On Sunday, India’s left-arm spinner Radha Yadav achieved a unique feat as she surpassed Australia’s pace spearhead Megan Schutt to become the bowler with at least one wicket in 24 consecutive T20I innings. The 20-year old spin wizard broke Schutt’s record against South Africa in the second T20I which was played in Lucknow. She struck with figures of 1-25 in her four overs, picking up the crucial wicket of Lizelle Lee, who scored 70 off just 45 balls.
Yadav went past Schutt, who has at least one wicket in 23 consecutive T20I innings in the period between October 2018 and February 20. The period for consideration in the case of Yadav’s feat is from November 2018 to the present.
Yadav made her T20I debut for India in February 2018. Since then, she has featured in 36 T20Is and picked up 50 wickets at an average of 16.54 and an economy of 6.28. Being around for more than a couple of years now, she has become a vital cog in the Indian spin quartet. She has the reputation of being consistent and disciplined with her lines and lengths.
At least one wicket in consecutive innings in T20Is
25* RADHA YADAV (2018-present)
23 Megan Schutt
20 Sophie Ecclestone
Radha took her 50th T20I wicket of Lee
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) March 21, 2021
She has become a household name and has impressed cricket enthusiasts with her solid performances. Additionally, she has played a pivotal role in the success of team India in the recent past, and her exploits with the ball in the shortest format have garnered tremendous appreciation from all corners.
Last year the finger spinner also represented India in the ICC Women’s World T20 which took place in Australia. The Women in Blue ended up as the runners up losing to the hosts at the iconic MCG. During the tournament, Yadav featured in three matches and scalped six wickets, including a four-wicket haul against Sri Lanka, for which she bagged the Player of the Match.
Apart from her bowling, she is an electric fielder and has the ability to contribute with the bat as well. Her all-around skill set makes her an impact player. So far, the promising young talent has had an impressive start to her international career and is expected to do well for the Women in Blue in the coming years.
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