Dayalan Hemalatha is an Indian woman cricket player. She is a right-handed batswoman and bowls right-arm off-break. She also plays for Tamil Nadu and South Zone. Born on 29 September 1994, Hemalatha is calm, composed, confident and plays an exquisite cover drive - arguably the best on the domestic circuit.
She used to play street cricket in her neighbourhood when she was younger, but it was only after she joined college at M.O.P. Vaishnav that she found out about women's cricket. She started receiving formal training only at the age of 18. Her mother wasn't very keen on her choice and wanted her to concentrate on studies, so that she could secure a job, but it was her father who convinced her mother.
Hemalatha has rapidly risen through the ranks — from making her debut for Tamil Nadu in 2011, to breaking into the senior South Zone team in 2013-14, playing her first Challenger Trophy in 2016, representing India A in 2017, to finally becoming India's 125th ODI player this September 11th.
Hemalatha scored 37 in a one-day match against Australia, and followed it up with a 32-ball 41 against England in a T20 encounter earlier this year. Slowly but surely, the fear she had experienced earlier was turning to confidence, something that will hold her in good stead heading into her first World Cup.
Still young in her international career — having played only 3 ODIs, and yet to make her T20I debut — Hemalatha will face her first major challenge in the Windies and is positive to come up with a stupendous performance for the team.