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Ekta Bisht Biography: India’s Spin Sensation’s Journey to Triumph

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Ekta Kundansingh Bisht, an Indian woman cricketer, excels as a slow left-arm orthodox bowler. Hailing from Uttarakhand, she holds the distinction of being the first woman cricketer from her state to play at the international level. Additionally, she achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first Indian cricketer to claim a hat-trick in a Women’s Twenty20 International match.

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About Ekta Bisht

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Full Name Ekta Kundansingh Bisht
Role Batswoman
Batting Left-handed
Bowling Left-arm Orthodox 
Hometown Almora, Uttarakhand
Height 5ft 4in (1.63 m)
Age 37 years (8 February 1986)
International Information
National Side India (2011–2022)
Only Test 13 August 2014 v England
ODI debut 2 July 2011 v Australia
Last ODI 18 February 2022 v New Zealand
T20I debut 23 June 2011 v Australia
Last T20I 9 March 2019 v England
Major Teams Featured For India Blue Women, India Women, Uttar Pradesh Women’s team, Uttarakhand’s Women’s team

Early Days

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Ekta Bisht was born Almora, a small, quaint town of Uttarakhand. Almora is a famous hill station situated at an altitude of 1,642 m. Ekta’s father, Kundan Singh Bisht was a havaldar in the Indian Army. After retiring from the post, he took to selling tea in order to support his family. This was because of the meagre pension of Rs. 1,500 was insufficient to feed the family of 5 (Ekta’ parents and two siblings). He continued to pursue his new profession for over a decade. The tea-stall was modest, but enough to support the family.

Ekta, on the other hand, had started playing cricket when she was just 6-years-old. Like most of her national teammates such as Jhulan Goswami or Harmanpreet Kaur, Ekta would also play among boys in the initial years. Kundan fondly remembers how Ekta had a habit of doing things others could hardly think of.


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In fact, according to her family, a copious crowd would gather when she used to play, just to witness a solitary girl play among boys. Soon the love turned into passion. The family knew about her talent and genuinely felt that she was born to carry Indian jersey. They decided to support her, irrespective of what the cost was. Even though financing her cricketing needs was proving to be uneconomical, her parents never let that aspect harm her performances.  Ekta Bisht, on her part, knew this and would frugally save as much money as she could.

Playing for States

Ekta decided to pursue cricketing full time. In 2006, a 20-year-old Ekta went on to not only represent her state, Uttarakhand but also captain the side. Later, she played for the neighboring state Uttar Pradesh’s side from 2007 to 2010. Even after promising performances during her time at the state teams, there was no national call-up, much to the dismay of the young spinner.

Playing for the National side

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The long wait came to an end in 2011, when she received a call-up from the national side. Her first match in an Indian jersey, unfortunately, was against one of the toughest women teams in the world – Australia. It was not only a tough match for her but also for the entire team. The Indian side wrapped up their innings after putting up just 62 runs, a target that the Aussies achieved in just 10 overs. Bisht had a poor outing, conceding 19 runs in 2 overs.

On the contrary, she had a much better ODI debut, where she scalped 2 wickets and gave away 32 runs in 10 overs. That was the joint best bowling performance along with Jhulan Goswami (who scalped 2 wickets as well, also giving away 32), but not quite enough to spot the Australians to stop from winning the ODI as well. Nevertheless, the innings played an important role in cementing Ekta’s place in the national side.


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In 2012, she took a hat-trick in the ICC Women’s T20, as India were successful in restricting Sri Lanka to only 100 runs. In December 2017, she was named as one of the players in both the ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year and the ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year. She was the only woman named in both squads.

ICC Women’s World Cup 2017

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Ekta Bisht in World Cup (Credit Scroll.in)

5 years down the line and Ekta had already transmuted into a senior and most potent spin attacker of the side. A big frontier for her to cross was the Women’s World Cup in England. As the Indian team progressed into to advanced stages of the competition, they gained more national attention and media recognition than ever. Expectations were at an all-time high.

Bisht became the talk of the town when she clinched 5 wickets against arch-rivals Pakistan in the 3rd group stage match. India won that match by a comfortable 85-runs margin. Then in the 18th World Cup match against South Africa, she took one wicket and conceded just 31 runs at an economy-rate of 3.10. Ekta had a big role to play in India’s progress into the final, as the veteran spinner took 9 wickets in 6 games.

Her rich form saw Bisht win a place in the prestigious ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year as well as the ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year. Ekta was the only woman cricketer that year to be named in both squads. 


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In India’s cricket history, she holds the esteemed position of being the fifth-highest wicket-taker in ODIs and the third-highest in T20Is. Notably, her exceptional fielding skills have earned admiration from none other than Sachin Tendulkar, her favorite cricketer.

In recognition of her talent, she earned a spot in India’s Test squad for a one-off match against the England women’s cricket team in May 2021. Moreover, her skills secured her place as one of the three reserve players in India’s team for the 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup held in New Zealand.

Playing Style

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Ekta Bisht (Credit Indiatoday)

Ekta Bisht, a left-arm orthodox spin bowler from India, known for her crafty bowling in the women’s cricket circuit. Her bowling style involves delivering the ball with her left arm using a finger-spinning action, which allows her to impart spin on the ball as it travels towards the batswoman. Ekta Bisht uses her variations effectively to deceive her opponents. It thus becomes difficult to attack when she is bowling.

Ekta Bisht’s stellar performances have earned her accolades and recognition from cricketing legends, and she has played a crucial role in India’s success in various international competitions.

Awards

In November 2017, Ekta Bisht, the bowler, was honored with the prestigious Khel Ratna award by the Uttarakhand government. Simultaneously, her coach, Liyakat Ali Khan, was also recognized for his outstanding contributions and received the Dronacharya Award.


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Monish Gadiya
Monish Gadiya
Monish Gadiya is the Head of Content at KreedOn. He is a thorough tech-enthusiast and believes that innovation is the answer to all the problems prevalent in the society. Monish graduated from University of Pune with a degree in Civil Engineering before pursuing a post-graduate diploma course in intellectual property rights. A die-hard football fan, he has represented his college at various football competitions.

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