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Saika Ishaque Biography

Saika Ishaque Biography: Indian Women cricketer Saika Ishaque was born on 8 October 1995 in Kolkata, West Bengal. The Left-handed batter was introduced to the sport by her father, who passed away 15 years ago.

Saika Ishaque comes under the spotlight after her impressive performance in the inaugural WPL 2023 season. Playing for Mumbai based franchise, Saika Ishaque proved her worth in the match against Delhi Capitals Women by bagging 3 wickets and the “Player of the Match” award.

Saika Ishaque has undergone hard yards at the U19 and U23 levels for Bengal before playing for the senior side. The struggle has gone even worse right after her shoulder injury in 2018.

Check out the Saika Ishaque Biography along with her road to the glory and people who supported her during her tough time.

Saika Ishaque Biography – Overview

Full Name Saika Ishaque
Nick Name Saika
Date of Birth October 8, 1995
Birth Place
Calcutta (now Kolkata), Bengal
Zodiac Sign Libra
School
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College
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Religion Muslim
Nationality India
Family
Father – Mohammad Ishaque
Mother – Will Update Soon
Sister –  Ishrat Jahan
Brother in Law– Abrar Alam
Martial Status Unmarried
Husband Name NA
Profession Cricketer
Role All-rounder
Batting Style Left-hand Bat
Bowling Style
Slow Left arm Orthodox
Debut
T20I – Will Update Soon
ODI – Will Update Soon
WPL Debut
vs Gujarat Giants on March 4 in Dr DY Patil Sports Academy
Teams Played
Kalighat Cricket Club, U19 Bengal, U23 Bengal, Trailblazers, India Green, India A, India D, Bengal, Mumbai Indians Women(WPL)
Favourite Cricketer
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Coach/Mentor
Shiv Sagar Singh

Saika Ishaque Early Life

  • Saika Ishaque started playing cricket during her childhood and went on to play in U16 and U23 Bengal Teams.
  • Saika Ishaque won the U23 Women One Day Trophy in 2018-19.
  • She was introduced to the sport by her father, who passed away 15 years ago.
  • She underwent a shoulder injury in 2018 which put a pause on her cricket career for a couple of years and the road forward was tough.
  • On her return, Saika Ishaque struggled to pick wickets and eventually left out of the Bengal side.
  • Following her struggle, Saika Ishaque was introduced to former Bengal left-arm spin allrounder Shibsagar Singh in 2021, and he helped her make technical adjustments.
  • Shibsagar observed that Ishaque was bowling very full and not letting the ball turn enough.
    • “I saw that she is talented and there is something different about her, and made her understand what her issue is. I asked her to pull her length back a touch, that allowed the ball to deviate, rather than bowling it full and not letting it turn. I also told her to not try for wickets but concentrate on bowling in the right way. I told her to focus on bowling one ball at a time and not think of the entire over or other stuff. Her mindset slowly began changing. Her earlier focus was on wanting to pick X wickets in Y overs”, Shibsagar said.

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Saika Ishaque Cricket Career 

Womens Premier League

  • Mumbai Indians Women bagged Saika Ishaque at her base price of INR 10 Lakhs in the WPL 2023 Auction.
  • Saika Ishaque made her WPL Debut against Gujarat Giants on March 4 in Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Navi Mumbai.
    • Saika Ishaque bagged 4 wickets in her debut match and led Mumbai Indians Women to win the match by 143 runs.
    • In her second match against Women RCB, Ishaque bagged 2 wickets where Mumbai won by 9 wickets.
    • Saika Ishaque becomes quite famous in the match against Delhi Capitals Women where she dismissed inform Shafali Verma in the 2nd over and went on to dismiss Meg Lanning and Jemimah Rodrigues in the same over(12th over).
Ishaque celebrates the dismissal of DC’s Meg Lanning(Image: WPL)
    • In her next match against UP Warriorz, Ishaque bagged another 3 wickets and played a vital role in Mumbai’s 4th consecutive victory.
    • In Mumbai’s 5th league match which is played against Gujarat Giants, Ishaque bagged 4 wickets for just 11 runs and led the team to beat Giants by 143 runs.

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Saika Ishaque Stats

Womens Premier League

Match Wickets BBI AVG ECO 3W 5W
9 15 4/11 14.40 7.00 3 0