Teenager Kashvee Gautam scalps all 10 wickets in domestic women’s one-dayer
Written by Nitin Sharma
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Published: February 26, 2020 2:23:13 am

Kashvee Gautam turned the primary Indian lady cricketer to take 10 wickets in an innings in a BCCI domestic event. (Express Photo by Nitin Sharma)

Kashvee Gautam, a 16-year-old medium-pacer from Chandigarh, on Tuesday turned the primary Indian lady cricketer to take 10 wickets in an innings in a BCCI domestic event.

Kashvee achieved the feat, which included a hat-trick, towards Arunachal Pradesh in the BCCI Women’s U-19 one- day event at Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh.

“I still can’t believe it has happened. All I wanted was to bowl in the right area and take wickets. Bowling at the same spot consistently helped me take all these wickets. The pitch was helping seam bowlers a bit and the ball was swinging. It was only when my team-mates talked about 10 wickets after my eighth that I thought about the feat,” Kashvee advised The Indian Express.

She was first given a bat by her aunt and the then six-year-old started her cricketing journey in the courtyard. It was not until the age of 13 that Kashvee joined formal coaching underneath coach Nagesh Gupta at Government Model Senior Secondary School. Gupta, who’s now the U-23 coach of the Chandigarh women’s staff, seen her capability to swing the ball and spent hours on her motion and wrist motion aside from making Kashvee bowl on the identical spot.

The teenager, who had earlier performed for Punjab on the U-14, U-16 and U-19 ranges, made the change to Chandigarh this season and has taken a complete of 63 wickets in U-23 and U-19 cricket. She had taken a hat-trick towards Arunachal Pradesh in BCCI U-23 T20 Trophy too. Six of her wickets on Tuesday had been LBWs whereas the opposite 4 had been bowled.

“When Kashvee came to my academy, she had the natural ability to swing the ball. We worked on improving her action as she would fall away and her wrist position was also not correct. Once we did that, she would practice bowling at the fourth stump spot for 7-8 overs daily. I would send her videos of Brett Lee and Shoaib Akhtar daily. She has worked a lot on her fitness in the last two years and it is helping her bowling,” shared Gupta, a BCCI Level-2 coach.

Earlier in the match, Gautam hit 49 with the bat to assist Chandigarh put up a complete of 186 for 4 in 50 overs earlier than her spell of 4.5 overs bundled Arunachal Pradesh out for a mere 25. Kashvee, who idolises India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar and England’s Jofra Archer, plans to observe each of them in motion in the Indian Premier League.

“I missed my half-century but the knock gave me impetus for my bowling. As a swing bowler, I idolise Bhuvneshwar Kumar apart from Jofra Archer and I plan to watch them play at Mohali in the IPL and seek tips if I get a chance,” she stated.

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