Akanksha Kohli – She trusted her intuition by giving it all for cricket

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It’s important to trust your intuition, because it’s your soul speaking to you. Akanksha trusted her intuition that cricket was the sport she was meant to play. She was just 4 years old when she held a cricket bat for the first time. Her cousins and friends introduced her to the “gully” cricket format during her schooling days. “There’s a strong perception that cricket is a men’s game. Thus, I was always skeptical about pursuing the sport full-time. While at college, I played softball and football for the college team. I give full credit to Srini sir my coach from college for bringing me back to the game of cricket. He identified my potential and motivated me to give it all for cricket. I trusted his advice and made up my mind to take up cricket as my professional sport,” Akanksha says about how professional cricket started for her.

There’s a strong perception that cricket is a men’s game. Thus, I was always skeptical about pursuing the sport full-time. While at college, I played softball and football for the college team. I give full credit to Srini sir my coach from college for bringing me back to the game of cricket. He identified my potential and motivated me to give it all for cricket. I trusted his advice and made up my mind to take up cricket as my professional sport.”

Akanksha’s biggest motivation has always been her father. She picked up the craze and passion for the game, while watching her father play at corporate tournaments. Sometimes Akanksha would practice with her father and his teammates in the nets. It’s during this time that she started feeling very strongly towards the sport. “My father was an avid cricket supporter. His excitement and vigor while watching India play was contagious. I caught on to all his energy and enthusiasm from a very young age” she says about her father’s love for the game. Akanksha has deep affection for her father and is working very hard to make him proud.

My father was an avid cricket supporter. His excitement and vigor while watching India play was contagious. I caught on to all his energy and enthusiasm from a very young age.”

Akanksha has been playing for the Karnataka state team for five years now. She has also represented the South Zone twice. “Once I made up my mind to take up cricket as a professional sport, I decided to join a cricket academy for the right guidance and development. Irfan sir and Nasir sir were my coaches, who trained me with great dedication. Their training plan was rock solid that I was able to make it to the state team in my first year itself.” Akanksha is an all-rounder and her five-wicket haul against Kerala is one of her most celebrated moments.

Akanksha Kohli

Akanksha’s day starts of early in the morning with general fitness followed by cricket skill training. After her skill training she works out in the gym for strength training. She has five meals a day, which is balanced with proteins and carbohydrates. Her friends sometimes call her “Miss. Conscious” because she takes her food diet program extremely seriously. “Many people feel that playing for the women’s team is very simple – they like to think that it lacks intensity. But, I can guarantee that we put in as much effort and practice on and off the field. You cannot make it in the sporting world without fitness and a healthy diet. The good part is that there is a lot of time and investment being put into women’s cricket and there are a lot of academies that are willing to coach women the same way they coach men,” she says about her daily routine and the current scenario of the game for women.

Many people feel that playing for the women’s team is very simple – they like to think that it lacks intensity. But, I can guarantee that we put in as much effort and practice on and off the field. You cannot make it in the sporting world without fitness and a healthy diet. The good part is that there is a lot of time and investment being put into women’s cricket and there are a lot of academies that are willing to coach women the same way they coach men.”

Akanksha’s parents have been very supportive towards her decisions in life. It’s unfortunate that her father couldn’t see her achieve so much in the game, but her mother and sisters have been her strongest pillars of support. Akanksha gave up her “Nine to Five” job so that she could do complete justice to the sport. “Focus, dedication and persistence are the three areas I constantly work on to achieve my goal of playing for India. Thus, it was important for me to quit my job so that I could maximize my playing time. Yes, there have been frustrating phases where I felt like just giving up. But being a sports person all my life, I was brought up to be a fighter. Sport teaches you loyalty and commitment, and I have learnt to pick up the pieces and put them together and look forward to each day,” she says about her life as a cricketer. Akanksha’s passion has got her to the state-level, and we hope that her “Never Give Up” attitude gets her to represent team India.

9 Comments

  1. Akanksha deserves her valid spot in India team. She has the skills & passion as well as devotion to compete with the best in the world. Trust our selectors would recognise & patronise merit over all other aspects.

  2. We all r very proud of you and we know that you gona make to the Indian cricket team soon , I want to sit in the stands and shout ur name in the foreign grounds and I am getting prepared for it . We all love you and very proud of you .
    Best of luck with success and happiness.

  3. Proud of you Akanksha…May u achieve your goals n be happy always..I’m sure your persistence n hard work will make u part of Indian team ..God bless…

  4. Great going Akanksha ! Hope to see you in the Indian’s first XI women’s team soonest. Great achievement this 5 wicket haul. Pray you go from strength to strength

  5. We are very proud of you Akanksha, I always saw your passion to become a cricketer, you will succesed and we will see u soon in team India keep ur hard work as your doing now , dads blessing is always there for u ,mom and lovely sisters are there for you , we all family and friend are with you to support your passion love you dear jai hind

  6. Hey All the very best. In fact we played against each other in RCB all stars … it was really great to see you playing among men and the way your fielding and bowling was incredible … keep going and dont lose faith …

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