India women kicked off their one-off Test against England women on Wednesday at County Ground, Bristol with a balanced performance. The hosts had a comfortable start to Day 1 with 230/2 halfway into the 3rd session, before Sneh Rana and Deepti Sharma’s phenomenal spells powered India's comeback by the end of the day. As a result, England ended at 269/6.
Deepti picked two wickets and Sneh scalped three on the opening day. It is worth noting that Deepti has been a regular member for the side, while this was Sneh’s first international game in the last 5 years.
I'll dedicate it all to my father: Sneh Rana
After her impressive performance with the ball, the Test debutant fondly remembered her late father and dedicated it to him. "Wish you were here to see this and live this moment," she said in the post match press conference on Wednesday.
"I lost my father two months back. When this team was announced, a little before that, I lost him. It was a bit difficult; it was an emotional moment because he wanted to see me play again for India,” she revealed.
"But, it's okay," Sneh said with a smiling face. "It's all a part of life. Whatever I have achieved and whatever I will achieve in the future, I'll dedicate it all to him." Rana concluded.
The 27-year-old returned to India’s playing XI for the first time in 5 years owing to an injury, however she continued to play domestic cricket in the last few years.