Please tell us about yourself

Aakriti’s tryst with sports began when she was all of 9 years of age, and wanting to combine the love for sports with her passion for writing, she decided to combine the two and began writing for online publications at the age of 16. Utterly and entirely in love with the beautiful game of football, she has written for some leading sports websites. She also had an in-depth piece on the Olympics featured as the Cover Story for The Sunday Pioneer. Aakriti has worked with the Indian Super League as well as the International Cricket Council as a digital coordinator and is currently working as the Assistant Media Manager of the Local Organising Committee for FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, the first FIFA tournament India will host. A history graduate, she also has a deep affinity for the (academic) disciplines of humanities and is undergoing a politic and sociological awakening. Having learned Hindustani Classical Vocal music for eight years at Welham Girls’ School, Aakriti hopes not ever to be too distant from music.

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Can you tell us about your background?

Coming from a family flooded with literature aficionados, Aakriti had no trouble figuring out she she loved to read and write. Little did she know that she was a hardcore sports enthusiast as well! The cricket world cup set off a spark in her, creating in her a need to not just passively engage with the game as an audience but write about it as well. When the football fever hit India hard during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Aakriti knew that there was no going back.

What did you study?

A history major at the University of Delhi (Ramjas College) and a student who was inclined towards sociology, Aakriti put her heart and soul into sports journalism and soon landed a year-long gig with the coveted, where she worked as a part of the editorial team for around a year.

What was your career path after graduation?

Balancing life at a boarding school where the internet was a scarce luxury with a growing career in sports journalism proved to be hard work, and Aakriti didn’t want to merely write about matches from a distance anyway – it was the on-field reporting that thrilled her the most.

The emergence of the football scene in India and the ISL in particular thrilled Aakriti to bits. Now working as an editor with The Hard Tackle and freelancing with a couple of places as well, Aakriti got to attend every single Delhi match on behalf of work and get to write – from the field!