Rain couldn’t dampen Gilchrist’s date with JMC

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The girls of Je­sus and Mary Col­lege (JMC) had a ball play­ing ball with none other than for­mer Aus­tralian crick­eter Adam Gilchrist, on a rainy Mon­day morn­ing. Amid cheer and chants, Gilchrist’s team took to the lawns of the Aus­tralian High Com­mis­sion in Delhi, to bat first in a friendly six-over-a-side match with JMC’s women’s cricket team that re­cently won the first Women Cricket League in Delhi Univer­sity.

“It is a great time to be in sports, es­pe­cially when women are be­ing recog­nised more than ever around the globe,” said Gilchrist. JMC emerged win­ner in the close match that fol­lowed, with Ar­shi Choudary hit­ting three sixes dur­ing Gilchrist’s over, in­clud­ing one on the last ball. “Hit­ting a six against a le­gend like him felt amaz­ing. It’s some­thing I can flaunt,” she said. Much to her de­light, Gilchrist went on to com­pare her win­ning shot to that of MS Dhoni against Sri Lanka. “Now I know what In­dia felt win­ning against Sri Lanka,” said the crick­eter.

Je­sus and Mary Col­lege (JMC) girls dis­played great crick­et­ing tal­ent to win the match, and also im­pressed Adam Gilchrist with their pas­sion for the game. “I want the girls to con­tinue to do what they did here to­day. They clearly love the game, and are pas­sion­ate and en­er­getic,” he said.

Gilchrist, af­ter pos­ing with the JMC team for pic­tures and self­ies went on to mo­ti­vate them with his in­spir­ing words. “You have to keep re­mind­ing your­self why you chose to play. You can de­velop a great game around it, learn from your fail­ures and grow as a player — that is the beauty of a team sport,” he said.

Ragini Mal­ho­tra, coach of the JMC team, af­ter the win, said, “It is a great thing for the girls. They are the cham­pi­ons and play­ing with a cham­pion (Gilchrist) is an hon­our that would re­ally mo­ti­vate them.”

The Aus­tralian-Indian ed­u­ca­tion am­bas­sador, also talked about how sports and ed­u­ca­tion are vi­tal to the In­dia-Aus­tralia bi­lat­eral ties. Gilchrist shared, “My fam­ily was into teach­ing, and I, my­self was on the path to be­come one, be­fore cricket be­came my choice. I’m glad to have con­nected with ed­u­ca­tion through cricket again.”

PHO­TOS: AMAL KS/HT

Aditya Do­gra Gilchrist fields as girls cheer for the JMC team that won the friendly game The crick­eter ap­plauded the girls for their love for the sport, and obliged with pic­tures

PHO­TOS: AMAL KS/HT

Adam Gilchrist poses with the play­ers of the win­ning team (Left) Adam Gilchrist poses for a pic­ture; (right) Je­sus and Mary Col­lege’s cricket team cel­e­brates its win

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