Niranjana Nagarajan continues the hard grind in quest for India comeback

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Having recovered from Covid-19 last year, the 32-year-old feels her performances will “eventually be noticed”

Niranjana Nagarajan remembers the summer of 2014 for many reasons. In March that year, she had to pull out of the Indian squad for the T20 World Cup on the eve of their departure for Bangladesh after contracting malaria. Three months later, she was on cloud nine after being picked in India’s squad for the tour of England.

She would become one of eight debutants to be handed a Test cap at Wormsley, as India went on to famously beat a much-fancied England side, led by Charlotte Edwards. She left her mark on the game by first picking up four wickets on the opening morning to bowl England out for 92, and then contribute a plucky 27 to help India eke out a lead.

These memories come rushing back as Niranjana speaks of the hurt at missing out on India’s tour party to England this time around. But, like a true professional, she is preparing to be ready should an unlikely call-up come her way. Her hurt stems from being ignored despite racking up impressive numbers over the last three years in domestic cricket.

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