Poonam Yadav, India women’s premier legspinner, considers it will be tough to come from weeks of physical inactivity and restart playing at peak strength after the pandemic-induced hiatus. Yadav last played cricket earlier this season in March, when India lost to Australia by 85 runs at the women’s T20 World Cup final at the MCG.
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India were originally scheduled to tour England in June, but it had been pushed back to September due to covid-19, and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) then planned to turn it to some tri-series together with South Africa since the third group. But, India pulled from this tour before this week due to the growing threat posed by the pandemic.
“If you turn up in the floor after four-five months, then it is going to be rather tricky to execute immediately for many gamers,” Yadav told PTI. “But we’re keeping ourselves healthy and when we’re permitted to resume group coaching, we should return to full fitness 20-25 days”
The men’s T20 World Cup which has been scheduled for October-November this season is already postponed to next year, and a decision on the next year’s Women’s ODI World Cup in New Zealand is going to be made shortly, based on Greg Barclay, chairman of New Zealand Cricket.
“This is a huge challenge,” Yadav said of this doubt around global fixtures after the pandemic. “I’ve been bowling here however it’s wholly different at a competitive atmosphere. We played in March and there’s still no clarity within our next show.”
Thus, what’s Yadav been around in her house in Agra during that time?
“There are lots of things I’ve done in this stage I did not have time to get,” she explained. “Spending time with family, watching TV (mostly Mahabharat and Ramayan – Indian mythologies). I am able to cook today, my mom always wanted me to understand that. I had never cooked anything besides chai (tea) and Maggi (instant noodles) but as a result of the lockdown.
“I always wanted to ride a bullet however that I wasn’t having the ability to learn using the program I had. There was this anxiety too: what should I buy injured?So I never utilized to test it, but I have learnt this, as a result of my brother”
Yadav had a memorable T20 World Cup in Australia, where she emerged as India’s greatest wicket-taker, together with ten strikes in five matches in a mean of all 11. 90 and market rate . 95. On the larger grounds down beneath, she proved especially tricky to get off with her loopy legbreaks and wrong’uns. She’s currently seeking to include more variants for her repertoire and get all set for the ODI World Cup when it moves forward.
“that I intend to begin working on several variants like working on a flipper and topspinner,” Yadav said. “Flipper is considerably harder and it’ll take me three-four weeks to perfect the chunk ”