Meet Sajeevan Sajana, Mumbai Indians’ Latest Star Who Lost ‘Everything in Kerala Floods’

Last Updated: February 24, 2024, 13:20 IST

Sajeevan Sajana (right) celebrates after hitting the match-winning six. (BCCI Photo)

Sajeevan Sajana (right) celebrates after hitting the match-winning six. (BCCI Photo)

Sajeevan Sajana plays domestic cricket for Kerala and got into the limelight on Friday night with a match-winning last-ball six for Mumbai Indians in WPL 2024.

Mumbai Indians needed five runs to win off one delivery in their WPL 2024 opening clash against Delhi Capitals in Bengaluru on Friday night. They had No.7 Amanjot Kaur at one end and No.8 Sajeevan Sajana, a debutant, on strike.

The equation was difficult, not impossible. But with the specialist batters back in the hutch and with a greenhorn facing someone of the caliber of Alice Capsey, the balance was tilted in DC’s favour.

Nobody told Sajana though.

She charged down the track and calmly lofted the delivery to clear long-on boundary sending the MI dug-out into wild celebrations.

The 29-year-old had sealed a stunning last-ball win for the defending champions to kickstart the second season of WPL on a highly entertaining note.

Also Read: Sajana’s Last Ball Six Helps MI Beat DC in WPL Opener

Who is Sajeevan Sajana?

Sajana hails from Kerala, daughter of a modest rickshaw driver. In 2018, she lost her house during Kerala floods and had to take shelter in a government school.

After going unsold at the inaugural WPL auction last year, she was bought by MI last December for Rs 15 lakh. She plays for Kerala in domestic circuit.

An allrounder, Sajana bowls offspin and has an experience of 81 T20 games having scored 1093 runs in them besides taking 58 wickets as well.

“I come from a humble background,” Sajana told her MI teammate Yastika Bhatia during an interaction on WPL’s official website. “I Didn’t have enough funds (growing up). (But) Once I started playing regularly, earned Rs 150 daily which was a huge amount for me. Then it kept on increasing till Rs 900 per day. My parents were very happy. Then came Kerala captaincy and I lifted U-23 T20 Super League trophy. Then there was Challengers Trophy. After that, I played with Jhulan (Goswami) di for Indian Greens. Have learnt a lot of cricket from my struggles.”

When asked if she felt any pressure, Sajana replied in positive and added, “Actually, I was feeling a little bit under pressure. Didn’t expect will face such situation on debut. This was my chance, If I perform well, my life will change. So I went for it (six).”

Sajana was all praise for MI franchise, crediting them for treating her like their baby.

“They (MI) are treating me like their baby. Everybody gets equal opportunities irrespective of whether they are junior or senior. Everyone is respectful, Everyday I become a lot more confident,” she said.

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