Back in November, Raipur hosted the senior Women’s T20 Challenger Trophy. It was the final probability for the nation’s fringe gamers of their largest season but: the Women’s Premier League, although not introduced but, was across the nook; the sequence in opposition to Australia and the T20 World Cup had been nearer.
Though she didn’t take too many wickets, the left-arm seamer caught everybody’s eye. She regarded actually good, adequate for worldwide cricket.
“How many years have you been playing cricket?” she was requested. “10,” mentioned the 25 year-old from Hyderabad, with a wistful smile.
Four months later, at a Mumbai lodge, Anjali Sarvani was smiling broadly. She had made her worldwide debut in December, within the sequence in opposition to Australia, and was a part of the Indian squad for the T20 World Cup in South Africa. She was additionally purchased by UP Warriorz for the WPL.
“I never was as tense as I was during the auction,” she mentioned. “I desperately wanted to be part of a franchise. Money didn’t matter. I was like ‘take me for free.’” But Warriorz paid ₹55 lakhs for her. “I was excited to join Warriorz and be part of a team that had pacers like Shabnim Ismail whom I admired,” mentioned Anjali. “And I found how funny players like Alyssa Healy and Sophie Ecclestone were off the field.”
Recalling the years she toiled away with out recognition, she admitted that she was left questioning what to do. “I wasn’t willing to give up. When my parents wondered if I had made the wrong career choice, I tried to convince them I hadn’t.”
Anjali was an athlete earlier than switching to cricket. “I was a sprinter and long-jumper and had participated in the Nationals. I was planning a career in athletics but my father encouraged me to play cricket.” She is glad she listened to him.