In a report published in a leading daily, Ekta's father had to sell tea to make ends meet after retiring from the Indian army. However, financial woes didn't stop Ekta from following her dreams and the family also provided full support that they could extend from their end.
"Ekta started playing cricket when she was just six. From then on, her love for the sport only grew. We were sure that she would do the country proud and she has done just that since she joined the national team in 2011," Ekta's father Kundan Singh Bisht was quoted as saying by Times of India.
Meanwhile, Ekta's mother revealed that their financila conditions improved once she made it into the Indian squad and that is when they finally shut down the team stall.
"She loved the sport so much that she started playing cricket with boys. People would come and watch because she was the only girl in a team of boys. It put a strain on our finances but we supported her fully," Tara Bisht said.
"Our finances improved after she was selected for the cricket team as sponsors started pouring in. Eventually, my husband's pension also increased and we could finally shut down the tea stall," she said.
In their third match of the World Cup, India were staring down the barrel after Pakistan restricted them to 169 in the designated 50 overs. However, Ekta (10-2-18-5) turned the match on its head and bowled a scintillating spell of spin bowling which helped India won their third match on the trot in the tournament.
Pakistan were all at sea against Ekta's arm balls. She removed Ayesha Zafar (1), Sidra Nawaz (0) and Iram Javed (0) in her first four overs to wreak havoc. All three deliveries were almost identical where the batters played for the turn but it didn't turn much after pitching. She later came back to get a couple of wickets more to help India get over the line.
First Published: July 4, 2017, 5:14 PM IST