Date of Birth05-01-1986
Place of BirthAbbottabad, Pakistan
Batting StyleRight-hand Bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm off break
Born in Abbottabad, Sana Mir made rapid strides in the sport, thanks to strong backing from her parents, and made her international debut for Pakistan in 2005. She began as a fast bowler, inspired by the likes of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, before a back injury – a career-threatening one that – made her switch to off-spin. This bit tells a lot about Mir the person – strong will and desire to excel at what she takes up.
Till the end of December 2008 from her debut, she was already third in the list of most wickets taken for Pakistan, picking up 18 of them. The phase also saw her win her first player of the match award – against Ireland in an ODI for a stingy spell.
With the then-captain Urooj Mumtaz signalling the intent to step down from the role, the Pakistan Cricket Board happily appointed Mir the captain in 2009. She led Pakistan in their first-ever T20I and also in the inaugural T20 World Cup that year. In her second T20I, she returned with 4/13 against Ireland, her best in the format till date. But in the World Cup, Mir could only return with two wickets and Pakistan failed to win any of their three group matches.
However, in 2010 and then in 2014, Sana Mir redeemed herself as she led Pakistan to a gold medal win in the Asian Games. In 2012, she led Pakistan to a win over India in the T20 World Cup, becoming the first Pakistan captain to defeat India in an ICC tournament. In 2015, she struck her first international half century against Sri Lanka, before following it up with a 52 against South Africa two matches later. That was the under-rated batter in Mir stepping up.
Mir also picked up a hat-trick for Pakistan against Sri Lanka in 2015, when she dismissed Ama Kanchana, Maduri Samuddika and Inoka Ranaweera off successive balls. Only earlier in the match she had yet again showed her ability with the bat, finishing with an unbeaten 48.
These are also instances of the kind of cricket Mir, the captain, taught Pakistan to play – not sobbing over the shortcomings and gutsing it out till the very end. More importantly, she taught her team to not let the opposition win easily. Take for instance Pakistan’s first-ever win against England – a T20 in 2013. They managed to hold on to a one-run win despite Arran Brindle managing to hit a six in the last over.
In 2017, Sana Mir became the first Pakistan bowler to pick up 100 ODI wickets, when she dismissed Jahanara Alam in the Women’s World Cup Qualifier. Then in the Women’s World Cup later that year, she scored a resilient fifty against New Zealand and was Pakistan’s second-highest run-scorer with 153 runs.
While after the T20 World Cup in 2016 Pakistan opted for split-captaincy with Bismah Maroof the skipper of the T20I side, the aftermath of the Women’s World Cup in 2017 saw Mir face the axe as a skipper. That perhaps brought curtains to the stint of Pakistan’s most successful captain.
In November 2017, Mir, playing under Maroof, picked up four wickets to help Pakistan win their first ODI against New Zealand after 12 attempts. Late in 2018, she moved atop the ICC rankings for bowlers in ODIs.
2019 began on a positive note for Sana Mir. She starred with the ball in the ODIs against South Africa, picking up six wickets – joint-most in the series with Masabata Klaas – and helped Pakistan tie the series. In the ensuing T20Is, she picked up four wickets. But towards the end of the year, she took a sabbatical from the sport and was eventually dropped from Pakistan’s squad for the T20 World Cup 2020.
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