Chief of Indian Air Force Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC has felicitated Flt Lt Shikha Pandey, a member of Indian women's cricket team who finished as the runner-ups in the recently- concluded ICC Women's World Cup, today at Air Headquarters in the national capital.
The prestigious 50-over quadrennial event ended with hosts England lifting the trophy for the fourth time after defeating the Women in Blue by nine runs on July 23 at the Lord's.
Flt Lt Shikha Pandey played a pivotal role in the tournament for the Indian team to help them reach the finals only for the second time in 12 years. She took three wickets against South Africa and two wickets against England in the league matches. In the semi final against six-time winners Australia, she took two wickets by conceding just 17 runs.
Flt Lt Shikha Pandey was commissioned in IAF on June 30, 2012 as an Air Traffic Control Officer. She made her international debut in T20 World Cup which was conducted at Bangladesh in 2014.
Since her debut, she has been a regular member of the Indian women's cricket team. She is the first lady officer from the Services to represent the Indian team.
Flt Lt Shikha Pandey was awarded Chief of the Air Staff Commendation by the Chief of the Air Staff who during the occasion appreciated her performance and wished her success for future endeavours.