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Anjum Chopra Bio – The Torch Bearer of Indian Women’s Cricket

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She broke numerous barriers and rose like a star. Her aura is truly bright, and her spirit is unbreakable. Cricket has always been a male-dominated game. Today, our women cricketers are slowly and steadily breaking that perception. But there was one female, who truly started this tradition. From her limitless talent in the field to her confidence outside, she has always been an inspiration to Indian women. We are talking about none other than Indian cricketer, commentator, author, motivational speaker, and a businesswoman – Anjum Chopra!

Anjum Chopra Wiki

NameAnjum Chopra
Anjum Chopra Age44 years
Date of Birth20 May 1977
CoachSudha Shah
SportCricket
RoleBatter
Achievement
  • First Indian player to score an ODI century for India.
  • First captain to win a Test series abroad. India won the test match in South Africa in 2002 under her captaincy.
  • First captain to win a home series 5–0 whitewash against England in India in 2002
Playing PositionOpener
Height166 c.m
Weight58 kg
Anjum Chopra zodiac signTaurus
Anjum Chopra SpouseNot Known
Anjum Chopra last match16 March 2012 v Australia
Anjum Chopra FamilyFather: Krishan Bal Chopra (Golfer), Mother: Poonam Chopra (homemaker), Brother: Nirvan Chopra,
HometownNew Delhi
Networth5 – 10 Million (approx)
ODI debut12 February 1995 v New Zealand
Test debut17 November 1995 v England
T20 debut5 August 2006 v England
Education St. Stephen’s College, Delhi
batting styleLeft-handed
bowling styleRight-arm medium
team played forIndia Women, Air India Women, India Red Women
Anjum Chopra Retirement2012
Anjum Chopra HobbiesPlaying Cricket & Golf, Watching Movies
Anjum Chopra MatchesTest: 12, ODI: 127, T20: 18
 Anjum Chopra RunsTest: 548, ODI: 2856, T20: 241
Anjum Chopra awardsPadma Shri, Arjuna Award
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Anjum Chopra Biography

Early Life

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Anjum has always been an all-around sportswoman. She started playing cricket at a very early age. She was also a part of the Delhi State basketball team and represented her school, as well as college in swimming, athletics, and basketball. Perhaps the main inclination for this was her family background. Almost every member of Anjum’s family has actively been associated with sports. No doubt where her inclination towards sports comes from! Her cricketing journey started at her school, where she played at the state level.

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Domestic Career

After Anjum Chopra started working for Air India, she represented them for domestic matches. She led the Delhi team in the National Championship 2012. Under her leadership, the women’s team won its first national cricket championship. Air India team also won 2002 and 2003 national and zonal tournaments. In 2003, the Air India team was declared the “Best Team of the Year.”

International Career

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Credits: The Hindu

Anjum’s international career began at the age of 17. She made her debut against New Zealand in 1995. In 1999, she made a century during India’s tour of England. Anjum soon became one of the best Indian batswomen. She was also a talented medium-pace bowler. Her swiftness in the field made her a superb fielder as well. No wonder then that soon she began a premier Indian cricketer.

By the year 2000, she had become the Vice-Captain of the Indian team. At the Cricket World Cup in New Zealand, she was the highest Indian scorer. She won the player of the match award twice.

In the year in 2002, she became the captain of the Indian women’s team. Under her leadership, the team went on to win numerous accolades. Visiting England team was royally sent back with a whitewash, in spite of 7 debutants in the team. India won the test match series in South Africa in ’02. She guided the team to the World Cup finals in 2005. She served her country in international cricket for 4 more years. Chopra hanged her boots in 2009.

Anjum Chopra- The Torch Bearer of Indian Women’s Cricket

Anjum brought a lot of fame and recognition to the Indian women’s cricket team. Her leadership skills were appreciated by her teammates. Even after retirement from cricket, she has continued her involvement in the field. She also continuously supported various initiatives taken to promote women’s cricket.

Anjum will always be remembered as an all rounder who could bat at any required position. She was known for the quick ones and twos and eventually made a lot of difference to the match. Her stance on the field has been described as lazy elegance by many. However, she was one of the fittest members of the team and super swift in the field. She has opened up for her team numerous times and performed even better under pressure.

Anjum made her international debut at the age of 17 and went on to have a super successful cricketing career. She played in 12 Tests, 127 ODIs, and 18 T20s. Anjum aggregated 548 runs in Tests and 2,856 runs in ODIs.

Anjum Chopra married a Delhi-based IAS officer and began another exciting phase of her life.

Second Innings

The second innings of Anjum’s career have been equally exciting. Armed with her MBA, Anjum has established herself as a corporate and motivational speaker. She has conducted training sessions at numerous organizations such as Vodafone, Goldman Sachs, etc.

Interesting Facts about Anjum Chopra

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  • Gates No. 3 and No. 4 at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi are named after Anjum Chopra.
  • “Delhi has produced several illustrious cricketers and it’s a great honor to be considered (by DDCA) as one of them. Kotla has changed a lot over the years and it is a humbling honor to have my name at the entrance gates,” she was quoted by ICC in an interview after the unveiling ceremony.
  • Anjum is a self-confessed pet lover. She loves to relax by playing with her pet dogs.
  • Anjum is also a published author. She has co-authored the book, “Women’s Cricket World – A Journey from 1745 – 2013.” She has written about the history of cricket from a global perspective in the book.
  • Anjum has been fearless on and off the field as well! She has participated in the reality show Fear Factor – Khatron Ke Khiladi Season 4.
  • Her versatility has no limits. Anjum has acted in a docudrama, Poor Cousins of Million Dollar Babies, which won a lot of appreciation at the Arnold Sports Film Festival held in Ohio.

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  • Anjum has always tried to bridge the gap between men’s and women’s cricket. She has walked the ramp at several fashion shows to promote this cause.
  • Her connection with sports is never going to waver. Anjum is currently enjoying a stint as a sports commentator and analyst. She has worked with Doordarshan and Sony Six. She was a commentator for the 2014 World Kabaddi League.
  • Anjum is the first Indian woman cricketer to be awarded honorary life membership of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).
  • Anjum has advocated mixed game of cricket (both men and women playing together). She has practiced with the IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders as well.
  • Anjum has served in an advisory role with the South African cricket board prior to World Cup 2011. She also raised breast cancer awareness in South Africa as a Goodwill Ambassador.
  • “It was an education for me to work away from home. It gave me a new perspective, too, and I enjoyed my experience of working with the South Africans.” She told The Hindu.

Anjum Chopra Awards

  • Padma Shri, 2014
  • Arjuna Award, 2007
  • Rajiv Gandhi Delhi State Award, 2004
  • ICC Player of the Match, 2000, 2005, 2009
  • Zee Astitva Award – Award for Exemplary Women, 2008
  • FICCI – YFLO – Young Women Achievers Award, 2009
  • Honorary Membership of Marylebone Cricket Club, Lord’s Cricket Ground, London, 2016

Anjum Chopra Achievements

  • First Indian Women cricketer to hit an ODI century
  • First Indian Women’s captain to have won a Test Series overseas
  • 1st Indian Women’s captain to have won a home series (which was a 5–0 whitewash triumph over England in India in 2002)
  • First cricketer to compete in over 100 WODIs for India
  • First player to take part in 6 World Cups for India (four ODI World Cups and two T20s)
  • Only player in modern-day cricket to have played 12 Test matches with ODI and T20s
  • First player to get an international appointment
  • First female player and sportscaster to feature as a commentator in men’s cricket matches

Anjum Chopra Stats

Batting Stats

FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50sCtSt
WTEST122025489830.4404130
WODI12711221285610031.38118330
WT20I1816224137*17.210030

Bowling Stats

FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
WTEST1292588821/91/944.002.04129.0000
WODI1272460141492/92/946.004.1366.7000
WT20I18

Family Background of Anjum Chopra

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Credits: India Today

Anjum Chopra’s father, Krishnan Bal Chopra is a golfer, and her mother, Poonam Chopra has participated in and won car rallies. Even her maternal grandfather, Ved Prakash Sahni represented the country in athletics. Anjum’s brother, Nirvan Chopra is also a former state-level cricketer. Her maternal uncle, Rohit Sahni played cricket in school and college. In fact, he was the captain of his college team. Phew, truly a sporting family, isn’t it?!

She started training at the Sonnet Club under the guidance of Tarak Sinha. He played a huge role in shaping Anjum’s career. Anjum has remembered her coaches in numerous interviews. She was quoted by the Hindu, “I learnt to be disciplined, competitive and grounded in behavior at the Sonnet Club. On such moments I remember my cricket guru and all my coaches.”

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