When we say ‘Bleed Blue’ the first thing that strikes our mind is the ‘Men in blue’ or the ‘Indian Cricket team’. But not even for a second did we think of the women’s cricket team. India is considered as one of the greatest cricket playing nations in the world but why always the men’s team grabs all the eyeballs. No, we are not criticising the men’s team. They deserve it. But even women’s team deserves the same. They practice, play, sacrifice and wear the same blue colour we are always proud of. It’s time we be proud of everyone who wears it on the field. So, here we introduce you to five Indian women cricketers who deserves the same name, fame and respect like any other Indian sportsperson.
She is not only the captain but also the backbone of the Indian women’s cricket team and is the most successful Indian women captain ever. Under her captaincy, the team reached the Women’s World Cup Final in 2005 and won the test series in England. She is the second-highest run scorer in women’s international cricket and the second woman cricketer to surpass the 5,500 run mark. She has also been felicitated with the Arjuna Award and holds number one position in the ICC Top Female batsman list.
Jhulan Goswami is an all-round Indian cricketer and currently the leading wicket-taker in the Women’s ODI cricket’s history. She was the captain of the Indian women cricket team in 2009 and is succeeded by Mithali Raj. She is a Padma Shri awardee and is the fastest bowler in the world after Cathryn Fitzpatrick. She has been awarded the ICC Women’s player of the year in 2007 and the best women cricketer in 2011.
Shikha Pandey is a right-arm medium pacer and a middle-order batter in the team. She is first women cricketer from Goa. Apart from being a cricketer she is an ex air-controller in the Indian Air Force. After Dilip Sardesai, she is the only player from Goa to play in any Indian national team. She is the only Goa Cricket Association affiliated cricketer to play international level cricket for India.
Harmampreet Kaur represents the new-age Indian women’s cricketer and has a batting average of 37 in the ODIs. She is the first Indian cricketer, male and female, to sign a Big Bash League contract with Sydney Thunder in Australia. She got the deal after her impressive game during India’s tour of Australia in January 2016. She is one of the brightest prospects for the team and holds the capacity to take over the captaincy in the future.
Ekta Bisht is a left-handed batsman and slow left-arm orthodox bowler. She is the first woman cricketer from Uttarakhand. Her game in the ICC Women World Cup qualifier helped the team thrashed Pakistan by seven wickets. Her haul is the fourth best by an Indian bowler in ODIs. In the match, she bowled a total of seven maidens, the joint-most by any Indian bowler in the ODIs.