"She has been an example of grit and boldness from the very beginning. We have played together for close to 6-7 years and she has inspired all of us with her temperament. What happened to her is upsetting but she has indeed taken a very bold and great step by joining the team for the tour, " Babita Negi, the captain of the Delhi team that Priya represented in domestic cricket, told kkr.in.
It was Priya's mother's dream to see her play for India, and despite the unfortunate loss in the family, the top-order batter took the brave call in a bid to make her mother proud. She took to social media to share the news about her mother and penned down a heartfelt tribute for her.
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"In this hour of grief, we (and I speak on behalf of the team) stand right beside you. We have your back. Be strong, kid," wrote Mithali Raj, via Twitter.
Sthalekar, the former Australian cricketer, wrote: "Sorry to hear of your tragic loss, @PriyaPunia6 . Om Shanti."
Please accept my heartfelt condolences @PriyaPunia6— Punam Raut (@raut_punam) May 18, 2021
I'm really sorry to hear about your loss. Please stay strong in these difficult times. She will always be in our hearts and our prayers.
While Priya has already debuted in the ODIs and T20s, this might be a golden opportunity for her to don the Test jersey for the first time, as India women gear up to play a one-off Test against England from June 16 in Bristol.