Diligent Dhriti getting it done

Story courtesy of College Sport Media

 

The name Dhriti means determination, patience and firmness, attributes that Dhriti Girish (Year 11) at Queen Margaret College (QMC) has in abundance.

In addition to captaining her rapidly improving First XI cricket team, Dhriti is also responsible for an initiative that’s increasing numbers and quality of experience for players in the Wellington region.

“I created a Young Leaders Programme, which focuses on supporting young women to get involved in cricket through coaching, umpiring and scoring,” Dhriti explained.

“We’re generally able to field a team, but there simply isn’t the same culture of support systems including coaching and umpiring. In Year 10 at QMC every student is involved in a Community Project to serve others in need so I decided to apply it to cricket. I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved so far”

In 2020 15 girls were nominated by their club and college coaches for their leadership potential in the inaugural program. Participants took part in an online coaching qualification course and were then guided by former White Fern Justine Dunce in a series of practicals. Participants backed this up with two self-development and leadership workshops with ex-Olympian Rower and coach mentor Tina Manker.

Dhriti’s industry saw her included in a promotional video for the 2022 World Cup starting in New Zealand next month. The film included New Zealand cricket legend Sir Richard Hadlee, former Black Fern Honey Hireme-Smiler and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. She is a part of a team of 1000 Champions from all over Aotearoa helping “make this the best Cricket World Cup ever.”

“I can’t wait for the World Cup. It’s unfortunate many events have been called off because of COVID, but I hope the World Cup can inspire many girls to play cricket. New Zealand has a really good team.”

Dhriti was born in Bangalore, India and shifted to New Zealand with her family in 2017 after her father got a promotion within the IT company he works for. Ironically she didn’t play cricket in India where passion for the sport is fervent.

“I found it really hard when I arrived in New Zealand. Bangalore is such a busy city and Wellington was so quiet. My older brother started playing cricket so I followed him into it.”

“I remember my first game at Onslow College, the coach asked ‘who can bowl?’ I was the only girl who didn’t put their hand up. I got clapped when I rolled my arm over.

“At Johnsonville I actually played in Year 5, two years down. Luckily I was coached by my Dad and the parents and coaches were so supportive. I actually got a hat-trick in one game which was my favourite moment in cricket.”

The right-handed batter and medium pace bowler has quickly matured to become regular representative selection. She is in the Wellington Development squad and well-known to Blaze selectors.

At QMC she is skipper of the First XI who are in the top of Pool 2 in the Premier I competition in 2022. At the intermediate level QMC won the 2021 Junior Shields Cup which is the Wellington Nationals qualifying tournament.

“Captaincy is tricky, but we’ve boosted our numbers in the whole school. I’m still learning and trying to build knowledge all the time.”