Shreyanka Patil: The face of Indian women’s cricket for the future

Shreyanka Patil, at just 20 years of age, played a pivotal role in India’s success at the tournament and was duly adjudged the Player of the Tournament. With her recent exemplary performances, a call-up to the national team for the upcoming Bangladesh tour might be on the horizon.

Patil was the standout performer of the Emerging Asia Cup. The Indian all-rounder ended her campaign with nine wickets in only seven overs, including the unbelievable figures of 5/2 against Hong Kong while bowling at an economy of just 2.14 runs per over.

She was also one of the major factors behind India's triumph over Bangladesh A in the final of the Emerging Asia Cup picking up four wickets. A clutch player delivering for India at the important stages is just what the team needs at the moment.

Shreyanka Patil had announced herself to Indian cricket when she was picked by Royal Challengers Bangalore for 10 Lakhs in the inaugural Women’s Premier League. Despite the gloomy campaign of RCB in the WPL, she was one of the stars to look out for.

The Karnataka cricketer ended the tournament with the best economy rate of the tournament and the best economy rate in an innings. If few of India’s matches weren’t washed out, Patil’s tournament figures would have arguably been even more impressive.