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Punam Raut Biography: From Mumbai to Marvel

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Punam Raut is an Indian cricketer and opener who plays the women’s international cricket team. Raut was an integral part of Mumbai and Railways’ women’s team. The stylish batter is especially known for playing long innings. She has played in the sports’ all three formats. Punam made her ODI debut in 2009 and has been playing in the national side ever since.

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One of her best innings came against South Africa, when she put up a 300-run opening partnership with Deepti Sharma, becoming the first pair to achieve the feat in the process.

Punam Raut Biography

Full name Punam Ganesh Raut
Born 14 October 1989 (age 33)
Place of Birth Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm off break
Role Batter
National side India (2009–present)
Test debut 13 August 2014 vs. England
Last Test 30 September 2021 vs. Australia
ODI debut 19 March 2009 vs. West Indies
Last ODI 27 June 2021 vs. England
ODI shirt no. 14
T20I debut 13 June 2009 vs. Pakistan (cap 19)
Last T20I 2 April 2014 vs. Pakistan

Early Days

Punam was born in a Prabhadevi chawl in Mumbai. Punam had a deep fondness, a passion to play cricket. So much so that she wanted to pursue the sport full time. Her father, Ganesh Raut, was a car driver, and the family had limited resources. However, luck shined when Ganesh’s American boss helped him by giving Rs. 10,000, a big amount in that time. He immediately bought Punam a new cricket kit, shoes, and outfit. Furthermore, Ganesh even enrolled her at Shiv Seva Sports Club. It was a cricket academy overseen by a coach named Sanjay Gaitonde. To this day, Ganesh acknowledges his boss’s contribution, even stating that

Punam would not have been a cricketer had it not been for the ₹ 10,000 my American boss gave me

An Unprecedented Incident

In 2004, an unprecedented incident shook the Raut household- the sudden demise of Punam’s mother. The entire family was in deep grief. However, the following day, Punam had her first-ever cricket trials. It was Ganesh who supported and took Punam to the trials. He encouraged her to play her game and to just focus on the game. The result – Punam was selected for both the Mumbai U14 and U19. There was no looking back.

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Prime Years

Punam went on to play for the Railways team and also debuted for the Indian national team in 2009. She has become a mainstay and an indispensable player at the opening position for India. Following are some of her most memorable knocks in the Women’s ODI for India.

Women’s Quadrangular Series, South Africa

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Punam Raut and Deepti Sharma scripted history by becoming the first cricketing pair to share a 300-run opening partnership in Women’s ODIs. They set the record at the league match of the Women’s Quadrangular Series in South Africa, posting 320-runs for the first wicket in 45.3 overs. It was the first time that a Women’s ODI pair had scored a 300+ runs stand. They could have extended their partnership had it not been for Raut’s injury, due to which she had to retire from the innings. However, she still managed to score 109* runs, her highest knock in ODI.

2018 ICC Women’s World Cup, England

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Punam Raut in 2017 World Cup (Credit Deccan Chronicle)

Punam Raut’s best series performance came in the 2018 Women’s World Cup, where she played some of the most consistent knocks of her career.

She had a vital 86 runs in the first match against England to guide the team to an easy 7-wicket win with 45 balls to spare. Raut continued her form by scoring. She again scored a crucial 47-runs (the highest of the match) in a low-scoring match against Pakistan where India finished with 169/9. However, they went on to defeat their neighbours quite comfortably, sending the Pakistan team for a paltry 74 runs.

Her best knock of the tournament thus far came in the group-stage match against Australia, in which she scored 106 runs. Her ton, though, went in vain, as the team lost the match by 8 wickets.

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In the final, Raut lead from the front. India had restricted the hosts to 228 runs. They needed a good opening partnership to surmount the tricky total. She scored an inspiring knock of 86-runs against England to provide for a good foundation for her side to build upon. However, the visitors fell just short of the target, after a middle-order capitulation. She was the highest scorer of that match.

Playing Style

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Punam Raut (Credit TIW)

The USP of Punam’s batting is her ability to play for an extended period of time. The point is highlighted by the fact that she has scored 10 half centuries and two centuries. Punam also has a healthy average of 32. She likes to play it safe, build partnership and then pass on the batton over to the big-hitters towards the end of the match.

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Much Lesser-Known Facts of Punam Raut

Punam Raut was selected in the U-14 Boy’s team when she was 12-years-old. Apparently, her coach, Sanjay Gaitonde had not informed her about the fact that the MCA’s cricket trials were only for boys. However, Raut, who sported a boy-cut, played in the trials without complaint. The fun part came when Anil Muzumdar, the selector who had been impressed by her performance, called her and asked her name. He was shocked to know that a girl had participated in the competition and had played better than most of the boys at the trial.

Punam Raut was a member of the same cricket club as India’s very own hitman, Rohit Sharma.

Punam Raut Family

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Punam Raut with her family

Punam Raut was born on 14 October 1989 in a lower-middle-class family in Prabhadevi. Her father, Ganesh Raut is a car driver. Punam lost her mother when she was just 15-years-old. She has two siblings, a sister named Shrutika Ghadi Pevekar, and a brother by the name Vipul Raut.

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Poonam Raut Stats

Batting & Fielding

FORMAT Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
WTEST 4 7 1 264 130 44.00 802 32.91 1 0 33 0 0 0
WODI 73 73 7 2299 109* 34.83 3946 58.26 3 15 261 6 15 0
WT20I 35 31 5 719 75 27.65 780 92.17 0 4 81 0 5 0


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FORMAT Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
WODI 73 1 30 4 1 1/4 1/4 4.00 0.80 30.0 0 0 0
WT20I 35 2 42 29 3 3/12 3/12 9.66 4.14 14.0 0 0 0

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Monish Gadiya is the Head of Content at KreedOn. He is a thorough tech-enthusiast and believes that innovation is the answer to all the problems prevalent in the society. Monish graduated from University of Pune with a degree in Civil Engineering before pursuing a post-graduate diploma course in intellectual property rights. A die-hard football fan, he has represented his college at various football competitions.


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