Half-centurions Pooja Vastrakar and Sneh Rana put India’s women’s cricket team in a solid position at ICC Women’s World Cup match against Pakistan. Their partnership changed the match with early losses like Mithali Raj who was out for 9. Though Mandhana got India off to a steady start with 52 runs off 75 balls.
Sneh Rana and Pooja Vastrakar created a World Record for the highest 7th wicket partnership in women’s cricket history. The partnership is not just the highest for the wicket in Women’s World Cup, but also in ODIs, surpassing the unbeaten 104-run stand between New Zealand’s NJ Browne and SJ Tsukigawa in 2007 against England in Chennai.
The India vs Pakistan at the 2022 World Cup at Mount Maunganui saw other epic records and milestones too.
Smriti Mandhana crossed 2500 ODI runs. Then, when India was struggling and Sneh Rana and Pooja Vastrakar stitched in a brilliant partnership for the 7th wicket introducing a new record in women’s cricket history.
Sneh Rana and Pooja Vastrakar Create World Record
Who is Sneh Rana?
In 2021, Sneh Rana became the first Indian women’s cricketer to achieve huge Test feat with brilliant all-round display vs England. Rana became the first Indian woman and fourth overall to have both a 50+ score and a 4+wicket haul on Test debut.
Born in Dehradun, Sneh Rana is a right hand batswoman and an all rounder bowler. She has many records to her credit such as
- Most runs conceded in an innings (131)
- Highest partnership for 9th wicket
- Highest partnership for the 7th wicket
Sneh Rana’s inspirational story tells us, when there is a dream there is a way. She started at the young age of twelve and left home to pursue her dream of playing professional cricket. She wanted to learn, she was hungry for professional training.
Before being picked for Railways, Sneh Rana played for Haryana and Punjab at the U-19 and senior levels. In 2014, she made her India debut.
Born in Uttarakhand, Sneh Rana rose up through the ranks thanks to her passion and unstoppable spirit.
- She was nine years old when she joined a Cricket Club in Dehradun
- At ten she played her first tournament in Allahabad.
- She made her India debut at just 20 years of age.
- When she began Dehradun didn’t have a cricket association but they did have academies and she joined those.
- Sneh Rana is an ambassador for Indian Railways and has been a part of them since 2015.
- She debuted into the Indian cricket team at 21. Sneh Rana says playing with other players and sharing the dressing room teaching you a lot. “Sharing the dressing room with them and rubbing shoulders with these legends feels great.”
- Her coaches saw Sneh’s talent and pushed her to explore other states for better facilities. Haryana was one state Sneh looked at and eventually settled for training in Punjab.
- “I started playing cricket since my childhood. I used to play gully cricket with the boys in my area. In my school as well I played alongside boys. I used to be the only girl among the bunch of boys,” she said an interview to Female Cricket.
- Sneh Rana loves to spend time with family, watch films and go trekking.
Sneh Rana hails from Sinaula, which is a village outside of Dehradun. Her family is into farming. After her passionate pursuit of cricket, she was inducted into India Women just two months after her father Bhagwan Singh Rana died of a heart attack.