Do you know India has Great Women Cricketers too?
- IWB Post
- May 21, 2015
India is one of the greatest cricket playing nations in the world. However, it’s only the men’s team that grabs all the eyeballs. We have yet to see a single birthday wish or tribute on Facebook wall to one of the greatest Indian women batsman of all time, Anjum Chopra—a sad example which shows the lack of interest for the Indian women cricketers.
It would be fair to say that without equal opportunity for the Women’s cricket team and with only 5 to 7 designated International ODIs in a year, it is really difficult to make the women’s team popular among the masses. But we can at least be informed of the Indian women players who made a mark in International cricket. So, here are the seven best Indian women cricketers who deserve as much respect and fame as any other sportsperson in India.
1. Anjum Chopra
Anjum Chopra is a veteran of 116 ODIs and 12 Tests. She belongs to a family of sportspersons and is recognized worldwide as the face of women’s cricket. Anjum Chopra is a multi-faceted personality and has worn many hats of a player, captain, consultant, motivational speaker, author and actor. She also participated in the reality TV show ‘Fear Factor’. She is a part of the 26 member strong team of commentators for the Indian Premier League.
2. Diana Edulji
She captained the Indian women’s side for 3 years when few considered it as a serious career option. She was greatly inspired by a cricket coaching camp by Lala Amarnath and her dedication thereafter saw her become the most successful international bowler with 120 wickets in all at that time.
3. Mithali Raj
She is the Rahul Dravid of international women’s cricket. Mithali Raj hails from Rajasthan and is the most successful Indian captain ever. Under her captaincy, the Indian team reached the 2005 women’s world cup final and won the test series in England. She is an Arjuna Award winner and is considered the best female batsman of all times. She also holds the number one position in the ICC Top Female batsman list.
4. Jhulan Goswami
Jhulan Goswami is an all-round Indian cricketer who was given the ICC Women Cricketer award for 2007. She has a test bowling average of less than 20 which is no small feat. A Padma Shri Awardee, Jhulan Goswami also holds the distinction of being the fastest bowler in the world after Cathryn Fitzpatrick retired.
5. Harmanpreet Kaur
Harmanpreet Kaur is a youngster from Punjab who has a batting average of 37 in ODIs. She is one of the brightest young prospects for Indian team. With age on her side, she is destined to take over the captaincy sometime in the future.
6. Neetu David
Neetu David is India’s highest wicket taker in ODIs and third highest wicket taker in Tests. Having taken 141 wickets, she is also the second highest wicket taker of all times.
7. Nooshin Al Khadeer
Nooshin Al Khadeer is an off-spinner who is sixth on the highest wicket takers list for India. She is very consistent with her line and length and has an incredible average of 26 in test matches. She is closing in on 100 international wickets playing for the Indian team.
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