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‘Jhulan is a living legend’

Former India star Neetu David and Rita Dey thank BCCI for one-time benefit payment

When former India star Neetu David and wicket-keeper Rita Dey arrived at the Green Park Stadium, nostalgia gripped the duo. It was at this very ground in Kanpur that the two first learned the tricks of the trade before making the cut into the Indian cricket team.

The two were honored by the BCCI for their achievements and contributions to Indian Cricket with a one-time benefit payment during the VIVO IPL 2017 match 50 between Gujarat Lions and Delhi Daredevils. Neetu received a cheque of INR 30 lakhs (for playing 25 matches) while Rita was handed a cheque of Rs 10 lakhs (for playing 1-9 matches).

“This is my home ground and I have trained here all my life. My coach is also here and to be honoured in Kanpur feels wonderful. I'd like to thank the BCCI, the COA, my colleagues, captains, officials and all those who supported me. I would like to thank Diana Edulji. This is a great step. We feel proud that our contribution has been recognized,” gushed Dey.

For David, it was an unique experience of returning to the place to watch a cricket match instead of taking part in one. “I have played a lot of cricket here and this is the first time I have come to watch a match. It feels amazing.

“I am very happy that through IPL we have been given a one-time benefit amount. It is a big honour and a big boost to women's cricket in India. The next generation will also benefit from this and we can further improve women's cricket in the country.

David, the first Indian woman cricketer to take 100 ODI wickets hailed Jhulan Goswami’s feat of becoming the highest wicket taker in Women’s ODIs. “It is a big achievement. It a such a huge milestone to reach and it will have a tremendous impact on the young girls who are playing cricket currently. She is an inspiration to so many cricketers.” A stalwart of the game, she picked up 141 wickets in just 97 ODI matches during her 13-year long career. With Goswami, she is the only other Indian to feature in top-five wicket takers’ list in ODIs. David also holds the record for best bowling figures in an innings. In 1995 in a Test at Jameshedpur, the left-arm spinner had dismantled the English line-up, taking 8/53 in 31.3 overs.

For Dey, Goswami is a living legend. “I'd like to congratulate her on this fantastic achievement. Both Mithali Raj and Goswami are living legends. This is a proud moment for Indian cricket. The young girls are already following in her footsteps. She is a role model to so many and she continues to inspire.”

Moulin Parikh
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Third win a row for India Women

India Women thrash Zimbabwe Women by nine wickets to continue their winning march in the Quadrangular Series

India Women continued their winning march in the Women's Quadrangular Series with a thumping nine wickets win over Zimbabwe Women at North-West University No1 Ground, Potchefstroom On Thursday.

Zimbabwe, who opted to bat first after winning the toss were blown away by India's disciplined bowling and were shot out for only 93 in 38.4 overs. The innings lasted only 127 minutes with only three batters managing to get a score in excess of 10 runs.

Captain Mithali Raj used six bowlers and each had their wickets' column filled. Shikha Pandey and Mansi Joshi opened the bowling attack and she struck in the sixth over to dismiss opener Chipo Mugeri with 15 runs on the board. Deepti Sharma bowled first change and she bowled a tight line.

Once Rajeshwari Gayakwad was introduced into the attack there was no looking back as Zimbabwe lost wickets in a heap. After losing the second wicket with the score on 21, they lost three more with the addition of just nine runs. Rajeshwari picked 3/25 in nine overs while Deepti claimed 2/14. Shikha, Mansi, Poonam Yadav and Harmanpreet Kaur picked one wicket each.

Like in the previous game against South Africa Women, India lost their first wicket early but did not have trouble in overcoming the small target. Veda Krishnamurthy was trapped lbw in the first over bowled by Josephine Nkomo.

Opening the batting, Harmanpreet opted for an attacking approach and she struck three boundaries in the first 13 balls she faced to put the pressure back on the opposition. Mona Mesharam gave her fine company. After the lunch break, Mona upped the ante and even hit a six off Nomvelo Sibanda. The 93-run stand between the two helped chased down the target in only 18.3 overs.

India will next play Ireland Women on Monday.

Brief score: Zimbabwe Women 93/10 in 38.4 overs (Precious Marange 17, Josephine Nkomo 17, Rajeshwari Gayakwad 3/25, Deepti Sharma 2/14) lost to India Women 94/1 (Mona Meshram 46, Harmanpreet Kaur 38) by 9 wickets 

BCCI Staff

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