Women's T20 Challenge: Alana King, the Australia cricketer, with 'Chennai roots'

Australia all-rounder Alana King who has a connection with Chennai is looking to fulfill her Indian dreams this summer.

Alana King with her parents at the airport (Courtesy: cricket.com.au)

The Women’s T20 Challenge in India, slated to get underway from May 23 is not only fulfilling the dreams of the local cricketers but also giving a chance to overseas players to make the moment count. Australia women’s team all-rounder Alana King has one such story as has her roots back here in Chennai. The rising all-rounder won the Women’s Big Bash League with Perth Scorchers last season and later made her debut in Test cricket besides being a part of the Australian squad which lifted the World Cup. 

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Alana King and the ‘Chennai connection’

Alana has been waiting for her chance to play in India for a long time and it will now be fulfilled as she has been named in the Supernovas squad for the Women’s T20 Challenge. She is excited with the prospect as her roots belong to India. Her parents, Leroy and Sharon, belong to Chennai but they became permanent Australian citizens in 1998. 

“I’ve got Indian roots and I love having those roots,” King told cricket.com.au from Pune on Friday. “Just everything about India, I love. The culture and the food especially. I just love how I’m back here playing in India, with an Indian background. It’s pretty special. I’ve never played in India. I’ve watched a lot of cricket on TV, especially the IPL and many, many Test matches and white-ball games,” King added. “But it’s my first time playing here so I’m going to love every minute of it. I’m just loving the opportunity that I’ve got here and am very grateful that I was asked to be involved.”

Alana King can’t ‘look past Harmanpreet Kaur’ 

The Women’s T20 Challenge will feature plenty of international stars including the likes of Laura Wolvaardt, Hayley Matthews, Deandra Dottin, Sophie Ecclestone and Harmanpreet Kaur. The Indian star will be the captain of Supernovas in which Alana will be featuring. “You can’t go past Harmanpreet Kaur,” King replied when asked who she was most excited to play with. “She’s a powerhouse in the Indian team … she’s a great player. “I can’t wait to pick her brains and see how she goes about it. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Samrat Chakraborty

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