Shara blue, the 24-year-old cricketer, is the face of Indian cricket and, in her own words, “has the biggest smile on her face.”
Born in Madhya Pradesh, she was the daughter of a prominent lawyer and an award-winning actress.
Her parents divorced when she was nine, and her mother gave birth to her first son, Rahul, who grew up to become a cricketers’ star.
Shara moved to New York in 1992, where she joined the elite Big Apple of New York, where her father worked as an agent.
She then joined the New York City FC (NYCFC), where she started playing cricket.
“I had my first big tournament, and I won,” she told the New Yorker in 2003.
Her father and others from her family had a very good sense of humour, but they did not think her talent was going to translate to the big leagues.
Shara left her home town to join the New Jersey Devils in 1996, where it was clear she would not be a superstar.
“If you are going to play cricket, you need to be a good enough player to make a lot of money,” she said in the New Statesman.
“That was my ambition.”
Shara joined the US national team in 2008, where a knee injury kept her out for almost a year.
She returned to India in 2011 and went on to score 11 centuries in 30 matches.
She has played for the New England Patriots and the United States, and has become the highest paid player in India.
She has scored more than 400 Test runs, including five centuries in the Champions Trophy.
Her career took off in 2012, when she scored an unbeaten innings of 3.06 in the World T20 final.
“My dream is to score 50,000 Test runs in India,” she tells me.
She is now playing for India’s Under-19 side.
Sharia is a big-time cricket player, and she is the best-known star of the Indian team.
In 2011, she became a household name when she became India’s first woman to score a double-century in a World Cup final.
She also played a pivotal role in India’s success in the 2015 World Cup, when the team beat England, England, West Indies and Bangladesh in the group stages.
In the Champions League, she scored India’s maiden century in the final.
Sharyas popularity and her batting style have also attracted attention.
Shaya is a very confident player, who loves to talk.
I am her role model, and every time I do a press conference, she likes to come to me and say, ‘That is what I want to do, too.’
She was a very big part of the team’s success, too.
When she came back to India after the World Cup and her countrymen were celebrating, Shara was sitting on the bench and watching from the stands.
She was so nervous, she even tried to stop me from cheering for the India players.
“It was very embarrassing,” she says.
“When I was playing, my teammates would get so excited, they would try and get me to do my best in the nets.
But I was always the quiet one.
I was never really thinking about my career.”
A couple of years ago, she took a hiatus from cricket.
She then joined her husband, Rahul Blue, as an independent agent.
But her contract with the Indian players expired in September 2017.
She had just started her contract as a professional player.
“She was really depressed,” Rahul says.
“When she was going through the contract, she kept saying, ‘I don’t know what to do with myself.
I’m not the best player in my country, I’m just not.’
She didn’t know if she could go back to cricket.
She was the face, she is a celebrity.
She’s not even in a professional team.
I don’t think I am happy, but it is better than losing the World Cups and getting into a big deal.”
A year later, she has returned to cricket with the Delhi Daredevils.
Her goal is to be the highest scoring cricketeer in the country, in the best format.
“I want to make it as a Test crickety,” she explains.
“We have the best facilities in India, so I have to play in a very, very big league.
I have got to be successful.”
A month after India’s win in the first round of the Champions Cup, Sharyas name is mentioned by several people who are keen to see her play for them.
She will play for the Delhi side on January 10.