Anjum Chopra

Biography

Anjum Chopra is an Indian cricketer. A sports girl from the start, the first time she stepped onto the cricket ground was at the age of 9. She played her first friendly match with the college girls’ team at the inter-college level, scoring 20 runs and taking 2 wickets. Later the same year she was selected to play for New Delhi in the under−15 tournament

She played various sports at an early age, representing her school and college in athletics, bas-ketball, and swimming. She was also a member of the Delhi State basketball team that competed at nationals.

Anjum made her debut in one-day internationals at the early age of 17, on 12 February 1995 against New Zealand at Christchurch, New Zealand, and made her debut in Test cricket a few months later against England at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, on 17 November 1995. In only her se-cond series for India the same year, she was awarded player of the series in the one day interna-tionals against the visiting England cricket team, scoring runs at an average of 67.5.

She is a left-handed batswoman who bowls right-arm medium-fast. She has played in 12 Tests and 116 ODIs.

Anjum has played 6 World Cups for India, including four 50-over World Cups and two T20 World Cups. She is the first player to play 100 ODIs for India. One of the strong fielders on the team and a safe pair of hands, she has held the highest number of slip catches for India. A right arm medium pace bowler, Anjum made her debut as an all-rounder, opening the bowling in her first ODI and batting at No 10.

Anjum has batted at almost all positions for her team, including opening if needed. She has scored against the best of bowling attacks of the world and is known to occupy the crease and bat for long hours. For example, batting in the 2000 World Cup in New Zealand against Ireland, India was reeling at 3 wickets down with 1 run on the board. She played a patient knock of 70 runs and won the match.

Anjum is known to bat well under pressure and has played numerous knocks to perfection to get the victory. A quick runner between the wickets, her ability to convert ones to twos had been an outstanding feature of Anjum’s batting style.

Anjum Chopra is both a Test and One Day International cricketer who represented India wom-en’s cricket team. She is currently working as a cricket commentator.
Carving out a niche in the male-dominated sport in the country, Anjum has begun to be recog-nized as the face of women’s cricket in India as a player, captain, consultant, motivational speak-er, author, and actor.

In the corporate world, Anjum is a motivational and corporate speaker/consultant. An MBA Anjum has conducted training programs for globally recognised brands such as General Electric, Standard Chartered, Goldman Sachs, Vodafone, and various schools and colleges.