Poonam Yadav was undoubtedly one of the finest performers at the recent T20 World Cup and came agonisingly close to inspiring India to their first World-Cup silverware.
She gained fans and admiration galore, as she dismantled Australia in the opening game of the tournament, picking up 10 wickets across the competition in total.
The leg-spinner recently ran a question and answer session on her twitter and revealed who she thinks is most likely to score a double-century in women’s cricket and which batter has been the hardest to bowl at.
Fans of the Indian national side may well have thought that Yadav would announce Shafali Verma as the most likely to achieve the double century feat. The 16 year old has been a revelation since breaking onto the scene, and at such a young age is only expected to improve.
Instead however, Yadav opted for Verma’s opening partner Smriti Mandhana. The 23 year old was named ODI player of the year by the ICC in 2018 and has accumulated almost 4000 runs in her international career to date. She boasts a ODI average of over 43 and has already scored four centuries and 30 half-centuries across all three formats.
Regarding the best player Yadav has played against, her response was emphatic. The Indian bowler chose New Zealand all-rounder Sophie Devine. The 30 year old grew up predominantly as a bowler and has amassed over 150 international wickets, but in recent years has developed her batting to such an extent that it is now arguably her stronger suit. She has scored 6 international centuries in total and will represent the Birmingham Phoenix in this year’s The Hundred if the competition goes ahead.
Poonam Yadav is not expected to compete in The Hundred, but one thing that is for sure, is that fans around the world will be queing up to watch the now infamous leg-spinner, bowl her next googly.
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