Things have been going at a rapid pace for the young Anagha Murali since she started playing cricket. Such has been her potential and performances that she finds herself in a dressing room full of international stars just five years after taking up cricket as a sport. The sixteen year old from Karnataka would be donning the Velocity purple for the Women’s T20 Challenge and would be spending quality time with the likes of Mithali Raj, Danielle Wyatt, SunéLuus and others.
Anagha’s rise to the top has beenswift. She started playing cricket just five years back when she was eleven years old. Before taking up cricket, Anagha used to play tennis and was a talented swimmer. It was her father’s friend who noticed her playing cricket and advised him to put her through formal coaching; and there has been no looking back since.
Anagha was enrolled at the Herons CC under the guidance of K. Muralidhara. Not kidding, but just two weeks into formal coaching, a 11 year old Anagha broke into the Karnataka under-16 squad.Thanks to her brilliant show here, a year later she made it into the state under-19 squad as well.
It did not take much time for Anagha to move forward, as she soon made it to the state under-23 team, Karnataka Premier League (KPL) women’s exhibition matches, Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) club league and even the list of probable for the senior Karnataka team. She was also awarded as the best bowler in under-16 and under-19 category during the KSCA award functions last year.
Just like her idol Ravindra Jadeja, Anagha too is an all-rounder who bowls left arm spin and bats a bit. At sixteen, Anagha is one of the youngest players to be named in the Women’s T20 challenge and she would be hoping to leave a mark in whatever limited opportunities she gets.
Being in the same team as the other sixteen year old, Shafali Verma,might help. It was the same tournament last year which helped Shafali grab the eyeballs of the fans and pundits alike, and she has since gone on to establish herself in the national team as well. With all the potential she has and all the promise she has shown, Anagha Murali would surely be hoping to follow the same path.