Shikha Subas Pandey (born May 12, 1989) is a cricketer from India. Shikha Pandey is a right-arm medium pacer and middle-order hitter for the national cricket team, as well as an IAF air traffic control officer and Squadron Leader.
A Hardworking Life
Shikha Pandey received her education from the Central Board of Secondary Education in India. She was the first player associated with a state board to represent India when she was 15 years old.
Surekha Bhandare, a former Mumbai player and selector, saw Pandey play within months of her affiliation and introduction into the formal set-up and believed she had all the makings of a future India player. “The natural brilliance in her was difficult to ignore,” Bhandare was quoted as saying.
She took the state-wide third place in the class ten board exams and subsequently decided to concentrate more on her education. She didn’t start seriously pursuing the sport until her second year as a student in Electronics and Electrical Engineering.
Shikha Pandey had to juggle cricket and college, where she spent her mornings working out and studying. Her afternoons would entail a 12-kilometer drive to Mapusa to practise with Nitin Vernekar, a former Goa cricketer and Sports Authority of Goa instructor. This stage was critical in her development as a cricketer since she was the only girl at the boys’ facility, where she faced U-16 and U-19 guys, which sharpened her reaction speed against pace bowling.
After completing her engineering degree at Goa College of Engineering in 2010, three global firms offered her placement possibilities, but she denied all of them and decided to take a year off to focus solely on her cricketing career. She joined the Indian Air Force in July 2011 and was commissioned as an air traffic controller in June 2012. She held the rank of Squadron Leader at the time of the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.
|Full Name||Shikha Pandey|
|Date Of Birth||12 May 1989|
|International Test Debut||13 August 2014 Vs England|
|International ODI Debut||21 August 2014 Vs England|
|International T20 Debut||9 March 2014 Vs Bangladesh|
|Networth||$ 1 to 5 Million|
Shikha Pandey was chosen to play for Goa at the age of 15 in 2004. Later, at the age of 17, she was chosen to play for Goa’s Women Senior State Side during the 2007–08 domestic season. She took four wickets in the inter-state two-day Rani Jhansi Trophy event. This was also her senior women’s debut in Goa.
Thirushi Kamini, an Indian international team member, was her first wicket, a caught-and-bowled. Her three half-centuries for the Goa Under-19 side accelerated her selection into the zonal squad the following season.
Shikha Pandey played in the Board President’s XI against the visiting England and West Indies teams in 2010 and January 2011, respectively, during her year off from her engineering course. In the 2010 tour game, she also took her first “international wicket, albeit unofficially,” Charlotte Edwards. After the 2013–14 Inter-State T20 tournament season, she was chosen for India’s trip to Bangladesh. It included three friendly matches against Bangladesh. She was then chosen for the 2014 ICC Women’s World Twenty20.
Shikha showed no signs of nerves in her first debut in national colours in 2014. She dismissed Bangladesh’s wicket-keeper batter Shamima Sultana before bowling a maiden over to cap off a stellar start at Chittagong’s Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium.
Shikha Pandey made her second appearance for India and Test debut in August 2014, taking three wickets and scoring the winning runs after a gutsy 60-plus run stand with skipper Mithali Raj. India chased 183 in English conditions, and Shikha showed a lot of patience by sticking around and proving her worth. She batted for approximately 165 minutes – both innings combined – and the game not only showcased Shikha’s ability as a bowler, but also as a batter, and a pretty efficient one at that.
Pandey is the first Goan player to play for any Indian national team since Dilip Sardesai. She is also the first Goa Cricket Association-affiliated cricketer to represent India at the international level. She is the first Goan-born player to play ODIs and international T20s, and the second Goan-born player to play Test cricket, following Saredesai.
As a result, she is the only cricketer to have represented Goa at both the state and international levels. Following the T20 World Cup, she played one Test match and two One-Day Internationals (ODIs) against England. She played a key role in India’s victory over South Africa on November 26, 2014. She had three wickets and scored 59 runs.
Pandey was a member of the Indian side that advanced to the final of the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup, where they were defeated by England by nine runs. She was picked to India’s squad for the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia in January 2020. She was picked to India’s Test squad for a one-off match against the England women’s cricket team in May 2021.