Mahika Gaur started her journey in international cricket at the incredibly young age of 12. However, this past Friday marked a historic moment in her career as she donned the England jersey for the first time. She showcased her skills in a T20I match against Sri Lanka, contributing as a talented left-arm bowler.
On this momentous occasion, Mahika notched her first international wicket by dismissing Chamari Athapaththu. It’s worth noting that had the rain not intervened, she might have added more wickets to her tally.
In the match, England took the batting initiative and posted a total of 186 runs on the board. The top scorers for England were Danielle Wyatt and Alice Capsey. As Sri Lanka attempted to chase down the target, they had reached a score of 55/3 in 6 overs when rain halted play. England ultimately secured victory by 12 runs, utilizing the DLS (Duckworth-Lewis-Stern) method.
After the game ended, Heather Knight, the captain of the England cricket team, had some really nice things to say about Mahika, who is a tall 6 feet 3 inches. She was super impressed and said, “Mahika did an outstanding job in her first match. She had to bowl towards the end because of the rain, and she did it flawlessly. Her height gives her this cool ability to make the ball swing late, which is a fantastic skill.”
Mahika really looks up to cricketers like MS Dhoni and Mitchell Starc, and she’s well on her way to becoming an awesome fast bowler herself. But she also dreams of finishing games like Mahi (MS Dhoni) does someday.
Who is Mahika Gaur?
Well, Mahika was born in Reading, a town in the southern part of England. Her journey towards becoming a professional cricket player began when she watched an IPL match in Jaipur back in 2011. This particular match featured the Rajasthan Royals and the Delhi Daredevils (now known as Delhi Capitals). During that match, an Australian spinner named Shane Warne, who played for the Royals, made a significant impression on her.
Mahika recalled, “I was practicing my bowling skills in the garden. I think my dad was surprised to see that I could bowl properly without breaking any rules. He used to be a left-arm bowler in college but didn’t get the chance to pursue a cricket career. When he saw my talent, he supported me wholeheartedly.”
Later on, when Mahika’s family relocated to Dubai, she began her training at the ICC Academy. It was there that she crossed paths with Chaya Mughal, who would go on to become the captain of the UAE cricket team. Mahika shared, “The first time I went to the ICC Academy, Chaya was training inside, and the coach, Adnan Sabri, suggested that I bowl to her. I felt nervous but bowled some easy deliveries, and she calmly defended them. She was the first person I bowled to there, and I was really impressed to learn that she was part of the UAE national team.”
Since making her debut for England, Mahika has played in 20 T20I matches, taking a total of 10 wickets. Her best performance so far has been securing 3 wickets for 21 runs.
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