Marital Status: Unmarried
Age: 22 Years
Hometown: Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh
Some lesser known facts about Radha Yadav
- Radha Yadav is an Indian cricketer (bowler). A right-handed batsman and a slow left-arm orthodox bowler, Radha is the first female cricketer from the Gujarat cricket team to find a place in the Indian women’s cricket team.
- Radha was born prematurely in the seventh month.
- She grew up in a lower-middle-class family in Mumbai.
- Yadav was not so good in education, however, he excelled in sports since childhood. She grew up playing several sports including cricket, badminton, kabaddi and kho-kho.
- Once, when Radha was playing street cricket with her friends in the premises of her society, cricket coach Praful Naik noticed her. Impressed by his exceptional bowling and fielding skills at such a young age, Naik offered Radha to train under him. Yadav was 12 years old at that time. Talking about this incident in an interview, Radha said,
He talked to my dad to get his permission and my dad agreed. Praful sir started training me in Mumbai.
- Thereafter, he started learning the nuances of cricket from Prafulla at Shiv Seva Maidan in Borivali. Talking about his initial training days in an interview, Yadav said,
At that time, we had only 3-4 girls participating in the practice session. Initially, I’ll be using other players’ kits. I got mine only after my coach was convinced that I could play hard-ball cricket. ,
- In 2013, Radha’s coach urged her to transfer to Our Lady of Remedy High School, Kandivali West, Mumbai, as her previous school did not have an adequate playing environment.
- After accepting Our Lady of Remedy, Radha began playing cricket for her school’s cricket team. He performed brilliantly in the school level cricket tournament DSO.
- A turning point in his life came when his coach Prafulla Naik decided to shift to Vadodara with his family. At that time Radha also decided to stay in Vadodara and sought her father’s permission to do so. After her father’s approval, she moved to the city. She was only 15 years old during that time.
- In Vadodara, he attended Vidya Kunj School and also played for the school’s cricket team.
- Initially, she made a place for herself in the Indian women’s Under-19 cricket team, but she could not play any Under-19 match due to a prolonged dengue fever. After recovering from her ailments, she had crossed the age limit. After this he got a place for himself in the Mumbai Seniors team.
- Playing for Mumbai, Radha made her domestic debut on 10 January 2015. He played his first match against Kerala. She played for the Mumbai women’s team for almost a year.
- Thereafter, she represented the Baroda women’s cricket team in domestic tournaments. After taking nine wickets and scoring an unbeaten 32 in six T20Is for Baroda during a tournament, Radha made a place for herself in the Indian women’s squad for the T20 International series against South Africa in 2018. Sharing her feelings about the same in an interview, Radha said,
I always expected to achieve something in cricket. I always supported myself. My only wish was to wear the Indian jersey and sing the national anthem. So, while all this was happening, I couldn’t control my tears.”
- Yadav along with his teammates won the Vadodara International Marathon Relay (10 km) in 2016.
- On 13 February 2018, she played her first international Twenty20 match against the South African women’s team; In the match, Yadav finished with figures of 0-21.
- In the same year, she was named in the Indian squad for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tournament in the West Indies; Radha took the most wickets for India along with Poonam Yadav; Both took 8-8 wickets.
- In 2019, she represented the IPL Supernovas team in the Women’s T20 Challenge; His team won the tournament.
- On 9 November 2020, Radha played for IPL Supernovas in the Women’s T20 Challenge; Playing against the Trailblazers in the final, Radha took 5 wickets and became the first T20 player in the Women’s T20 Challenge to do so.
- Radha also plays for the Sydney Sixers, a domestic Australian team that competes in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL). He has represented Sydney Sixers in various WBBL matches in 2021 and 2022.
- She played for IPL Velocity in the 2022 Women’s T20 Challenge.
- In January 2020, Radha became a part of the Indian women’s team that played in the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia.
- Her Women’s One Day International (WODI) debut came in 2021, on 14 March, playing for India against South Africa.
- In May 2021, Radha made it to the Indian Test squad for her only match against the England women’s cricket team.
- Yadav has played many List ‘A’ matches for Team India.
- In her spare time, she likes to watch movies, dance and travel.
- A bike enthusiast, Radha loves to ride a sports bike.
- She is fond of chocolates and ice cream, however, she avoids them to keep herself fit.
- Her parents have always supported her cricket career. However, he was initially concerned about providing her coaching fee and equipment fee as his shop did not guarantee a fixed income. Talking about this, Omprakash Yadav said during an interview,
I never had any problem with Radha playing cricket, but my concern was to bear the expenses. When Sir (Naik) said that he would bear all the expenses, I did not think twice.
- In a media interaction, Yadav revealed that her father tried his best to keep her away from the financial worries that her family was facing, however, she could not remain untouched by it. Talking about the hardships his father had to go through every day in an interview, he said,
I check with my father every day to see if he has faced any problem with BMC. His response is always positive. He makes sure my cricket is unaffected by all these problems, but I know he is under a lot of stress. He wakes up at 4 a.m. to stock the shop and takes the goods back home every night.
- In an interview, Radha revealed that she first saw cricket on TV in 2011; He watched the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Regarding her ignorance about the game, she also shared that she did not know that women also play at the international level until she herself started playing domestic cricket. Yadav reveals that he came to know about popular Indian women’s cricket players like Mithali Raj And after Jhulan Goswami started playing the game. In the same interview, she shared that she initially thought that she would play with the boys, but later realized that was not possible.
- A fitness enthusiast, Radha follows a strict workout regimen to maintain her fitness.
- Radha has a Honda City car.
- She is managed by Baseline Ventures, a strategic sports marketing and talent management company.
- In an interview, talking about her early cricketing days, Radha said,
I have played tennis cricket and enjoy it a lot. Tennis cricket has helped me in my fielding. Initially started with fast bowling, but sir told me to try spin bowling. I enjoyed batting more than bowling and still do.”
- In an interview, she was asked what is her family’s reaction to her selection in the Indian women’s cricket team. He replied,
It was real. My father was shedding tears of joy and my mother was hugging me happily. You cannot describe that feeling in words. I was 12 when I started season-ball cricket, playing with India in just 5 years is nothing less than a dream.”
- Sharing the most memorable moments of her cricket career, Radha said in an interview,
I had a very special debut for India A against Bangladesh women’s team last year where I bowled 4 overs, conceded just 4 runs and took 2 wickets.
- Yadav is a good friend of Indian all-rounder Jemima Rodrigues. In an interview, while talking about her old relationship with Jemima, Radha said,
I remember playing against Jemima several times during my school days. We were opposites then, but are very good friends now. She used to play for St. Joseph’s and I was playing for Our Lady of Remedy High School, Borivali.
- Apparently, Yadav lives with a family of nine people (including his parents, his wife and elder brother with children, another brother and a sister) in a slum in a slum in Kandivali. His home is located just a short distance from MCA Sachin Tendulkar Gymkhana.
- Radha credits her success to her coach Prafulla Naik.
- During an interview, Radha’s coach Prafulla Naik while talking about her said that she had a very positive attitude towards everything. he said,
What sets Radha apart from others is her courage and positive attitude towards everything. She gives her 100 percent on the field. Apart from his bowling, I first noticed his exceptional fielding skills.
- Radha once revealed that her elder sister played better cricket than her. However, she could not make a career in it due to domestic problems.