Shanta Rangaswamy wins BCCI Lifetime Achievement Award
Q. Which woman cricketer won the BCCI award for the first time?- Published on 02 Mar 17
a. Shanta Rangaswamy
b. Mithali Raj
c. Harmanpreet Kaur
d. Mamta Maben
ANSWER: Shanta Rangaswamy
In a move that will potentially give a much-needed impetus to Women’s Cricket in India, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has introduced the women’s category in their Lifetime Achievement Awards.
This is recognising the stellar contribution of Indian women cricketers to the sport in India.
The first awardee in the category, who will be felicitated on International Women’s Day on March 8, is former India captain Shanta Rangaswamy.
Apart from Mr. Vaman Viswanath Kumar and late Ramakant Desai have been nominated for the BCCI Special Award in recognition of their yeoman services to Indian Cricket.About Shanta Rangaswamy
- Chennai-born Rangaswamy played 16 Tests between 1976 and 1991, and 19 ODIs between 1981 and 1986.
- In her Test career, she captained eight of the matches in 1976-77 and four in 1983-84, and scored 750 runs at 32.60 including the first ever century scored by a woman cricketer against New Zealand, in 1986.
- In her ODI stint, she captained 16 matches and scored 287 runs.
- The right-handed batter and bowler who bowled at a medium pace took 21 wickets at a bowling average of 31.61, and clocked a best analysis of 4-42 against England.
- The 63-year-old has also won the Arjuna award in 1976, and continues to contribute to the cricketing sphere as a cricket writer, coach, and selector for the women's team.
- She also holds an executive position, namely General Manager, at Canara Bank, for its Bengaluru Region.