Arundhati Reddy is a rising fast bowler in the Indian Women’s Cricket team. Reddy broke into the team first in September, when she debuted against Sri Lanka in a T20 international match. Arundhati was selected for the Women’s World T20 tournament on the same day when India’s veteran fast bowler Jhulan Goswami announced her retirement. In many ways, Reddy is seen as a fitting successor to her idol Jhulan Goswami.
|Full Name||Arundhati Reddy|
|Height||5ft 4in (1.63 m)|
|Age||21 years (4 October 1997)|
|International Wickets (T20)||6|
|Major Teams Featured For||Hyderabad (India) Women, India A Women,India Women, South Central Railways|
Arundhati Reddy was born in the then Andhra Pradesh’s capital of Hyderabad. From the start, Arundhati was very good at her studies. In fact, she was one of the best in her school.
When she was 12, she started to play cricket with her brother, Rohit Reddy, in free time. However, what started off as a source of recreation soon turned out as a serious affair, with the youngster taking the sport passionately.
Arundhati’s mother, Bhagya Reddy, sensed this fact. Instead of restricting her daughter from cricket and summoning her to focus on her academics, Bhagya did the exact opposite of it. She encouraged Arundhati to fully concentrate on the sport even if it meant that her studies would take a hit.
Acknowledging this, Arundhati recently said, “I was very good at my studies, but after I started playing professionally, my marks slipped. But not once did my mother push me to score better than other students. She has been very supportive.”
Bhagya would play a doting mother for her ever since she started playing professionally. Each morning, she would wake Arundhati at 4 am and would accompany her to the training ground.
Thereafter, Bhagya would quickly return home, cook food, and take Arundhati to school. After school, she would then drop her daughter to another practice session and would only return home by 9 pm.
There was a specialized reason for Bhagya’s immense support to Arundhati – She was a budding volleyball player in her time but couldn’t play any further due to financial constraints. She did not want to see her daughter face a similar fate. Highlighting this fact, Arundhati once said how her mother “saw herself in me.”
Soon after an array of crucial performances, Arundhati was inducted under the aegis of Hyderabad Cricket Academy. At the academy, she was introduced to Savita Nirala, who is a head coach at the HCA.
This move was very important for Reddy, as Nirala would go on to have a significant influence on the young prodigy. It was at HCA that Reddy started to get more engrossed in bowling than batting.
She was quick and agile due to her lean built and low centre of gravity. Nirala sensed this as an opportunity and groomed Reddy into an all-rounder with an inclination towards right arm fast bowler.
Arundhati went on to get employed with Southern Railways as a junior clerk, whom she also represented on the sporting front.
There, she got acquainted with the Railways’ cricket coach Nooshin Al Khadeer who also had a deep impact on her career. “Nooshin Al Khadeer and Savita Nirala were instrumental in shaping my career,” mirrors Reddy.
Playing for the National side
Earlier this year, while practising for a local tournament, Reddy was informed by her friend about the Indian team call-up for the Women team’s T20 matches against Sri Lanka. She was naturally overwhelmed.
On her debut, Arundhati had an eventful bowling performance as she took the all-important wicket of a well-set B Mendes. On the other hand, though, she had conceded 37 runs in 3 overs. Her performance was eclipsed by that of Poonam Yadav’s, who had scalped 4 wickets for 26 runs in 4 overs to help India to a fine victory.
Arundhati rose to the occasion in the 3rd T20, when she displayed an all-around performance. She first scalped two crucial wickets of Mendes and H Siriwardene before displaying her fielding prowess by taking a catch and inflicting a run out on MK Dilhari.
On 28th September, it was declared that Arundhati Reddy would be donning the Indian jersey at the 2018 ICC Women’s World Cup in West Indies. The news came on the same day when another fast-bowler and veteran, Jhulan Goswami announced her retirement.
Arundhati Reddy is known for her explosive pace and speedy deliveries. She is capable of swinging in both the directions with equal adroitness and can eventually come up with deadly bouncers as well. She can also prove to be a useful fielder although her batting still remains untested. All the eyes will be on her performances in the Women’s World T20, where she has played consecutively.
In a recent interview, referring to her mentor Mithali Raj, Arundhati Reddy said,
“I feel it’s a great honour to play alongside such a great player and I hope to live up to the expectations.”
Arundhati Reddy was born in Hyderabad, the state capital of Telangana on 4 October 1997. Her mother, Bhavya Reddy, is an ex-volleyball player. Arundhati has, time and again, asserted her mother’s immense support for her success. She also has a brother by the name Rohit Reddy, with whom she started to play cricket in her heydays.
Having just made her international debut in September, Arundhati has yet to be awarded a contract by BCCI. However, by looking at her performances in T20s, it is only a matter of time that she would be awarded one. BCCI categorizes its women players into 3 grades, A, B, and C according to the player’s contributions. Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jhulan Goswami, and Mithali Raj, who are all grade A players, bag Rs 50 lakh per annum each.
What a start for India – a wicket-maiden from Arundhati Reddy! Ayesha Zafar is sent back for a duck, Veda Krishanmurthy with the catch.#INDvPAK LIVE ➡️ https://t.co/jiFI2Vth6v pic.twitter.com/OLhdEzmNxX
— ICC World Twenty20 (@WorldT20) November 11, 2018
Wicket and a maiden for young Arundhati Reddy in the match yesterday against Pakistan.. Here's all you need to know about her journey:
Interview with Arundhati Reddy – 2007 T20 World Cup inspired me to take up cricket https://t.co/dObvgjJLan
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) November 12, 2018
OUT! Arundhati Reddy removes Ayesha Zafar in first over; Pakistan 0/1
— Firstpost Sports (@FirstpostSports) November 11, 2018
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