India’s key bowler, leg-spinner Poonam Yadav has been in swashbuckling form throughout the Women’s T20 World Cup where she took nine wickets and helped India reach to Sunday’s Final against Australia. But it all started with a rebuke from captain Harmapreet Kaur after she was hit for six by Australia’s Alyssa Healy from her fourth ball in the tournament opener. She dismissed the opener in the very next ball and hasn’t looked back since then. Poonam Yadav has troubled almost every batter with her leg-spin and googly.
“Harmanpreet has been of immense support,” said Poonam.
“When I got hit for a six in the first over, she came to me and said, ‘Poonam, you’re one of the most experienced players in the team, and we expect better of you.’ So, that kind of stirred something within me. I told myself if my captain has that much faith in me, I should be able to make a comeback,” added the leggie.
Later in that nail-biting opener at Sydney Showground, Poonam Yadav came near to the third hat-trick in Women’s T20 World Cup history, removing Rachael Haynes and Ellyse Perry before Jess Jonassen was dropped by the wicket-keeper Taniya Bhatia. She has been India’s trump card since long who is India’s highest-ever wicket-taker in the T20 format as well. However, she was ruled out of the pre-tournament tri-series due to injury and Australia sealed the deal there.
Poonam Yadav also revealed that she spent all the time on the sidelines and keep an eye on top batters and surgically analysing their weaknesses as well and her knowledge can help to secure India’s maiden title as well. However, the pocket-size powerhouse thanked the selectors to keep faith in her. She also said that she watched a lot of videos of the Australian and the England teams and tried to find out their loopholes so that she would get an idea to dismiss them. Her preparation was so good that despite the pressure she was able to do well.