It cannot be stressed enough when one says, Women’s cricket is increasing in popularity. Women’s cricket has been around since the 1980s, and not many people know about it.
Moreover, cricket has always been perceived as a men’s sport only in the past. So, the women making a huge dent in the sport is a matter of pride. Moreover, it shows the progress the society, let alone women, have made in today’s time to put on a show and battle it out on the pitch for the pride of the country.
Today we will be talking about one of the proud women cricketers from India- Punam Raut.
Poonam Raut is an Indian cricketer playing for the Indian women’s cricket national team.
Punam Raut set a record opening partnership of 320 runs with Deepti Sharma, contributing 109, on 15 May 2017, in an ODI versus Ireland. This beat both the women’s record for batting partnerships in cricket of 229 and, therefore, the standing men’s record in ODIs of 286 by the batters from Sri Lanka.
Poonam Raut was a part of the Indian team to reach till the final of the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup, where the team lost to England by nine runs.
In May 2021, she was in India’s Test squad for their one-off match against the England women’s cricket team.
In all of her career to date, she has played 112 matches in total for the Indian national team. She has scored a total of 3,282, spreading across all the formats of the game.
World Cup Disappointment
Punam Raut has a century and two half-centuries to her name within the six ODIs that she played in 2021. Right-handed batter Raut stated herself as “extremely disappointed” to be overlooked of India’s squad for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 in New Zealand. BCCI announced the 15-member India women’s squad for the ODI World Cup on Thursday, but there was no place for the likes of Punam Raut, Jemimah Rodrigues, and Shikha Pandey. Hours after the announcement, Raut took to Twitter to precise her disappointments.
Calling herself a “consistent run-scorer,” Raut said it had been “disheartening” to be overlooked of the planet Cup squad “even after performing.”
Punam Raut is known for her composure at the highest of the order. She showed stellar form within the home series against South Africa last year in March. Moreover, she batted at No.3 therein series and hit two fifties and a century. She also featured in the historic match game in Australia last year.
“Having been amongst the experienced batsmen and a consistent run-scorer for India. I’m extremely disappointed at not being a part of the World Cup squad. In 2021, I averaged 73.75, scoring 295 runs, which included a hundred and two half-centuries in the six ODI games that I played. “It is very disheartening to be continuously left out even after performing,” Raut stated on Twitter.
Punam Raut, although, did not forget to extend her wishes to the captain and all her team members.
Indian Squad for the World Cup
Mithali Raj (C), Harmanpreet Kaur (VC), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia, Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh (wicket-keeper), Sneh Rana, Jhulan Goswami, Pooja Vastrakar, Meghna Singh, Renuka Singh Thakur, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Rajeshwari Gayakwad, and Poonam Yadav.
Reserves: Sabbhineni Meghana, Ekta Bisht, Simran Dil Bahadur.
Punam Raut is an overall crucial batter. She did not get to be a part of the final squad for the ICC Women’s World Cup. However, this motivates her to perform even better and get the spot next time.
Whatever the case, the whole nation is rooting for the women’s team to succeed. Everyone has full faith in the ladies to bring the Cup home.