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'Rejection is my motivation'- Chamari Athapaththu on initial WPL snub

Sri Lanka skipper Chamari Athapaththu will be playing for UP Warriorz in the second season of Women's Premier League (WPL).

Rejection is my motivation- Chamari Athapaththu on initial WPL snub

Chamari Athapaththu


The Bridge Desk

Updated: 7 Feb 2024 8:14 AM GMT

Sri Lanka skipper Chamari Athapaththu on Tuesday said that she was surprised after not getting selected initially during the Women’s Premier League auction.

The captain of the 'ICC women's ODI team of the Year 2023' and Women's Big Bash League's second-highest scorer Athapaththu was not picked in the auction held here in December but was subsequently roped in by UP Warriorz after England's Lauren Bell pulled out from the WPL.

"I was not shocked, I was surprised because they didn't pick me after the auction but these things are not in my control," Athapaththu said during a virtual interaction.

"I think (about) what I can control, I don't want to take too much pressure on my shoulders because these decisions are taken by someone, some coaches, some (people in the) management," she added further.

"I always think (about) what I can control, I can control my batting and my bowling. I take these decisions in good spirits and do my best. If someone asks me, 'Are you coming?' Then I say, 'Okay, I'll come'. If someone requests, I can accept that request," said Athapaththu, who averaged nearly 70 in ODIs last year.

Athapaththu said she tends to thrive in adverse scenarios to prove the naysayers wrong.

"Rejection is some kind of motivation for me. It's good for me because sometimes I can learn and I want to show what I can do," she said.

"If someone says it can't be done, be the first to do it -- that's my philosophy. I just want to prove what I can do. I got the opportunity in WBBL (at the) last minute as a replacement player. I grabbed that opportunity with both hands," the Sri Lankan star added.

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