The ace shuttler is now on the path to recovery after sustaining an ankle injury during the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
She recalls her days of picking up bamboo in forests before her coach saw her saw desire to train and gave her first weights to practice with.
The cricket legend wished everyone on the occasion of National Sports Day and urged the nation to hail the lawn bowls women's gold medal-winning team at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
As India finished fourth on the podium with an overall medal tally of 61, Malayali athletes accounted for six of them.
Satheesan pointed out that five athletes from the state were among those who made the country proud by winning medals at Birmingham.
One hopes that the SAI invests in foreign coaches to train Eldhose, Abdulla, Tejaswin, Sreeshankar and Sable so that they stand a reasonable chance of making it to the podium in the Paris Olympics.
Certainly Birmingham had plenty of reason to party having come to the Games' rescue on short notice after Durban, South Africa, was stripped of them and delivered what by almost every standard was a hugely successful event.
Zareen will next face reigning Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Troy Garton of New Zealand in the quarterfinals, where a win will secure her podium finish.
Weightlifter Bindyrani kept the promise she made to her family by securing a silver in the 55kg category on Saturday night.
The opening act marked the beginning of 11 days of sporting action in the city. More than 5000 athletes from 72 countries will compete in 280 events across 19 sports in 15 venues.