Devika Vaidya: the ODI maiden

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Devika Vaidya: the ODI maiden

The India Women Team might not have lost the recent ODI series by 2-1 to West Indies, but they discovered another jewel in the last victory. It was the moment when the match witness the 19-year-old debutant Devika Vaidya remaining unbeaten to haul the team to the winning score to 199. The new player in the team was self-composed, agile and matured on her approach to the strike. Smashing occasional boundaries throughout the inning, she found out the exact gaps and the accurate timings to beat the fiercest of Indie's bowler, on the likes of Shakera Selman. Her partnership with senior player Veda Krishnamurthy was the substantial stretch in the match. In the after-match interview, Veda acknowledge who the confidence of this teenage girl became contagious for her to smash 71 off 79 in the inning. Vaidya scored 32 off 45 in her debut match.

The young player started her passion for cricket in the early age of seven. She received full support from her parents who already set her up for taekwondo classes. Her schedules were balanced with homework and cricket. Coached by Atul Gaikwad on her early days she preference was the bat as the weapon. However, Gaikwad also brought her into leg spins. She recalls that she was not old enough to bowl 22 yards and how she started chucking in the process. It was latter taken care, as advised by her coach, by the time we grew taller and stronger.

Vaidya was induced into the Under 19 team of Maharashtra by the age of 12. By the age of 13, she was in the state's senior team. In such a tender age, she did not even understand the game completely. She played side by side with players like Smriti Mandhana since the start of her professional career. Vaidya won the BCCI award for best junior women cricketer in 2014-15. In the year, she emerged as the strongest all-rounder. She was the highest scorer in the interstate one day competition, hammering two centuries and two half centuries. The player also took the highest number of wickets in interstate T20.

Her achievements continued unabated. In the next season, that is 2015-16, she scored 258 runs and had nine wickets in five matches in the Under 23 ODI competition. At interzonal level, she was the most successful bowler. Before this ODI, Vaidya played for the India Red in the first-class domestic tournament in India delivering match winning strikes. She completed her 12th exam only in this year. Per the former Maharashtra player and the coach, Godbole, Vaidya has a positive attitude, which is her major strength.

Devika Vaidya played once in the T20 against South Africa in 2014. In the match, she had 30 runs in three overs. Her skill and grip over the game is now well known and definitely, there are much more in coming times.


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