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In conversation with Assam’s Monikha Das

Monikha Das made her senior debut in 2007/08. With more than 500 runs as well as 40+ wickets in her T20 career, she is certainly one of the best all-rounders from Assam.

Here is an excerpt from an interview Penbugs had with her recently.

1- Senior T20 trophy is coming back after 2 years. What we can expect from Assam this time?

A) First of all, feels really good that the T-20 tournament is happening and yes, we all will get an opportunity to showcase our abilities, and lots of youngsters are here in Assam to look forward to and we are really looking forward to playing good cricket.

2) You were in full flow right before the pandemic took over…

Honestly, yes. Things would have been a little different today if not for the pandemic because of the momentum I was in that season or the confidence I got after sharing the dressing room with the legends of women’s cricket. I really started to work on myself from then but it is what it is. We can’t deny things that are not in our control. I am still working on myself, having faith in God.

3) Personally, you are in good form at the moment with T20 hundred recently in ACA T20 Challenge, how confident are you going into the tournament this time?

It always feels great to contribute to the team and was really very special to score a ton in T-20s. I will cherish that inning for a long time and yes, really confident to play state tournament will try to keep the momentum on and would really like to contribute to the team.

4) Since you are around for a while now, can you tell us how things have changed in the Indian domestic circle in the recent past, from the time you began to now?

A) It took a huge change I would say. When I started playing this game only a few people knew that women’s cricket also exists or girls also plays cricket and if someone would willing to play, they couldn’t because of their family restrictions among others but now, people themselves are pushing their children to play not only cricket but to chase their dream and the way nowadays the families being supportive it’s really helping kids to do better each day and hope we can do better and keep inspiring girls to pick up the bat and play this beautiful game.

5) About U-19 World Cup…

Definite YES. Also, a lot of talented youngsters from Assam have made their spot in the senior team recently. They had done great in U-19 too. So, yes. Would be pleased to see Assam players in U-19 WC and make the state proud.

6) WIPL could be a reality in 2023…

I think the more we get tournaments we get more opportunities to showcase our abilities grateful that women’s IPL is happening. In a way, It would also boost us to do best in the domestic tournament and most importantly, these tournaments would provide an opportunity for young domestic players to share the dressing room with legends of Women’s cricket and would help them to learn things from them directly.

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