What comes to your mind when you think of Pakistan women cricket team ? There could only be one name: Sana Mir
The 33-year-old all-rounder has been the face of women cricket in Pakistan for the longest time. She has made the nation proud with her extensive list of achievements and recently she has added another feather on her cap.
Mir makes Pakistan proud
Former Pakistani skipper, Sana Mir, became the first Asian woman to play 100 International T20s matches on Sunday when she faced Windies women team in Karachi. She has been part of Pakistan’s women cricket team since 2005 and the country has won many laurels under her leadership.
She played her first ever match in Karachi back in 2005 and today she has played her 100th match in Karachi as well.
Mir is only the sixth woman from around the world to complete a century of T20Is. Daendra Dottin of West Indies leads the list with 110 T20Is to her name. Sana has been part of Pakistan’s inaugural T20I team that played Ireland in 2009 at Dublin, and since then she has missed only two T20Is due to injury.
Sana Mir’s Reaction
Sana was elated over her achievement, she expressed gratitude to all the people who have been an important part of her journey.
“Every match for Pakistan is a wonderful opportunity and a big responsibility,”
“All I can say that I have been privileged to represent Pakistan for so long and have given my best in every match for my country with best of my ability,” she added.
In October 2018, she became the first Pakistani women cricketer to rank number 1 in ICC ODI bowler rankings. She has been in Top 20 ICC rankings for last 9 years and during her Captaincy, 8 players from Pakistan have made their way into the top 20 ICC rankings. This is reflective of how much she invests into her team members to make them the best.
In February 2017, during the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier, she became the first Pakistan woman to take 100 wickets in ODIs as well.
She has been an inspirational leader too and led Pakistan to victory in many instances. It was under her captaincy that Pakistan won two Gold medals in Asian Games in 2010 and then in 2014.
A role model
Sana has had her fair share of challenges and difficulties but she never gave up. This resilient attitude of hers makes her one of the best in the game. Our Pakistani young girls can learn many lessons from this prolific all-rounder.
Congratulations to Sana Mir and we hope the list of achievements continue for the longest time!
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Pic Credits: Dawn