WPL 2024 / The one who started playing cricket to meet Dhoni created havoc in WPL

Zoom News : Feb 29, 2024, 11:15 AM
WPL 2024: On the evening of 28 February, a batsman exploded on the WPL pitch. His explosion with the bat led the team to victory. When the match was over, it was revealed that she turned out to be the captain's trump card. Whatever the captain said, he implemented it on the field in his own style. In the women's cricket department, this batsman is known as Kiran Navgire, but she is a big fan of Dhoni. The reason behind Kiran Navgire coming into cricket or rather playing this game was so that he could meet Dhoni. Now imagine what place will there be for Dhoni in his heart?

This fan of Dhoni has created a ruckus on the WPL pitch. She did everything her captain Alyssa Healy wanted from her to help her team UP Warriors win the match against Mumbai Indians. And, in doing so, became the player of the match in the team's victory.

Dhoni's fan, 'trump ace' for the captain

On 28 February, this WPL match between Mumbai and UP was played at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. In this match, Mumbai Indians batted first. Mumbai, playing without its two star players - captain Harmanpreet Kaur and Shabnam Ismail, scored 161 runs for 6 wickets in 20 overs under the leadership of Nate Siver. Meaning that UP Warriors got the target of 162 runs.

If the target was not big, it was not easy either. In such a situation, Captain Alyssa Healy made a move. Playing a big gamble, he fielded Kiran Navgire at the opening along with himself in place of Grace Harris. Healy had also asked Navgire to be prepared for this, and how prepared she was was reflected in her batting.

5th fastest fifty scored in 25 balls

This was the first time that Navgire had come to open in WPL 2024. Earlier, while batting in the middle order, he had scored 1 run against RCB and 10 runs against DC. But, whatever he did in the open against Mumbai Indians, there was an explosion from his bat. Kiran Navgire scored the 5th fastest fifty in WPL history, which came in just 25 balls.

57 runs on 31 balls, 48 runs were scored only with fours and sixes.

Kiran Navgire scored 57 runs against Mumbai in 31 balls, which included 6 fours and 4 sixes. Meaning, he scored 48 runs in his innings with just fours and sixes. This is Kiran Navgire's second half-century in WPL. Before this, he had scored a half-century against Gujarat Giants in the last season. She is the only player to score a half-century in WPL, who has not played even 10 matches in international cricket.

The effect of Kiran's stormy innings of 57 runs was that UP Warriors defeated Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets in 21 balls. Meaning he achieved the target of 162 runs in just 16.3 overs. Besides, the team also got its first win in 3 matches so far in the tournament.