Pooja Vastrakar

Pooja Vastrakar
Full name: Pooja Vastrakar
Born/Date of Birthday: 25 September 1999
Place of Birth: Shahdol, Madhya Pradesh, India
Nickname: Babulal, Babloo

Batting: Right-handed
Bowling: Right-arm medium
Role: Bowler
International information
National side: India (2018-present)
Test debut (cap 88): 16 June 2021 v England
ODI debut (cap 122): 10 February 2018 v South Africa
T20I debut (cap 57): 13 February 2018 v South Africa
Domestic team information
Madhya Pradesh Women
Central Zone Women
India Green Women

Pooja Vastrakar (born 25 September 1999) is an Indian cricketer. She plays for Madhya Pradesh and Central Zone. She has played 4 First-class, 25 List A cricket and 17 Women's Twenty20 matches. She made her debut in major domestic cricket in a Twenty20 match on 9 March 2013 against Odisha. She is professional cricketer who has played for Shahdol divisional cricket association.

Early life
Vastrakar started playing cricket near her neighbourhood along with the boys who used to play there. She later started going to the stadium and practiced net batting where the coach Ashutosh Shrivastava discovered her and started her formal training. She started off with batting and later on joining the Madhya Pradesh team, she switched to bowling. At the age of 15, she was a part of India Green Women Squad. In 2016, while Vastrakar was fielding during a senior women's domestic match, she twisted her knee. This led to her getting a surgery done for her anterior cruciate ligament tear which put her National call-up in jeopardy. Challenger Trophy, 2018 played a pivotal role in Vastrakar's selection for the South Africa tour.

Vastrakar's father is a retired employee of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). Her mother died when she was ten years old. She has four sisters and two brothers and is the youngest of the seven siblings.

International career
She made her Women's One Day International cricket (WODI) debut for India Women against South Africa Women on 10 February 2018. She made her Women's Twenty20 International cricket (WT20I) debut for India Women against South Africa Women on 13 February 2018.

In October 2018, she was named in India's squad for the 2018 ICC Women's World Twenty20 tournament in the West Indies. However, she suffered an injury during a warm-up match, and was later ruled out of the tournament. In January 2020, she was named in India's squad for the 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup in Australia.

In May 2021, she was named in India's Test squad for their one-off match against the England women's cricket team. Vastrakar made her Test debut on 16 June 2021, for India against England. In January 2022, she was named in India's team for the 2022 Women's Cricket World Cup in New Zealand.

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