Sikkim’s Dikcha selected for U-19 Women’s One-Day Challenger Trophy

Summit Report

Gangtok, 24 Oct:

Sikkim’s Dikcha Gurung has been selected for the U-19 Women’s One day Challengers Trophy 2021-22 scheduled to be played from 25 October to 07 November at Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Dikcha’s talent was noticed at the U-19 Women’s One day Trophy held in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, recently in which Sikkim topped the plate division winning all its five matches.

A Sikkim Cricket Association [SICA] press release details that Dikcha scalped 11 wickets at the tournament, making her the 12th highest wicket taker, the 5th most miserly bowler [counted in maiden overs bowled] and is ranked sixth in the number of dot balls bowled in the tournament.

15-year-old Dikcha is the daughter of Laxmi Sunwar and Feroz Gurung from Middle Chuba in South Sikkim. A class X student at Chuba Secondary School, she was selected for the Sikkim U-19 Women’s team in the 2019-20 season.

She was coached and mentored by SB Bhutia, the headmaster of Chuba Secondary School, who, apart from being a cricket enthusiast, is also a Level ‘O’ Coach of SICA and has coached and mentored eleven players, of whom six have made it to the Sikkim U-19 Women’s team.

“As a coach and mentor, it gives me immense pleasure and satisfaction with her achievement. I would like to extend thanks to everyone involved in her success, especially SICA for nurturing her and letting her believe that with hard work, dedication and determination anything can be achieved. I wish her the best for upcoming matches and her life ahead,” Mr Bhutia has conveyed.

Likewise, on her achievements, Dikcha said, “I am very happy to be selected in the U-19 women’s One day Challengers trophy after so much hard work and my dedication. I am very grateful to my SICA family, my headmaster Samabdup sir, my team support staff and all the relatives of my village who helped me to reach this level. I’ll try my best to play better, I will stay disciplined and will make my Sikkim Proud.”

Dr Atul Gaikwad adds, “Her selection was no surprise to us as she is the most valuable player of our team. In all matches, she gave the required start by not only taking wickets but also being so economical. Along with her bowling she also displayed skills of a mature batter. She is truly an inspiring and big asset for team SICA.”

Similarly, SICA president, Lobzang G Tenzing, expressed, “It is immensely gratifying to see talent emerge from remote corners of the state. I give a lot of credit to the many outreach programs of SICA over the last few years and Talent like Dikcha has been unearthed. She got ‘Emerging player of the tournament’ award in SICA Women’s cricket tournament in 2020. Dikcha Gurung’s Story is inspirational and the children of Sikkim must get enthused by such success. SICA recognises and supports talents from all corners of Sikkim.”