Current Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli, in 2006, made headlines when he returned back to the field to represent the country just after the demise of his father. He reportedly came back from the game for the last rites. His dedication to his game was praised by all.
Now, Indian cricketer Priya Punia has also decided to fulfill her professional commitments just days after her mother passed away of Covid-19, reported News18.
The right-handed batter who represents the Indian women’s cricket team lost her mother on Monday following which she posted a heartfelt note in memory of her along with a series of photos with her mother and her family.
Sharing more about the tragic incident, her father Surendra told the Times Of India, “She was doing fine, but after oxygen supply disturbance, her oxygen level dropped and had to be put on ventilator support. But we couldn’t save her.”
However, just two days after her demise, Priya on Wednesday joined the team’s bio-bubble in Mumbai ahead of the England tour saying that it was her mother’s dream that she plays for the country.
The 24-year-old sports personality said that despite the tragedy she won’t miss the tour and will be leaving for the UK on June 2 after a strict 14-day quarantine.
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Revealing how he pumped up Priya to realize her dreams, her dad said, “I inspired Priya. I told her that Virat Kohli had gone to play Ranji Trophy after his father’s death. This is a very difficult time for us, but we need to be mentally strong. There will be many occasions in life when you have to fight challenges and move forward. Priya understands this and she told me that, Papa I am ready to represent India,” he added.
People online extended their condolences to Priya:
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) May 19, 2021
Please accept my heartfelt condolences @PriyaPunia6
I'm really sorry to hear about your loss. Please stay strong in these difficult times. She will always be in our hearts and our prayers.
— Punam Raut (@raut_punam) May 18, 2021
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) May 18, 2021
My deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother @PriyaPunia6 , may my prayers bring healing to your heart.
Om Shanti 🙏🏻🕉
— Reema Malhotra (@ReemaMalhotra8) May 17, 2021
The Indian women’s team will play a one-off test match, three ODIs, and three T20Is in the UK against England from June 16 to July 15.
It’s so inspiring to see sports personalities like Priya who keep the country before their personal life. More power to you, girl!