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IAF honours Indian woman cricketer Shikha Pandey, let’s praise her | The Youth

In most parts of India, men are tasked with prime responsibilities to run the family as they were considered as the sole breadwinners and you don’t often see many women going to offices as they are forced to sit at home and do household chores. On the contrary, men go to offices, stress a lot and work without seeing clock needles to earn wages either daily, weekly or on a monthly basis.

Women have very limited opportunities to study and were always inferior to men. They never really had the liberty to do what men were doing and hence they became homemakers. However, in the male-dominated society, some women are braving against all odds to become successful in life.

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When it comes to cricket, only male cricketers have achieved countless things because they are getting plenty of opportunities to thrive at the highest level. They have been given all the facilities to make them comfortable in all aspects even today.

On the other side of the coin, women cricketers were given only limited opportunities to shine in the sport and this is the main reason why they don’t often hit the headlines just like male cricketers. But that’s history now.

Even women cricketers are creating records and achieving great things in contemporary cricket. Thanks to the Board of Control for Cricket in India structure that has been backing its women cricketers in the best possible way. Women have a unique Twitter handle called ‘BCCI Women’. Just like male cricketers, even female cricketers are earning followers on social media.

It is indeed worth applauding that women cricketers are coming through with flying colours in a sport which is dominated by male cricketers.

Case in point, Indian women’s cricket team player Shikha Pandey was felicitated by the Indian Air Force chief. Besides playing cricket, Shikha is also a flying officer in the Indian Air Force.

She made her Test debut against England in 2014 and a week later, she made her ODI debut. Shikha Pandey was the member of ICC Women’s World Cup 2017. She received a cheque and medal from Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa at Air Headquarters in the national capital. It is worth mentioning here that Shikha Pandey was commissioned in Indian Air Force on June 30, 2012, as an Air Traffic Control Officer.

Shikha Pandey was felicitated because of her spectacular performance in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 and also ended up being runners-up of the competition as India reach the finals after the long 12 years. Shikha Pandey bagged 3 wickets against South Africa, 2 wickets against England and accounted for two dismissals in the semi-final against Australia in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.

Pandey was part of the Indian women’s team that reached the final of the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup where the team lost to England by nine runs. In January 2020, she was named in India’s squad for the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup tournament held in Australia.

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Shikha Pandey was again honoured for her magnificent performance in the Women’s T20 World Cup. The right-arm bowler took seven wickets in the marquee event and helped her side to reach the grand stage in the T20 World Cup for the first time.

India qualified for the maiden World Cup T20 final and eventually lost to the defending champions and hosts, Australia by 85 runs.

Written by Sagar Abhinandan

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