BENGALURU: It was a debut one would dream for. Priya Punia who made her ODI debut earlier this month against South Africa by scoring an unbeaten 75 to power her team to victory has signed up with Fast&Up, India’s leading sports and active nutrition brand.
The 23-year-old made a statement with her finishing skills and an impressive 83-run stand for the first-wicket. She joined an elite list of Indian women cricketers who have scored a half-century in their debut which include Mithali Raj, Veda Krishnamurthy, Anju Jain, Karuna Jain etc. For her heroics in her first ODI Priya was awarded the player of the match award. The cricketer made her international debut against New Zealand in a T20I earlier this year.
Then Jaipur-born cricketer said she was a little nervous at the beginning as there was a bit of pressure to do well. “It was my ODI debut so I was obviously a bit nervous. I was playing slowly at the start of my innings because I was taking time to get set in the middle. After my partner got out I had to maintain the run rate and I was ready to start playing my shots by then. That is what I did. I’m happy that I performed well during my debut and that I was there till the last and also that my team won. It was even better because my father was there and it was a great experience,” said Priya.
The cricketer also expressed delight on having associated with Fast&Up, “The variety of products that the brand offers addresses different issues for various athletes. The best part is it also tastes good. I hope the Fast&Up research and development team continue working on new products that will help boost recovery of athletes like us,” added Priya.
Fast&Up CEO, Vijayaraghavan Venugopal said he was excited having another upcoming talent on board. “We have always looked to support young and upcoming talent. Priya made a name for herself during her debut against South Africa scoring an unbeaten 75. I’m happy that we will be part of Priya’s journey and career as a cricketer. I look forward to this association and hope the cricketer realises all her dreams,” said Vijayaraghavan.
Fast&Up is in partnership with over 100 Indian athletes which include Indian cricketer Mayank Agarwal, India’s highest ranked table tennis player Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and footballer Iain Hume.