A solid, temperamentally sound top-order batter, Yastika Bhatia, made her international debut on a tough tour of Australia in 2021, and impressed in the ODIs straightaway. In only her third match, her knock of 64 helped India halt Australia’s record 26-match winning streak.
Born in Baroda, and representing the Baroda Women’s team in the domestic circuit, her consistent scores along with her neat wicket-keeping skills helped her win a spot in the 25-member camp at the National Cricket Academy back in 2018. A stint to captain the West Zone side soon came through, followed by a stint with India A, where she impressed big time and jumped into national reckoning. She has gone from strength to strength ever since, and the stars aligned for her to take the WPL by storm.
And what a storm it was! Forming a solid opening partnership with Hayley Matthews, you could bet on them to get MI off to a flier. As a regular in the Indian team as well now, another gun season awaits our southpaw.