19-Year Old Simran Henry Smashes 194 Runs off 72 Balls in Inter-University Cricket
A 19-year-old cricketer, Simran Henry has entered into the record books by scoring the highest runs in a single game in Bengaluru University’s Women’s Cricket.
She smashed 194 runs off just 72 balls in the pre-quarterfinal match against Pondicherry University in the South Zone Inter-University Women’s Cricket. Along with the individual record, she also holds the record of the highest partnership of 241 runs in the same match batting with Monisha, a Mount Carmel College student.
“I opened the match as I always do. I was riding high on the confidence of my two previous matches. I had scored 107 runs against Adikavi Nannaya University (AP) and 88 runs against Thiruvalluvar University (Vellore) earlier. I was, however, not over the top and it took me a while to settle in. Once this happened, the runs kept flowing. I hit three sixes and around 18 fours. My partner Monisha also gave me a good support. It was a special knock indeed,” the student of St. Joseph College of Commerce said.
Simran started playing cricket at a tender age of nine years and has represented her state in all the age groups like U-16, U-19, and U-23 teams and is currently in the squad of the state women’s Ranji team. Her father Henry Anthony was also a state-level cricketer and is currently a coach.
Talking about the Ranji matches, she admits it is much tough to score in those games.
“This, however, does not mean that university matches are any easier. There are some very good players who themselves are state players in university matches. I play every ball according to its merit irrespective of it being a Ranji or a university match,” she further added.
She talked at length about the positives that have come after India’s heroics in the World cup final despite losing to England by nine runs early this year. However, she feels there are still huge disparities between men’s and women’s cricket.
Simran looks up to India internationals Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy as role models. From the men’s cricket, she gets inspired by India skipper Virat Kohli and South Africa’s AB De Villiers.
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