today, who I would like to think is the next Jhulan Goswami. She took the day off from school, was in her cricket whites, she had her cricket bat. She's come along because she loves her cricket and she wants to play cricket for India. And we have a saying in Australia - not just Australia but around the world - you can't be what you can't see.
"So if Jhulan Goswami didn't sit at that 1997 World Cup final at Eden Gardens, and see female cricketers in front of big crowds, in a World Cup final, she may never have have thought 'I want to do that'. She saw it and thought 'I can do that.' So for this little girl here today, hopefully it's the same kind of experience."