“Mere ko har sports achchha lagta hai,” said Diana Baig. “Yeh log mere ko rok lete hain, nahi toh mein har sports mein ghus jaati – volleyball, athletics.”
Loosely translated, Baig would love playing other sports too, but the Pakistan team management stops her from doing so. The innocence, though, is lost in the translation.
India beat Pakistan by 95 runs in the 2017 Women’s World Cup game in Derby on Sunday (July 2), but Baig was the toast with her all-round athleticism. She came into the team in place of Kainat Imtiaz, and immediately made an impact by trapping Smriti Mandhana with an inswinger. Her pace impressed Ian Bishop, one of the commentators, so much that he became curious about the origin of Diana’s name.
Read more – Dated: July 3, 2017