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Meet the Women in Blue before ICC T20 World Cup

Team StoryWeavers|February 14, 2020|

Are you a cricket fan? Can you identify the cricketer from the description below?

Born on January 28, 2004, this player became the youngest Indian ever to register an international half-century in T20I, breaking the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s record.

Yes! This young achiever is Indian batsman Shafali Verma

Did you know?

  • The first-ever Women’s Cricket World Cup was held in England in 1973. Interestingly, the first men’s World Cup was hosted by the same country two years later, in 1975. 
  • In 1976, the Indian Women’s Team played the first Test Match series against West Indies.
  • Mithali Raj is the youngest cricketer to score a century (114 not out) on her ODI debut. She played against Ireland in 1999 when she was just 16 years old!
  • Smriti Mandhana is actually a right-handed batsman. She turned left-handed on her father’s request who was obsessed with left-handed batsmen!
  • The current Indian Women Cricket team comprises players in the age group of 15 to 30.

The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup will begin on February 21, 2020. And our players are all set to show their true mettle and bring home the coveted trophy. Let’s take a quick look at some of the top performers who will be representing India in this World Cup.

– Meet The Women in Blue –

Harmanpreet KaurHarmanpreet Kaur

Age: 30 

Born: Moga, Punjab

ICC World Cup: Captain

An all-rounder, Harmanpreet Kaur made her debut in the Indian women’s cricket when she was just 20 years old. Harmanpreet’s high-speed striking abilities have helped team India win many matches in the past. In June 2016, Harmanpreet became the first Indian cricketer to be signed by Sydney Thunder for the Women’s Big Bash League Champions. The very next year, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports honoured her with the prestigious Arjuna Award for her outstanding performance in cricket.  

Smriti MandhanaSmriti Mandhana

Age: 23 

Born: Mumbai

ICC World cup: Vice-captain

This Mumbaikar grew up watching her father and brother play cricket for the local teams. When given an opportunity, Smriti Mandhana was quick to pick up the sport and ace it. By the age of nine, she made it to the Maharashtra under-15 team. Smriti’s first breakthrough came when she became the first Indian woman to score a double hundred (224 runs of 150 balls) while she was playing for the under-19 group in a match between Maharashtra and Gujarat state teams.

Shafali VermaShafali Verma

Age: 16

Born: Haryana 

Shafali Verma is the new teen cricket sensation known for her record-breaking scores. She was just 10 when cricket caught her attention. During the initial days, her father was her primary coach, and they trained in the backyard of their house. After joining Team India, she reached her first breakthrough when she broke her idol Sachin Tendulkar’s records, to become the youngest Indian to register an international half-century.

Deepti SharmaDeepti Sharma

Age: 22 

Born: Agra

Deepti fell in love with cricket watching her brother Sumit practice in the nets. She would keenly observe him and his friends play and practice at home. Deepti was first discovered by the national women’s team selector, Hemlata Kala, who was coaching Sumit at that time. An all-rounder, Deepti is the second-highest run-scorer in women’s cricket with 188 runs she scored against Sri Lanka. 

Honorary mention

Mitali Raj

Mitali Raj

Age: 37

Born: Jodhpur

Indian women’s cricket team would be incomplete without the mention of Mithali Raj. Considered to be one of the best cricketers, Mitali is currently leading the Indian women cricket team in the ODIs. A batting virtuoso, who joined the Indian cricket team at the age of 17, Mitali is the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket, and the only female cricketer to surpass the 6,000-run mark in women one -day internationals. She is the only captain under whom the Indian team reached the world cup finals twice.

Today, women in sports serve as role models for many youngsters. They are examples of how hard work, determination, and a yearning to fulfill the desired goals can help an individual achieve greater heights.  

Do you have any such women role models in sports? How do they inspire you? Do tell us in the comments below.

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