Poonam Yadav is an Indian cricketer who plays for the national side. Poonam plays as a leg break bowler in the Indian side. She has been a part of Central Zone, Uttar Pradesh and the Railways in the domestic level.
Poonam was born on 24 August 1991 at Agra, Uttar Pradesh. Poonam's father, Raghuvir Singh Yadav was an Indian Army official. According to her father, since childhood Poonam was different from other girls. She was not afraid of injuries and was always interested in sports. Although her father tried to held her back from pursuing cricket, but upon persuasion from her coach and mentor Hemlata Kala, he supported her with his blessings.
Poonam has a very fragile physique. She weighs around 50 kgs and is just 5 ft 1 inches tall. Her short height made it difficult for her to pursue any other sport. However the same helped her a lot in cricket. Because of her small stature she has to give the ball a lot of flight so that it lands near the batsman. This flight makes it difficult for the batsman as the ball goes over their eyelines compelling them to step out of the crease resulting in stumpings. As a result, almost 30% of Poonam's wickets are a result of stumpings. She also disguises the Googly very well.
She is a right arm leg break bowler. She made her debut for the national side on 5 April 2013 in T20 against Bangladesh. Following her T20I debut she made her ODI debut on 12 April 2013 against Bangladesh. She played her one and only test on 16 November 2014 against South Africa. She is a right handed batsman.
Poonam was a part of the Women's Indian Cricket team to reach the finals 2017 Women's World Cup where the team lost to England. She was named a major player for the 2018 World T20 squad. She is currently ranked 2 in T20I in the bowlers category. The predominant leg break bowler specialises in the Googly which has been helping her stack wickets for herself and the side.