No matter how popular it is, women’s cricket is not as popular as men’s cricket. With the current rise in popularity of women’s cricket, there are only a handful of names that the world knows. These names are just a few compared to all the formidable teams in the world. Furthermore, the women of the world are making their respective countries proud in every available field.
Particularly for India, the women are exceeding the expectations. Be it cricket, athletics, businesses, etc., the women of India are becoming more and more successful by day.
Today we are talking about the field of cricket for women. Furthermore, today’s article is on one of India’s lesser-known female cricketers- Thirush Kamini.
Murugesan Dickeshwashankar Thirush Kamini is an Indian cricketer who has played 39 women’s One-Day Internationals for the Indian women’s team.
Dickshwashankar, her father, became her coach growing up. Her father was an ice-hockey player for Tamil Nadu. He played alongside Olympian Vasudevan Baskaran.
Thirush Kamini completed her schooling at Sacred Heart Church Park School and graduated from M.O.P. Vaishnav College for Women, Chennai. Furthermore, she completed her MPhil from Madras University.
Thirush played for Indian Railways as an employee of the Southern Railway within the personnel branch. She resigned from work at Southern Railway in July 2021.
Thirush Kamini started playing cricket at the age of six when her father saw her interest in the sport and coached her ever since. She went on to represent U-16 Tamil Nadu state at the age of 8 and represented the Senior state at the age of 10. Furthermore, when she was 15, she represented U-21 India, toured Pakistan, and received Player of the Match. She went to represent India at the age of 16 and won the Player of the Series in her first-ever tournament. In 2007, she received the Allan Border Gavaskar scholarship and got the chance to practice at the Centre of Excellence, Brisbane, Australia.
Kamini is the only woman cricketer to win the BCCI Player Of the Year on three occasions:
- 2007-2008 Junior Player of the Year.
- 2009-2010 Senior Player of the Year.
- 2012-2013 Senior Player of the Year.
Furthermore, she scored a century against the West Indies in the Women’s World Cup in 2013. Thirush Kamini surpassed Mithali Raj‘s record for the most runs during a World Cup game by scoring a 100 from 146 balls in the first match of ICC Women’s World Cup 2013 and became the first Indian woman to smash a ton in the World Cup. Furthermore, in 2014, Kamini scored 192 in 430 balls in the game against South Africa. She recently scored her career-best unbeaten 113 off 194 balls against Ireland Women at the ICC Women World Cup Qualifiers 2017 at Colombo, Sri Lanka. Moreover, Thirush has also become the first Indian woman to score a century in the Qualifiers. She is currently a contracted BCCI Grade A player.
Thirush Kamini is the only woman cricketer within the history of the sport to be sent off for Obstructing the field.
Field Obstruction Ruling
Thirush went for a run that was never possible on the fourth ball of the fourth over, which India eventually won. The Indian opener got declared out when a throw came in from long-on, and therefore the umpire found her obstructing the field.
First-Ever Woman To Score A Century In World Cup
Kamini scored 100 runs in 146 balls against West Indies in the first match of the 2013 Cricket World Cup. As a result, she became the first Indian woman cricketer to attain a century in the World Cup.
In the 2017 World Cup qualifiers, she scored her career-best innings of 113 runs against Ireland. Moreover, she became the first Indian woman to score a century in World Cup qualifiers.
Kamini is the only Indian opener to have played the very best individual Test innings. (apart from Mithali Raj)
In November 2014, Kamini scored 192 runs in 430 balls against South Africa played at Mysore. Her innings included 24 fours and a six. She is the only Indian opening batsman to have played the very best individual test innings. Furthermore, she is the batter with the second-highest individual innings opening in the Women’s Test format. In first place is Mithali Raj, with a score of 214.
During the 192 runs, Kamini also shared a partnership of 275 runs for the second wicket with Poonam Raut. Furthermore, this is the very best partnership for the second wicket in Test cricket.
Thirush Kamini is a fantastic player who has stepped forward when needed. She has all the achievements mentioned above to her name, confirming the fact that Indian women’s cricket is undoubtedly a sport to watch. And, the players are just filling the country further with pride and joy with their performances time and again.