The Women’s cricket in Pakistan took a dramatic turn when a young and energetic cricketer hailing from the Abbottabad region made her way into the national team of Pakistan. Yes, we’re talking about the former captain of Pakistan’s women cricket team Sana Mir.
Sana was born on the 5th of January in 1986 in the Abbottabad city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. She is currently 34 years of age and she has already played for Pakistan for well over a decade. At the moment, the former captain of Pakistan is on a break from international cricket.
Early Life and Career:
At a very young age, Sana Mir saw the former captains of Pakistan Imran Khan and Waqar Younis while playing. Sana has always been admired by the great Imran Khan and the bowling legend Waqar Younis. She also used to follow Jonty Rhodes at the start of her career.
Sana completed her graduation in Statistics and Economics and then she started pursuing a career in cricket professionally. In 2005, the breakthrough came when she was awarded the national cap against Sri Lanka in December 2005.
Sana has played in 120 One-Day International matches for Pakistan so far in which she has taken 151 wickets. She is a bowler who can bat a bit as she also has three half-centuries under her belt in the ODIs. Sana has a bowling average of 24 in ODIs whilst her best bowling figures are 5-32.
She has also played 106 T20Is for Pakistan in which she has taken 89 wickets with an amazing average of 23. Her best bowling figures in a T20I match are 4-13.
After playing for about four years, Sana Mir was awarded the captaincy of the national side on the 4th of May in 2009. She was handed over the captaincy role for the ICC World T20 competition in South Africa.
Mir’s first major triumph as a captain came in the year 2010 when she brought a Gold Medal for Pakistan in the Asian Games.
She also got the Gold Medal for Pakistan at the 2014 Asian Games. She’s currently one of the best ODI bowlers and is ranked no.1 in the ICC ODI rankings for bowlers.
Sana Mir has got two Gold Medals for Pakistan in the Asian Games in 2010 and 2016. She is also the no.1 ranked bowler in the ICC ODI rankings.
She is also a very competent captain as her team has not lost a single match at the domestic level in four years. Sana Mir’s domestic team has won the competition four times making her the most successful captain in the domestic cricket.
Sana Mir got the woman cricketer of the year award by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in 2013 hence becoming the first woman cricketer to receive the honor.
The team ranking of Pakistan went from 8 to 6 for the first time under the captaincy of Sana Mir when Pakistan triumphed over South Africa for the first time. Under her captaincy, the women’s team qualified for the 2012 T20 World Cup and 2013 Women’s ODI World Cup.