18-year-old Indian spinner Archana Devi, who took 2 wickets in the Junior World Cup final, hails from Rathai Purwa, a village in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh. He lost his father to cancer before starting his cricket career. One day, his brother Puthirram died after being bitten by a snake while playing cricket while going to retrieve the ball he had hit.
He has overcome such repeated tragedy and poor family and has left his mark on the world cricket stage today. His growth has been attributed to the encouragement of his mother Savitri Devi, brother Rohit and the guidance of coach Kapil Pandey. Kapil Pandey’s Cricket Academy is in Kanpur. Archana does not have the facility to travel to the academy, which is 30 kilometers away from her village, every day. After that, he rented a room in Kanpur and was helped by Poonam Gupta, a school teacher, to train daily.
After the death of the father and the death of the son, Archana’s mother Savitri Devi was mocked by the villagers. If she walks down the road with her lashes branded as a witch, those who meet her will turn the other way. When Archana chose cricket, many criticized her for taking her on the wrong path. But now that Archana has reached the pinnacle of cricket, his home has been invaded by those factions.
Frequent power outages are common in Archana’s town. So can you watch the Junior World Cup final on TV in its entirety? The family was distressed. A local policeman came to know about this and arranged an inverter battery for his house. With this they enjoyed watching the final game uninterrupted. Not only the family, but the village gathered there to watch the match and celebrate the victory. This information was revealed by Archana’s brother Rohit.