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Schoolgirl goes from tears of hurt to creating one of UAE cricket’s greatest ever moments – The National

If ever anyone needed proof that cricket is a great leveller, then consider the case of Vaishnave Mahesh.

On Monday night, the spin-bowler had been sobbing inconsolably to her parents after UAE’s dream of playing at the T20 World Cup had been extinguished.

The 15-year-old’s leg-spin had met with an onslaught from Papua New Guinea’s batters, in a loss that pushed a chance of reaching the semi-finals of the Qualifier in Abu Dhabi beyond the home team’s reach.

A day later, she had been working out on the treadmill in the gym of the team hotel on Yas Island, when the runner next to her dispensed some wisdom.

Given that the words of encouragement were being offered by Mignon du Preez, who has played more than 260 times for South Africa, it meant a lot.

“I was crying after that game, in tears, but I had a lot of people who came up to me,” Vaishnave said.

“Theertha [Satish], my captain [Chaya Mughal], and even Mignon du Preez came up to me and said, ‘One bad game doesn’t define a bowler.’

“That really picked me up. Even after that, we went to the gym and she was talking to me. All three of my coaches, Murali [Sockalingham, at her academy in Dubai], GS Mukund in India, and my dad, they all gave me good encouragement.

“They just said, ‘One game doesn’t matter, you always have the next game.’ That is how I picked up confidence.”

UAE bowler Vaishnave Mahesh in action. Khushnum Bhandari / The National

Her response was immaculate. Two nights after the heartbreak against PNG, UAE were back in action.

Their task was a daunting one, against a Test-playing nation – Zimbabwe – who had beaten the national team in a T20I a week earlier in Dubai.

Despite the odds, UAE were fearless. Vaishnave was the standout as they restricted their higher-ranked opposition to 120 for seven from their 20 overs.

Her contribution with the ball was three for 15 from four overs – and that, too, takes into account going for seven off her final three deliveries.

UAE’s chase was a plucky one, built on two pillars of their batting line up, Esha Oza and Kavisha Kumari.

Kumari was at the crease in the final over when, between her and Vaishnave, the host nation required 14 to win.

Hope seemed to have vanished when they were left with 10 required from the final two balls, only for Zimbabwe to botch their lines in extraordinary fashion.

Nomvelo Sibanda fired a wide down the leg-side. Wicketkeeper Modester Mupachikwa let the ball past her. Vaishnave and Kavisha ran two – then were donated one more via a wild overthrow.

UAE batter Kavisha Kumari Edodage plays a shot. Khushnum Bhandari / The National

It left Vaishnave on strike with six to get, still with two remaining. She eked out another two from the penultimate ball, then struck the final one past the fine leg fielder and to the boundary rope.

Vaishave deemed it the “most nail-biting game” she has ever been involved in. Given she is just 15, that is only a small sample size, but even seasoned veterans would have said the same.

“That is cricket,” she said. “It is a very unpredictable game. It is a funny game, and you don’t know what is going to happen in the next match.

“It was always in my mind to try to come back stronger and be a match-winner for the team.”

Kavisha was named player of the match for her innings of 41 not out, but thought nothing of entrusting her young colleague to take strike at the end.

“I don’t think either of us thought about much except winning,” Vaishnave said.

“That was what was in our mind. It was pretty much, whatever happens, just whack the ball.

“At no point of time did I think the game had gone. I am an MS Dhoni fan, being from Chennai.

“You always take the game to the last over. Kavisha really helped me a lot from the other end, saying ‘Come on, Vaish, you can do this.’ Everything motivated me.”

Updated: September 22, 2022, 2:55 AM

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Shreyas, Umesh, Shahbaz brought into India squad for South Africa T20Is – ESPNcricinfo

Shahbaz Ahmed, the uncapped left-arm-spin-bowling allrounder, has been added to the squad too. This will be his second stint with the national team, after he had been called up earlier during the Zimbabwe ODIs in July in place of the injured Washington Sundar.

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Sanju Samson Has to Perform Big In First-Class Cricket: S Sreesanth Expects Consistency From His Former Tea – News18

Despite being one of the rising stars of the game, Sanju Samson continues to be ignored by the national selectors. That’s why he has played a handful of T20Is, despite making his India debut in 2015. The 27-year-old has seen his stocks take a tumble when he was dropped during the three-match T20I series in England as the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma made their way. Furthermore, he was played just two T20Is on West Indies trip where he scored 30 and 5. The selectors then went ahead and gave him the snub, which was expected, from the 2022 T20 World Cup.

Also Read: Sanju Samson Set to Be Named India Vice Captain for South Africa ODIs-Report

Now, Samson’s exposure is limited to playing ODI cricket. From July onwards he has played the three ODIs in West Indies and well as the same number of matches in Zimbabwe, donning the role of the Wicket-Keeper. With reports of his promotion as ODI vice-captain for South Africa series, his ardent fans must be fearing: Is his T20 career over? Maybe, or maybe not as India is likely to restructure its t20 squad irrespective of their success or failure at the T20 World Cup. Meanwhile, one of his mentors S Sreesanth spoke on this issue exclusively to Hindustan Times and said that Samson will have to up his game.

Also Read: IND A vs NZ A, 1st Unofficial ODI: Sanju Samson Treated to Roaring Reception After India Snub

“He has to be consistent. See, everyone is talking about the IPL. I’m from Kerala, I’m somebody who has always supported him. I’ve seen him play from U14. He has played under me. In fact, I was the one who gave him the cap on his Ranji Trophy debut. But the way I see him… it’s a request to him – he has to start performing in first-class matches,” Sreesanth on the sidelines of the Delhi leg of 2022 Legends League Cricket.

“Sanju has to come out and perform in first-class matches. Not just score a hundred, score 200s. Come and make the Kerala team win the Ranji Trophy!”

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Shubman Gill Scores Maiden County Hundred For Glamorgan – NDTV Sports

Shubman Gill Scores Maiden County Hundred For Glamorgan

Shubman Gill playing for Glamorgan in County Championship Division 2.

Young Indian batter Shubman Gill slammed his maiden hundred for Glamorgan against Sussex in their County Championship Division 2 match in Hove on Tuesday. Batting on 91 overnight, Gill notched his eighth first-class century in 123 balls, displaying his wide array of elegant shots all around the County Ground in Hove. Overall Gill smashed 16 boundaries and two sixes in his knock of 119 off 139 balls before being dismissed by off-spinner Jack Carson when he holed out to Sean Hunt.

Gill batted for three hours and 23 minutes as he got out with Glamorgan’s first innings score, reading 277/5 in the opening session of day two.

Gill first put on a 57-run stand with Glamorgan skipper David Lloyd (56). Under floodlights on day one, Gill and Billy Root had little trouble in adding 87 runs before the latter got out in the eighth over of the day.

The 23-year-old Indian top-order batter has been in the form of his life having scored a maiden International century — 130 — in an ODI against Zimbabwe last month.

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Gill missed out on a century by eight runs against Worcestershire earlier this month.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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