She is just 9 and has bagged a place in Indore division’s under-19 cricket squad. Anadi Tagde is an amateur bowler and ready to give tough competition to other players in the cricket squad. She is a class 4 student from Indore.

The budding bowler is a right-arm medium pacer and is all set to play at the inter-division under-19 girls tournament, starting in Gwalior tomorrow.

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“When I was just 5 years old, I would watch the boys in our area playing cricket and it fascinated me,” she told PTI. “The boys didn’t allow me to play with them. So I used to play with my elder brother,” she added.

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“Then my father, Anurag Tagde, sent me to a local cricket club for training. I was scared of the leather ball initially, but my father encouraged me and then the fear melted away,” she said.

It’s not common to see a 9-year-old girl bowling in the grounds. In fact, since childhood, she has been playing with senior girls.

Born in 2008, the young bowler admires Hardik Pandya as her role model, and wants to play for the Indian women’s cricket team one day. She working hard to achieve her dream, and also wants to meet cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar one day.

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Anadi inherited her cricketing talent from her mother Dipti Tagde, who in her younger days used to play as a left-arm spinner at the university level. Eight months ago, Dipti took Anadi to the Happy Wanderers’ Cricket Club and enrolled her there.

Nine-year-old Anadi Tagda, who is set to play with the under-19 squad
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Anadi’s father claimed that she forced them to go and watch the Indian Premier League match at the Holkar Stadium in Indore as she is a keen follower of Kings XI Punjab pacer Ishant Sharma’s bowling.

Anadi is so passionate about the game that she is happy to get up and go for bowling even at 2 am.

“My daughter will accomplish my dream,” said Anadi’s mother.

We wish the young champion the best of luck!

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