They may be fierier on field, resorting to bullying often to taunt their opponents and make them commit gravest mistakes in taking steady advantage of the game. We have seen it in Pune and Mumbai against India recently.
But this bunch of Australian team has also got their share of generous side that would win hearts of many.
In such an act, a few Australian cricketers the other day had visited Yuwa, an NGO based in Ranchi, Jharkand to engage with some inspiring young girls from the poorest backgrounds to know their side of story and giving confidence and courage to them in their future life.
Yuwa is a NGO that provides a platform through team sport for young women to gain confidence to make a change in their world.
The players spent some of their valuable time ahead of the Ranchi test to hear firsthand from the girls the challenges they have faced to get to where they are now with the help of Yuwa.
The guys have been able to come out and hear the girls’ stories, which have been nothing short of inspirational, and also play a bit of soccer. We’ve heard them dance, a bit of One Direction. It’s been a lot of fun and all the guys agree it’s been inspirational. I think at times you can get caught up when you’re playing cricket that you think it’s the be all and end all in life. Not making runs or taking wickets is the most important thing. To be able to have these experiences out here, listen to these girls’ stories and also share some of your stories just shows cricket is more than a game. I think it transcends through ages and genders and cultures. So for us it’s important as Australian cricketers that we do that and continue to do it into the future. We’ll get more well-rounded cricketers on and off the field.Stephen O’Keefe, Australian spin bowler
All 81 students from the school then gathered to share their experiences in sport and how it has benefited them before engaging in some light-hearted competition between the players and the senior girls’ soccer team.The event was managed in partnership with the Australian High Commission in India.
With inputs from Cricket Australia.