Kerala cricketer Minnu Mani finds herself at a remarkable juncture in life, where the wheel of fate has completed a full revolution in just a matter of months. Aged 24, this talented all-rounder's journey has been a rollercoaster of emotions. Originating from the Kurichiya tribe nestled in the picturesque landscapes of Wayanad, she has achieved two significant milestones recently. Firstly, she secured a coveted spot as the sole representative from her state in the inaugural Women's Premier League (WPL), with Delhi Capitals investing a substantial ₹30 lakh to have her on board. Secondly, basking in the glory of her accomplishments, she gracefully marked her entry into the Indian T20 team with a triumphant debut against Bangladesh merely a month ago.
“I had to face backlash from society as well as my parents when I showed interest in cricket. Until eighth standard, my parents didn’t even know I was secretly playing local matches. I was expected to study and work in the paddy fields and assist my parents in farming. Locals are so excited that someone from Wayanad is now playing for India and now they want their daughters to learn the sport like me. I have asked the local administration to grant me a small piece of land where I with the help of my sisters can build a cricket nursery so that the budding cricketers do not have to travel miles to train.” said Mani
In a heartfelt gesture, the Mananthavady Municipality situated in Wayanad district in northern Kerala has paid a special tribute to the accomplished cricketer. This recognition comes in the form of renaming a significant road junction after her. Previously identified as the Mysuru road junction, this pivotal crossing will now bear the name 'Minnu Mani Junction'. Interestingly, Minnu Mani's connection to this junction is close to her heart, as it is located a mere 3 kilometers away from her residence.
“BCCI has just changed women’s cricket in India. I come from a humble background but now I can think of buying things for my parents so that they do not have to slog. My father worked as a labourer and on paddy fields to earn a livelihood. I am happy he no longer has to do that. Now that I have played for India, I can also apply for a job in the Indian Railways.” said Mani
Part of the Indian squad gearing up for the imminent Asian Games, she stands as a prominent top-order left-handed batter while also showcasing her prowess as an impressive off-spinner. With aspirations of making her mark in the upcoming Asian Games, Mani aims to maintain her stellar performance, ultimately securing a coveted spot in India's ODI team.
"Representing India in the Asian Games will be a great honour. I hope to do well as an all-rounder. India has a star-studded batting line-up and my turn in the Indian team usually comes when six wickets are down.” Mani
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