If Sneh can do it, so can Sabbhineni
The way Sneh Rana made her comeback to international cricket after five years, it was an inspiration to many others.
Rana leads the way
Sneh Rana is one of the biggest success stories in Indian cricket. She made a comeback to the international side after 5 years.
Rana had been performing well for the Railways in domestic cricket but was out of favour due to injuries and indifferent form. However, she kept working on her batting and bowling and finally got a call-up for the England tour where she did quite well.
She also achieved a lot on the following tours of England and New Zealand and then was an integral part of the Indian team in the 2022 ODI World Cup and continues to do so.
Meghana follows Rana’s footsteps
Sabbhineni Meghana is another such player who made a comeback to the Indian team after a long time. She had played her first T20 match for India in November 2016 but was dropped from the side.
She was back in the Indian setup on the tour of New Zealand in 2021 and made back to back half centuries. Although she wasn’t part of India’s World Cup squad, post the showpiece event, she has been included in India XI and has been doing a fine job.
The top order batter got to play just one innings for Trailblazers in the recently concluded Women’s T20 Challenge 2022 and made a mark, making 73 runs at the strike rate of 155.73 with 7 boundaries and 4 sixes.
Sabbhineni Meghana showed that India had someone for the role of the opener in the case of an injury to Smriti Mandhana or Shafali Verma.
This is what Smriti Mandhana, Trailblazers skipper, said after the team crashed out of the competition despite the fine half century from S Meghana.
“We knew the scenario and we knew what we are gonna get, but really proud the way the batters batted. We had a good chance, but Kiran the way she batted, she just took that final dream away from us. I think somewhere I was a little sad that she was hitting against us but little happy as an Indian player that she is hitting hard and that far. It’s a sight to watch but not as an opposite captain, great things to come for her going forward in the Indian set up. The plan was to get their top-order out initially, because we knew if Shafali stays for long it will be really difficult.”