14 interesting things to know about Ishant Sharma’s fiancée Pratima Singh

Indian speedster Ishant Sharma grabbed the headlines when he got engaged to his lady-love Pratima Singh in a family ceremony at Uppal Orchid in Delhi on Sunday. The couple is expected to tie the nuptial knot soon and the news has created a stir in the social media. Interestingly, Pratima is also a sports personality and a renowned basketball player in the Indian circuit. Suraj Choudhari collects 14 interesting facts about the talented basketball player. READ MORE: Rohit Sharma trolls Ishant Sharma on his engagement day

1.  Birth place: Pratima as born in Shivpur area in the pilgrimage city of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh on February 6, 1990. READ MORE: Yuvraj Singh’s unique way of wishing Father’s Day to “bad man” Yograj Singh

2.  Sporting family: Pratima hails from a family of athletes, she is the youngest of the five sisters and they are widely reckoned as ‘Basketball family of India.”

3.  Powerpuff girls? All the five sisters from Pratima’s family have represented the Indian Basketball team. Her eldest sister Priyanka is the basketball coach of National Institute of Sports whereas Divya also renders her services as a coach to the Under 16 Indian Men’s Basketball team. Interestingly, Prashanti and Akanksha are Pratima’s teammates.

4.  Basketball as her priority: Pratima started focusing solely on basketball in 2003.

5.  Position: On the basketball court, Pratima fulfils the role of a Swingman and has done a good job for every team she represented.

6.  Skipper: An enthusiastic player, Pratima created wonders in the game with her guile and talent. She was appointed as the skipper of Delhi and Indian Junior Girls Basketball teams. She did a commendable job as they captain of the side and scaled newer heights for her side.

7.  College: Pratima went to Jesus and Mary College in 2008-09.

8.  Title during her early days: Pratima won numerous ‘Best player’ titles at the University level.

9.  Fashion and modelling: Like many others, Pratima also has a keen interest in fashion and modelling. In fact, her friends in college acknowledged her as a person with a lot of style and chutzpah. She was also deemed the second Most Glamorous Sports Woman in an open online contest.

10.  Fighter: Pratima made a solid comeback when she punched above her weight to get back into rhythm after a severe knee injury in 2012. She also top scored for India in Senior National Basketball Championship in Chennai, Tamil Nadu 2011-2012.

11.  Proud moment: On international stag, Pratima scripted her name in gold when she won a gold medal in the first 3×3 FIBA Asia Championship  in Doha, Qatar in 2013.

12.  Pillar of strength: Pratima has been one of the pillars of strength of the senior women’s national team since 2010. This was also the occasion when she travelled to Guangzhou, China for her first-ever Asian Games.

13.  Disappointment: After being the top-scorer in the senior team, Pratima was excluded from the National coaching camp, and further from the William Jones Cup in 2012. This turned out to be a huge upset for her as he expressed her grief in an interview with Sportskeeda where she said, “I will train extremely hard on my own, and I hope they realize that their decision was wrong. But there’s only so much I can do, really. I am already the top scorer among the national seniors. What else do they want?”

14.  Awards and accolades: Pratima also has a Gold Medal in Diploma in Sports Coaching from Netaji Subhash National Institute of Sports in 2014-15. She received the Achievers Award from Women sports foundation of India 2013. She was also awarded the best Player in All India Intra University, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh. 

(Suraj Choudharian avid cricket follower who plays the sport at club level, is a staffer with CricLife)