Uma Chetry becomes first female cricketer from Assam to receive India call

From playing cricket on the streets to an India call-up, the inspiring story of young wicket-keeper batter Uma Chetry.

Uma Chetry becomes first female cricketer from Assam to receive India call
Uma Chetry becomes first female cricketer from Assam to receive India call. Image Credit: The Assam Tribune

The 21-year-old wicket-keeper batter was born on 27th July 2002 in Bokakhat division of Golaghat district in Assam. She hails from Kandulimari village in Bokakhat. She began playing cricket on the streets along with her brother Bijoy Chetri. She is the only girl among the five siblings. Her mother encouraged her to continue playing cricket. She is one of the exciting prospects in the near future for the Indian Women’s Indian team.

She has played 29 List A matches, scoring 504 runs so far. Her tally of runs includes three half-centuries. She represents Assam at the domestic level. She scored 84 runs in five innings in the Women’s Senior One Day Trophy 2021/2022. She was a part of the ACC Women’s Emerging Asia Cup, hosted by Hong Kong in 2023. The Indian Women’s team led by skipper Shweta Sehrawat emerged as the champions of the ACC Women’s Emerging Asia Cup. She scored 38 runs in a couple of innings with the bat in the tournament. She played a vital role (22 off 20 balls) with the bat at the top of the order against Bangladesh in the final.

Courtesy of her impressive performance, she was picked up in the squad for the Asian Games in Hangzhou in September 2023. The Women in Blue led by the stand-in skipper Smriti Mandhana for the major part of the tournament clinched the Gold medal by defeating Sri Lanka led by skipper Chamari Athapaththu in the final by 19 runs. The 21-year-old wicket-keeper batter Uma Chetry was roped in as a replacement for injured Vrinda Dinesh in the UP Warriorz mid-way through the 2nd edition of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) in 2024.

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She played her solitary match of the season against Mumbai Indians. She represented East Zone in the Senior Women’s Inter Zonal Multi-day Trophy in March in Pune. She was the fourth-highest run-scorer for East Zone with 118 runs with a strike rate of 49.16 and an average of 23.60 in five innings. She has been called up to the Senior Indian women’s team squad for all three formats for the upcoming home series against South Africa that is set to commence with the three-match ODI series from 16th June 2024 followed by a one-off Test match, and then a three-match T20I series.

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