Shreyanka Patil, a young spin bowling all-rounder from India, stated that her top priorities include winning the Olympics and the elusive World Cup for her nation. During the England T20Is, the talented spin bowler gained her first call-up to the Indian squad. She is also prepared to start what looks to be an exciting path in international cricket.
“My topmost goal is always about winning the World Cup for India — I want to be a part of the winning squad. I am working towards that and when the Olympics happens, the gold medal for sure,” Shreyanka Patil remarked after the India A series against England, as quoted by PTI.
Shreyanka Patil gained notoriety for RCB in the first Women’s Premier League season, registering a strike rate of 151.22 and taking six wickets with her off-breaks. She also made history by being the first Indian player to play for the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League, where she amassed nine wickets in four matches.
In October, cricket was brought back to the Olympic schedule for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, a break of 128 years. Patil performed admirably in his match against England. Despite winning “Player of the Match” in the first Twenty20 encounter and capturing five wickets in three games as a woman with the ball, she is aware that she still needs to contribute significantly with the bat.
Shreyanka Patil further stated, “I have been working particularly hard on my batting, maybe I have not exhibited as much as I should have in these matches, but I still trust my process and I believe that I can play the shots because I have done it previously.”
She has her priorities straight as an all-round bowler, but Patil wants to concentrate more on segmenting every facet of the game.
“I could learn so much not just off the field but also on the field” – Shreyanka Patil on her time in RCB camp during WPL 2023
Much significantly she noted, “Before the WPL started, I was just a young girl playing for Karnataka. I was a domestic player, but once I was picked for WPL for the RCB team, I got to rub shoulders with Perry, Smriti Di, Heather Knight, all of these legends.”
The 21-year-old received recognition with a call-up to the senior team for the December 6, 9, and 10 WT20I series against England at the Wankhede Stadium.
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Having gone through the first WPL with England captain Heather Knight, India vice-captain Smriti Mandhana, and the legendary Ellyse Perry in the RCB camp, Patil says it was a great advantage to have picked up their game knowledge.
“I could learn so much not just off the field but also on the field,” she said and further added, “Playing (at) international (level), there is so much of difference, the field set, the speed of the ball maybe, which areas to pick, which bowlers to pick, just picking up the legends’ mind was a key point for me.”
With nine wickets in five games, Shreyanka Patil became the women’s CPL’s top wicket-taker of the year. The all-rounder claims that her approach is suited for twisting grounds.
She went on to pound, “I was the highest wicket-taker, I really enjoyed bowling in those conditions, (against) different players, playing (as) an overseas player was a challenge for me.”
“My coach, Arjun Dev, was like, ‘now you’re not a baby, they’re not going to treat you as a baby, you are an overseas player you are no more the youngster. You will have to go talk to people, you will have to chat, around the team and out of that’,” Shreyanka Patil summed up.