Sneh Rana, under-rated and under-utilised
Sneh Rana’s story is one of the best feel-good tales to come out of Indian cricket, men’s or women’s.
Rana made a comeback to International cricket against England after a gap of almost 5 years, during which she suffered from indifferent form and some fitness issues.
However, since her return, she has become instrumental to the Indian team with her ability to pick up wickets at crucial junctures and also her knack of finding the boundary while batting lower down the order when the team requires it.
On the back of her impressive performances in the five-one-day international against New Zealand in the lead-up to the World Cup, she was given the nod in the showpiece event and showed her utility once again.
It was her partnership with Pooja Vastrakar which pulled India out of trouble in the marquee clash against Pakistan, batting below number 6.
She scored an all-important half-century and became the first of the two players, alongside teammate Pooja Vastrakar to score a half-century while batting at number 6 or below on her World Cup debut.
“The pitch was slow, so we decided we would focus on strike rotation,” Rana said after India’s victory. “We told each other that knowing we are good strike-rotators, we’ll keep the scoreboard ticking and take the innings deep. Congratulations to her for winning the Woman of the Match. It was an emotional moment for me to represent India in a World Cup match after playing for so many years. Finally, the moment came. To come up with the goods when your team needs you, the value of your performance goes up, so I am feeling very proud today.”
Keeps the flag flying high
Sneh Rana did a terrific job in the Commonwealth Games as well and finished as the second-highest wicket-taker for India behind Renuka Thakur with 7 wickets from 4 games. She maintained an average of 12.42 and bowled at an economy rate of 6.21 with the best of 2 for 15.
It was her brilliant last over in the semi-final against England, which took India to the final and ensured a silver medal for the country. All rounder has inspired a lot of cricketers in India to never accept defeat and keep fighting.