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We miss you dad, say Rajeshwari Gayakwad's sisters
BIPIN DANI
MUMBAI, July 16: Rajeshwari Gayakwad's family members in Bijapur (Karnataka) and Bangalore have the biggest regret that the best performance of their 26-year-old Indian spinner was not witnessed by the head of the family.

Shivanand Gayakwad, the father of Rajeshwari, is no more. "Her dad was a force behind our children's sporing career. Sadly he did not live to watch her best performance yesterday", Rajeshwari's mother (Savithri), speaking exclusively from her Bijapur home, where she watched the match with her two sons (Kashinath and Vishwanath), said.

Rajeshwari, with her slow left-arm orthodox spin bowling, mesmerized the New Zealand batsmen and grabbed five wickets in her maiden match on tour and the Women's World Cup.

Interestingly, Gayakwad family's all siblings are sports persons. The youngest daughter (Rameshwaei) is a State level cricketer in Karnataka and has also played India Green. Cricket was not Rajeshwaei's first favorite sport because she was initially an accomplished javelin and discuss thrower and also a volleyball player.

The eldest married daughter Bhuvaneshwari is a hockey player and one of the brothers (Vishwanath) is a badminton and Volley ball player while the other is a tabla artist.

"Shivanand had a massive heart-attack while watching the IPL match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium just few years ago. He had two of our daughters-Rajeshwari and Rameshwari-with him. He would have been over-joyed with her performance on Saturday", the mother added.

"It is unfortunate that our dad was not there to watch this match. Our father though not there, his best wishes and blessings are with us", both sisters, speaking from Bangalore, said.

Rajeshwari's mentor and coach, Basavraj Ijeri believes that the captain Mithali Raj, who scored a century and also became the Player of the match could have shared the award with Rajeshwari.

"This was Rajeshwari's first match in the World Cup and it was a very crucial match for India. Had we lost it, we would have been out of the tourament. Mithali, being a senior most member could have shared the award and thus boosted the morale of the girl", he said.

"It is a proud moment for all of us and we are happy", the brother Kashinath, said. "It is an ICC tournament and even if my sister has not bagged the best player of the match award we are happy because we won the match and stayed in the tourament", the brother Kashinath said.


News Updated at : Monday, July 17, 2017
 
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