Pooja Vastrakar is an Indian professional cricketer who plays for the Indian National Women’s cricket team. She is a right arm medium fast bowler and also plays for Madhya Pradesh and Central Zone.
Pooja was born on 25th September 1999 in Shahdol, Madhya Pradesh. She lost her mother at a tender age of ten. She is the youngest of seven siblings with four sisters and two brothers.
Pooja started training at an all-boys facility, then known as Gulmohar Cricket Academy where she was the only girl under the guidance of Mr.Srivastava, who ran the academy. She started out as a batsman but eventually went on to become a bowler owning to her superb skills with the bowl, aided by her agility on the field.
She made her debut in major domestic cricket in a Twenty20 match against Odisha on 9th March 2013. She has also played for Rewa division as well as Shahdol division in Madhya Pradesh.
She made her women’s ODI cricket debut for India on 10th February 2018 against South Africa.
Her Women’s Twenty20 International cricket debut for India was against South Africa on 13th February 2018. In October 2018, she was selected in the Indian squad for the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tournament in West Indies.