It was a red-letter day for Vrinda Dinesh having hit the Women's Premier League (WPL) pay-dirt with a whopping Rs 1.30 crore deal with the UP Warriorz, but still the 22-year-old couldn't muster enough courage to make a video call to her mother as she knew she would be overwhelmed and emotional.
Vrinda on Saturday became the second-highest paid uncapped Indian player at the WPL auction after Kashvee Gautam, who went to Gujarat Giants for Rs 2 crore.
"I think she (mother) was in tears. I did not video call her because I knew I would see those tears. I just called her and it was a very faint voice," the Karnataka batter said on Saturday during an interaction organised by UP Warriorz.
Asked what would she do with the money, Vrinda revealed her plans: "I just knew that, you know, they were really overwhelmed... They were very happy for me. And I just want to make them proud.
"I will give my parents the car they have always dreamt of. That is my first goal right now," added Vrinda, who is currently in Raipur preparing for the Women's Under-23 T20 Trophy.
Often a huge price-tag creates a lot of pressure on players and becomes an impediment towards performance. Vrinda is not bothered though.
"This price tag, it is not something in my hands. I have just been picked and I just want to give my best. I do not think this price tag is going to make much of a difference because, at the end of the day, I am just here to play and enjoy the sport," said Vrinda.
The right-hand batter said that one of her wishes was to open the innings alongside Warriorz captain Alyssa Healy.
"To be able to play under Alyssa Healy's captaincy, having Tahlia McGrath, having Dani Wyatt, having Sophie Ecclestone... some of the greats of women's cricket...
"It's going to be surreal because I've always thought of it, but, you know, I've never imagined it happening to me. Alyssa is someone I have always looked up to," she said about the Aussie player.
With inputs from PTI