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Thursday, May 5, 2011

The First Indian Woman Cricketer To Get 100 Wickets

'Diana Fram Edulji' (born January 26, 1956) is a former Indian women's Test cricketer. Born in Mumbai she was drawn to sports at an early age. She grew up playing cricket with a tennis ball in the railway colony where she lived. She then went on to play basketball and table tennis at the junior national level, before migrating to cricket. At a cricket camp hosted by former Test cricketer 'Lala Amarnath' she honed her skills. At that time women's cricket was becoming more popular in India. Diana then went on to play for the Railways and then the Indian national cricket team where she was a successful slow left-arm orthodox bowler. She played her first series in 1975. In 1978 she was made the captain of team. With 120 wickets, she remains the highest wicket taker of the game.

Diana Received India's greatest sports honour award, the Arjuna Award in 1983. Diana lost her four front teeth while playing yet she dedicated herself to the game. She is said to be the greatest Indian woman cricketer of all time.In her early forties, she's still fit and bowls a mean spell of left arm spin. Unfortunately, she also still continues to take no prisoners and make no friends. 

Her Words:
What do you think about betting in cricket? Should it be legalized?
Diana_eduljee> I see no harm in it being legalized. Like we have in horse racing because it would definitely cut out the under hand dealings, if any. 
What you think about umpiring in this World Cup?
Diana_eduljee> It’s had its ups and downs and I think the ICC can definitely improve upon the elite panel and a few changes could be made to improve the umpiring standards. 

What do you think are the drawbacks in the Indian women cricket team?
Diana_eduljee> Lack of tournaments, lack of sponsorships etc. 

Now that you don’t play cricket if I am not wrong what's your present job profile?
Diana_eduljee> Yes, I don’t play cricket any more, I am a sports officer with western railway and have 37 games to administer which is a very time consuming and challenging job but I still find time to coach my Indian railway team as well as select the Indian women's cricket team.  

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