Yastika Bhatia eager for Mumbai Indians stint in WPL

Yastika Bhatia expresses excitement for the Women’s Premier League, reminiscing her impactful stint with Mumbai Indians last year.

Yastika Bhatia, the Indian wicketkeeper-batter, eagerly anticipates her upcoming association with the Mumbai Indians in the forthcoming Women’s Premier League (WPL) season. Reflecting on her previous season with the franchise, Yastika expressed immense joy and gratitude for the memorable experience.

Having been acquired by Mumbai for INR 1.5 crore in the inaugural WPL auction, Yastika showcased her prowess by amassing 214 runs in 10 innings. She held an impressive average of 21.4 and a strike-rate of 112.04, while also affecting 13 dismissals behind the stumps. Her contributions played a pivotal role in securing the franchise’s maiden WPL title in their home city. Additionally, Yastika was honoured as the WPL’s emerging player of the season.

Recalling the cherished moments, Yastika remarked, “It was truly memorable. Initially, uncertainties loomed, but the team embraced us like family, making us feel at home. We dedicated substantial time to strategizing and enhancing our game.”

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Yastika Bhatia on upcoming WPL

Expressing her enthusiasm for the upcoming WPL edition, Yastika conveyed her anticipation of donning the Mumbai Indians jersey once again. Speaking to JioCinema, she added, “Being a part of MI is a unique experience that I eagerly look forward to.”

Yastika has been an integral member of the Indian national team across formats since 2021. She reminisced about the overwhelming moment when she received her maiden call-up. “The joy was immense. My parents were emotional, acknowledging the fruits of my hard work.”

Regarding her debut series and the advice received, Yastika shared insights. “Before my debut, senior player Smriti Mandhana guided and calmed me, advising me to play as I did for Baroda. That series against Australia turned out well.”

Yastika’s early life

Reflecting on her early life, Yastika revealed her multifaceted sporting interests before cricket took centre stage. “Sports intrigued me from childhood. Despite initially focusing on academics, cricket gradually became my passion after I discovered a nearby girls’ team practice.”

Despite the challenges of balancing academics and cricket, Yastika’s dedication remained unwavering. “My journey began with a condition to complete my studies in six months. While initially relishing batting, I later developed a keen interest in wicketkeeping, drawing inspiration from players like Adam Gilchrist and Smriti Mandhana.”