Women Cricketers from Bangalore

In Bangalore, amidst its vibrant streets and spirited communities, a group of extraordinary individuals has carved their niche in cricket. But this isn’t just any cricketing tale; it’s the story of grit, determination, and sheer passion that flows through the veins of Bangalore’s women cricketers. From dusty playgrounds to international arenas, these Indian women’s cricketers from Bangalore have shattered stereotypes and left an indelible mark on the cricketing landscape, inspiring future generations. 

Indian Women’s cricketers from Bangalore

Sr. No.NameDate of BirthSocial Media
1Karuna Jain9th September,1985vkarunajain
2Subha Sateesh13th July,1999shubha_satheesh
3Shreyanka Patil31st July,2002shreyanka_patil31
4Vellaswamy Vanitha19th July,1990vanithavr
5Mamatha Maben15th November,1970mamathamaben
  1. Karu Jain

Karuna Jain was born on September 9, 1985, in Bangalore. She started playing cricket in 2004 and played well in her first match against the West Indies, scoring 68 runs without getting out. This made her only the fifth Indian woman to score more than fifty runs in her first One-Day International (ODI) match.

She was part of the Indian team for the 2005 Women’s World Cup, where India came second. In the same year, she helped India win against England in a series, and in one of the games, she scored a century (100 runs), which was a big achievement for her. This made her the second-youngest Indian woman to score a century in international cricket after Mithali Raj. Between these big tournaments, she also led a young Indian team on a tour to Pakistan.

Jain also played in the Women’s World Cup in 2013 and the Women’s T20 World Cup in 2014, representing India in 44 ODIs, five Test matches, and nine T20Is between 2004 and 2014. She did well as a wicketkeeper, making the third-highest number of dismissals (58) among Indian women in ODIs.

2. Subha Sateesh

Shubha Satheesh, born July 13, 1999, is an Indian cricketer from Bangalore. She plays for Railways and Royal Challengers Bangalore. She bats left-handed and bowls right-arm medium. Shubha started playing for Karnataka before moving to Railways. She debuted internationally in December 2023, playing for India against England. She’s known for her impressive performances, scoring half-centuries in Twenty20 and List-A matches. She was the fourth-highest run-scorer in the 2020–21 Women’s Senior One Day Trophy. Shubha also played for South Zone in the 2017–18 Senior Women’s Cricket Inter Zonal Three Day Game tournament. Recently, she was signed by Royal Challengers Bangalore for the Women’s Premier League’s second season.

3. Shreyanka Patil

Shreyanka Rajesh Patil, born July 31, 2002, is a talented cricketer from Bangalore, India. She currently plays for Karnataka and Royal Challengers Bangalore. She’s known for her right-arm off-break bowling style. Shreyanka even had a stint with Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Women’s Caribbean Premier League.

Shreyanka’s journey with cricket began at the age of ten in Bangalore. Her father, Rajesh, runs a cricket academy. She started experimenting with different bowling styles and found her forte as an off-spinner. She moved to a rented place near Dev’s academy in Huttanahalli, Karnataka, to improve her skills. Her professional cricket career took off when she reached the Karnataka under-16 squad.

In October 2019, Shreyanka debuted for the Karnataka senior team against Pondicherry. She showcased her talent by taking 1 wicket for 21 runs from two overs. Notably, she was impressed with a stellar performance of 4 wickets for 7 runs in a match for South Zone against North East Zone in the Senior Inter Zonal T20 competition in November 2022. She also displayed her batting prowess by scoring her maiden List A half-century, making 73 runs against Arunachal Pradesh in January 2023.

In February 2023, Royal Challengers Bangalore signed her for the inaugural Women’s Premier League, where she took six wickets in seven matches. She later joined Guyana Amazon Warriors for the 2023 Women’s Caribbean Premier League, emerging as the leading wicket-taker with 9 wickets.

In the 2024 Women’s Premier League, representing Royal Challengers Bangalore, Shreyanka shone brightly. She claimed the Purple Cap for being the highest wicket-taker in the tournament, grabbing 13 wickets from eight matches. Her outstanding performance, including figures of 4 wickets for 12 runs in the final against Delhi Capitals, contributed significantly to her team’s title win.

Shreyanka’s talent was recognised internationally when she played for India A at the 2023 ACC Women’s T20 Emerging Teams Asia Cup, where she emerged as the leading wicket-taker with 9 wickets. In December 2023, she earned her first call-up to the India squad for the series against England. She made her international debut in the Twenty20 International series against England, taking 2 wickets for 44 runs from her four overs. Later that month, she made her Women’s One Day International (WODI) debut against Australia.

4. Vellaswamy Vanitha

Vellaswamy Rama Vanitha, born on July 19, 1990, is a former Indian cricketer hailing from Bangalore. She was known for her role as an opening batter for Karnataka. Vanitha made Women’s One Day International (WODI) and Women’s Twenty20 International (WT20I) debuts against Sri Lanka in January 2014. However, in February 2022, she retired from all forms of cricket.

Vanitha, who grew up in Bangalore, comes from a supportive family with two sisters and a brother. Her father introduced her to cricket at a young age, taking her to the Karnataka Institute of Cricket when she was just 11. She used to play cricket with her father and brother, which nurtured her passion for the sport. Vanitha attended Seventh Day Adventist School in Bangalore and later pursued studies at CMR Law School and MS Ramaiah College of Law. Besides cricket, she’s also an entrepreneur, having launched Orgobliss in 2013 along with her brother.

Vanitha began her cricketing journey with the Karnataka women’s cricket team in 2006. Under her coach and mentor, Irfan Sait, along with other coaches like Dilip, Naseer, Anant Dante, and Rajini, she honed her skills and flourished in her career.

5. Mamatha Maben

Mamatha Maben, a fierce middle-order batter and medium-pacer from Bangalore, has been a part of Indian women’s cricket since 1993. She faced setbacks after playing in the World Cup, including a shoulder injury in 2000. Despite considering leaving cricket, she persisted and made a strong comeback in the 2001 domestic season. Her consistent performance earned her a spot in the Indian team in 2001-02. Returning after an eight-year hiatus, she proved her worth by scoring a half-century in her third game, showcasing her resilience and talent.

Rise of Indian Women’s Cricketer 

Women’s cricket in India has improved in the last ten years. In 2017, our team reached the final of the 50-over World Cup in England, and in 2020, we made it to Australia’s T20 World Cup finals.

Harmanpreet Kaur is now the captain of the Indian women’s cricket team for all three formats—ODI, T20I, and test cricket. She became famous after her amazing performance in the 2017 World Cup. In one match, she scored 171 runs against Australia.

For a long time, men’s cricket in India was more popular. But because of the hard work of women cricket legends like Shantha Rangaswamy, Diana Edulji, Jhulan Goswami, Mithali Raj, and Anjum Chopra, players like Kaur have got a chance to show their skills on the world stage.

Women’s cricket in India is finally getting the attention it deserves and can’t be ignored anymore.

Since the Women’s Cricket Association of India (WCAI) started in Lucknow in 1973, Indian women cricketers have faced many obstacles. They played their first ODI in 1978, the same year WCAI was recognised by the International Women’s Cricket Council (IWCC). It took them thirty-two years to reach the final of the Cricket World Cup in South Africa in 2005.

Conclusion

The story of women cricketers from Bangalore shows how strong passion, never giving up, and working hard can lead to success. From the local grounds to playing on big international platforms, these players faced many difficulties but still made it big in cricket. Their stories of winning, bouncing back from tough times, and staying dedicated inspire us to keep going after what we want without giving up.

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