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Mona Meshram Biography | Age, Family, Cricket career, Achievements

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“When you work hard for something and you get that thing in reward, that’s when you realize that you have worked in a right direction.” – Mona Meshram

It was the culmination of a tough fight, at the same time the start of a lifetime of hard work, fame, and success. Mona Meshram couldn’t describe the moment she was included in the Indian squad any better.

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The first woman cricketer from Vidarbha to represent India, Mona Meshram is not any ordinary soul. Exceptionally talented and grounded, she is crossing one milestone after another. What made this former national level volleyball player opt for cricket? Who is her biggest supporter? We explore these and many more questions as we glimpse into the life of this calm and cook cricketer.

Details
Full Name
Mona Rajesh Meshram
Age
28
Date of Birth
30 September 1991
Hometown
Nagpur, India
Height
5 feet 6 inches
Weight
60 kg
Coach
Tushar Arothe
ODI Debut
24 June 2012
T 20 Debut
26 June 2012
Batting Style
Right Hand
Bowling Style
Right-arm Medium
Teams Played for
India, Vidarbha Women, Railways Women, India Blue Women

Mona Meshram Biography

Early Life

As a student, Mona loved volleyball. When her school wanted a cricketer for their team, she went for the trials. Her talent was visible to her coach and immediately decided to include her in the cricket team. However, Mona was hesitant. Not because of the game, but because of the added expenses. Both her coach and her mother assured her and destiny took its path. Mr. Satish Paradkar, her coach, played a crucial role in her development as a cricketer.

Journey

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Credits: DNA India
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Mona was a part of the World Cup finalist squad. The team lost to England in the final of the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup at Lords.

Head coach Tushar Arothe played a crucial role in motivating and training the girls. Mona, especially, gained a lot of confidence because of his pep talks. The atmosphere in the dressing room was also very friendly and understanding. Coach Arothe told DNA India in an interview,

“I would not say they lacked confidence. They did not believe in their abilities. It was our job to bring out their best by giving them the confidence, creating a friendly atmosphere, creating match situations at practice, giving them small targets.”

Being a part of the World Cup finalist team, gave Mona confidence in her abilities.

The adulation she, and the entire team received was truly phenomenal. In an interview with femalecricket.com, she said,

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“And when I reached Nagpur airport, all the media and the family were taking pictures and of course VCA (Vidarbha Cricket Association) people came to felicitate us. When I entered my colony, there were drums beating, loud music playing to welcome us. We danced a lot and the entire colony members celebrated with us.”

Interesting Facts about Mona Meshram

  • Mona has won BCCI’s M.A. Chidambaram Award as Junior lady cricketer for the season 2010-11. She scored 623 runs at 1O3.83 in 8 matches in the season.
  • Sachin Tendulkar and Mithila Raj are her role models in cricket.
  • Mona’s favorite sport is of course cricket. Other than playing cricket, she is a big movie bluff as well. Dangal, Bhag Milkha Bhag, and Bahubali are some of her favorite movies.
  • Hrithik Roshan and Salman Khan are her favorite actors and Anushka and Kajal favorite actresses.
  • Her favorite liquor is Jameson Irish Whiskey. Mona loves to hog on Indian food or fast food on her cheat days.
  • She sometimes relaxes by cycling or by playing golf.
  • As a student, Mona used to practice a lot. This resulted in her sleeping during some lectures!

Achievements : Moma Meshram

  • BCCI’s MA Chidambaram Award (best Junior lady cricketer – 2010-11 season)
  • Runnerup, ICC Women’s World Cup 2O17.

Stats

Batting and fielding averages

MatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100504s6sCtSt
ODIs2621235278*18.5265553.74338410
T20Is11921253217.8515978.6182

Bowling averages

MatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10
ODIs26814411911/151/15119.004.95144.0
T20Is115725011/91/950.004.1672.0

 

Family Background of Mona Meshram

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Mona Meshram ‘s family supporting her during a match (Credits DNA)

 

Mona Meshram is from Vidarbha region in Maharashtra. Most of her family members are sportspersons. Her sister Sapna is also cricketer. Most other members have represented the state in volleyball. That was the plan for Mona as well. But she chose cricket. Volleyball’s loss turned into cricket’s gain!

Mum’s the Word

Mona has time and again emphasized on the role played by her mother, Chhaya, in her career. Coming from a humble background, pursuing a career in sports wasn’t an easy choice for Mona. Along with the added expenses on diet and fitness, lack of steady income in the initial years was a big problem. Mona’s mother could have asked her to work and contribute to the household expenses. However, she believed in her daughter’s talent and supported her no matter what.

“My mother’s contribution in the success is immense. She worked harder than I did. I usually prefer practising through morning till afternoon. Most of the time, I miss breakfast as well as lunch. But she keeps a track of my sessions. Whenever I’m practising in city, my mother travels close to 5-10 km to deliver me the tiffin, glucose and water bottles,” she told the Times of India in an interview.

Her mother also ensured proper diet for Mona to ensure that she becomes stronger and fitter.

Social Media : Mona Meshram

Mona sharing a beautiful moment with her pet.

Mum’s the world! Mona with her mother.

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?Happy birthday?? to my lil one ☝?god bless you ???

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Mona celebrating her sister’s birthday.

Team that celebrates together, stays together!

One with the Central Railways team.

The gym selfie!

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Mamta Thatte
Mamta Thatte
A passionate foodie, a versatile writer, and now a sports enthusiast, Mamta is always open to exploring new avenues. She has a vast experience in Web Content Writing, Editing, and Social Media Management. A self-confessed coffee and dark chocolate addict, she believes in following her heart and giving her 100% into everything she does.

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