Age: 23 Years
Date of Birth: 25/09/1999
Some lesser known facts about Pooja Vastrakar
- Pooja Vastrakar is an Indian cricketer, a bowling all-rounder in the national women’s cricket team.
- Reportedly, Pooja was lured to play cricket by a group of boys from her locality in Shahdol. In an interview, she said,
I was a good street cricketer, so I requested my sister to help me get into the academy. She went around town to find one, but came back to say that none of them trained girls. So I stopped thinking about it.”
- She was good at street cricket but was rarely given a chance to bat. In an interview, she said,
I get only a couple of overs, and I do something amazing in that couple of overs (I will get only one or two overs but I will do something amazing in them)
- He decided to use the on-ground facilities of one of the nearby cricket academies with the children in his area, which lay unusable in the morning, to play cricket without worrying about breaking windows or losing balls. This happened when Pooja was introduced to her coach Ashutosh Srivastava.
- In an interview, Vastrakar said,
We used to play 4 overs. Luckily, one day when it was my turn to bat, I hit some sixes, a man saw me. He came and asked me if I was interested in joining the academy and took me to Ashutosh Srivastava, who has been my coach since then.
- Srivastava noticed his natural talent and began training him at his own academy, the Gulmohar Cricket Academy, which was an all-boys facility.
- Since Vastrakar was the only girl who had trained at Srivastava’s academy, all her training took place with the boys.
- Unfortunately, Vastrakar’s mother died just after Pooja joined the academy. She was only 10 years old and the demise of her mother devastated her to such an extent that she stopped attending her cricket training sessions at the academy.
- Later, when her coach realized her absence for a long time, she approached Pooja’s family to check on her. Upon hearing the news about Pooja’s mother, she asked Pooja’s sisters to convince her to join the academy, to which she was obliged.
- Shahdol had not been made into a division yet, so initially, Pooja played for Madhya Pradesh and the neighboring Rewa division in the Central Zone.
- By the age of 14, he was selected for the senior cricket team of Madhya Pradesh.
- He made his major domestic debut on 9 March 2013 in a Twenty20 match against Odisha.
- When Vastrakar started his cricket training, he was inclined towards batting; However, she gradually became a bowling all-rounder. In an interview, she revealed,
When I came to the MP team, they asked the batsmen to line up on one side and the bowlers on the other side. Obviously, I went and stood among the batsmen. At that point, I injured my left ring finger by jamming it into the door hinge, so I couldn’t bat for a couple of days. The coach there asked if I could bowl as well, when I raised my hand for the first time. Bass Bangai Bowling All-rounder (This is how I became a bowling all-rounder).
- At the age of 15, she became a part of India Green Women Squad.
- In 2016, Pooja suffered a lower back injury due to prolonged neglect on her part, which left her out of contention for a place in the squad for India’s tour of Australia.
- Later, he sprained his ankle just before the home series against Sri Lanka, jeopardizing his chances of a national call-up.
- She had twisted her knee while fielding during a senior women’s home one-day match between Madhya Pradesh and Punjab. She had to undergo knee surgery which further deferred her national call-up.
- To deal with the unpleasant situation of his injury, he watched motivational videos of the speaker, Sandeep Maheshwari, and Olympian on YouTube and Facebook. Pooja’s coach Ashutosh Srivastava also testified that Pooja had a strong belief in herself and the will power to overcome all odds and pursue a career in the national cricket team. In an interview he said,
Pooja was confident that she would do all this. When she returned home after 15-20 days of rest and her rehab, her zeal to make it to the Indian team got stronger.
- After recovering, Vastrakar noticed a change in his speed from 105 kmph to 110 kmph or more.
- In October 2018, she was named in India’s squad for the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tournament in the West Indies, but was ruled out due to injury in a warm-up match.
- The 2018 Challenger Trophy turned out to be an important step in his career as it became the basis for his selection in the squad for the tour of South Africa as well as he was handed a central contract based on only six international appearances.
- In January 2020, she was named in India’s squad for the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia.
- After the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia, she was named in India’s Test squad for their only match against the England women’s cricket team in May 2021.
- In January 2022, she was named in India’s squad for the 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand.
- She made headlines when she grabbed 4 wickets in IND Women vs NZ Women in Hamilton at the ICC Women’s World Cup on March 10, 2022. To add to her achievement, she dismissed New Zealand’s Suzy Bates with her one-handed throw.
- Later in the tournament, he hit a huge six of 81m.
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- He is often told by his teammates that he and Hardik Pandya have a similar way of picking up and launching the ball.
- In an interview he explained the reason Mithali Raj He is called Bablu. He said,
Hardik Pandya recently dyed his hair blue, hence Mithu Di (Mithali Raj) nicknamed him ‘Bablu/Bablu’. And, then, he started calling me the same because he calls me Chhota Hardik Pandya (because he calls me Junior Hardik Pandya). ,
- India’s fielding coach Biju George called Pooja Babulal. He explained his reason behind this in an interview and said,
Have you seen the video of dogs barking at lions? That’s Babulal. Pooja reminds me of a boy who was completely skin and bones, but at the same time, everyone fought. ,
- According to media reports, Pooja used to play cricket with a laundry stick or wooden strap during her childhood, when she had limited resources and did not have access to a bat.
- Recalling an incident from the NCA Under-19 camp that she attended in 2015, Pooja revealed in an interview,
When I went to the NCA in 2015 for the Under-19 camp, the wicket was pretty green in the end. I read two months ago that [Suresh] Raina was struggling against bouncers, and should have been in the NCA to work on that. I wondered if it was the same wicket where he improved his game against the bouncers. The ball was going up nicely, so I thought, ‘Okay, let me try a bouncer here’. Then I started bowling on flat wickets as well. In home games, I started bowling one off the first or second ball almost every over. ,
- Vastrakar considers the cricketer, Jhulan Goswami His role model. In an interview, she said,
But as a female cricketer, Jhulu Di (Jhulan Goswami) has been a role model. I have seen him from the beginning, have read about him; He is such a consistent bowler. She supports me a lot and tells me, ‘That’s how you should use the non-bowling arm. If you try, you can increase your speed to 120-125 kmph. You have to follow them and become like them.
- In May 2022, Pooja appeared as a guest along with her colleagues from the cricket team. Kapil SharmaThe talk show of The Kapil Sharma Show, which airs on Sony TV.
- Reportedly, Pooja contributed a huge amount from her income to her sister’s wedding and also helped her father to support his family financially.
- In an interview, Pooja revealed that she used to earn Rs 1200 per home match for U19 games. She said that she collected around Rs 15,000 to buy an English willow bat, Rs 4500 to buy a pair of studs and Rs 1,200 to buy a pair of studs as there was no sponsorship at the start of her career. She never asked her father to buy her cricket equipment as she did not want to bear the burden of all the expenses.
- Having mastered the bowling part of the game, Pooja showed her batting prowess in various matches. In an interview, she expressed that she aspires to be an all-rounder. He said,
I want to be known as an all-rounder who excels in all three departments. When people talk about me as an all-rounder, I want them to say, “Everything comes to Pooja, and well comes.”