In some great news for Indian Women’s cricket, former captain Anjum Chopra has become the first Women’s cricketer from the country was awarded the life membership from the Marleybourne Cricket Club in 2016 and now in recent news, she will also be receiving the CK Nayadu lifetime achievement award.
Anjum Chopra caught the attention of fans with her match-winning century against England in 1999.
Anjum Chopra made her ODI debut for India when she was just 17 years old. She played her first match against New Zealand at Christchurch. She is the first woman to score a hundred for India.
Anjum Chopra is not only one of India’s most successful cricketers, but she is also the first Indian woman to play a hundred ODIs for her nation.
In a career spanning 11 years, Chopra played 12 Tests and 127 ODIs for India, amassing 548 and 2856 runs in both formats respectively. She was India’s leading run-getter at the 2005 Women’s World Cup and was known for her ability to get runs under pressure.
Across all formats of the sport, Anjum has scored 3,645 runs. In ODIs, she slammed 2,856 runs at an average of 31.38 with a solitary century and 18 half-centuries. Her highest score in the 50-over format is 100.
She was the first Indian to score a hundred in ODIs and also the first player from the country to play 100 ODIs. She was awarded the Arjuna award in 2007 and the Padma Shri in 2014.
Anjum Chopra has represented India in six World Cups including 4 ODI World Cups and 2 T20 World tournaments. She is the first Indian woman to achieve this feat.
Anjum Chopra was also one of India’s finest captains. She was appointed the skipper in 2002. In her first series as the leader, she scripted a series whitewash against English women. Under Anjum’s captaincy, India women’s cricket team recorded their first Test victory overseas.
The BCCI Annual Award function will be held in Mumbai on January 12 ahead of the first ODI against Australia on January 14.
“Anjum will be conferred with the Lifetime Achievement award for their contributions to Indian cricket. Everyone in BCCI feels that they are perfect choices for the award,” a BCCI source.
Anjum Chopra has been quite an influential figure in women’s cricket in India and was considered to be the most successful women’s cricketer. She has contributed a lot to the Indian cricket and she is confirmed to be felicitated by the CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award during the BCCI Annual Awards. She has changed the face of Indian cricket along with being an excellent ambassador to the game.