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National Sports Day: Meet DU students who are bringing glory to India

Four Delhi University students narrate their star sporting moments, juggling their dreams and studies and their aim of bringing more laurels to the country.

sports Updated: Aug 29, 2018 11:39 IST
Mahir Amir
Mahir Amir
Hindustan Times
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Four DU students talk about the pride they feel when they represent India.

It’s National Sports Day today and what better than the life stories of our youth who have made it big in their respective sports. We spoke to some students studying in Delhi University and who got admission entirely because of their talent in sports rather than academics. These students are not just the pride of their college but are also the future sporting talents of India.

‘For me both studies and cricket compliment each other’

Ayush Badoni has played for India, Under 19 cricket team. (Instagram/Ayush_Badoni1)

Ayush Badoni, BA programme 1st year Sri Venkateswara College has represented India in U-19 Cricket, says: “I started playing cricket at the age of 10.For me both studies and cricket compliment each other. My mother is a teacher and continues to guide me and help me throughout when it comes to studying. I look up to cricketer Virat Kohli. And it is my ambition to represent the country at the highest level. I have represented Delhi state in under 14,16,19. But what really got me going was when I was not selected for the U-19 world Cup. I was told that they were looking for an all-rounder and that I was mainly a batsman. I was really let down and upset but then I made sure I worked on my bowling and finally I was able to represent India U-19 against Sri Lanka. And not just that, I also took 17 wickets in my tour which was a stand out moment for me. .”

‘Want to represent India in the Basketball World Cup’

Arshpreet Singh Bhullar (R) with his father Mukhwinder Singh Bhullar. (Facebook/Arshpreet Singh Bhullar)

Arshpreet Singh Bhullar, BA Programme Hindu College who represented India in Basketball in Commonwealth Games, 2018 , says: “I started playing basketball when I was 15 years old. My experience playing basketball from last 7 years has been really good and exciting for me because I have been getting the right opportunities whenever I wanted to move onto the next chapter of basketball. It’s not that how I cope up with studies and basketball it’s that I just have to do both at all cost. Because I love playing basketball and studies are a must for everyone. My ambition is to play for the country and make our countries basketball team on the list where it has never been before. I have played the Commonwealth Games 2018 and I look forward to playing for India in the Basketball World Cup. I chose Hindu College since they were okay with me not attending classes and letting me focus on my game. I was [also] given attendance by the college whenever I attended my national camps.”

‘Our excitement was beyond bounds wearing the blue jerseys’

Shubhreet Randhawa has represented India in Asian Netball Championship 2017.

Tracing her sporting journey Shubhreet Randhawa, BA (Hons) English from Jesus and Mary College, who represented India for the Asian Netball Championship 2017. She says, “ I started playing basketball under my school coach at the age of 12. I have always been hard working and loved to set targets for myself. I was introduced to Netball in college. During my first year we played it for a month and won the inter-college. The game interested me and while in my second year I gave trials for the Senior National team made it through with consistent hard work and determination. My coach informed us that there are open trials for the Asian National Championship, I decided to go for the trials it was a long journey with many hardships.”

“ I used to attend college in the morning and then go for my trials in the evening, I was overwhelmed when I was selected for the camp but that very day I told myself I will make my place in the India team. It was April and I had my semester exams in May but I decided to take the risk. The team was declared a week before the team was supposed to leave for South Korea and it was worth everything I went through, I made it to the team. Our excitement was beyond bounds especially when we were distributed our blue jerseys with the tricolour flag. It was a difficult task to balance my studies with exams a week away with my Asian Netball Championship but where there is a will there is a way,” she adds.

‘This one injury taught me that positive and constructive approach always pays the best result’

Kushagra Rawat has represented India in Asian Age Group Championship Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 2017.

Kushagra Rawat, BA (Hons) Economics, Shri Ram College Of Commerce says that, I started swimming at the age of 9. Initially I started swimming for fun. But then eventually I took it up as my sport & started practising very hard. Swimming has become my passion. I have done well at the International level as well. I have won 7 medals in SAAC Sri Lanka in 2016 and Asian Age Group Championship Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 2017. Now, my ambition is to win gold medals in at least two Olympics. But I just don’t want to be an Olympic medallist, I also want to excel academically. I want be an economist and do my masters from London School of Economics. I joined SRCC since it’s the best college for Economics,not just in DU but all over India too, and they promote sports equally which is exactly what I was looking for as an athlete.

After winning the best swimmer award in National School Games 2016, I was offered to participate in an international swimming championship in Thailand in April 2017, and managed to win 1 gold and 1 silver medal there. After that I got my right leg fractured. Doctor advised me for two month bed rest. Due to which I was able to start my swimming training only from June. Post my injury my performance had dropped down & it was not at the level I used to be, I felt very upset and demoralized. I sought counselling from my coaches and started working towards my goals. In the National School Games Held at Delhi in November 2017, I broke three national records and was given the Best Swimmer title again. This one injury taught me that positive and constructive approach always pays the best result.

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First Published: Aug 29, 2018 11:38 IST