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Minnu Mani feels her India debut will inspire more girls in Kerala

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India and Delhi Capitals’ spinner, Minnu Mani has recently shared her India Women’s debut journey.

Recently, Delhi Capitals hosted an off-season camp for its men’s and women’s teams under the guidance of Director of Cricket, Sourav Ganguly.

Moreover, each of the teams consisted of nine players from both men’s and women’s sides.

Meanwhile, Mani shared her India debut story against Bangladesh Women in July.

I didn’t expect to play all matches in the T20I series. I couldn’t believe it when I was named in the eleven for the first game of the series. I was so excited to get the opportunity and it was great to receive my India cap from Smriti Mandhana.

Furthermore, Mani is once again a part of India Women’s Asian Games team and she adds further,

I was slightly nervous when I started bowling.

Additionally, Minnu Mani is the first-ever woman from Kerala to play for India in cricket. She hopes that her debut will inspire more girls in the state to take up cricket.

My India debut will certainly inspire many girls in Kerala. I dreamt of becoming the first woman from Kerala to represent India and that dream has come true.

Minnu Mani shares her early cricketing journey as well

Meanwhile, Mani also talked about her early cricketing journey when she was studying in school.

She says,

I practiced cricket and carried out my studies in Kerala Cricket Association’s Cricket Academy from 9th grade until my graduation. But, post my graduation, I had to cover a long distance to reach my training ground from my home. However, all the hard work has paid off now.

Moreover, her hometown Wayanad has also given her a very special gesture following her India debut and Mani is quite proud of it as well.

Whenever I used to go for practice, I used to cross the main junction of our town. And now that junction is called Minnu Mani junction. I feel very proud and happy to see a junction named after me.

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