|Rajeshwari Gayakwad Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 4 in|
|Date of Birth||June 1, 1991|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Rajeshwari Gayakwad is an Indian professional cricketer who has represented her country in all 3 formats of the sport (Tests, ODIs, and T20Is), as a frontline spin bowler. She was an integral part of the Indian squads that had finished runner-up at both the 2017 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup and the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, the 2nd and 1st time, respectively, that India had achieved those feats. In the Indian domestic circuit, she has played for Railways Women and her home state of Karnataka across all 3 formats. In franchise-based T20 cricket, she has turned out for Trailblazers (2019–2020) in the Women’s T20 Challenge.
Rajeshwari Shivanand Gayakwad
Vijayapura, Karnataka, India
Bengaluru, Bayaluseemé, Karnataka, India
Rajeshwari, after her high school graduation, had moved to Bengaluru to pursue a degree in arts.
- Father – Shivanand Gayakwad (Primary School Teacher) (d. 2014)
- Mother – Savithri Gayakwad
- Siblings – Rameshwari Gayakwad (Sister), Bhuvaneshwari Gayakwad (Sister), Kashinath Gayakwad (Brother), Vishwanath Gayakwad (Brother)
Slow Left-Arm Orthodox
1 – One Day International (ODI), T20 International (T20I)
5 ft 4 in or 162.5 cm
61 kg or 134.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
- Toned physique
- Center-parted, shoulder-length, straight hair
- Affable smile
- Has a tattoo on her left forearm
Rajeshwari Gayakwad Facts
- She was an accomplished javelin and discus thrower in her teenage years. She was also a member of her district’s junior volleyball team. Rajeshwari had started taking a serious interest in cricket only by the time she had turned 18. Her father was her biggest support and he had ensured that she received formal coaching in the sport.
- When she made her international debut for India, in an ODI match against Sri Lanka, in January 2014, she had become the first female cricketer from Vijayapura (earlier known as Bijapur) district to play an international cricket match.
- In her test match debut, against South Africa in November 2014, she had bowled impressively to register figures of 4/54 and 1/26, helping India register an emphatic victory by an innings and 34 runs. This was only India’s 5th win in 36 test matches, just their 2nd test match win in home conditions, and their first-ever test match victory by an innings.
- She had not been included in the playing XI in any of India’s first 6 matches of the group stage at the 2017 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup. She was finally given a chance in India’s 7th and final group stage match against New Zealand which was a virtual quarter-final as India (8 points from 6 games) and New Zealand (7 points from 6 games) were vying for the last available semi-final spot. England (12 points from 7 games), Australia (12 points from 7 games), and South Africa (9 points from 7 games) had already booked their semi-final spots by then.
- Rajeshwari had more than repaid the team’s faith by producing a scarcely believable spell of 5/15 in 7.3 overs in that match. These were the then-best bowling figures for India in an ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup match, bettering Ekta Bisht’s haul of 5/18 in 10 overs which was recorded earlier in the same tournament, against Pakistan. This was also Rajeshwari’s debut match in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup and her figures of 5/15 were the 3rd-best on tournament debut only behind Glenys Page (6/20) of New Zealand in 1973 and Tina Macpherson (5/14) of Australia in 1973. Tina’s performance was also the first-ever 5-wicket haul in women’s ODI cricket.
- Rajeshwari’s performance was instrumental in India bundling New Zealand out for just 79 runs, winning the all-important match by a massive margin of 186 runs. This was the Indian team’s biggest win, in terms of runs, in the history of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup. This was New Zealand’s lowest all-out total in the history of the tournament.
- In India’s opening match of the 2022 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, against arch-rivals Pakistan, she had bowled an exceptional spell of 4/31 (10 overs) to help India kick-start their campaign with a thumping 137-run win.
- As of March 2022, she was one of only 7 bowlers, and the only Indian, to have recorded a ‘hit-wicket’ dismissal in women’s T20 international matches.
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