Shubhangi Kulkarni: The 3rd Indian Women Cricketer Recipient Of Arjuna Award And An Amazing Path Finder Of Women’s Cricket


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Indian Women Cricketer, Shubhangi Kulkarni: On July 19, 1959, Kulkarni came into the world. Currently, she is 63 years old. She is from Pune, Maharashtra. Shubhangi Kulkarni is an Indian Cricketer who became part of Indian Women’s national cricket team. As for batting style, she follows the right-handed batting style. However, she follows a leg-spinner bowling style. She entered the International tournament by making her international debut in the month of January, 1978. The tournament took place against New Zealand

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At a very young age, She received the opportunity to leave her imprint over International grounds. She received India’s highest sporting honor, the Arjuna Award in 1985. She was the secretary of the Women’s Cricket Association of India (WCAI) when WCAI was merged into the BCCI in 2006.

Full Name Shubhangi Kulkarni
Date Of Birth 19 July 1959
Age 63 years
Birth Country India
Birth City Pune
Profession Indian Cricketer
Role Batting
Networth 1 To 5 Million

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She received the opportunity to become a member of the Indian women’s team at the ICC 2009 Women’s World Cup in Australia. Her other major team members were Coach Sudha Shah, captain Jhulan Goswami, vice-captain Amita Sharma and manager Shubhangi Kulkarni.

On October 31, 1976, India participated in its initial women’s Test when they played against the West Indies at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. The line-up comprises some legendary names such as, captain , Diana Edulji and of course — names which left a never ending imprint over people’s minds. They are still recognized and spoken with much awe and respect.

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Leg-spinner Shubhangi Kulkarni, at the age of 17 years-old, left a prompt influence by recording figures of 11.4-3-48-5. Coming lower down the schedule, Shubhangi then smashed an unbeaten 26 runs, before India gave the opposite team the target of 269 runs at the loss of six wickets. During the second innings of the match she played, Shubhangi took two wickets to complete the Test with successive seven-wickets. It was a highly-satisfying debut for the teenager.

Shubhangi has played an essential role in the upliftment of women’s cricket in India. She acquired the post as a cricket administrator and was the secretary when Women’s Cricket Association India merged in 2006. She then attained the position of the convener of the BCCI’s women’s committee.

Along with numerous other women cricketers, Shubhangi fought for the rights of women cricketers for a long time. In 2012, when the BCCI handed a one-time payout to male cricketers, many women cricketers felt they should have been included too.

Interview Talks Of Shubhangi Kulkarni 

In a communication with CricketCountry sometime back, Diana Edulji stated that she and Shubhangi and a few of the seniors were the colonists of the union. We wanted the union thinking that women’s cricket will prosper but I’m sorry to say it hasn’t.

In an interview to ESPNcricinfo, Sudha Shah acknowledged the role of Shubhangi for the team’s success. Sudha stated that Anything they desired was provided to them by the council. All she desires from them is that they maintain their focus on cricket, and win. That fact that she has been running the show made a great difference. She filled them with the confidence and the support they required.

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International Statistics

Shubhangi Kulkarni participated in renowned international tournaments and represented India over the International ground. She participated in One Day International (ODI) on January 5, 1978, against New Zealand. She played her last One Day International (ODI) debut on July 27, 1986 against England. Shubhangi participated in 27 matches. She smashed 347 runs in her debut.  Shubhangi maintained a batting average of 13.34. She delivered 1150 balls and took 38 wickets. As for her bowling average, she maintained it 17.60. 

As for her T20I debut, she played her first match on October 13, 1976, against West Indies. However, she took part in the last T20I debut which took place on February 2, 1991, against Australia. Shubhangi got a chance to become part of 19 women T20I debutants. She made 700 runs. Further, Shubhangi Kulkarni made a batting average in the T20I debut of 23.33. She delivered more than 3320 balls and took 60 wickets. Shubhangi maintained a bowling average of 27.45. In 5 innings, she took 5 wickets in 1 innings. 

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