On the final day of the historical Test between India and England that ended on Saturday, Sneh Rana emerged as the knight in the shining armour for the team to avert the loss and bring the match to a draw. She scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman and fourth worldwide to register a 50+ score and a take 4+wicket haul on Test debut. She gave an awestriking performance by stitching a match-saving unbeaten 104 run partnership with Taniya Bhatia (44 not out).
Sneh Rana played a valiant knock of 80* runs in the second innings, and to the dismay of the fans, fell short of 20 runs to complete her century. But it doesn’t seem to bother the cricketer much.
“At that time, I didn’t focus much on scoring a century, because, at that time, my team needed me to stay there, so I didn’t think much about scoring the century. I had kept it simple so I was just playing ball-by-ball to contribute for the sake of the team,” Sneh Rana said about missing a century on her Test debut while speaking in a virtual post-match conference.
Rana also spoke about how the England team tried to get the better of them by resorting to sledging. However, the 27-yera-old added that they remained unfazed by it.
“There was no nervousness among us. We were just following our basics. Even though they were sledging, we didn’t mind them and the result followed,” Rana spoke about her crucial partnership.
Sneh Rana featured in an international game after five long years. And in her Test debut the spin allrounder Rana bowled 39.2 overs in the first innings.
“I don’t think much and just keep myself busy. I didn’t want the situation to take over me, so that I could play my natural game,” she explained.
“It was their job to disturb us, and they kept on doing so many things to achieve their goal. We did not pay any attention and kept on talking to each other after every ball, be it from far or getting closer. It boosted us up. We just wanted to do it for our team. That was the only conversation we had in the middle.”
India put up a tough fight against the England cricket team in their one-off Test match at Edgbaston. The visitors opened the innings and registered 231 runs. In the second innings, they took a 179-run lead in the match and while chasing England’s score of 396 runs. Shafali Verma, Sneh Rana, and Deepti Sharma emerged as the stand-out players. Debutant Verma was the star with the bat as she registered a brilliant 96 off 63 balls in the first innings. While Sneh Rana has impressed with her stellar all-round performance. Deepti Sharma returned figures of 3/65, and was also handy with the bat, scoring 29* and 54 runs.
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