An experience to remember

An experience to remember

Being a cricketer’s wife is not easy, especially when your husband is travelling for most of the year. The onus of managing children and the household rests on the wife but it’s a feeling of both pride and pressure, says Suneethi Pinglay, wife of cricketer and Royal Challengers Bangalore player Subramaniam Badrinath. Suneethi and their six-year-old daughter Daksha Badrinath are travelling with Badrinath this season of IPL. And there are a lot of things Suneethi and Daksha do together when Badrinath is shuttling between practice sessions, fitness routines and team meetings.

Daksha is on her summer vacation and is glad she could accompany her father on the tour. “I am so used to seeing my father on television but I always look forward to watching him play live. I am proud of my papa,” says the little girl.

Has Daksha tried playing cricket like her father? “Yes, I have and I like bowling more than batting because while batting, you have to concentrate on the ball,” says Daksha. You wouldn’t expect a six-year-old to elucidate her thoughts so well but Daksha seems to belong to a different league. Suneethi explains, “We’ve brought her up like any other child. Even at school she doesn't talk about her father being a cricketer. She has grown up watching her father on television and sees his pictures in the papers. She’s used to it.”

Suneethi is a Maharashtrian and Badrinath is a Tamilian. Suneethi shares that when she and Subramaniam were dating, he had just begun his career and there was no IPL then.

“You learn to understand and respect your spouse's work and the pressures that come with it. There’s a lot of sacrifice invo­lved but it's worth it,” she adds. Suneethi and Daksha do a lot of things together like learning Bharatanatyam. “Daksha and I go for Bharata­natyam classes. It’s not only a motivation for Daksha but it’s a great way to stay fit,” she shares.

The duo explore the City the team is playing in during matches. “The best thing I did in Bengaluru this time is that I bought myself an Anna-Elsa (characters from the movie Frozen) T-shirt. I’ve been looking for it,” says Daksha. And Suneethi says that she usually shops for interesting knick-knacks to take back for friends and family.

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