Cricket is too hard to leave!
Cricket is a game of uncertainty and by know we all know that, don’t we? But there’s is something about this game that once you get associated with it you don’t want to part your ways from it. I’m not saying this but history is! Here are a few women’s who even after ending their on field innings are contributing to the cricketing world.
1. Anjum Chopra
The left handed batswoman who has played 12 tests and 116 ODIs was one of the greatest player India ever witnessed. With the batting average of about 31.38 when she declared her retirement in 2012 every cricket fan was upset but little did they know, that their superstar was preparing for her second innings. Not only is she a great commentator but also host a YouTube channel in which she interviews women cricketers. The Padma Shri and Arjuna Award receiver has always had the objective of supporting and promoting female cricket, and she is doing so!
2. Isa Guha
I’m sure every Indian Premier League fan knows who Isa Guha is, but if you don’t, I’ll introduce her to you. The right arm fast medium bowler, who is one of the commentator of IPL has played for England from the age of 17. She was ranked as the number one bowler in women’s ODI by ICC in 2008 and was also a part of the world cup winning team. Since her retirement, she has worked with BBC sports website as a columnist and an occasional test match summariser. Currently working with Sky Sports as a commentator for England and Pakistan Test matches and has recently joined FOX sports network as a commentator to cover Australian Cricket.
3. Lisa Sthalekar
The Australian stalwart Lisa, was born in Pune and was adopted by Haren and Sue Sthalekar and brought to Australia. Started her cricketing career in 1997, she has been a part of four world cup wins across both T20 and ODI. Also, she was a part of Australian team which won Ashes in 2001 and 2011.
She is undoubtedly one of the greatest player the game has ever witnessed. Even after her retirement she continues to serve the cricketing world by being a commentator for IPL and BBL. Not only is she a commentator but has also handled coaching role within Cricket NSW.
4. Mel Jones
An Australian player who was born in England started her international career in the year 1997. She has played 5 test and 61 ODI matches for Australia with a batting average in 20s. She has been a part of lot of domestic tournaments as well. After her retirement, she continued her passion towards cricket the only difference that this time she was not playing but commentating.
She has been a part of the commentary panel of Indian Premier League, Women’s Big Bash League, Big Bash League, Ashes, Pakistan Super League, ABC Radio, Women’s T20 international which was covered by Channel 9 and recently she has signed the contract with Fox sports. Her cricketing career wasn’t that great but her commentating career is definitely unquestionable!
5. Charlotte Edwards
The English cricketer who have had a career of about 20 years is regarded as G.O.A.T (greatest of all time) She has been captain to the England team and has lead them to 3 Ashes (2008, 2013 & 2014) and World Cup/World T20 double win. She has the ability to bat as well as bowl. She’s been awarded as both ICC player of the year in 2008 and Wisden Cricketer of the year in 2014. She understands the game like nobody else does, hence has several records on her name. She in fact was the first cricketer to score 2500 runs in T20 international. After announcing her retirement last year (2017) she has considered commentating as her link to be associated with the game. And as always she’s doing justice to her job .
The only thing going on in my mind right now after seeing these ladies being associated with cricket is the song….. yeh bandhan toh pyar ka bandhan hai (this connection is purely based on love) isn’t it true?