Shweta Sehrawat’s Journey: A Story of Persistence, Determination and Fearless Cricket

Shweta Sehrawat is a champion and her gritty 92* off 57 balls was nothing short of spectacular versus South Africa in the ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup. She was the skipper of the Indian team that whitewashed the New Zealand Development Team 5-0 at home in Mumbai. It was her ascendancy to captaincy that was fascinating. She was good with the India U19s A in the quadrangular series in Vizag in November and was also instrumental in the 43 she scored in the finals of the tournament averaging 55 from the four innings she batted in.

Shweta Sehrawat’s Journey: A Story of Persistence, Determination and Fearless Cricket. PC: Getty Images
Shweta Sehrawat’s Journey: A Story of Persistence, Determination, and Fearless Cricket. PC: Getty Images

Shweta Sehrawat was also captaining the India C side that ended up as runners-up in the U19 Challenger Trophy in Goa and has also led the Delhi U19 team to the semi-finals of their interstate U19 T20 Trophy. It was on the back of these performances and her prolific batting that she solidified her place in the Indian team and what is even more remarkable is how she was the vice-captain of the team in the South Africa series and, now in the World Cup.

She announced her arrival on center stage with her aggressive and fearless brand of cricket. Her journey began early in Vasant Kunj, New Delhi and with the support of her family, she was able to realize her dreams. She did her schooling at Modern School at Barakhamba Road and would accompany her sister to the coaching center and have a go at batting and engage in shadow practice that helped her hone her skills. Her innate ability to connect the ball and the guidance bt her coaches enabled her to work on her game. By the time she was 12, she took part in Delhi’s senior women’s trials and was even among the chosen 30 probables but it took more hard work and persistence to make it to the U16 team. When she scored a crucial half-century versus Haryana, it opened a lot of avenues for the youngster who played for the U19 team, and then there was no looking back. She is a huge fan of Virat Kohli and Smriti Mandhana and looks up to them for inspiration.

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Considering she is off to a fantastic start in this World Cup, India will be hoping for more of such performances and she is a talent to definitely watch out for!

I am a first year postgraduate student pursuing a MA in Media and Communication Studies at Christ University, Bengaluru. I am a podcaster, blogger and an avid cricket fan. When not glued to cricket matches, you can find me submerged in books and thinking about cricket all the time.

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