In the history of Indian women’s cricket, one name is synonymous as cricketer leader and torch bearer of women’s cricket. Diana Edulji, a former cricketer and captain of the Indian women’s cricket team, made significant contributions both on and off the field, leaving an indelible mark on Indian cricket.

Born on January 26, 1956, in Mumbai, Diana Edulji developed a passion for cricket at a young age. However, during her formative years, women’s cricket in India struggled to gain recognition and support. Despite the challenges, Diana persevered and became integral to the Indian women’s cricket revolution in the 1970s.

Diana made her international debut in 1976, during a time when women’s cricket was still in its nascent stages. As an all-rounder, she showcased her skills with both bat and ball, bringing a level of versatility to the Indian team. Diana’s determination and unwavering commitment to the sport helped her become a vital cog in the Indian lineup.

Diana was the first bowler to take 100 wickets. She also has a record for delivering the most balls by any women cricketer. She finished her career by taking 120 wickets which was the highest by any women cricketer at that time.

Diana’s contribution extended beyond her performances on the field. She was instrumental in fighting for better recognition, facilities, and opportunities for women’s cricket in India. She worked tirelessly to break down barriers and change the perception that cricket was a male-dominated sport (she was always outspoken about any injustice against women cricketers). Diana’s efforts played a crucial role in laying the foundation for the growth and development of women’s cricket in the country.

After retiring from international cricket, Diana Edulji continued to contribute to the sport in various administrative roles. She served as a national selector, manager of the Indian women’s cricket team, and as a member of the Women’s Cricket Association of India (WCAI). Her extensive knowledge, experience, and dedication made her a respected figure in Indian cricket administration.

In recognition of her outstanding contributions, Diana Edulji received numerous accolades. She was honored with the prestigious Arjuna Award in 1983, which recognizes outstanding achievements in sports. In 2011, she was also bestowed with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), acknowledging her immense contributions to women’s cricket.

Diana Eduljee’s impact on Indian women’s cricket cannot be overstated. Her relentless pursuit of excellence, both as a player and an administrator, paved the way for the success that the Indian women’s cricket team enjoys today. Her efforts not only helped elevate the profile of women’s cricket in India but also inspired a generation of young girls to dream big and pursue their passion for the sport.

As cricket continues to evolve and grow, Diana Eduljee’s legacy remains an inspiration for aspiring cricketers. Her unwavering commitment, resilience in the face of adversity, and pioneering spirit serve as a reminder that barriers can be broken, and dreams can be realized with hard work and determination.

. Recognizing the need to address the issue of financial stability for women cricketers, various initiatives were undertaken to provide financial security to women cricketers. One such initiative was the recruitment of players into railway jobs. The Indian Railways has been one of the largest employers of sportspersons in the country, and they have actively supported and encouraged sports, including cricket. Diana Eduljee’s name will be remembered as a cricketer who uplifted the financial status of women cricketers by recruiting them into the railways.

Indian women’s cricket team has the highest number of players who are railway employees all because of Diana’s grooming. Railway maintains the number one position till date. Railways owe it to Daina who spotted the talent and recruited them in the railway

When you survey the popularity of Diana as team leader it is amazing to note that many players dedicate their success to Diana. What more can you write about her? Diana bus naam hi kafi hai.

Ms. Jyoti Thatte (1985 to 1992)
Ex – Captain Vidarbha 
Ex – Coach VCA Team
Ex – Executive, VCA Committee 
ICA Member & Ex-Vidarbha State Representative

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