International Women’s Day 2021: Five Indian cricketers who continue to inspire the next generation

International Women’s Day 2021:

International Women’s Day 2021: International Women’s Day is being celebrated around the world today. The annual event is an occasion to embrace womanhood, promote gender equality and aware women of their rights. International Women’s Day is celebrated by conducting seminars, events and other cultural programs across various parts of the world. Many countries use this day to felicitate women leaders across different fields like sports, politics, education, and many more. As we celebrate International Women’s Day 2021, take a look at five Indian cricketers who continue to inspire the next generation:

International Women’s Day 2021:  Smriti Mandhana

India captain Mithali Raj is the highest run-getter in women’s international cricket. She is the only woman cricketer to surpass 6,000 runs and score 7 consecutive half-centuries. Besides this, she is the first cricketer for India to reach 2000 T20I runs (both men and women). She had made her debut in 199 against Ireland. She hasn’t looked back since.

Mithali Raj has won Arjuna Award in 2003 and India’s fourth highest civilian award- Padma Shri in 2015.

On Sunday, Mithali achieved a historic feat. She joined Cricket Legend Sachin Tendulkar (22 years and 91 days) for the longest career in ODI cricket. Mithali (21 years and 254 days*) is currently playing the T20I series against South Africa.

International Women’s Day 2021: Jhulan Goswami

Another women cricketer in her late 30s, Jhulan Goswami has contributed a lot to India women cricket. She is the first bowler to take 200 wickets in ODI cricket for women. Goswami, 37, was born in a middle-class family in West Bengal but kept working hard to find her way to the top. She made her debut against England in 2002. She has also won Arjuna Award, 2010 and Padma Shri, 2012. Goswami was named ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year in 2007.

International Women’s Day 2021: Harmanpreet Kaur

Harmanpreet Kaur is the skipper of India’s T20I women team. The Punjab-based player made her way to India women’s cricket by showing her skills while playing for the Railways. She made her debut against England in 2009. Besides Indian cricket, she is one of the three players from India who plays in BBL. Kaur has won the prestigious Arjuna Award for Cricket in 2017.

International Women’s Day 2021: Smriti Mandhana

Smriti Mandhana was named as the Best Women’s International Cricketer in 2018. She was also named ICC and ODI player of the year at the same time. Mandhana has produced match-winning performances for India in key tournaments. She got her India call after a breakthrough season for Vadodara in 2013. The 24-year-old is an established player in India’s top order. Besides India, she plays in the BBL.

International Women’s Day 2021: Shefali Verma

Shefali also plays for India women’s national cricket team. At the age of 15, she became the youngest cricketer to play in Women’s cricket for India breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s record. She took everyone by storm by her performances in her first ICC Women’s World Cup.

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