Shweta Sehrawat is an Indian cricketer, who plays for the Under-19 Indian women’s national cricket team. A batting allrounder, Shweta is a right hand batter and a right arm offbreak bowler. In 2023, Shweta was the vice captain of the Indian national women squad that competed in the ICC Women’s Under-19 T20 World Cup.
Shweta Sanjay Sehrawat was born on Thursday, 26 February 2004 (age 19 years; as of 2023) in Mahipalpur village, New Delhi. Her zodiac sign is Pisces.
She grew up in Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. A student of Modern School, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi, Shweta passed her class 12 examinations in 2022. As a child, Shweta used to accompany her elder sister to a cricket coaching centre. At the coaching centre, Shweta would often pick up a bat and indulge in some shadow practice. Recalling it in an interview, her father said,
I used to take my elder daughter (Swati) to Sonnet Cricket Club and Shweta would just accompany me. She would insist on playing with her sister, but I never gave it much attention because she was too young. A few months later, we shifted Swati to a cricket academy in Vasant Kunj. It was a boys’ academy and the coach asked one of them to bowl at Shweta with a tennis ball. I still remember her first shot, straight down the ground. For a seven-year-old playing fearlessly against the U-14 boys, I was shocked. Next day, I got her all the kits and her cricketing journey started.”
At the age of 12, Shweta appeared in the Delhi’s senior women’s trials and was chosen among the top 30.
Height (approx.): 5′ 3″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Shweta Sehrawat’s father, Sanjay Sehrawat, is a real estate agent. Her mother is a homemaker. She has an elder sister, Swati Sehrawat, who works at a private firm in New Delhi. Her younger brother, Sam Sehrawat, is an animator.
At the age of 12, Shweta participated in Delhi’s senior women’s trials and was selected among the top 30 cricket players. A few years later, she became a part of Delhi’s U-16 team. Shweta scored her first U-16 fifty, playing for Delhi against Haryana. Soon, she started playing for Delhi’s U19 team.
Thereafter, she was named in India’s women Under-19 squad. A consistent run-scorer, Shweta scored 163 runs in four innings at a strike rate of 111.64 in the U-19 T20 Challenger Trophy held in November 2022. Sehrawat was the highest run scorer in the quadrangular series that featured West Indies, Sri Lanka, and two teams from India; she scored 164 runs at a strike rate of 151.85. In 2022, she was a part of the women U-19 team that registered a 5-0 win over New Zealand in the domestic T20 Women’s U-19 trophy; the skipper of the Indian team, Shweta scored 180 runs in 6 innings at a strike rate of 129 in the tournament. Later, she played for India at the U-19 level in various tournaments, scoring 474 runs in over 17 innings.
In 2023, with the entry of two senior India players Shafali Verma and wicketkeeper Richa Ghosh in the U-19 squad in the ICC Women’s Under-19 T20 World Cup, Shweta was made the vice-captain of the team by BCCI. On 14 January 2023, during the World Cup match against South Africa at Benoni, Shweta scored an an unbeaten 57-ball 92, helping her team to win. The knock was studded with 20 boundaries and Shweta became the player of the match.
- In an interview, while talking about Shweta’s aggressive style of batting, her father credited it to her playing with boys for almost four years. Her father further revealed that there were only two girls in her cricket academy.
- She has received her training in cricket at the Karnail Singh Stadium by Deepti Dhyani.
- Her jersey number is 11.
- In her initial years, Shweta used to bat at number 7. However, after she started scoring in the age-group cricket, she received an opportunity to play as an opening batsman.
- Shweta almost missed her chance to become a part of the Indian women Under-19 squad due to her class 12 examinations, and it was the former cricketer and head of National Cricket Academy (NCA), VVS Laxman, who persuaded her to attend the cricket camp. Apparently, her class 12th examination dates clashed with the U-19 camp, scheduled from May 15 to June 9 owing to which Sehrawat wrote a letter to National Cricket Academy (NCA) chief VVS Laxman, stating that she won’t be able to attend the camp. However, Laxman who had heard a lot about Shweta’s batting insisted her to attend the camp atleast for a few days. Shweta joined the camp on 3 June 2022 and played a few matches. In one of the matches, she scored a century and got selected in the National Cricket Academy’s zonal team.