With the current salvage of the Indian women's cricket squad and responsive action by the BCCI has given rise to women's cricket into the mainstream a ton of female cricket players.
Here are 9 of the best female players that have paved the way for future generations
Shantha Rangaswamy, the first woman in the Indian cricket squad to achieve a century as she achieved 108 against New Zealand in 1977. She was even the major test captain of the Indian Women's Cricket Team. She was a batsman all-rounder. In nineteen ODIs, this amazing lady seized 12 wickets and achieved 287 runs. It was with her captaincy that India attained its initial test series. She got the Arjuna Award in 1976. She was even the primary woman cricketer to be granted the Lifetime Achievement Award by the BCCI
Born on January 26 1956, this Mumbai girl grew up dabbling in cricket. Before entering cricket, she was a tennis and basketball player. She was a slow left-hand bowler and prepared her test debut for the team in 1976 vs West Indies. She was eventually brought in as captain of the Indian Test team in 1985. In 1993, the Government of India commemorated her with the 'Arjuna Award' and the Padma Shri prize in 2002
Shubhangi Kulkarni was a Right-hand batswoman and leg-spinner in the Indian Women's cricket squad. She rendered her test debut vs the West Indies in 1976 and ODI debut in 1978 vs New Zealand. In her global profession stretching nearly 15 years, she took a tally of 98 wickets and achieved 1047 runs. She was granted the Arjuna Award in 1985 and was the third female cricket performer to obtain the prestigious prize.
Purnima Rau, born in 1967, played 5 test tournaments and 33 ODI tournaments for India. She was an all-rounder, and her ODI debut was vs West Indies in 1993. She made her test debut in 1995. She made 639 runs and took a score of 65 wickets, in her multinational career. She left multinational cricket in December 2000.
Anju Jain has been the only female player to participate in four consecutive world cups. She was a wicket-keeper and was hailed in an opening lineup of batting for India. She participated in 8 test tournaments and 65 ODI tournaments from 1993 to 2005. She even headed the Indian team in the 2000 CricInfo Women's World Cup when India entered the semi-finals. She was granted the Arjuna Award in 2005. Nowadays, she is acting as the Chief Coach of Assam's women's cricket team
Anjum Chopra came from a long line of sportspersons and had an excellent background to expand herself as a spokesperson. She made her debut, when she was seventeen, in the ODI game vs New Zealand. She was the topmost contender for India in the 2005 World Cup where India entered the final for the first moment. She was granted the Arjuna Award in 2007 and the Padma Shri prize in 2014.
Mithali Raj enlisted at the young age of seventeen. The Tamil girl earned her ODI debut in the year 1999 vs Ireland and achieved 114 runs. In her third test game, she reached the world's then-highest test total of 214 runs outperforming the 209 runs completed by Karen Rolton. She's presently the prime run-getter in International ODI tournaments and the only woman cricket player to exceed the 6000 ODI runs juncture. This extraordinary woman was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2003 and the Padma Shri prize in 2015. As of January 03, 2018, she's on the topmost of the ICC Women's ODI batting ranks.
Jhulan Nishit Goswami has been the sole Indian women cricketer to receive the ICC Women cricketer of the year award. She's a right-arm medium pacer and as significantly capable batswoman. Born on November 25, 1982, and she made it to the Indian women's cricket team in 2002 at the age of nineteen. With a bowling average below 22 in all three formats of the game, she is currently the highest wicket-taker in women's ODI cricket. She has been awarded the Arjuna Award in 2010 and the Padma Shri Prize in 2012 by the Indian Government.
Harmanpreet Kaur had her debut for the Indian women's cricket team in 2009 vs arch-nemesis Pakistan. She is an all-rounded player known for the striking batting proficiency. Her streaking unbeaten strike of 171 runs in the semi-finals of the 2017 women world tournament vs Australia secured India's entry in the World Cup finals for the 2nd time in history. She was granted the Arjuna Award in 2017. She's only 28 but is confident to smash several further records in the cricketing field.