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Snigdha Paul is rising Team USA cricket star, whose talents are translating to high school softball – The Dallas Morning News

Snigdha Paul certainly stood out when she tried out for the Frisco Lebanon Trail softball team as a freshman last year.

Trying the sport for the first time, Paul was the only one not wearing a glove. That’s because she never needed one in cricket — the sport in which she is already playing on an international stage at the age of 15.

“She was catching the ball barehanded and throwing it barehanded, and it didn’t even faze her,” Lebanon Trail coach Candice Jackson said. “I walked over and said, ‘Let me get you a glove.’ That’s how we met.

“It took most of last year for her to truly understand the game.”

This story isn’t like the movie “Million Dollar Arm,” where a sports agent holds a tryout to try to find the next great baseball pitcher from a pool of cricket players in India.

But after moving from India, Paul is also trying to learn an American sport that has the same basic principles as cricket — the objective is to score the most runs, a pitcher (it’s called a bowler in cricket) throws the ball to a batter, fielders try to get outs (they are called wickets taken in cricket) and batters try to hit it out of the park (in cricket you get six runs if you hit it past the boundary on the fly).

“The ideas on how to play the game are the same, it’s just the rules are mostly different,” Paul said. “There are so many rules in softball that I still don’t know. Specifically base running, like when to advance to the next base, when not to.”

Paul’s softball teammates said the same thing about cricket when she tried unsuccessfully to recruit them to try a game that is the most popular sport in India.

“They said it was too complicated,” Paul said.

But they may want to give it another try, as cricket is expected to continue its growth in the United States and locally. Major League Cricket is scheduled to begin play in the summer of 2023 and will include a team in Grand Prairie.

The fact that softball games last for only a couple of hours was an adjustment. Paul said her youth cricket games typically take about eight hours, and there are some formats of cricket where games last several days.

Growing the game

Frisco Lebanon Trail softball player Snigdha Paul poses for a portrait wearing her Team USA cricket jersey and holding both a cricket and a softball bat on Thursday, April 21, 2022 at Lebanon Trail High School in Frisco.(Shafkat Anowar / Staff Photographer)

Paul was looking for a sport to play in high school, so she tried volleyball and tennis, and when those didn’t work out, she turned to softball, where her talents as an all-arounder in cricket (that means she bats and bowls) could help. She had to adjust to a new type of bat (cricket bats look like a paddle) and to a different style of pitching — an underhand windmill motion is used in softball, compared to cricket bowlers who run up and use an overarm delivery to bounce the ball in at very fast speeds — but Paul was …….

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Snigdha Paul certainly stood out when she tried out for the Frisco Lebanon Trail softball team as a freshman last year.

Trying the sport for the first time, Paul was the only one not wearing a glove. That’s because she never needed one in cricket — the sport in which she is already playing on an international stage at the age of 15.

“She was catching the ball barehanded and throwing it barehanded, and it didn’t even faze her,” Lebanon Trail coach Candice Jackson said. “I walked over and said, ‘Let me get you a glove.’ That’s how we met.

“It …….

Snigdha Paul certainly stood out when she tried out for the Frisco Lebanon Trail softball team as a freshman last year.

Trying the sport for the first time, Paul was the only one not wearing a glove. That’s because she never needed one in cricket — the sport in which she is already playing on an international stage at the age of 15.

“She was catching the ball barehanded and throwing it barehanded, and it didn’t even faze her,” Lebanon Trail coach Candice Jackson said. “I walked over and said, ‘Let me get you a glove.’ That’s how we met.

“It …….

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