Did you know women’s cricket has been around since the 1980s? Most of us did not know that either.
Cricket, for many years, was perceived as a men’s sport. However, with the changing times, we all can see this massive rise of women in the field of cricket. Let’s look at Poonam Yadav’s journey as an example out of many.
Furthermore, India has risen in ranks in terms of women’s cricket. The country is producing exciting women prospects for the most beloved game of India. Today we will be talking about one of the really good players for the team- Poonam Yadav.
Poonam Yadav is an Indian cricketer who is in the national women’s cricket team as a leg-spin bowler.
Poonam Yadav was born on 24th August 1991 in Uttar Pradesh, India. Her father is Raghuveer Singh Yadav, a retired army officer. Her mother is Munna Devi, and she is a homemaker.
Poonam trained at the Eklavya Sports Academy. After three years, her father came in as a motivation that made her keep going after battling with certain thoughts of quitting.
Poonam Yadav was part of the Indian team to play in the 2017 Women’s World Cup, where the team lost to England. In June 2018, she entered the top five list of the women’s T20I rankings and came in third on the list. Furthermore, in October 2018, she got in India’s squad for the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tournament against the West Indies. Before the tournament, she also got into the Players To Watch list. Within the contest, she was the joint-leading wicket-taker for India, with eight dismissals in five matches. Yadav became India’s highest wicket-taker in Twenty20 Internationals in September 2018, with 57 wickets from 39 T20Is. Poonam went past Jhulan Goswami‘s tally of 56 within the first T20I against Sri Lanka. Poonam is additionally the sole front-line bowler present in every T20 match for India in 2018.
In January 2020, Poonam Yadav got in India’s squad for Australia’s 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. India reached the final but lost to the hosts, with Yadav taking 1-30 and scoring one run before losing and verifying Australia’s victory. Her best bowling performance came within the opening game against the eventual champions Australia, where she wreaked havoc with figures of 4-0-19-4.
In May 2021, she joined India’s Test squad for their one-off match against the England’s women’s cricket team. Furthermore, in January 2022, she joined India’s team for the 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand.
Leg-spinner Poonam Yadav has long puzzled international batters, mainly because she bowls achingly slowly. The Sydney surface proved to be ideally suited to her style.
She did not bowl until the 10th over, by which Australia had eased to 58-2, and proceeded to baffle the hosts with the support of wicketkeeper Bhatia.
Alyssa Healy chipped a return catch after reaching 50 with a six, but in Poonam’s following over when the whole match really turned in India’s favor.
First, Rachael Haynes ran past a googly to be stumped, then Ellyse Perry got bowled by an identical delivery for a golden duck. Poonam missed a hat-trick when Bhatia couldn’t hold on to a foothold from Jess Jonassen.
With 57 required from the last eight overs, Australia’s hopes rested on Ashleigh Gardner, but the run rate could not be controlled.
Gardner survived off a delivery being called a no-ball for bouncing twice.
The 30-year-old has played 127 matches for the national team to date. In total, she has taken 177 wickets spreading across all formats of the game.
Poonam Yadav’s contribution to the sport is all the more commendable. Her style of bowling really confuses the batter in front. As a result, a chance at the wicket is wide open.
Her cunningly slow style of bowling has a lot of victims fall for the trap and give up their wickets.
The ICC Women’s World Cup began on the 4th of March. With Poonam part of the squad along with other skillful players, there is a big chance of India lifting the World Cup trophy and bringing it home.
The whole nation’s expectations ride with the Women’s Indian cricket team to perform exceptionally in New Zealand.