An inspiration born on 21st April 2000 by the name of Radha Yadav has influenced the lives of many women. From marathon wins to making a debut at a state-level cricket match. Radha Yadav has been climbing up the stairs to the level of international tournaments.
Originally belonging to the Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh, Radha’s father moved to the city of Mumbai. Her father managed to set up a vegetable stall to make the ends meet. The vegetable stall of Radha’s father was just outside the society. The society had been developed under the Slum Redevelopment Area Scheme (SRA)
Not to mention, Radha Yadav used to live in a home of 225 square feet surrounded by a huge society. And luckily that home turned out to have an open-minded father Shri Om Prakash Yadav. From the age of 12 years, Radha has been deeply into cricket. Often her father would notice her playing in the compound.
Prafful Naik, her coach, also saw her on a daily basis playing cricket with the boys in the society’s compound. He trained and groomed her skills from those days only. Afterward, Radha shifted to the city of Kandivali leaving Anandibai Damodar Kale Vidyalaya. With a fresh start, she went to Our Lady of Remedy high school. To complete her studies, Radha attended Vidya Kunj Senior Secondary School.
Talking about Radha Yadav’s career, she has been on a roll. To begin with, she started playing for the Mumbai team. Next, she moved up to Baroda in the year 2014-15. While living in Baroda, Radha played under 19 West Zone team. Senior Women’s One-Day Tournament, Senior Women’s T20 tournament, and U-23 West Zone One-Day Tournament are her achievements before making it to the big game.
Radha Yadav is a skilled player, but she needs to choose a specialty before going up the scale. She chose to be a right-handed batswoman, the same as her favorite cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. And developed a slow left-arm orthodox bowling style.
For Radha Yadav, the 13th of February 2018 was indeed a career-defining moment in her life. At the age of 17, Radha Yadav’s performance reached the master level. All that dedication, hard work, blood, and sweat paid off. She has been struggling since day one but nothing could stop her. Hence, as a result, she was able to make it to the A team.
After the selections, the first tour was to South Africa. Here she made her debut at Twenty20 International Cricket Tournament. Her game is a reflection of her love for the sport and passion for it.
Next in line was the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Tournament in West Indies. In October 2018 she was added to the Indian women’s squad. Radha went through eight dismissals in five matches during the tournament. However, she turned out to be the joint leading wicket-taker for her team.
Radha without any doubt kept her graph upwards and got selected further ahead. In January 2020, she made it to the ICC Women’s Twenty 20 World Cup Indian team. The championship tournament had been organized in Australia. Then on 9th November 2020, the Indian Women’s Cricket Team headed to the finals. The team Trail Blazers went toe to toe with Supernovas. In an outstanding and stupendous performance, she dominated the game by taking 5 wickets.
Radha made it to the Women’s One Day International Series team in February 2021. Her debut took place on 14th March 2021 in the Women’s One Day International (WODI) series against South Africa. Furthermore, she had been selected for India’s Test Squad in the month of May 2021. Additionally, Radha also displayed her skills for Sydney Sixers in the Women’s Big Bash League.