Australia's Ellyse Perry caused ripples early in the sporting world. She played for the national women's cricket team aged 16, becoming the youngest in her country to do so. And within two weeks, she was blocking the path of Hong Kong strikers on a football pitch as a defender for the national team.
But Perry, who took a match-winning five-wicket haul in the second ODI against India on Wednesday, had to choose between two sports that were both dear to her. And because she could not think of letting either sport go, she decided to continue playing both.
Even today, Perry cannot think of a time when she will have to make a choice. “You cannot ask me which game I would want to continue playing because I can’t choose. One day there might be a situation where I will have to play just one of the two but I want to play both till I'm fit,” says Perry, who chose to play the World T20 rather than the Asian Football Confederation Women's Asian Cup in 2010.
“I still play football as well. In fact, our domestic season had started before we got to India and I played a few games there," says Perry, who was the player of the final in the World T20. She has even hosted a television show. “I did host a football related show. It was something different I tried that was out of my comfort zone.”
The BCCI has cautioned India and Australia skippers against any repeat of their going for the toss at the Wankhede on Wednesday without the match referee being present.