When Yastika Patia was in isolation for two weeks in Australia before the start of the one-day international series, she sent her father videos of her playing the guitar. She picked up the tool when it was locked during the second Govt wave.
On Sunday, Harish recalled a video he received on his phone.
“He sent me an old Bollywood song, ‘Papa Kethe Hey Pata Naam Kareka,'” he laughed as he described. “She has it now.”
Harish woke up at 4am, 90 minutes before Yastika played his third match for the national team. Coming out to bat in the second innings, Yasthika scored 64 off 69 balls in the most successful ODI chase of the Indian women’s team.
The win marked Australia’s world record 26 ODIs, including victories over New Zealand, South Africa and world champions England. Though the Indians have already lost the three-match series, winning the final on Sunday will give them much-needed impetus. There are one Test match and three T20 internationals next week.
Debutant Shebali Verma scored 56 off 91 runs, while Deepti Sharma and Sneha Rana scored 31 and 30 respectively. But Yastika played a key role and laid the foundation for a popular success.
In Sunday’s innings, Harish and his personal trainer Santosh Chaukule saw the end of the thousands falling at the start of makeshift nets at home. Former India wicketkeeper Kiran More helped her develop power-hitting.
More, who worked with Yastika two months before the tour of Australia, explains, “He is a complete athlete, the approach and technique are very good.” There is a long way to go, and she has played three games. This is a good start though. ”
Former national team coach WV Raman contacted Moray and asked him to meet Yastika in April.
“We did some training in her technique and power-hitting. Indian women generally need power compared to strong foreign women,” he adds. “But she was a good student, she had talent. We did the parts she wanted to work on, the hook shots, the square cut, the long beat. I told her what she wanted to do in the international arena.
She credits Harish Morin’s work for Sunday’s aggression – she crossed nine borders. At the same time, he recalled early morning sessions with his daughter when he was struck by an epidemic last year.
“The community we live in was very helpful. They moved some vehicles in the parking area to help us set up a temporary batting net,” he recalled. . The hopping is sudden and unpredictable, but the Australian pitches are like that. You need to have a quick wrist to work in those conditions. Sakule Sarin’s training sharpened her batting reflexes and then Kiran Morin’s help further polished it.
In addition to working on his batting and wicket-keeping skills, he also raised his fitness levels.
“She also had a fitness coach who would conduct early morning sessions on zoom calls,” said Rajkuvardevi Kejriwal, chairwoman of the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) women’s selection committee.
“She locks herself in her room for an hour every morning and does her fitness exercises. She does all this without having to be encouraged. She is a very self-running person. Just like how she would finish a match during the tour, go back to her room, refresh and start reading without telling anyone.” .
The young left-handed player has been an A-grade student all his life. She only had 15 days to prepare for the Class 12 board exams but got 89 percent.
It was amazing at the time, but when Harish looked back, it wasn’t unexpected.
“She’s always been interested in learning. It’s something in cricket, or something. She learned the guitar because of the second lock. During the first lock last year, she enrolled in online classes and learned the French language,” he says.
His journey in cricket began when he was five years old. She and her older sister Josita trained together and eventually played for the Baroda U-19 team. However, Josita wanted to pursue a career in medicine. Yastika was adamant about cricket.
He will lead the Under-19 and Under-23 teams before receiving a call-up to the national team. He has played in three matches for India so far, but Sunday’s record run chase is his best.
“She’s a fun character when she’s not playing. Today’s success will no doubt inspire her to do something, but I’m sure there will be some celebratory guitar sessions tonight at the Group Hotel,” Gaikwad added.