In the last few years, Indian Women’s cricket has been blessed by a few young talents coming through the ranks into the senior side. After entering into the final of 2017 Women’s ODI World Cup – Women’s cricket in India has taken their next step with Women’s IPL, matches getting televised and more importantly, building a unit for the next 10 years and here we are discussing 5 upcoming stars for India in future.
She was born on January 28th, 2004 at Rohtak. She came to the limelight through the Women’s IPL at Jaipur when she surprised the eyes of many legends in the game. She was part of the Velocity squad consisting of Danielle Wyatt, Mithali Raj, and made 34 (31) in the first match. In the T20 side, after the retirement of Mithali – there was a hole and selectors decided to give an opportunity to 16-year-old Shafali but she made a duck in her debut match and next two matches were abandoned due to rain. Then the pressure was high on her to perform and she didn’t disappointed and scored 46 runs from 33 balls including 5 fours and 2 sixes then followed by two quick starts in the next two matches of the series. In the West Indies tour, she scored 73 runs from 49 balls and become the youngest player to score a fifty by an Indian – beating the 30-year-old record off Sachin. Last February, her start was crucial for the Indian team in the World Cup and helped to get in the final. She scored 163 runs from 4 matches at an average of 32.60 and strike rate of 158.25. Fearless batting from Shafali can always put the opposition in the backseat in the first few overs and that will change the game plan – through this middle order batters can take advantage in the coming years. So it’s very important for Indians to protect the young Shafali and conquer the world.
Richa Ghosh was born on 28th September 2003. She was impressive for India B’s journey into the final during the last Challenger Trophy. She scored 25 from 26 in a slow track and 36 from 26 against India C helped her to get maiden India call for the Tri-Series and World Cup in Australia. She made her India debut in the Tri-series final against Australia – scored 17 runs and shown lots of promise but didn’t get many opportunities in World Cup and played two matches but again shown the sign of her talent so she will be looking to make use of the upcoming matches after Corona Virus and making a statement in struggling Indian middle order in the T20 format.
Taniya Bhatia was born on 28th November 1997 in Chandigarh. She is known for her glove work for the Indian team – has one of the safest hands in the Women’s Cricket. Taniya made her International debut in 2018 in both formats and has played 15 ODI and 50 T20 matches for India including one fifty. Behind the stumps with 37 catches and 52 stumpings. In the short span of her career, she is already third in the list of most stumping in the T20 format.
Radha Yadav was born on April 21st 2000. She has been one of the consistent faces in India T20 side – made her debut on 2018 against South Africa and then it has been no looking back for Radha Yadav. She has been India’s first option along with Poonam Yadav in the shortest format taking 49 wickets from 34 matches and has a streak of taking at least one wicket in the last 24 matches which is a world record in Men’s or Women’s. She has been a consistent performer in last 2 T20 World Cup with 14 wickets from 8 matches at an economy rate of 6.15.
Jemimah is born on September 5th, 2000. She came from the Mumbai school of batting where it has produced greats of the game for Indian cricket. Jemimah has solid technique to be one of the most successful top order players in ODI – many of the greats in the game have called as she will be one of the futures of Women cricket. She made her debut on 12th March 2018 and then has been a solid opener/middle order batwomen for India. She has played 16 T20 and 44 ODI matches for India – scoring 1302 runs including 9 fifties.