(CNN)At just 17-years-old, Nagalakshmi has been through more than most.
Born in India, the avid cricketer grew up in care homes in Chennai after her parents felt unable to look after her and she endured a childhood void of safety and stability.
Moving between temporary houses, the teenager pined for an education but was instead faced with difficulties from the other children in care.
But now, through sport, Nagalakshmi has finally found her voice.
Representing India South, she was one of 80 young people participating in the Street Child Cricket World Cup -- an event which invited street children from across the world to take part in an international cricket tournament in the UK.
"I practiced really hard, I want to achieve something in life and I see this as a big achievement for myself," she told CNN Sport, explaining the selection process she went through in order to make the team.