ANJUM CHOPRA

Blog By : Riya Rathore

Anjum Chopra  is an Indian cricketer. She played her first friendly Later the same year she was selected to play for New Delhi in the under−15 tournament She played various sports at an early age, representing her school and college in athletics, basketball, and swimming. She was also a member of the Delhi State basketball team that competed at nationals. Anjum made her debut in one-day internationals at the early age of 17, on 12 February 1995 against New Zealand at Christchurch, In only her second series for India the same year, she was awarded player of the series in the one day internationals against the visiting England cricket team, scoring runs at an average of 67.5.When Anjum Chopra is at the wicket it is difficult to keep memories of David Gower out of the mind. Batting left handed she has forced journalists to overuse the phrase ‘lazy elegance.’ She has been one of India’s premier batswomen for a while now. Playing predominantly through the ‘V’ Chopra does not hesitate to come down the wicket to the spinners. Usually a slow starter, Chopra is all timing and hardly ever tries to tonk the ball. Equally comfortable on the off and on side Chopra can bat anywhere at the top of the order. When she went to England in mid 1999 her coach, Sudha Shah remarked that Chopra was a better suited to the longer version of the game. In the first and second one dayers played, Chopra came up with match winning innings including a sparkling century off 127 balls.

Former Indian women’s team captain Anjum Chopra has been awarded an honourary life membership of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) along with former men’s team stalwarts Zaheer Khan and Virender Sehwag. She is the first Indian woman cricketer to get the prestigious life membership of MCC. The 39-year-old Anjum played 12 Tests, 127 ODIs and 18 T20 Internationals for India. She scored 548 runs in Tests with 4 half centuries while in 50 overs format, she scored 2856 runs with a century and 18 half-centuries. Anjum is a former Indian batsman and captain and has earlier been an in-studio expert for many tournaments over the years. teran batsman Anjum Chopra will lead the Indian women’s cricket team in the limited overs series against Australia, starting March 12 in Ahmedabad. Mithali Raj has been named as Anjum’s deputy for the series.According to a BCCI statement, the All-India Women’s Selection Committee picked up the 15-member squad after a meeting at the Cricket Centre in Mumbai on February 29.

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