Rajeshwari Gayakwad is an Indian cricketer who was born on June 1, 1991. On January 19, 2014, she made her international debut in a one-day international against Sri Lanka. She bats right-handed and bowls orthodox left-arm slow. She only appeared in one test match for India, in which they lost to South Africa.
When she was about 18 years old, she began playing serious cricket. Her father has been her main influence and has provided her with formal training. She began her cricket career with the Karnataka women’s squad and made her international debut in 2014.
Rajeshwari Gayakwad’s father died of a heart attack in 2014, only days after she played her first international series, a T20 against Sri Lanka’s women’s national cricket side.
M. B. Patil, the Water Resources Minister, offered her a car worth Rs 5 lakh after the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup Final, which she declined, stating that her goal at the time is to secure a house for her family.
In the domestic level, Rajeshwari Gayakwad played for the Karnataka women’s team and Railways women team. She is a member of the Trailblazers. The Trailblazers are a women’s cricket team from India. Smriti Mandhana leads the team, which was created in 2018 to compete in the Women’s T20 Challenge.
She made her test debut for India in 2014 against the South African team. She took 4 wickets for 54 runs with an economy of 1.45 in the first innings. In the second innings she took 1 wicket and conceded 26 runs with an economy of 1.18. The match took place in Mysore.
Her ODI match debut was on January, 2014 against the Sri Lankan team. She conceded 11 runs and took 2 wickets with an economy of 1.46. The Indian team won that match by 7 wickets.
Coming to T20 matches, she debuted in 2014 against Sri Lanka suring Sri Lanka’s tour of India. She gave in 24 runs and took 3 wickets with an economy of 6.00. The Indian team lost the match to Sri Lanka by 3 wickets.
Rajeshwari Gayakwad was a member of the Indian squad that advanced to the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup final, where they were defeated by England by nine runs. She bowled the greatest bowling numbers for India in Women’s Cricket World Cup history (5/15) during the same event.
She was picked to India’s squad for the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia in January 2020. She was picked to India’s team for the 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand in January 2022.
She stands at 10 th position for the most wickets taken in an ODI series, at 25 wickets. The first position goes to Sana mir of the Pakistan team, who took 35 wickets. She also holds first position for the hit wickets taken in a T20 International series (1).
Test – Rajeshwari Gayakwad has played only two test matches in her career. Her second and last test match was against Australia on 30 September 2021. She bowled 354 balls and took 5 wickets. She has a bowling average of 16. Her best bowling performance is 4 wickets for 54 runs.
ODI – Rajeshwari Gayakwad has appeared in 40 ODI matches. She scored 13 runs with a batting average of 3.25. As a bowler, she threw 2468 balls and has taken a total of 75 wickets. She has a bowling average of 17.4. Her best bowling performance is 5 wickets for 15 runs against New Zealand. This was the one and only time she took 5 wickets in an innings.
T20 International – Gayakwad has played in 34 T20I matches and scored 10 runs. She has bowled 761 balls and has taken a total of 44 wickets. She has a bowling average of 17.46. She best performance in T20I is 3 wickets for 17 runs.
T20 – Gayakwad appeared in 42 matches till date. She has scored 33 runs and bowled 961 runs. She has taken a total of 46 wickets with a bowling average of 16.56. Her best bowling performance is 3 wickets for 10 runs.