Minnu Mani, hailing from Kerala, Wayanad, has etched her name into the annals of Indian cricket history as the first Keralite player to don the Indian jersey in the Asian Games. Although the India-Malaysia match was prematurely abandoned due to rain, leading to India’s victory on the basis of rank, Mani’s debut marked a momentous occasion in her career.
Despite not getting the opportunity to showcase her bowling and batting skills in the rain-marred match, Minnu Mani radiated optimism and enthusiasm about her future prospects in the Indian cricket team. “I am happier now than when I debuted for India. Let’s see in the next match,” Mani commented, brimming with determination and excitement. This match marked her fifth appearance in the T20 format.
Notably, this Asian Games marks the inaugural participation of the Indian women’s cricket team in the prestigious tournament. The Asian champions, with their eyes set on a historic debut medal, have inched one step closer to their dream. In the quarterfinals, India secured a convincing victory against Malaysia, firmly establishing their credentials on the Asian Games stage.
Another intriguing development in the tournament saw two-time champions Pakistan reach the semi-finals and set to clash with Sri Lanka, despite their match against Indonesia being washed out without a ball bowled.
India’s semi-final encounter is scheduled for the 24th, where they will face either Bangladesh or Hong Kong.