Ahead of the Women’s T20 Challenge, Poonam Yadav, India’s star leg-spinner, has opened up about life in quarantine and on her idol- the Afghanistan superstar leggie, Rashid Khan.
Poonam Yadav was the major factor in India reaching the T20 World Cup final earlier in the year in Australia. She was the inspiration in India’s come from behind victory against Australia in the opening game of the tournament by dismantling the Australian batting order with figures of 4/19. The leg-spinner in all picked up 10 wickets in five matches.
That feeling of taking a wicket is missing in life: Poonam Yadav
Poonam Yadav will be playing the Women’s T20 Challenge for the Supernovas. Yadav was earlier quarantined in Mumbai, and after flowing to the UAE, she is in another six-day quarantine.
She said it is tough to be in isolation and has been spending her time listening to music and doing some weight-lifting. The leg-spinner also talked about how excited she gets on watching her idol, Rashid Khan whenever he turns up for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. She missed the feeling of taking a wicket and celebrating with her teammates.
As per a report in Hindustan Times, Poonam Yadav said, “It is tough to be in quarantine and be all by myself. I have been listening to music, doing my exercises and lifting weights in the room.
“When I see Rashid Khan bowl for Sunrisers Hyderabad, I get so excited and feel like going to UAE and just start bowling. I want to make most of the UAE trip and just play competitive cricket. That feeling of taking a wicket and thereafter celebrating is missing in life.”
It was disappointing to lose out to get into WBBL: Poonam Yadav
Poonam Yadav is disappointed that she and her teammates will be missing out a chance to play in the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia. The WBBL was postponed due to the pandemic but is now scheduled to commence on Sunday, 25th October.
The India stars will miss out on the tournament as BCCI is c0nducting the Women’s T20 challenge in the UAE, starting 2nd November. The 29-year-old spinner was positive to earn a WBBL contract after her impressive display in the T20 World Cup.
“It was really disappointing to lose out on a chance to get into WBBL. I had a good stint in the T20 World Cup and I suppose it was the best time to bag a contract.
“Players like Harmanpreet, Smriti Mandhana, Veda Krishnamurthy have played in previous WBBL editions. It did great for their confidence and exposure. Hopefully, next season something will come my way,” said Yadav.
Supernova, Velocity, and Trailblazers, will play the Women’s T20 Challenge from November 2. The final is on November 9.