Poonam Yadav (Cricketer) Height, Age, Family, Biography & More

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Age: 32 Years
Hometown: Agra
Marital Status: Unmarried

Poonam Yadav

ProfessionCricketer (Batsman/Bowler/ Wicket-keeper)
Physical Stats & More
[1]The Times of India Heightin centimeters- 155 cm
in meters- 1.55 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 1”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
International DebutT20- 5 April 2013 vs Bangladesh Women during the Bangladesh Women’s tour of India 2012/13, held in Reliance Stadium, Vadodara, Gujarat
ODI- 12 April 2013 vs Bangladesh Women during the Bangladesh Women’s tour of India 2012/13 at Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Test- 16 November 2014 vs South Africa Women during the South Africa Women’s tour of India 2014/15 at Gangothri Glades Cricket Ground, Mysore, Karnataka
Jersey Number# 24 (India Women)
Domestic/State Team• Uttar Pradesh (2007/08–2013/14)
• India Red (2011/12–2017/18)
• Central Zone (2012/13–2016/17)
• India A (also called India Blue) (2012/13–2018/19)
• Railways (2014/15–present)
• Supernovas (2019–2020)
• Trailblazers (2022)
Coach/Mentor• M K Afghani (deceased)
• Hemlata Kala
Poonam Yadav and Hemlata Kala
• Manoj Kushwaha
Poonam Yadav with coach Manoj Kushwaha
Batting StyleRight-hand bat
Bowling StyleLegbreak Googly
Awards, Honours, Achievements • Arjuna Award (2019)
President Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Arjuna Award (2019) to Poonam Yadav for Cricket in a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on 29 August 2019
• Bowler of the Year Award—Female at the India Cricket Heroes event (2019)
Poonam Yadav receiving an award for Bowler of the Year Award—Female at the inaugural India Cricket Heroes event, an initiative by RP Sanjiv Goenka Group, Cornerstone Founder Bunty Sajdeh, and Star Sports, held at Lord’s Cricket Ground in 2019
• BCCI Cricketer of the Year Award (2020)
Cricketer Poonam Yadav posing with their BCCI Award (2020)
Personal Life
Date of Birth24 August 1991 (Saturday)
Age (as of 2023) 32 Years
BirthplaceAgra, Uttar Pradesh
Zodiac signVirgo
HometownAgra, Uttar Pradesh
Relationships & More
Marital StatusUnmarried
ParentsFather- Raghuveer Singh Yadav (retired Subedar Major)
Poonam Yadav with her father
Mother- Munna Devi (homemaker)
Poonam Yadav with her mother
Note: Later, Raghuveer Singh Yadav started working as a lecturer at Arya Kanya Inter College at Sikandrarao, Hathras, UP.
SiblingsPoonam is the second youngest among four siblings. She has two brothers and a sister. One of his brother’s names is Ashu.
Poonam Yadav feeding sweets to her brother on Raksha Bandhan

Poonam Yadav bowling

Some Lesser Known Facts About Poonam Yadav

  • Poonam Yadav is an Indian cricketer who plays for India’s national cricket team. She has played for Central Zone, Uttar Pradesh, and Railways in domestic cricket. In 2023, she was bought by the franchise team Delhi Capitals for the Women’s Premier League (WPL).
  • Originally, her family hails from Mahuahar village in the Mainpuri district, Uttar Pradesh. In 1990, her family settled in Agra, and a year later, Poonam was born.
  • She was athletic since childhood and used to play multiple sports, but she was ridiculed for her short height. However, in cricket, her short height became a blessing in disguise for her, making her a highly skilled leg-spinner.
  • Growing up, she played gully cricket with boys in her neighbourhood.  Once in an interview, her father recalled her childhood and said that she never feared injuries or scars, unlike other girls.
  • In 2007, she enrolled at the Eklavya Sports Stadium and started training under senior cricketers like Hemalatha Kala. In the beginning, her father was adamant he was not going to let her play cricket. However, he agreed when Poonam’s coach M K Afghani (deceased) and fellow players Manoj Kushwaha and Hemlata Kala convinced him. In 2010, Manoj Kushwaha started coaching her.
  • In the beginning, she used to practise three times a day. Firstly, it was before school, she would warm her body. Then, she went back to the ground at 2 pm after school and train personally for an hour. After resting at the ground for nearly 90 minutes, she joined other children in the nets in the evening batch.
  • Although her family came on board with her cricketing career eventually, Poonam faced sexism from society.
  • She captained the Uttar Pradesh team that won the Under-19 championship in 2010.
  • Around 2009-10, when she was playing for Uttar Pradesh, her performance dipped significantly. She nearly thought of quitting cricket, but her father helped her rebuild her confidence.
  • In 2011, she secured a job as a junior clerk in Indian Railways in the Agra division of North Central Railway via sports quota. Later, she became the office superintendent of the railway’s record department.
  • According to her, joining Railways was the turning point of her life after which her game improved remarkably.
  • In 2019, her team Supernovas won the Women’s T20 Challenge beating Velocity in the final by 4 wickets.

    Poonam Yadav, along with other Supernovas' players, posing with the trophy after winning 2019 Women's T20 Challenge

    Poonam Yadav, along with other Supernovas’ players, posing with the trophy after winning the 2019 Women’s T20 Challenge

  • She picked 3 important wickets during her debut T20I match against Bangladesh, helping India clinch the series 3-0.
  • She claimed 2 wickets in 10 overs during the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup, giving away just 23 runs and saving India from a loss against Sri Lanka.
  • With eight wickets in five matches, Poonam was the joint-leading wicket-taker for India during the 2018 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.
  • She became India’s highest wicket-taker in T20 Internationals in September 2018 with 57 wickets from 39 T20Is. She surpassed the previous record of veteran cricketer Jhulan Goswami.
  • In 2019, she became the first Uttar Pradesh woman cricketer to receive the Arjuna Award. [2]The Times of India
  • She was named to India’s squad for the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. He came into the spotlight for her impeccable performance during the opening game of the tournament against Australia when she took 4 wickets for 19 runs and bagged the title of Player of the Match.
    Poonam Yadav celebrating a wicket during the 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup in the opening game against Australia

    Poonam Yadav celebrating a wicket during the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in the opening game against Australia

    In the following against Bangladesh, she took 3 wickets, contributing to India’s 2nd consecutive victory in the world cup. Although India reached the final, it lost to Australia by 85 runs.

  • Thereafter, she was included in ICC Women’s T20 playing XI of the World Cup. It also featured teenage sensation Shafali Verma but as the 12th player.
  • She was signed by the franchise team Brisbane Heat for the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) (2021).

    Poonam Yadav celebrating a wicket while playing for Brisbane Heat in a match against Sydney Thunder in November 2021

    Poonam Yadav celebrating a wicket while playing for Brisbane Heat in a match against Sydney Thunder in November 2021

  • In 2023, she was bought by the franchise team Delhi Capitals at a base price of Rs 30 lakh for the inaugural Women’s Premier League (WPL).