THE PROTEA AMONG THE THORNS.


At just seven years old, Dinesha Devnarain was barefoot on the streets of Springs, playing cricket with the boys. As she got older, Devnarain’s skills developed. So did her passion, despite expectations for her – as an Indian woman – to one day study medicine or law. The sport remained the domain of men. Even women’s teams had male coaches. It was only while watching the Women’s World Cup in South Africa in 2005 that Devnarain saw a future for herself. Three years later, her dream became reality. She joined the national women’s team as a bowler, representing the country in green and gold for five years. Her career seemed to be on an unstoppable rise. Even an injury to her lower back couldn’t impede her. But then a car accident took away her sister’s life. Devnarain was away from home, touring in India at the time. Devastated, she almost gave up cricket for good...


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