She is not as tall as other players in the side, but the pocket size dynamo has bamboozled her opponent with her spin to take the Indian women’s team to victory in all three matches. Poonam Yadav has so far picked up eight wickets in four games at the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 and has led the inexperienced attack from the front in absence of veteran Jhulan Goswami who announced her retirement this year.
Standing just 4 feet 11 in height, she has so far taken 32 wickets in 22 innings at an average of 14.09 and is one of the leading wicket-takers in the world in 2018. With such a short height she has a low release point – due to which she is able to generate enormous loop in her delivery and her slow pace makes it difficult for the batsmen to play big shot against her.
The slowness of her deliveries often made established batsmen go down to their knees and make big mistakes. Her bowling deliveries, which are at the average of 50-kmph range, has made batting difficult for batters as they try to generate power behind the shot only to give away their wicket.
She also managed to make some improvisation on googly which has been her strength while bowling. Speaking to the official ICC website she said: “I used to bowl the googly too full, now my length is in control, and I can now bowl it where I want to.”
Yadav will once again have a huge role to play as India will be looking to avenge their World Cup loss to England last year.