Date of Birth9/25/1999
Place of BirthBilaspur, Madhya Pradesh
Batting StyleRight-hand Bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm medium
Bilaspur born Pooja Vastrakar got her maiden call up in the 2018 South Africa series, which included three ODIs and five T20Is. She made her ODI and T20 debut on 10th February and 13th February 2018 respectively.
In the domestic circuit, she plays for Madhya Pradesh and Central Zone. Vastrakar made her debut in major domestic cricket in a T20 match against Odisha on 9th March, 2013. She has played for Shahdol divisional cricket association.
Following her debut against South Africa, Vastrakar showed great potential through the home series against Australia. Thrown into the deep end in the absence of Jhulan Goswami, the allrounder was handed the new ball and responded quite admirably. A repeatable, strong, almost text-book action, means she sends the ball down at a fair pace and gets it to swing away from the right-hander. She is not afraid to throw in the off bouncer too – that can sometimes rear awkwardly off a length.
Through that series, it was Vastrakar’s batting that came to the fore as she scored her maiden international half-century in Baroda. It was her power-hitting that caught the eye of those watching – one of her sixes even shattering the manual scoreboard, causing the groundstaff to run for cover!
Since then though, Pooja Vastrakar has largely struggled with injuries, being ruled out for several months at a time due to ankle, knee and hamstring issues. After more than six months out of the game, she was rushed back in for the T20 World Cup in 2018 in the West Indies where she broke down during the practice games. The fast-bowler was sent back home and another long-period of rehabilitation followed.
However, after close to 10 months out of the game, she returned for India’s home series against South Africa, and unlike series in the past, has remained in the setup since.
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- March 11, 2020
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- February 1, 2020
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- January 30, 2020
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