Tuesday Sep 14, 2021
Karachi: Sometimes, there’s one single moment, a single act or a single step can change your life, forever. For Pakistan women team’s spinner Ghulam Fatima, that moment has probably arrived.
The 25-year-old bowler became the social media sensation with after her magical delivery, bowling out Fareeha Mahmood during ongoing women’s Pakistan Cup, went viral on Twitter.
The delivery spun from offside sharply to dislodge the leg-stump to send Fareeha back to pavilion. It reminded many of Shane Warne’s famous delivery against Andrew Strauss in 2005.
Many on social media also compared both the videos highlighting the similarities between the two while praising the Pakistani spinner.
The bowler from Sialkot had no idea that her delivery would become a talk of the town.
“I didn’t know that it will be praised this way, I am very happy to be recognized and praised by many,” Ghulam Fatima said.
“Shane Warne is among my ideal bowlers along with Imran Tahir and Yasir Shah. I want to be as successful legspinner in women’s cricket as these legends were in their careers,” she aimed.
The bowler has played 3 ODIs and T20Is for Pakistan in 2017 before being dropped but she hasn’t given hope and has set her eyes on her comeback.
“Giving up is not my thing, I always believed in had work because I knew that hard work always pays back,” she said.
“I continue to work hard, I know my time will come and may be this can be my time,” the young bowler said.
Replying to a question, Ghulam Fatima said that she used to play with brothers in her village and her father always supported her.
“My father used to take me to city from my village on cycle so that I could learn cricket. I started by playing with my brothers and that’s where I first learnt how to spin the ball,” she recalled.
“I once saw a newspaper that had published a photograph of some Indian batswoman, that’s where I first thought about women cricket and promised myself to become international cricketer for Pakistan, and here I am,” she stated while talking about her journey.